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UFC Fight Night 70 Florida Results, Bonuses and Press Conference Notes

Jim Edwards



UFC Fight Night 70 took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The card certainly had it’s high and low points with some stunning finishes (see Thiago “Marreta” Santos nearly killing Steve Bosse with a viscous head kick) mixed in with some tedious grapple fest bouts that were highly forgettable.

The bill was topped by Lyoto Machida taking on Yoel Romero where we saw a stunning finish by Romero in the 3rd round, taking Machida down and knocking him unconscious with five successive vicious elbows. Following what was arguable Romero’s performance of his career he proceed on a bizarre post-fight interview that many took as a dig at Americans for recently legalising same sex marriage. Romero later in the press conference denied this was actually what he was speaking about. You can see the replay of the post-fight press conference HERE.

Yoel Romero def. Lyoto Machida – TKO (elbows) – Round 3, 1:38
Lorenz Larkin def. Santiago Ponzinibbio – TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:07
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eddie Gordon – submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:37
Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Steve Bosse – knockout (head kick) – Round 1, 0:29
Hacran Dias def. Levan Makashvili – split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – Round 3, 5:00
Alex Oliveira def. Joe Merritt – unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Round 3, 5:00
Leandro Silva def. Lewis Gonzalez – unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – Round 3, 5:00
Tony Sims def. Steve Montgomery – TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:43
Sirwan Kakai def. Danny Martinez – unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Round 3, 5:00

Bonuses ($50,000 per fighter):
FOTN – Ponzinibbio vs. Larkin
POTN – Yoel Romero, Thiago Santos

Post Conference Notes:

– Attendance was 5,604 (a sell-out)

– Romero denied accusations he was talking about gay marriage and said he was referring to the American Dream. He said he wouldn’t let the reaction his post-fight interview got discourage him from speaking his mind in the future.

– Romero did not state who he wanted to fight next and said he would take whoever the UFC wanted to give him next (groan).

– Lyoto Machida was transported to the hospital so was not present at the press conference.

– Lorenz Larkin would not confirm that he would stay at 170lb.

– Antonio Carlos Junior confirmed he would like to remain at 185lb and made the weight ‘easily’.

– Hacran Dias claims he hurt his foot in 2nd round and it impacted his performance thereafter.

– Lorenz Larkin refused to talk trash on 170lbs champion Robbie Lawler though said he would like to earn his way to another match up with him.

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220



UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview



Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 



Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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