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UFC Fight Night 70’s Fight to Watch: The Dragon’s Desperation

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UFC Fight Night 70 and the return of Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida is upon us before we even knew it. It seems people were just buzzing in anticipation about the fight between Machida and Rockhold that took place in Newark New Jersey in April. Although in that fight ‘The Dragon’ fell short against Rockhold, he stated that he wants to get back in the cage as soon as possible. Well, wish granted, as he takes on yet another formidable adversary in #6 middleweight in the world, Yoel Romero, just 2 months after his previous fight.

UFC Fight Night Florida is a card that, in all honesty, has seemed to go by the wayside. With a dynamite main event, the rest of the card leaves plenty to be desired. Now, this weak fight card isn’t entirely the UFC’s fault as the event lost its original venue and several marquee matchups due to visa issues not allowing fighters to travel. In reality, it’s an event that was salvaged and thrown together in short time due to unforeseen circumstances.

With all that said, the outcome of those unforeseen circumstances make it very easy to determine which fight is UFC Fight Night 70’s Fight to Watch. That honor goes to the main event, a clash of two terrifying middleweights who are both desperate to gain a title shot in the top-heavy 185lbs division.

As previously mentioned, Machida is coming back just two months after losing to Luke Rockhold, who became the #1 middleweight contender by defeating Machida. Interestingly enough, Romero was supposed to fight as the co-main fight in the very same event that Machida and Rockhold mixed it up at. An injury forced Romero off the card, but it certainly hasn’t gotten him any less of an opponent. Despite not fighting ‘Jacare’ Souza, the #2 ranked middleweight in the world, at the Newark event two months ago, Romero has found himself once again in a favorable situation seeing as how Lyoto Machida is a top 5 opponent in his own right. A win over Machida could be just as effective in gaining himself a title shot as a win over ‘Jacare’ would have provided.

For Machida, this is, in the opinion of some, a do or die fight. Machida, at 37 years old, is accepting this fight so quickly after his last in order to try and propel himself back into the title shot talk. He is a former light heavyweight champ that has been at the top of middleweight for a long time. He has already fought for the title once and is running out of time to do so again. A win over Romero doesn’t necessarily grant him a title shot, especially because he is just coming off a loss to Rockhold, but it certainly is hard to ignore, proves he is still one of the top fighters in the world, and might fast track him to the belt once again.

The theme of UFC Fight Night 70 is truly Machida vs. Romero as the card lacks the kind of star power it originally had going for it. That’s not to say that the event will be a dud in any way, in fact, more often the ‘no name’ fighters are the ones that put on an incredible show. But it’s no contest when you’re fighting on an event headlined by a former UFC champ and a former Olympic wrestler who are both vying for a title shot before it’s too late. UFC Fight Night 70’s fight to watch is Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida vs. Yoel ‘Soldier of God’ Romero!

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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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

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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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