Following the much talked about UFC 190 card last week in Brazil, the UFC rolls into Nashville, Tennessee this weekend for UFC Fight Night 73, which is headlined by a light heavyweight match between former title contender Glover Teixeira and the rapidly rising Ovince St Preux.
Home-town favourite St Preux goes in search of his third straight UFC win off the back of consecutive knockout triumphs over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Patrick Cummins. In contrast, Glover Teixeira is trying to bounce back from consecutive loses, albeit with one of them being to Jon Jones, with the other being against former UFC standout Phil Davis. The winner will move into contention for a shot at the winner of the UFC light heavyweight title match between champion Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson.
The co-main event promises fireworks as two young prospects in the lightweight division go head to head. Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush have both been steamrollering their way through the division in recent times, with both men riding 4 fight winning streaks. Both the #5 ranked Johnson at the #12 ranked Dariush have their sights firmly set on challenging for the UFC title in the near future and they know that in order for that to happen, they need to take care of business on Saturday.
Elsewhere, the highly popular Sam Alvey returns to the octagon seeking to add to his 3 consecutive knockout wins in the middleweight division. He collides with Derek Brunson, who is ranked #15 by the UFC. Whoever comes out on top will likely cement their place in the top 15 and put themselves in prime position for an assault on the top 10. If Alvey can manage another first round stoppage of Brunson, he would definitely send a strong message to the rest of the division.
There are 3 more fights on the main card, with fans able to look forward to heavyweights Jared Rosholt and Timothy Johnson squaring off, a women’s bantamweight contest between Sara McMann and Amanda Nunes, as well as the opener at flyweight between Ray Borg and Geane Herrera.
It was an unusual weigh-in day, with several fighters having to use the towel and strip down in order to make weight. Ray Borg and Sara McMann missed weight and will need to lose 0.75 and 0.5 lbs respectively in order to avoid forfeiting a percentage of their purse.
The full weigh-in results are as follows:
Glover Teixeira (205.5) vs Ovince St Preux (206)
Michael Johnson (155.5) vs Beneil Dariush (156)
Darek Brunson (186) vs Sam Alvey (186)
Jared Rosholt (237) vs Timothy Johnson (265)
Sara McMann (136.5) vs Amanda Nunes (136)
Ray Borg (126.75) vs Geane Herrera (126)
Uriah Hall (185.5) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (184.5)
Chris Camozzi (185.5) vs Tom Watson (185)
Dustin Ortiz (125.5) vs Willie Gates (126)
Frankie Saenz (136) vs Sirwan Kakai (136)
Chris Dempsey (204.5) vs Jonathan Wilson (205)
Marlon Vera (135.5) vs Roman Salazar (135)
Anthony Chirstodoulou (155.5) vs Scott Holzman (156)
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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”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
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.
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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