A battle in the heavyweight division is the main event for UFC Fight Night 75 and it will feature two fighters who are looking to bounce back from a loss and possibly set themselves up for one last run at the title.
Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett has been fighting professionally since 1997 and has fought in a laundry list of organizations against a veritable who’s who of heavyweight opponents. Barnett’s 33-7 is impressive on its own but when you look closer and see that only 4 of those 33 wins went the distance, you start to really appreciate just how dangerous a fighter he is. While Barnett has shown that he is still capable of knocking opponents out on the feet like he did when he finished Frank Mir with a huge knee in the 1st round of their UFC 164 bout, it’s when the fight goes to the ground that Barnett goes from dangerous, to downright scary. The Warmaster has a mind blowing 22 wins by submission in his career. To put that in perspective, Frank Mir is widely regarded as one of the most submission savvy heavyweights in the UFC and he only has 9 submission wins to his name.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson is a fan favorite in the UFC, boasting a record of 20-11 and is also a former IFL champion. His list of opponents easily matches Barnett’s in terms of name recognition and while he hasn’t been in the game as long as Barnett, 2004, he’s still a veteran of the octagon who commands respect from fans and opponents alike. Nelson loves to stand and trade with his opponent and his chin has stood up to some of the most devastating strikers in the division, he has only been knocked out or TKO’d twice in his entire career. While being extremely difficult to knock out, Big Country has destructive power in his hands and has shown that he only needs to land one clean shot to put his opponent to sleep. 13 of his 20 wins have come by knockout or TKO, including a win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira after landing a massive right hand in the 1st round.
When these 2 step into the octagon on Saturday night, both of them will be looking to implement a gameplan and stick to it. I would bet that Barnett wants this fight to go to the ground which may be easier said than done since Nelson has shown to be a deceptively good grappler. Alternatively, Big Country will more than likely be head hunting and looking for the knockout. Barnett has shown that he is susceptible to being knocked out like when Travis Browne blasted him with elbows in their fight at UFC 168. However, if Barnett does manage to get the fight to the ground, he could be the 1st man to ever submit Big Country. Barnett is known for having a mean streak and isn’t often complacent when he gets an opponent where he wants them.
Roy Nelson has only been finished twice in his entire career, Barnett has only gone to decision 4 times. Something has to give in Japan on Saturday night and I fully anticipate Barnett to become the 1st man to for Roy Nelson to tap out.
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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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