Unlike the previous week, UFC Fight Night 78 featured lesser-known competitors from The Ultimate Fighter Latin America series. In addition to the many debuting undercard fighters, welterweight competitors Kelvin Gastelum and Neil Magny faced off in the main event in Monterrey, New Mexico on Saturday evening.
Magny, called up at short notice with an MMA record 16-4, was competing in his tenth UFC fight in under 24 months, however showed few signs of being ill-prepared for the fight despite his lack of preparation time. Gastelum, the winner of the TUF 17 series, has recently switched training camps to Kings MMA and was looking to prove a point that he could compete with the best in the division. It was to be Magny however who picked up the victory to the disappointment of the Monterrey fans in attendance.
The main event contest won the Fight Of The Night bonus and was a highly entertaining fair that went the full five main event rounds. The first three rounds saw Magny brilliantly, dealing with Gastelum’s pace pushing and getting the better of the exchanges both on the feet and on the ground.
The fourth round however, saw a big momentum shift with Gastelum landing big with a right hand that sent Magny straight to the mat. Despite Magny being in real trouble, Gastelum failed to get the finish. Gastelum also dominated the fifth round but Magny held on to hear the final bell and take a split decision victory 48-47, 47-48, 48-47.
The co-main event of the evening featured Ricardo Lamas taking on veteran Diego Sanchez who was moving down in weight division from lightweight to featherweight.
The fight itself was an entertaining affair, Lamas dominating all three rounds damaging Sanches’s leg and knocking him down in the first. Lamas seemed to grow stronger throughout the fight and the judges seemingly appreciated this scoring the bout 30-27 unanimously in his favor.
In other notable fights on the maincard, former Olympian Henry Cejudo took on Jussier Formiga in a battle to become the number one contender for Demetrious Jonhnson’s flyweight title. The action was fast paced and contested mainly on the feet with both fighters exchanging stinging shots with regularity. Cejudo however, seemed to land more successfully and he took the decision 30-27, 28-29, 30-27 on the scorecards.
In the two TUF Latin America 2 finals, Erick Montano was crowned as the season Welterweight champion and Enrique Barzola as the winner of the Lightweight division. Both fighters won their respective contests via decision, and both received six-figure UFC contracts for their efforts.
UFC Fight Night 78 Monterrey Full Results
MAIN CARD – FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET
Neil Magny def. Kevlin Gastelum via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28
PRELIMINARY CARD – FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET
Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via TKO (leg injury) – Round 2, 4:26
Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via knockout (kick and punches) – Round 1, 3:13
PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET
Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:30
Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:42
Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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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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