After a week of non-stop action with International fight week, we were not long to wait until another card full of talent came around. Following all 3 cards that took place on IFW, UFC Fight Night 91 went quite under the radar. Now the realisation has hit that this card is actually tonight you can feel the excitement building as fight fans take to social media to share their opinions on the card.
As per usual when another card comes around, we take a look at the fighters that are making their first walk into the world famous Octagon in an effort to prove themselves amongst the best in the world. Debutants coming in on short notice have actually proven to be rather successful, Luke Sanders and to name a few. This time, it will be Landon Vannata looking to leave his mark on the division with an upset victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC Fight Night 91.
Fighter: Landon Vannata
Team: Jackson-Wink MMA
Previous Organisation: Rocky Mountain Rubicon
A prospect of the infamous JacksonWink MMA, Landon Vannata has made a name for himself on the local circuit going undefeated in all 8 of his MMA bouts to date. Prior to putting pen to paper and officially going under contract with the UFC, Vannata won the vacant title at Rocky Mountain Rubicon 2. Now stepping into what is his toughest fight to date he will be aiming to somehow find a way to pull off one the biggest upsets to ever be done by a UFC debutant.
In his way will be Tony Ferguson, a lightweight contender who was originally meant to face Mike Chiesa before Chiesa was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Ferguson is a top contender and is eyeing a shot at the gold in his coming fights making him an incredible challenge for Landon Vannata. Hoping to keep his undefeated streak intact, Vannata will be as prepared as can be for this fight especially with the wealth of UFC talent and experience around him to prepare him for such a task.
Only going the distance once ever in his career Landon Vanatta likes to finish his fights in any way he can. With 4 submission victories it his evident he likes to finish it on the mat, however, in his more recent bouts his style has been more striking focused throwing a good volume of strikes, mixing up his punches and kicks well to keep his opponents guessing. What could be a big game changer and something that could shock us all is his unnaturally powerful straight right hand that has knocked out his last two opponents. His last two match-ups left showed just how lethal it is and how it can end a fight instantaneously. This fight will hopefully a solid fight as Vannata is virtually unknown to man UFC fans so anything could happen.
This won’t be one to miss anyway, will Ferguson do what is expected of him or will his taunting of Khabib for fighting a debutant come back to haunt him? Only time can tell. For those who haven’t seen Vannata before, check him out in action in his last fight where he won himself a title.
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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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