The UFC made their debut in Sioux Falls, South Dakota tonight, and man did they put on a show or what? The card was originally supposed to be headlined by Tony Ferguson facing off against Michael Chiesa, the bout was unfortunately scrapped after Chiesa suffered an injury in training. Ferguson got bumped to the Co-Main event to face UFC newcomer Lando Vannata, and Michael McDonald versus John Lineker was promoted to the Main event. In total, we saw an amazing nine out of twelve fights end with a stoppage. As per usual, the bonuses have no precedence over what the UFC has/will award has and is voted on solely by the contributors from MMA Latest.
Fight Of The Night: Tony Ferguson vs. Lando Vannata
Many had written off the newcomer of Lando Vannata coming into his fight against the number three ranked contender in Ferguson, although Vannata went on to lose, he gained a huge amount of fans tonight. Lando pushed the pace from the get-go, he pressured Ferguson early and rattled off a few impressive strikes, his movement looked to be stifling Ferguson on the feet. Both men rocked each other in the opening round, Ferguson dropped Vannata with a body kick and a jab; and Vannata picked Ferguson with a vicious spinning elbow. The elbow set the pace for the rest of the round, Vannata was relentless with his striking from this point forward, he rocked Ferguson again with a massive head kick, and he swarmed him landing some huge bombs and hurting Ferguson very badly. Ferguson threw up an Armbar attempt at the end of the round and nearly finished the fight. Round two came along and the relentless pace continued, Vannata hit Ferguson with another huge head kick early into the round and Ferguson immediately responded with a superman punch. Vannata seemed unfazed as he continued to stalk Ferguson down. Ferguson being the expert that he is got a hold of Vannata’s head and would not let go, he clasped on the standing guillotine attempt, took Vannata down and switched his submission to a D’arce choke, finishing the fight via submission! Tony Ferguson is your winner, but do give applause to Vannata as well as he put on a show for the fans on short notice, and almost beat a top ranked contender in his debut!
Performance Of The Night (Submission): Sam Alvey vs. Eric Spicely
Yes, you read that correctly, knockout artist Sam Alvey won his fight tonight by submission, his first one under the UFC banner. Alvey pulled this win off in epic fashion as well, with a ten-fingered standing guillotine choke, and it looked painful. Spicely pressured early sending “Smilen” Sam Alvey against the cage, and it seemed as if it was going to neutralize the heavy hitter. Sam was able to get off the cage however and it was clear that he had the advantage on the feet; he rattled off a few powerful punches that clearly rocked Spicely. Spicely continued to apply pressure to Sam against the cage, but Sam had learned his lesson from earlier, he hit Spicely with a strong elbow and locked in the standing ten finger guillotine choke which nearly lifted Spicely off the ground. Sam is the winner via submission, putting his name back into the win column, and delivering one of the most epic post-fight speeches to date (seriously check it out).
Performance Of The Night (KO): John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
You do not get the nickname “Hands of Stone” for nothing and John Lineker proved that statement once again. Once touted as one of the hottest prospects in the Flyweight division, many had wondered as to whether or not Lineker would be able to maintain his one punch power as a bantamweight. The answer to that theory is a resounding yes, and he showed that in round one tonight in Sioux Falls. Not only has Lineker been known for his power, he has also had a notoriously strong chin and McDonald tested that early on by landing some hard strikes. Lineker dropped him with a vicious right hand, McDonald somehow gets back up, and the two begin to throw down, and the classic “just bleed” fan came out in all of us. This didn’t last strong however as Lineker dropped McDonald yet again by absorbing Mcdonald’s strikes, and hitting him back even harder. McDonald takes some ground and pound strikes and he is out cold. Lineker continues to climb the Bantamweight ladder and continues to show his power is no joke in the Bantamweight division.
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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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