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The UFC Fight Night Review: #99 & #100

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The UFC put on nearly half a day’s worth of MMA this Saturday, and as expected, there were some great fights and some not so great fights sprinkled throughout.

With two separate Fight Night cards split over two continents, both events were catered to their native audiences and were headlined by rematches were there was little to no demand for a second run through. Over in Belfast, Gegard Mousasi found vengeance at the enigmatic Uriah Hall’s expense while the vastly underrated Ryan Bader dominated an aging veteran in front of Lil Nog’s countrymen. In all honesty, the main events were complete blow-outs, but in achieving their respective victories, both Mousasi and Bader used similar tactics to get the job done and took a page out of the Nurmagomedov playbook to do so.

Heading into both bouts, Mousasi and Bader were thought to hold the clear advantage when it came to wrestling and the pair ensured that the fights played into their favor. In the case of Mousasi and Hall, from the get-go Hall was clearly looking for lightning to strike twice and the fight to stay in his striking wheelhouse as he threatened spin attack after spin attack as his hips were constantly rotating towards his right-hand side. Hall had also seemingly made some adjustments to his stand-up game in a bid to remain more defensively sound for this fight as his hands were held a lot higher than usual but those amendments offered little respite once Mousasi moved in for the takedown.

Dragging Hall down to the mat with a body lock and an accompanying throw over his hip; there was a sense of the inevitable as Mousasi effortlessly pinned the Ultimate Fighter standout against the cage with wrist control being the key component for his success. Holding onto Hall’s left wrist and wedging it underneath his own body, Mousasi grapevined Hall’s legs for extra support and rained down punches under a helpless one handed guard until Marc Goddard was forced to intervene at the end of the first round.

Hours later, Ryan Bader would finish out the first round of his own fight in a similar manner as Bader would pin Nogueira’s arm identically against the cage. You couldn’t help but feel a sense of deja-vu as not only two fighters were using the same technique on their path to victory in the same day but that Khabib Nurmagomedov had dominated Michael Johnson in a similar style just a week earlier. Perhaps the Dagestani has set a new trend for fighters when looking for ground and pound opportunities but Ryan Bader was simply relentless in his quest to find different traps and holds on the mat in order to tee off punches.

When passing to mount, Bader managed to stuff Nogueira’s arm underneath his legs; when posturing up in half-guard he shoved Nogueira’s arm behind the Brazilian’s back – it was unquestionably pure domination on Bader’s behalf before he ultimately put Nogueira away in the third round.

The American is a criminally underrated fighter in the UFC but as his contract comes to a close, he should really be able to hold the UFC over a barrel when it comes to negotiations due to the condition that light heavyweight finds itself in.

In the co-main events, Thomas Almeida returned to winning ways with a TKO finish over Albert Morales while Stevie Ray put in one of his best performances to win a split-decision over veteran Ross Pearson.

The fight was most likely too much, too soon for his opponent. The young Brazilian bantamweight still found himself far too hittable at times. In the pocket, he had brilliant accuracy as his hooks would find their home behind the arms of Morales, but when Morales would return fire, he offered little defense of his own outside of his hands locked in a standard boxing guard. Hopefully, over time, Almeida’s striking will become more balanced outside of his clear penchant for aggression, but if his attentiveness to his corner’s instructions when defending a rear-naked choke are anything to go by, he’ll have no problems with developing as a mixed martial artist.

With Stevie Ray and Ross Pearson, the Scotsman completely nullified Pearson’s slick boxing in the early running as he flicked out a variety of kicks to keep the fight at his range. Using teeps, leg kicks and threatening with a head kick every once in a while, Pearson really struggled to get in on the inside and once he would start to concentrate on the impending kicks, Ray would leap in with a straight left down the pipe.

Pearson eventually grew into the fight with a clear concentration to work the body and some of his brilliant head movement was on display in order to set up his punches. Slipping shots from Ray, Pearson created whole new angles for himself to work with and dug in some gorgeous hooks to Ray’s sides leaving his midriff a pinkish hue once the 15 minutes had elapsed. The fight was eventually called a split decision with one judge completely reversing the others scores with a 30-27 in favor of Pearson and while controversial scorecards aren’t always a bad thing, being able to completely reverse your counterparts while there was a definitive  first round win for Ray is quite frankly embarrassing. Hopefully, the judge in question is just incompetent at filling in the scores in the correct columns and not at judging fights. With that being said, in the fight previous, Alexander Volkov can count himself fortunate for coming out on the winning side against Tim Johnson thanks to some more questionable judging.

Speaking of incompetence, Claudia Gadelha took it upon herself to make sure that ‘PRIDE never dies’ as she delivered a head kick to a downed opponent in the form of Cortney Casey. Gadelha had ensured she was comfortable ahead on the scorecards up to that point with her beautiful level changes into the double leg takedown but her momentary lapse of concentration wasn’t even received a warning from the referee. A point deduction wouldn’t have affected the outcome but to completely overlook such a blatant illegal strike was worrying.

Elsewhere, Kamaru Usman and Artem Lobov put in arguably the best performances of their careers as they bested Warlley Alves and Teruto Ishihara respectively. Usman had primarily been seen as a wrestler of the Jon Fitch mold up until Saturday night but he comfortably outworked the heavy handed Alves on the feet with some smart hooks and body strikes. Lobov also managed to get the better of his counterpart on the feet as he walked Ishihara down to the cage and landed an overhand right with frequent success and even landed a standing hammer fist, a strike that fellow SBG stablemate Aisling Daly has used in the past.

Perhaps the biggest buzzes coming from the night of fights, however, was that of Kyoji Horiguchi who bested Ali Bagautinov and Kevin Lee’s massive potential as Lee finished the impressive Magomed Mustafaev in Belfast. Not one to sit back and let his impressive technical submission do the talking, Lee took to the mic and put the whole lightweight division on blast with a special mention of audience member Conor McGregor to get some headlines. Horiguchi took the opposite approach though as he extended his winning streak to three on his quest to return to challenge Demetrious Johnson by landing some big strikes when Bagautinov would burst forward in a bid to increase the impact of his punches.

All in all, Saturday night held a lot of fun for the combat enthusiast and that’s all without mentioning Bellator’s brilliant main event and the technical bout between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Next up is a fight card from ‘down under’ as Robert Whittaker takes on Derek Brunson in a middleweight bout that’s bound to create fireworks so check back here in a weeks time but make sure to keep up with the latest MMA news, right here on MMALatestNews.com

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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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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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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