The UFC returns to its traditional haunt of Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Fight Night 82 this weekend. The card, which was originally intended to serve as UFC 196 before the withdrawals of both Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, will be headlined by a welterweight contest between former champion Johny Hendricks and world-class kickboxer Stephen Thompson.
Hendricks is coming off what was one of the worst moments in his professional career – being forced to pull out of a fight with Tyrone Woodley on the day of weigh-ins due to complications caused by his weight cut. This time around, he has taken a different approach to his weight management and it seems to have paid off.
The ever-improving Thompson is riding a 5-fight winning streak in the UFC including his most recent spinning hook kick knockout of Jake Ellenberger that saw him rise to a career high #8 in the official UFC rankings. With expectations being that Tyrone Woodley will be the next challenger for the welterweight title, whoever emerges victorious on Saturday would likely place themselves right behind Woodley in the pecking order.
The main card features 5 other fights. The co-main event is at heavyweight as one of the most popular men in the division, Roy Nelson, takes on Jared Rosholt. Before that, two fighters who love a knockout collide when Ovince St. Preux and Rafael Cavalcante step into the octagon in a potential ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ bout.
The remaining three main card showdowns are at flyweight, light heavyweight and welterweight. Opening the main card will be veteran Mike Pyle who takes on Sean Spencer. Then, Misha Cirkunov makes his second UFC appearance opposite promotional newcomer Alex Nicholson. A potential fight of the night contender follows as Joseph Benavidez looks to take a big step towards another shot at the 125 pound title as he fights Zach Makovsky.
The preliminary card features many familiar names such as Derrick Lewis, K.J Noons, Ray Borg and Ireland’s Artem Lobov. Perhaps the most intriguing side story, however, concerns two UFC debutants, one of which is making his professional debut. Star of the UFC’s ‘Looking for a Fight’ Mickey Gall faces Mike Jackson, with the promise that, should he win, his next fight will be against former professional wrestler CM Punk.
There was also a UFC weigh ins first as Alex Nicholson proposed to his girlfriend just before stepping onto the scales. Congratulations to them both!
All fighters successfully made weight at the first attempt.
The full weigh-in results are as follows:
UFC Fight Night 82 Main Card
- Johny Hendricks (170) vs Stephen Thompson (170)
- Roy Nelson (258) vs Jared Rosholt (245)
- Ovince St. Preaux (06) vs Rafael Cavalcante (205)
- Joseph Benavidez (125) vs Zach Makovsky (125)
- Misha Cirkunov (206) vs Alex Nicholson (201)
- Mike Pyle (170) vs Sean Spencer (170)
FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Card
- Josh Burkman (156) vs K.J Noons (156)
- Derrick Lewis (263) vs Damian Grabowski (245)
- Ray Borg (125) vs Justin Scoggins (125)
- Noad Lahat (145) vs Diego Rivas (144)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
- Mickey Gall (170) vs Mike Jackson (170)
- Artem Lobov (145) vs Alex White (145)
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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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