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De Los Reyes def. Sangcha-An via. rear naked choke round 2

After a brief break in the fight with the referee checking a cut on De Los Reyes, the fight was reset with Reyes in Sangcha-An’s guard. Reyes quickly postured up and rolled An backwards into a turtled up position giving Reyes back control.

A scramble occurred when Reyes attempted to get his hooks in, but Reyes was able to apply his hooks and simultaneously, with the help of the large amount of blood on both men, slip his arm under the chin of An. Reyes then transitioned to a body triangle and a palm to palm grip seemingly sealing An’s fate, but the Filipino wasn’t quite finished yet.

By some miracle An was able to escape the rear naked choke and body triangle, but Reyes immediately switched to a rear naked choke with the left arm this time and got the quick finish.

This was truly a great fight by both men and more than worthy of fight of the night honours, but it wasn’t the mot technical fight by either man. An would have seriously benefitted from trying to be a lot more savvy in this fight, using his long kicks to keep Reyes away and wear him out, rather than throwing hooks like they are going out of fashion and gas himself out early. When the fight went to the ground it was quite clear that Reyes had the advantage and the now worn out An had no real defense except sheer guts and determination, only prolonging the inevitable submission.

Ning def. Wee via KO round 2

This contest was a very good example of taking a man’s desire to fight because that is exactly what Ning did to Wee in order to get the finish.

The ending of this fight started with with both fighters very inactive apart from a partially blocked headkick by Ning. However, upon hearing the referee say ’10 seconds to go’ Ning’s fire was lit and he unloaded a huge left hook stunning Wee. Ning followed up with a straight to the body and a right hand upstairs dropping Wee forcing him to turtle up and the referee to step in.

This contest was fairly lacklustre following the initial flurry from Ning in round one, but arguably it was this very flurry in the opening minutes of the contest that ended Wee’s night. After recovering from the early onslaught, Wee seemingly did not want to fight whatsoever, with minimal output from then on and just concentrating on surviving. Ning was able to sense this and bided his time smartly, albeit rather dully, until he was the opening for the finish late in the second frame.

Li def. Lima via. KO round 1

Li searched for uppercut early in this fight, often faking with the jab and ducking down looking to come up with the big punch. Li used this uppercut threat to close the distance well on the rangier Lima forcing his back against the cage, giving Li the fight in the phone booth he wanted.

Against the cage, Lima was able to get off a good check hook that Li simply ate like a sandwich and fired straight back with hooks of his own, catching Lima and putting him on the floor.

A follow-up barrage of punches later and the fight was finished.

Lima played straight into Li’s game the entirety of this short contest, allowing Li to close distance well without any threat whatsoever. Lima should have stayed away from Li with kicks and punished him with quick level change takedowns whenever Li rushed in. Instead, Li was able to walk Lima down and when he had him trapped against the cage Li unloaded his power with hooks, with the likeliness at least one good one would land and it did, ending the fight.

Tuck def. Bang via. rear naked choke round 1

Tuck was very patient, but consistent in his striking in this match up, not throwing too often, but making sure the combos counted when he did.

The ending of this fight started with a counter right hook by Tuck dropping Bang after a short exchange. Tuck followed Bang to the floor landing punches from behind the turtled up Bang. As Bang started to get to his feet, Tuck jumped immediately on his back sinking in his hooks and trapping one of Bang’s arms with his leg. Tuck forced Bang faced down on the mat and sunk in the rear naked choke which Bang was simply unable to defend with one arm forcing the tap.

This was a great showing for Tuck, looking extremely confident and implementing his game plan to the letter, keeping Bang and his power at range and landing good solid combos. Tuck didn’t rush anything and took the openings as they came and got the first round finish.

Bang was simply out of his depth in this fight and was never able to get close enough to unleash his power, while Tuck put on a pretty much flawless performance, always keeping the next step in mind, showing all the markings of a great contender at 155lbs.

Magny def. Lim via KO round 2

This fight was a classic example of blowing your wad too early. After hurting Magny in the first round Lim tried to finish the fight throwing punches like they were going out of fashion to try and but Magny away. this was all in vain as Magny was able to recover and win the second half of the round.

As round 2 came out Lim was exhausted while Magny was still very fresh. Magny slowly worked his way past Lim’s punches and got the take down transitioning straight to mount easily.

Lim looked very amateur on his backed, with his only defense being attempts to buck Magny off his mount and rolling to his back. The latter of these gave Magny the win as he was able to ground and pound from back mount on the exhausted and flailing Lim giving him the KO finish.

Coming into this fight, Lim was so confident in his KO power he was willing to throw all in his energy into his punches, and while that may work when fighting the lower end of the UFC spectrum, it is a risky game plan against a 10 fight UFC vet like Magny. Magny showed championship level composure defending himself well and escaping Lim’s onslaught when the time was right. Magny rushed nothing in this contest and systematically broke down Lim for the stoppage win.

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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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”.

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.

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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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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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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.

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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