Sergio Pettis cruised past Brandon ‘The Assassin Baby’ Moreno to win by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Mexico City.
Pettis (16-2) hadn’t fought since the beginning of this year when he defeated John Moraga via unanimous decision. He was scheduled to take on former title challenger Henry Cejudo at UFC 211 in May, but Cejudo withdrew from the bout citing a hand injury.
After being defeated by Alexandre Pantoja in the first round of The Ultimate Fighter 24, Moreno was given a shot in the UFC last year against Louis Smolka. Shocking many, he submitted Smolka and went on to beat both Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz, meaning ‘The Assassin Baby’ found himself ranked at #7 in the flyweight division.
Moreno looked very loose to begin with as he secured a double leg takedown. As Pettis tried to scramble back to his feet Moreno secured full back mount and worked for the rear-naked choke.
Although Pettis defended the choke well, it was all Moreno in the first round as the hometown fighter racked up a few minutes of control time.
There was a big contrast in the styles of stand-up between the two flyweights, as Moreno’s free flowing style was the opposite of Pettis’ calculated, meticulous striking.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 6, 2017
Pettis had much more success in the second round, being able to find his range and increase his striking output to steer the round in his favour.
Moreno landed a good head kick but Pettis fired back straight away with some great right hands of his own.
— UFC (@ufc) August 6, 2017
The boxing of Pettis was starting to look miles above the striking skill-set of Moreno, as ‘The Assassin Baby’s was shooting takedowns out of desperation, unable to get the fight to where he wanted it.
A accidental eye poke from Pettis stopped the action for a moment, but Moreno was able to to continue.
Again, Moreno had a hard time coping with Pettis’ striking and Moreno was now down another round.
Moreno finally got the takedown he had been searching for since round two and he continued to work in Pettis’ guard. Landing some could ground and pound and looking for any finish possible, with one minute of the last round remaining Pettis flung Moreno off and was able to get back to his feet.
Official Result: Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)
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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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