Valmir Lazaro (13-3)
- Height: 6’0″ Age: 30 Weight: 155 lbs Reach: 73″
- Last Fight: Split Dec. win / James Krause (2-28-15)
- Camp: Nova Uniao (Brazil)
- Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Muay Thai
- Risk Management: Fair
- Overall Fight Grade: D+
+ Boxing State Champ (Brazil)
+ 9 KO victories
+ 5 first round finishes
+ KO power/heavy hands
+ Switches stances well
+ TD’s from body-lock
– Head upright on retreat
^ Right hand availabilities
+/-Relies heavily on head movement
^ Uses it to bait counters
+ Solid cross-hook return
+ Good TD defense
? Suspect Gas Tank
Michel Prazeres (18-2)
- Height: 5’6″ Age: 32 Weight: 155 lbs Reach: 67″
- Last Fight: Decision loss / Kevin Lee (2-14-15)
- Camp: Coalizao Fight Team (Brazil)
- Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Muay Thai
- Risk Management: Fair
- Overall Fight Grade: D
+ Regional MMA Titles
+ BJJ Black Belt
+ Multiple BJJ Accolades
+ 8 first round finishes
+ 7 Submission wins
+ Heavy hands
+ Favors overhand right
^ Counters well
+ Quick level changes
+ Physically strong in clinch
^ Looks for body-lock TD’s
+ Strong top game
? Suspect gas tank
Kick starting the evening is a battle of Brazilians as Valmir Lazaro meets Michel Prazeres. Given each mans style this one pretty much lays out as your classic “Striker vs Grappler” match-up. Starting off on the feet, Valmir will quickly come into striking range as he will occasionally switch stances. With a loose standing guard he’ll bait opponents in as he’ll look to counter strike. Showing good head movement, Lazaro doesn’t lack in defensive liabilities. In particularly during retreat, Valmir tends to leave his head upright as he’s consistently shown right hand availabilities. This will be especially dangerous against Prazeres, who despite not displaying a large arsenal, bares a heavy overhand right.
Michel being the shorter man standing, will look to counter as he uses his right hand to explode into entry. Possessing natural power and showing improved overall striking, Valmir can’t be over confident in this space. Lazaro is however the better on-paper striker, which makes Prazeres best path to victory on the floor. Michel does an excellent job of changing levels to counter forward striking pressure. This will be his best chances of grounding Valmir, especially considering his availabilities in open floor as apposed to against the fence.
Once on top, Michel shows a strong positional transition game as he’ll constantly seek out mount. Whether working a finish or riding out the round, this will be Prazeres most realistic way to win. Valmir however has shown to improved counter wrestling as he’s yet to officially succeed a take-down in the UFC. If Prazeres gets take-downs he’ll likely have to work hard to earn them. Couple that with his shown cardio issues & limited striking arsenal, and I have to slightly side with Nova Uniao fighter as I heavily caution plays on this match.
Official Pick: Lazaro- Decision
TUF Finale Predictions
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- Horacio Gutierrez def. Enrique Barzola
Preliminary Card Predictions
- Taylor Lapilus def. Erik Perez
- Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina
- Scott Jorgensen def. Alejandro Perez
- Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez
- Valmir Lazaro def. Michel Prazeres
- Vernon Ramos def. Alvaro Herrera
- Cesar Arzamendia def. Polo Reyes
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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.
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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