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UFC on Fox 16‘s Paul Felder: A Dragon in a Shark Tank

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It’s no secret that the UFC’c lightweight division is one of, if not the most talent-stacked division. For years the lightweight division has seen a tumultuous landscape of fighter after fighter winning the belt only to lose it after a fight or two. In fact, in the past 5 years, there have been just as many champions at 155 pounds. That’s a statement in itself, considering that other divisions in the UFC have been ruled by one champion for just as many years. That’s not to say that any of the former lightweight champions were ‘bad’ fighters who couldn’t hold on to the belt. Quite the contrary, actually. The lightweight division has been referred to as a ‘shark tank’ and rightfully so; the depth at lightweight is simply on another level than the rest of the UFC.

That’s why it’s so impressive when a lone fighter can both make a name for himself and earn a top level opponent while only having fought twice in the UFC. Saturday’s UFC on Fox 16 will feature one of those lightweights, a man whose nickname is ‘The Irish Dragon’ and whose will to win parallels the ferocity of that moniker. Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder has the MMA world buzzing, and has been since his most recent victory. Last time we saw Felder in the Octagon he was spinning his way to a brutal KO win over the well established Danny Castillo, keeping his perfect 10-0 record intact and putting the MMA world on notice.

Since then, and because of that knockout, Felder has been creating quite a following for himself. Although it’s been over 6 months since Felder last fought, the excitement that coincides with his name has not only remained, it has thrived. Making guest appearances in UFC video pieces alongside #1 lightweight contender, Donald Cerrone, will do that for you. But Felder isn’t where he is today because he has been riding any coat tails, rather, because it is apparent that he is talented, hard working and, as Cerrone might put it, a “Bad Mother Fucker.” His work with Cerrone at the famed BMF Ranch (take a guess what BMF stands for) has proved to fans and UFC brass alike that he has what it takes to hang with, learn from, and throw down with the best.

That good impression was made obvious when he was matched with the #7 ranked lightweight in the world, Edson Barboza. It’s not everyday that a fighter gets the opportunity to break into the top 10 of the division in only his third fight. It’s an even more impressive feat that it’s at lightweight. Simply put, Paul Felder is a man on a mission and has been presented with an opportunity that not many fighters receive. His aptitude for violence in a fight is backed by his actions both in and outside of the cage. As a fighter, he has the whole package; personality, technique, the ability to put on a show, and some of the most respected fighters in the UFC backing him. Felder has a fight on his hands come Saturday night, but that is all the more reason to watch him continue to reach his potential and stake his claim as one of the best around.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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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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