Alistair Overeem vs Junior Dos Santos
The UFC ended its calendar year with an exciting card at the Amway Centre in Orlando Florida. Topped by an intriguing rematch between lightweight kingpin Rafael Dos Anjos and surging challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
On a card filled with many crazy finishes, one man may have stolen the show. Alistair Overeem threw himself head first into the heavyweight title race with his stunning knockout of former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.
The Dutch kick boxer shone in a measured performance against the dangerous boxer from Brazil. Since moving to Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque New Mexico, Overeem has reinvented himself as a serious contender in a division that was shaken up by Fabricio Werdum’s June upset of Cain Velasquez. “The Reem” patiently waited for his opportunity and after landing a huge left hand that stunned JDS, he leapt in and put the former champion away with hammer fists on the ground.
Both fighters began the first round extremely cautious, obviously showing respect for each other’s knockout power. They circled in the centre of the Octagon trying to find a chink in the other’s armour. Dos Santos measured with a jab before the two men exchanged leg kicks. JDS looked to land a big head kick that Overeem did well to block on his fore arm. Alistair went back to his leg kicks and he repeatedly tried to find a way to sneak his straight left hand through Junior’s guard. As the pair clinched Overeem landed one of signature knees to the body of the Brazilian but ate a jab for his troubles upon exit from the clinch. Overeem lunged forward grazing JDS with an overhand left hand before returning to the same technique moments later. On his second attempt he connected and really shook Dos Santos who ended the round with a wild combination of his own landing a check hook and incredibly attempted a wheel kick as the bell sounded.
The corner of JDS called for more feints and increased head movement and it was not hard to understand why. The American Top Team fighter came out for the second round with blood streaming from his nose. Dos Santos landed leg kick that stopped Overeem in his tracks. He doubled up on this with a roundhouse kick to the body of Overeem. Alistair got himself on the score cards with an oblique kick to the thigh a technique perfected by most fighters under the tutelage of Mike Winklejohn. At the midway point of the second round Overeem began to take over as he utilized his excellent kickboxing skills landing several heavy kicks to the liver of JDS. Dos Santos attempted to stay in the fight by attempting another high kick but he was being beaten to the punch at every turn. Frustrated JDS tried to back Overeem up against the cage where he unleashed his best combination of the fight so far a flurry to the head and a couple of hard hooks to the body. He could not build on this success and as Overeem circled off the cage he engaged in another exchange. “The Reem” stepped off the centre line avoiding a possible counter and landed a huge looping left hook that dropped Dos Santos. Overeem immediately followed up with hammer fists forcing Dan Mirgliotta to intervene and stop the fight.
Alistair Overeem defeats Junior Dos Santos by TKO (punches) Round 2 2:43
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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