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UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold Preview

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In what most fans are calling the best card in April 2015, the UFC is back on Fox (big Fox that is). There are 11 fights from 7 different weight classes across two platforms. The main event features a Middleweight number-one contender fight between Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold. The card has mostly stayed together since its conception, and we look at what should be a great night of fights. *All fight information comes from Sherdog.com, and fight stats from FightMetric.com

Felice Herrig vs. Paige VanZant

In the only women’s fight on the card, we see ‘The Beauty Brawl’ between Felice Herrig (10-5 MMA; 1-0 UFC) and Paige VanZant (4-1; 1-0). In the young division of Women’s Strawweight, this fight could have title implications in the near future. Two Invicta bred fighters will meet in the Octagon yet again.

Herrig, a former Bellator and Invicta fighter, looks to use the momentum she built on TUF and on the finale. Her only fight in the UFC ended when she put a second round armbar against Lisa Ellis. She has wins over Jessica Rakoczy and Heather Jo Clark in her career. Her brief stint in the UFC so far shows her grappling style may be too much to handle. She landed every takedown she attempted in her last fight. Being the bigger and stronger fighter could be her key to victory

VanZant, also an Invicta alum, looked impressive in her first fight. Her only fight in Invicta ended bitterly after she was mauled for three rounds by Tecia Torres. In her one UFC fight, she had a Fight of the Night win over Kaitlin Curran. She looked good, but sloppy, in the fight and looked like she could use more work. She has 4.73 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and only 2.17 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM). He grappling looked good as well as she averaged 3.49 Takedowns per 15 min. with a 50% Takedown Accuracy.

Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway

In the Featherweight division, Cub Swanson (21-6; 6-2) will meet Max Holloway (12-3; 8-3). Swanson is coming off a loss, while Holloway is on a win streak. Both fighters need wins to place themselves in title contention and could have a shot sooner rather than later.

Swanson, who has won six of his last seven fights, will look to avoid losing two straight for the first time in his career. During his six fight win streak, he had four finishes all coming by KO/TKO. While being widely regarded as one of the best 145 pound fighters in the world, Swanson has never fought in a title fight. Swanson is top 10 in most striking categories as he carries 3.13 SLpM and 2.76 SApM. His 65% Striking Defense is good for sixth in the division. He has the slight grappling advantage especially in the wrestling department.

Holloway, who comes in on a 5 fight win streak, has finished four of his last five fights. He won his last fight by decision over Cole Miller back in February. His last loss came to title-challenger Conor McGregor in 2013. While losing his first UFC fight, he would only lose two more in the middle of his career to Dennis Bermudez and McGregor. His striking is some of the best in the division, as his 5.62 SLpM is second best behind only McGregor. He is tied with Chad Mendes with 6 knockdowns for most in the division. His +1.61 Striking Differential is second best in the division to McGregor.

Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Camozzi

In the co-main event, we get to see a rematch no one thought would happen. With Yoel Romero having to drop out just 8 days until the event, Souza was left without an opponent. Many things were considered, including taking fighters from another card or even moving the fight for a third time. Ultimately, former UFC fighter Chris Camozzi came back to the organization to fill in for the injured Romero. Ronald ‘Jacare’ Souza (21-3, 1 NC; 4-0) will face Chris Camozzi (21-9; 6-6).

Souza, a world-class ju-jitsu guy with world titles to prove it, wants his title shot and will look for his fifth UFC win in row. He has started his UFC time with wins over Camozzi, Yushin Okami, Francis Carmont and Gegard Mousasi. He has 15 submission wins in his 21 career wins, including an arm-triangle choke that almost put Camozzi unconscious in their first fight. . He has improving striking to go along with his world class ju-jitsu as he holds a Striking Differential of +0.27. His Striking Defense of 66% is some of the best in the division. His submission prowess starts with his 3.69 Takedowns Landed per 15 min. and ends with his 2.1 Submission Average per 15 min.

Camozzi signed with the UFC again for this fight after being released for losing four fights in a row. He had a streak of four straight wins before that. He is a well-rounded fighter with 6 TKO/KO wins, 7 submission wins and 8 decision wins. He won his last two fights while away from the organization. He is a better striker than Souza with 3.90 SLpM and 2.94 SApM, but is less effective with it. His defense of 59% is very good and has helped him never be knocked out.

Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold

In the main event, two former champions will meet in the Octagon. Lyoto Machida (22-5; 14-5) and Luke Rockhold (13-2; 3-1) will meet for a chance at the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort next month. With Yoel Romero out of his fight against ‘Jacare’, this is the front runner for a number one contender fight.

Machida, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, looks to get another shot at the belt after losing to Chris Weidman at UFC 175 in July. His karate style is scary for anyone to try and defend as he has fought and beat the who’s-who of the UFC Light Heavyweight division. While in the Middleweight division, he as wins over Mark Munoz, Gegard Mousasi and CB Dolloway. He only absorbs 1.48 significant strikes per 15 min. while having a 63% Striking Defense. His 77% Takedown Defense (TDD) is good to keep the fight on the feet where he wants it.

Rockhold is the last Strikeforce Middleweight champion. He lost his first fight in the UFC to title challenger Vitor Belfort, but has finished his last three fights. A submission artist who finishes opponents at a high rate, Rockhold is always on the look for a finish. He has 3.60 SLpM and 1.86 SApM to go with 65% Striking Defense. His grappling is his best asset as he averages 1.4 Submissions per 15 min and a 72% TDD.

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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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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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