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UFC Releases 10 Fighters

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Reports have come out that the UFC today have released 10 fighters from their roster, and probably the most surprising thing to these releases is the fact it contains five flyweights and fighters from four other weight classes. The announcements came directly via some of the fighter’s Tweets.

The biggest shock on the list is probably Tim Elliott (10-6) who has a UFC record of 2-4, although he has lost his last three, two by decision and one a submission loss to Joseph Benavidez. He was involved in some very good fights and was probably the only one who looked like he was turning his streak around. However, he did manage to beat fellow released fighter Louis ’Goodnight’ Gaudinot.

Gaudinot, who lost to Elliott by decision at UFC 164 in 2013, has a professional record of 6-4, but leaves with a record of 1-4 in the UFC octagon. He is a Flyweight who is joined by fellow flyweights Alptekin Ozkilic (9-4 professional, 1-3 UFC), Shane Howell (13-9 professional and 0-2 UFC), Tateki Matsuda (10-7 professional, 0-2 UFC) as well Tim Elliott who leave and deplete the Flyweight division.

The only middleweight to be released was Dylan ‘The Villain’ Andrews, who has a professional record of 17-7, with a 2-3 record in UFC, with one of those losses being to Smilin’ Sam Alvey (who is now featured on a weekly podcast with mmalatestnews.com! Head over to iTunes to download!).

The last three men to be released were welterweight Vik ‘The Spartan’ Grujic (6-5, UFC 1-4), Rocky Lee (pro 3-1, UFC 0-1) who finished as a semi-finalist in TUF: China, and Alex Torres who although leaves with a UFC record of 0-1, that was a split-decision in favor of Masio Fullen in February of this year.

The last person to be released is women’s Bantamweight fighter Shayna ‘The Queen of Hearts’ Baszler (15-10, UFC 0-2), who leaves winless in two fights during her UFC run. The first loss being to Bethe Correia, who is currently slated for a title shot against Ronda Rousey, and the second coming by the hands of Amanda Nunes. 

It will be interesting to see how the UFC plans to fill the void in the flyweight division. The current TUF: Brazil cast of fighters may help rebuild the roster in that division.

 

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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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