Alexander “Drago” Volkov provided the hometown upset in Rotterdam as he knocked out Dutchman Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve in the third round.
Struve (28-9) was making his first octagon appearance since defeating Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 204 in October of 2016. The “Skyscraper” was scheduled to face Junior Dos Santos at the beginning of 2017, but the Dutchman was forced to withdraw from the fight citing a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
After signing with the UFC in September of 2016, Volkov (29-6) defeated both Timothy Johnson and Roy Nelson by decision, boosting him up to seventh in the heavyweight rankings. With his opponent standing at 7″0 tall and “Drago” being 6″7 himself, this was a match-up between two gigantic heavyweights.
That brought us to the main event of UFC Rotterdam on Saturday night.
Both Struve and Volkov men had success early on within the pocket, despite his reach advantage Struve favored the uppercut early on. Later on in the round, Volkov reigned down ground and pound whilst Struve attempted to attack with submission attempts from the bottom
Two accidental eye pokes from Struve halted the action, but on both occasions, Volkov wasted no time and was quick in getting back into the action. “Drago” was doing a good job of pushing forward and landing strikes, snapping back Struve’s head particularly with jabs and straights.
A beautiful series of punches from Volkov had Struve backed up against the fence, “Drago” continued to tee off on the Dutchman. It was an uppercut that dropped Struve and some follow up ground and pound from Volkov forced Goddard to stop the fight.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 2, 2017
Volkov is now 3-0 since joining the UFC, this win should push him up a few places in the heavyweight rankings, and could potentially set him up for a fight with a top five ranked opponent.
Check out the full results of UFC Rotterdam here.
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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.
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