The UFC’s first trip to Netherlands is done and over with. Some great European and Dutch fighters made their way to Rotterdam to fight in front of the Dutch crowd. The card featured Netherland natives Germaine de Randamie, Stefan Struve, and Alistair Overeem all looking for wins in their home country. While it was the first trip to Netherlands, many expect the UFC to be back at some point. Every card MMA Latest picks the post-fight bonuses that should have been given out.
Performance of the Night (Knockout): Alistair Overeem vs. Andrei Arlovski
The main event featured a pair of Heavyweight veterans in Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski. Overeem was the last Strikeforce Heavyweight champion and has made some waves in the UFC. After struggling with losing three of four fights, he has come back and looked good. Since joining Jackson-Wink (same team as Arlovski), he has won his last three fights over Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson. and Junior dos Santos. Arlovski was the UFC Heavyweight champion in 2005 before leaving the company after losing the belt. Going through Strikeforce, Affliction, ONE, and WSOF, he found himself back in the UFC. He has won 4 of his last 5 with wins over Brendan Schaub, Antonio Silva, Travis Browne, and Frank Mir. He lost his last fight to now title challenger Stipe Miocic at UFC 195. The fight was uneventful in the first round, but got going about a minute into the second round. Overeem landed a jumping front kick- left hook combo to put Arlovski down. From there, he put him out on the ground with big shots at 1:12 in the second round.
Performance of the Night (Submission): Albert Tumenov vs. Gunnar Nelson
In one of the best Welterweight matchups, Albert Tumenov took on Gunnar Nelson. Tumenov had a tough fight with Lorenz Larkin in his last fight, his fifth win in a row. That win came after Anthony Lapsley, Matt Dwyer, Nico Musoke and Alan Jouban. The Russian just got back into the rankings after slipping in and out in the last weeks. Nelson has gone through the whole Conor McGregor vs. the UFC ordeal with his teammate at SBG. He lost his last fight after looking like a world beater against Brandon Thatch. Nelson was outclassed, especially on the ground, by Demian Maia at UFC 194 where he was dominated for three straight rounds. He followed the old strategy of being the aggressor and took down Tumenov at will, getting the full mount in each of the two rounds that the fight lasted. The second round saw Nelson on the back of Tumenov after the Russian tried to buck and get out. Nelson has six career wins by Rear-Naked choke and expertly got his arms in position and won the fight at 3:15 of the second round.
Fight of the Night: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Heather Jo Clark
The women started off the main card as Pole Karolina Kowalkiewicz took on Xtreme Couture product Heather Jo Clark. Kowalkiewicz was often put in the top ten in women’s fighters and is just making here way to the UFC. She mades her debut at UFC on Fox 19 and beat TUF 20 semi-finalist Randa Markos by decision. She was the KSW Flyweight and 55kg champion, picking up a win over Mizuki Inoue in Invicta during that time. Clark was on TUF 20 where she was picked by Gilbert Melendez. She couldn’t make it out of her first fight as she lost to Felice Herrig in her first matchup. She won her fight at the finale against Bec Rawlings and hasn’t been in action since.
The fight started with Clark trying to impose her aggression and wrestling skills on the better striker. She put out more volume and controlled the action while eating big shots in close distance. The second round was better for Kowalkiewicz as she got her striking going with big shots and combinations. She was landing knees in the clinch that gave Clark an advantage in the first round. The third round was much of the same as Kowalkiewicz out struck Clark and successfully defended takedowns from the feet and in the clinch.
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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223
UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to MMANYTT.com, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.
Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.
After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.
A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to MMAJunkie.com in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.
Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.
Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.
A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.
Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet
Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.
“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”
Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.
“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”
Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.
“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April
MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by FloCombat.com, came Sunday night before MMAFighting.com confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.
The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.
Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.
An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.
His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).
Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.
PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.
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