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UFC Sioux Falls Weigh In Results

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Hot on the heels of the UFC’s run of 3 events in 3 days culminating in UFC 200 this past weekend, we have more Octagon action on Wednesday for UFC Fight Night 91 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Today, the fighters hit the scales ahead of tomorrow’s action.

Headlining the card will be a bantamweight match-up between John Lineker and Michael McDonald. Lineker has looked impressive since making the move to 135 pounds with wins over Francisco Rivera and Rob Font. At just 26, the Brazilian has years ahead of him in this division and looks to continue his run towards a title shot. McDonald himself is just 25, and has experience of a title shot in his career before, back in 2013 against Renan Barao. Coming off a win in his first fight for over 2 years against Masanori Kanehara in January, McDonald is aiming for another crack at UFC gold and beating Lineker would be a step in the right direction.

The co-main event features a man who was originally scheduled to headline this event in Tony Ferguson. After Michael Chiesa was forced to withdraw due to injury, promotional newcomer Lando Vannata stepped in and the bout was moved to the co-main event slot. Ferguson is riding a 7-fight winning streak and, while a win over Vannata may not be enough to see him earn his shot at new lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, it would certainly keep his momentum going. Vannata is a Jackson/Winkeljohn representative who has finished all but 1 of his professional fights, 3 by knockout and 4 by submission. Going into this bout with Ferguson, very few expect Vannata to emerge victorious, so if he could pull it out, it would put his name emphatically on the map.

The main card has 4 other fights scheduled, each at 4 different weight classes. At middleweight, Tim Boetsch meets Josh Samman and Daniel Omielanczuk meets Oleksiy Oliynyk in a heavyweight collision. Before that Kyle Noke and Keita Nakamura contest a 170lb fight and a flyweight bout opens the main card as Louis Smolka fights Ben Nguyen in what could steal the show.

The preliminary card features a host of familiar names including Sam Alvey, Scott Holtzman and Lauren Murphy, who meets the debuting Katlyn Chookagian. Headlining the Fight Pass prelims will be long-time veteran Rani Yahya, who fights Matthew Lopez.

All fighters successfully made weight for the event.

The full weigh in results are as follows:

UFC Sioux Falls Main Card

  • Michael McDonald (135) vs. John Lineker (136)
  • Tony Ferguson (155) vs Lando Vannata (155.5)
  • Tim Boetsch (186) vs Josh Samman (186)
  • Daniel Omielanczuk (238) vs Alexiy Oliynyk (243.5)
  • Kyle Noke (170.5) vs Keita Nakamura (171)
  • Louis Smolka (125.5) vs Ben Nguyen (125)

UFC Sioux Falls Preliminary Card (Fox Sports)

  • Lauren Murphy (135.5) vs Katlyn Chookagian (135)
  • Eric Spicely (185) vs Sam Alvey (185.5)
  • Cortney Casey (116) vs Cristina Stanciu (114)
  • Scott Holztman (155.5) vs Cody Pfister (156)

UFC Sioux Falls Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

  • Rani Yahya (135) vs Matthew Lopez (136)
  • Devin Clark (185) vs Alex Nicholson (184)
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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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