The inaugural Ultimate Beatdown Strawweight title was on the line last weekend in the main event of Ultimate Beatdown 19 at Plaza Sentosa, Johor Bahru. The contenders, Malaysian Fouzein Fozi, and Pakistani Faizan Khan had a back and forth 5 rounds battle that unfortunately ended up in a draw which led the Ultimate Beatdown Strawweight title to remain vacant.
Faizan went out guns a blazing, landing multiple striking combos and seemed to have Fouzein badly hurt against the cage in the middle of round one. Referee Isaac Yap had the chance to call the fight and end the night early but made an excellent decision to let it continue. Fouzein survived the barrage including a soccer kick that seemed unintentional when Fouzein hit the ground.
Faizan gained a knock down in round 2 but the tide changed when Fouzein landed an unintentional illegal knee on his grounded opponent that broke his nose. Faizan chose to continue the fight which led to a point being deducted off Fouzein for the illegal knee. Fouzein took full advantage of his opponent’s injury and clearly dominated the championship rounds and was close to submit his opponent with a rear naked choke but Faizan survived.
After the official decision was announced as a draw, there were verbal trade-offs in the cage between both camps with the Malaysian team visibly upset. However, both fighters displayed respect and sportsmanship as they held the Pakistani flag together in the middle of the cage. The promotion is actively in talks with both fighters to have a rematch for the vacant title at a later date.
Also on the card, 2007 No Gi World champion, Takeo Tani gained a win off his professional MMA debut with a victory over Filipino Arnel Lomibao. Takeo was determined to get the fight to the ground early on but Arnel was no slouch in that department and repeatedly entered Takeo’s guard, landing significant strikes on the ground and escaped multiple submission attempts.
However, Arnel’s confidence got the better of him and he succumbed to a triangle choke in the second round. Ultimate Beatdown have expressed that they are keen for Takeo to return and are in talks for him to be featured in the main event of Ultimate Beatdown 20 at the end of May 2016.
Full Results below
DARIUS AZADEH defeats MOHD ZAFAR via unanimous decision
MOHD NORHADI defeats TOKIZANE KEITA via unanimous decision
SAMIR MRABET defeats MUHD EKHSAN via unanimous decision
MUHD MUSLIHIN defeats PHIL JOSEPH via unanimous decision
WAYNE WONG defeats MUNZIR via split decision
NABIL FIKRI defeats WILLYWAY JOSEPH ‘THE PRODIGY’ via unanimous decision
CHEONG YUEN THYE defeats RAYMOND MOST WANTED OPPO’ via unanimous decision
SUNNY CHUA defeats MAX KOLBE LAI via unanimous decision
JASON defeats SASWANDI AHMAD via unanimous decision
RANDAL PO HUA SUNG defeats MARK LAURENCE via walkover
SAMUEL ‘RHINO’ BALU defeats KAYVIN SIA ‘HYPPO’ via unanimous decision
RAYMOND BEH defeats VINCENT GOH via 2nd round TKO retirement
ALVINA defeats NUR AISYAH via 1st round armbar
LIM ZHENG TENG defeats HAN via 1st round TKO referee stoppage
GLEN LEE defeats AARON LO via walkover
BENJUNIOR ‘ACE’ defeats TEH SOON GUAN via 2nd round TKO retirement
MATHEW MC GRIGOR defeats IGNATIUS COLEMAN ALEXENDER via 1st round tapout due to strikes
JAREK defeats BRIAN KALLANG SIMER via 1st round standing guillotine
MUHD AMZAR defeats HENRY ENG SEN HUAT via split decison
ALVIN PEH defeats ZARITH IKHWAN via 1st round TKO referee stoppage
ALLAN GOH defeats ZAKI NORAZILAN via 2nd round TKO referee stoppage
BRYAN LIM ‘HEBIKIA’ defeats MUHD FITRI ‘BENG’ via 1st round armbar
JOHNNY LIM defeats SHADMAN SAKIF via unanimous decision
TAYLOR CHI WEI LEN defeats HISYAM KAMARULZAMAN via 3rd round TKO
JOSHUA defeats SALMAN ‘THE BEAST’ HAMID via 1st round rear naked choke
XAVIER MARTINON defeats JAMES GARETH MORDAUNT via 1st round rear naked choke, result overturned to a no contest due to illegal groin strike
ERIC DUNCAN defeats AZREEL IZZAT via unanimous decision
RON defeats MARCUS TEO via walkover
SHARIZAL defeats RIDUWAN IWAN via 1st round rear naked choke
TAKEO TANI defeats ARNEL LOMIBAO via 2nd round triangle choke
FOUZEIN FOZI vs FAIZAN KHAN ended in a draw
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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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