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The Ultimate Fighter 20: Finale Re-Cap

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I’m loaded on Dos Equis and cough syrup so lets just get to the damn re-cap.

Main Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Carla Esparza DEFEATS Rose Namajunas
BY REAR NAKED CHOKE in the 3rd Round

Rose kept Esparza against the fence with a myriad of spastic spinning strikes, flying round head kicks, and stiff side kicks. Esparza clearly wanted to close the distance but couldn’t cover that much ground without taking damage. Spinning sh!t for days. Esparza begins to time her takedowns at the end of Rose’s combination riding out top position on the squirmy and spastic Namajunas. Finally, in the third round Rose would lazily kick and feed her foot to the takedown hungry Esparza, getting taken down. Esparza would grind her way to the back to ear the win by Rear Naked Choke.

Charles Oliveira DEFEATS Jeremy Stephens
BY UNANIMOUS DECISION 29:28/29:28/29:28

From the outset of the bout Oliveira would sit out and deploy his closed guard against the forward pressing Stephens. A third of the first round would be spent by Stephens, trying to pull out of Oliveira’s constrictive arm bar attempt. Oliveira did well controlling the distance only engaging at long range with his kicks or lunging in for his double leg takedowns, carefully staying out of the kill range of Stephens. His strategy would be rewarded earning him the back control transition to a hyper extended arm bar, until he released his leg pressure from Stephen’s body allowing Stephens to barrel back over onto the top position. Ultimately Stephens would evade 3 arm bars and 1 guillotine throughout the fight. Stephens would earn some solid ground and pound damage when he was on top but none of it was enough to win. Charles Oliveira Wins by Unanimous Decision.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Stephens v Oliveira

K.J. Noons vs Daron Cruickshank
Deemed a NO CONTEST due to eye poke in the 2nd Round

KJ Closes distance ducking down to hit Daron off of his shoulder rolls. Cruickshank tries to time his knees and uppercuts against KJ’s duck unders while getting backed into the fence. For the most part, they come out of the first round even. For the second time in the fight, KJ would throw an open hand into Cruickshank’s eyes stalling the match. Big John seems tolerant of the penalty but it’s clearly being caused by KJ’s framing with his lead hand. Cruishank can’t see out of his left eye and the doctor stops it. Big John calls it, No Contest.

Yancy Medeiros DEFEATS Joe Proctor
BY GUILLOTINE CHOKE in the 1st Round

Both fighters came out, working away on the body and the lead leg on each other. Medeiros, setting up combinations off his jab while Proctor his looking to throw bombs. Medeiros would walk Proctor down into the fence and hit the spinning back kick on Proctor’s liver as he came bouncing off of the fence. Proctor collapsed and Medeiros pounced on his neck to get the Guillotine Choke Win.

Jessica Penne DEFEATS. Randa Markos
BY SPLIT DECISION 28:29/30:27/29:28

Surprisingly, Penne’s Judo would out throw Markos’ wrestling, repeatedly landing in top position. Markos adjusts in the second round choosing to try and keep the fight standing. The third round would decide the winner as Markos would be unable to retain distance, getting taken down and smothered by Penne. Penne would do enough to win the Split Decision.

Preliminary Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Felice Herrig DEFEATS Lisa Ellis
BY ARM BAR in the 2nd Round

Lisa Ellis blitzed Herrig out of the gate turning the fight into a brutal grappling match. Ellis, known more for her wrestling, really demonstrated some solid Jiu Jitsu in this match… until she decided to repeatedly sit back on her @ss instead of pushing for the single leg. Ellis’ passivity gets steam rolled by Herrig’s aggression. Ellis reverses but gets caught, earning Herrig the Arm Bar Win from the bottom.

Heather Jo Clark DEFEATS Bec Rawlings
BY UNANIMOUS DECISION 29:28

Clark immediately smothered Rawlings with the clinch, trying to negate Bec’s brawl and sprawl game. For the most part, Rawlings was not able to keep Clark off of her. Clark demonstrated a much improved wrestling game, since her time in the TUF house, dominating most of the clinches and ground exchanges. The fight turned inside out in the third, Bec able to better retain distance and unload damage loaded boxing combinations but it was too late to win the fight. Clark Wins by Unanimous Decision.

Joanne Calderwood DEFEATS Seo Hee Ham
BY UNANIMOUS DECISION 30:27/30:27/30:26

Both fighters with high pure kickboxing stances, no fear of a takedown happening here. Ham was unable to decode Calderwood’s defenses and close the distant. Ham continued to circle preventing herself from being walked down into the cage but despite a handful of clinch exchanges Calderwood is able to keep the fight a long range exchange. Ham wears down in the third round and Calderwood took her down to finish strong on top for the Unanimous Decision Win.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Calderwood v Ham

Tecia Torres DEFEATS Angela Magana
BY UNANIMOUS DECISION 30:27/30:27/30:26

Toress kept the pressure on Magana for all 3 rounds, tenaciously walking Magana back with flurries of combinations, stiff side kicks, and rapid foot work. Magana stayed in the fight early on, getting her own share of strikes, but her non committal kicks and loose guard (chin up, hands down) just gave too many striking opportunities for Torres. Tecia Torres Win by Unanimous Decision.

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)

Aisling Daly DEFEATS Alex Chambers by ARM BAR in the 1st Round
Angela Hill DEFEATS Emily Kagan by UNANIMOUS DECISION

I’m going to pass out now.

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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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