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Valentina Shevchenko submits Julianna Pena, sets up championship fight with Amanda Nunes

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DENVER, Colo. — It took 13 months but someone finally defended the women’s bantamweight belt.

At UFC 207, Amanda Nunes dominated and sliced through former champion Ronda Rousey in a changing of the guard moment.

Tonight, Nunes’ next title challenger was decided.

In a very entertaining fight, Valentina Shevchenko stayed calm in bottom position and caught Julianna Pena with a brutal armbar in the waning seconds of the second round. The win will most likely set up a rematch between Shevchenko and Nunes, this time for the 135-pound belt.

“I’m complete fighter,” stated Shevchenko.

The majority of the fight was spent in the clinch. Pena quickly put Shevchenko’s back against the cage and proceeded to use knees to pepper the body of her opponent.

Despite being pinned, Shevchenko did not panic. Moreover, she timed Pena’s brutal knees and transitioned to two takedowns. On the canvas, Shevchenko took side control and fired hammer fists. Regardless, she was unable to mount and offer any devastating blows.

“I was working very hard,” said Shevchenko on her takedown preparation. “I was focused only on this fight.”

Similar to the first round, “The Venezuelan Vixen” swiftly moved the action to the clinch. Different, however, it was Pena who drove Shevchenko to the ground and took top position.

Pena, more aggressive now, looked to cause damage in full guard. Though, every strike she offered was returned by Shevchenko.

Before the fight, many figured if any finish came on the ground, it would be from Pena. However, Shevchenko, who had not submitted someone since 2006, seized Pena’s arm and straightened her body to twist it.

With 31 seconds remaining, Julianna Pena tapped and a new championship matchup was set.

“I’m pretty sure the next fight will be title shot,” Shevchenko said. “I’m very excited to take rematch and take this belt.”

Amanda Nunes practically confirmed the upcoming bout.

“We’re going to do it again and then I’m going to finish it,” Nunes responded.

Valentina Shevchenko’s only loss in the UFC came to the current champion by unanimous decision. Nunes, thanks to the victory, was given a title shot versus then champion Miesha Tate and the rest is history.

Official Result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via Submission (Armbar), Round 2 – 4:29

Check out the full results of UFC on FOX 23 here. 

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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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