Unless you’ve been living in a bubble since Saturday, then you will know that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is set to make a sensational return to MMA at UFC 200. It was announced oday by Lesnar himself on Sports Center that his opponent would be “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt.
On screen for the WWE, Lesnar works with Paul Heyman, who is billed as his manager and “advocate” for “The Beast”. However, the two teamed up tonight on Heyman Hustle, with Heyman interviewing Lesnar about his upcoming UFC return. The interview was described as ‘No hype. No schtick. Just two best friends talking on camera as you have never seen them before.’ You can watch the video of part one of the interview below, with part two to be released later this week.
In response to one of the burning questions of why he chose now to return, Lesnar had a simple answer. “Why? I guess because I want to. That’s why. And that’s the only reason anyone should do anything, right? Because you want to.” Lesnar did go on to elaborate a little, saying “When I left the UFC, I didn’t leave on my terms. I’m not saying that I’m coming back to end something that I didn’t get to finish on my terms. I want to be inside the octagon again. I want to be inside the octagon healthy. I want to be inside the octagon under my terms. When I was inside the octagon in my last few fights, believe I wasn’t the man I needed to be. I was faking it. I was faking that I was more powerful than a disease.”
Lesnar also revealed that his training camp will be done like it was during his previous stint in the UFC, with Marty Morgan once again acting as his head coach.
It is rare to see Lesnar in such an open interview, as he is generally a very private person. The fact that he shares such a close relationship with Heyman was no doubt a big help in this regard and allows MMA fans to see Lesnar in this way. Of course, fans will be even more excited for July 9 on UFC 200 when they will see Lesnar where most never thought they would see him again – inside a UFC octagon.
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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.
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