By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
On January 23, 2016, West Coast Fighting (WFC) took role for its first honors class of MMA. Although bubbles of hope popped in the absence of Dana White, President of the UFC, the fans and fighters in attendance of WFC 16: King of Sacramento checked-in as present, attentive, and more than ready. Prior to the start of the show, people filed into the heart of the McClellan Conference Center like army ants, and combatants were scattered throughout the venue, preparing to offer patrons something to feast their eyes on. From the amateur ranks to the crowning of the evening’s elite, WFC 16 delivered everything it promised: highly touted talent at the regional level.
It’s uncommon when the skillsets in a local event compare to the MMA stars broadcasted on a worldwide stage, but WFC 16 proved to be an exception. Layering the card with individuals who have competed in top-tier promotions, such as Bellator MMA and the UFC, the executives at WFC provided the perfect assessment tool for their athletes, differentiating a stay in the status quo or passing with flying colors onto the next phase of their careers.
Max Griffin def. David Mitchell in round 1 (:43) by way of KO.
The call for the main event quickly parted attendees into either the red corner of Max “Pain” Griffin or the blue corner of David “Bulletproof” Mitchell. Unlike the red and blue affiliation of politicians, these current WFC champions followed through on all the things they said they would do in their debates before meeting in front of their constituents at a catchweight of 175 pounds.
Mitchell, WFC’s middleweight champion, muted any chance of dragging the fight to the canvas, arguably his bread and butter, as a means of highlighting the development of his stand-up game under the watchful eye of Team Alpha Male’s boxing coach, Joey Rodriguez. Unfortunaltely, Griffin, WFC’s welterweight champion, discovered a way to puncture Mitchell’s armor. A visit to the ground never registered into Griffin’s attack, and he uncorked several shots to Mitchell’s jawline that would have crumpled others after only one, evidencing the “Bulletproff” nature of Mitchell.
Three strikes and you’re out; the same rang true in Griffin’s offensive onslaught. At the forty-three second mark of round one, a severely dazed Mitchell couldn’t nullify the arsenal of speed and power infused into Griffin’s training at Marinobles Martial Arts and MMA Gold. Even if the pre-fight montage lasted five times longer than the fight itself, the conclusion lived up to the hype. Griffin’s final right hand was punctuated by both reaching for the stars and walking off in victory; Sacramento’s King was crowned.
Josh Emmett def. Christos Giagos in round 3 (2:21) by way of KO.
Leading into WFC 16, Giagos, freshly removed from the UFC, had been described as a gatekeeper out of the regional circuit; Emmett, the hometown hero and reigning WFC lightweight title holder, understood the immensity of the task at hand, and the Team Alpha Male standout believed he possessed the key. Not only were demands placed on each fighter’s ability to apply their craft, but their grit and tenacity were also run through a gauntlet.
Emmett versus Giagos morphed into a clash of speed and brute strength opposing accuracy and veteran savvy. The lighting in Emmett’s movement coupled with the thunder in his punches lifted any dangling question marks as to which style faired better. A crushing right hand from Emmett swept Giagos’ eyes into the back of his head.
In his post-fight interview, the, still, undefeated WFC champ encouraged anyone within earshot to visit his Instagram (link here) to assist in spreading the word to Dana White that he’s a necessary cog in the wheel of the UFC’s lightweight division.
Josh Appelt def. Roy Boughton in round 2 (4:58) by way of TKO.
Once Appelt and Boughton entered the WFC cage, it immediately became cramped. These heavyweights occupied the cage with intentions to light up the ‘no’ next to the WFC heavyweight belt’s vacancy. Appelt wore his confidence with a calm demeanor, even when met with adversity early on: a couple inadvertent shots to the groin or being taken down. Nearing the close of the second round, Appelt’s sniper-like striking dramatically shifted power in his favor. Smelling the finish, Appelt sprinted toward the finish line, pumping a barrage of unanswered shots and forcing the referee to wave off the punishment.
Justin Baesman def. Scott Smith in round 2 (:57) by way of TKO.
Smith and Baesman, stapled and storied veterans in the sport, was a matchup that pulsed a rich red on everyone’s radar, and they were eager to carve a new path in their careers, using one another’s resume as a springboard. Smith, formerly of the UFC and Strikeforce, loaded up all of Elk Grove to make the travel with him. After a three-year layoff, Smith vanquished his personal demons and felt ready to return to the sport he loves; his entrance and introduction was deafening. In fact, Smith’s supporters also rained down boos on Baesman, formerly featured in Bellator MMA, though the heckles read on Doppler Radar as another method to cheer for Smith, instead of actually disliking Baesman. The first round ran its course as a feeling out process, and, in the second round, Smith tried to turn up the pressure. Baesman quickly halted the forward movement of Smith with a hard right hand, and he secured the win with several follow up punches when Smith toppled to the ground.
Other Bouts Included:
Lewis Gonzalez def. Ty Freeman by way of unanimous decision.
Michael Gonzalez def. Kito Andrews in round 1 by way of rear-naked choke.
Tyler Diamond def. Jimmy Jones in round 3 (:30) by way of TKO.
Jason Powell def. Sergio Quinones in round 2 (3:00) by way of TKO.
Luis Jauregui def. Danny Ramirez by way of unanimous decision.
Albert Morales def. Kurt Weinrich in round 1 (2:31) by way of triangle choke.
Isaiah Wright def. Josiah McHale by way of split decision.
Arlene Culbreth def. Gabriela Rios by way of unanimous decision.
Joseph Cardoso def. Shawn Birkley in round 1 (:40) by way of KO.
In conclusion, WFC 16 unfurled a parchment with a roster of potential superstars from the Northern California area and demonstrated why they are royalty in the region’s MMA landscape. Stay connected with WFC to witness how large the kingdom will grow:
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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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