By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
The belly of ASR Restaurant and Lounge swelled on the evening of January 6th, 2016 when Northern California fight fans converged like peasants into the VIP area, transformed for an hour of intensity into a conference room. Nobody wanted to miss the decree of several of the region’s top MMA dignitaries. Leading into West Coast Fighting (WFC) 16: King of Sacramento, the promotion held a press conference to further enlighten the masses of the stakes at hand in the 916. When the cage door locks behind Nor Cal’s finest on January 23rd, 2016 at the McClellan Conference Center, the individuals, kings or queens, with their hands raised in victory exit the cage with territorial bragging rights and, potentially, could earn an opportunity to march onto the most recognizable canvas in mixed martial arts, the UFC’s. Behind a table at the front of the room were four thrones filled with highly-skilled athletes who claim Capital City pride in their fighting pedigree: Mike Gonzalez, Kito Andrews, Max Griffin, and David Mitchell.
In the main event, David “Bulletproof” Mitchell (19-5), WFC’s middleweight champ, and Max “Pain” Griffin (11-2), WFC’s welterweight champ, meet at a catchweight of 175 pounds for a title pressing more weight on their shoulders than any gold. Eyes firmly on the prize, the air occupied by both Griffin and Mitchell fogged over with tension, and the two appeared eager to cut, break, submit, or turn the lights out on that tension. More important than cutting off the power source of one another, West Coast Fighting acknowledged the chance that Dana White, UFC President, might attend WFC 16’s highly anticipated bout, which means a live-action interview.
Recently, the UFC, via their online membership site: UFC Fight Pass, released: Lookin’ for a Fight. The reality show features Dana White, former UFC welterweight champion and heavyweight MMA personality, Matt Serra, and their whacky companion, Nick the Tooth, traveling around the country in search of the next fighter to invite to the UFC’s Octagon.
For Mitchell, a trip to the UFC would actually be a reunion, as he previously competed under the promotion’s banner on five different occasions. Mitchell would surmise that his last run in the UFC was the wrong time, and a string of struggles forced his exit, though he now claims there is no time like the present.
“I’m on a whole other level, like three levels. I’m going up levels every day. I’m doing things right now that I don’t think any other human being on Earth is doing. I’m ready, not just to win this title and not just to smash Max Griffin; I’m here to go and be a UFC champ. I wouldn’t still be here if God didn’t have something for me in mind.”
Griffin, bred in the WFC promotion, intends on earning his first pass out of the local scene with a win over Mitchell. Crowned in confidence, Griffin refused to back down from confrontation, airing a ‘wait and see’ approach. He repeatedly expressed belief in his training and abilities.
“He [Mitchell] is the same fighter, every time. All of a sudden, he’s posting videos that he runs now.” Turning to look at Mitchell from across the podium, Griffin continued, “You should have been training your hardest. If you’re putting all your chips in, you should always fight like that. All of a sudden, you post some shit on Facebook that you think you’re just going to beat me. You’re trippin’. You look unhealthy. You’re going to San Diego to drink juice to make weight; I’m eating meat. You’re eating nuts and veggies. You’re going to be so weak. You’ll see.”
From top to bottom, the card slated for WFC 16 possesses a vast collection of local talent. Whether watching the event live, or on pay-per-view, you don’t want to be denied access from this MMA kingdom when the bell rings. Everyone at WFC 16 will be looking for something: fans are looking for entertainment; Dana and the UFC, if present, are looking for a fighter; and the men in the main event are desperately looking to spill the royally bad blood between them, sorting out who, in fact, is the King of Sacramento.
Take note of the matchups at WFC 16, and it’s easy to understand why this event has garnered so much attention:
Watch this entertaining pre-fight press conference for yourself:
If you’re in the area, you won’t want to hear about this event in the past tense, get your tickets at:
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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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