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Who’s Next? UFC 188: Werdum vs. Velasquez

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior dos Santos:  Though it could be seen as an upset, Cain Velasquez’s style played right into the strength of Fabricio Werdum.  Whether it was the high altitude, the 20-month layoff or a combination of both, The former champions vaunted cardio failed him as his attempt to push the pace against “Vai Cavalo” who weathered the early storm and picked his fading opponent apart, leading to a desperate takedown by Velasquez directly into the fight-ending guillotine choke.  The answer to who is next for Werdum comes down to one of two men: Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski.  I think the UFC will choose Arlovski as he is currently the hotter commodity of the two, having won his last five fights including a thrilling KO victory over Travis Browne.  Him being a former champion nine years removed and owning a victory over Werdum makes for a great story and easy hype…but dos Santos is more deserving being the higher ranked fighter with better wins, one over the champ by knockout and also being a former and more recent champion himself.

Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne: There’s two good things about Cain Velasquez losing Saturday night: the heavyweight division becomes a bit more interesting and we will surely get a more active and hungry (if that’s even possible) Cain.  His first opponent on his road back to the title should be Travis Browne, but good luck to any man that has to be the first to fight Cain after this setback.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Johnson/Beneil Dariush winner:  Talk about fighting through adversity.  After a shaky and tentative first round that left his eye dangerously swollen, Eddie Alvarez pulled off an upset half blind against one of the best lightweights in the world, Gilbert Melendez, using pressure and his wrestling to wear down his opponent en route to a split decision victory.  The winner between the two surging prospects Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush who square off August 4th in Nashville would surely love a crack at Alvarez to solidify his name as a contender at 155lbs.  Alvarez is not one to take that lying down.

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Dong Hyun Kim:  Though undersized against Nate Marquardt, it was obvious from the start how this fight would play out.  After the brutal assault against the former King of Pancrase, Gastelum made it clear that his future is in the Welterweight division.   A great welcome back to the division would be Dong Hyun Kim who was recently victorious in May, besting Josh Burkman by arm triangle.

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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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