Neil Magny vs. Stephen Thompson: Why not? Magny and Thompson were already scheduled to face off at UFC 195 in January, and since Magny stepped in for the injured Matt Brown against Kelvin Gastelum, Thompson is still in need for an opponent. Magny as of late has become the go-to short notice replacement fighter and with his desire to fight frequently, how about he fill in again to replace himself. For most fighters, this would be seen as absurd, but with Magny, it’s not too far-fetched of an idea.
Henry Cejudo vs. Demetrious Johnson: This matchup is a no-brainer. Henry Cejudo was essentially signed to the UFC with the expectation that he would eventually challenge and potentially become the foil to “Mighty Mouse” and he will surely get the chance to make that a reality in his next fight.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Jeremy Stephens / Max Holloway winner: Ricardo Lamas may well be the most underrated top ranked fighter in the UFC. Although suffering losses to Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes does have him on the outside looking in as far as title aspirations go, it can’t be denied that he is an elite, well-rounded fighter and anyone that hopes to get a shot at a title in the near future will have a tough task should the find themselves across the ring from “The Bully”. Enter Jeremy Stephens and (particularly) Max Holloway. While Stephens is looking to get back on stable ground, starting with his TKO victory over Dennis Bermudes, Holloway seems to be on a path with destiny. This surely isn’t the case for Stephens quite yet, but should Holloway win a potential fight with Lamas, there would definitely be case for him to get the next title shot after Frankie Edgar (should he come out victorious over Chad Mendes).
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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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