UFC 220 video: Countdown to Miocic vs Ngannou full episode

Watch the heavyweight championship bout between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou from UFC 220 get previewed in-depth. UFC 220 is coming up and Zuffa has released their trademark Countdown show to preview their next pay-per-view offering. Topping the card are two title bouts from their two heaviest division in Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir.
Watch the full episode below, where they go in-depth on the heavyweight and light heavyweight title bouts.
Go inside the lives of the stars of UFC 220 as they prepare for title fights: heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and devastating striker Francis Ngannou; plus light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and his foe, Swiss knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir.

UFC 220 Fight Card
January 20, 2018 — TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou [HW title]
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Volkan Oezdemir [LHW title]
Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos
Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso
Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Dan Ige vs Julio Arce
Maryna Moroz vs Jamie Moyle
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
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Coach explains why he let Paige VanZant fight with a broken arm at UFC St. Louis

Paige VanZant won’t forget her UFC St. Louis fight with Jessica Rose-Clark any time soon.

VanZant suffered the first decision loss of her UFC career on Sunday night, but has gained a lot of respect from the MMA community after revealing that she suffered an arm fracture in the second round.

“12 Gauge” kept fighting despite the injury, and even escaped a submission attempt later in the second round, but lost the decision in the end.

VanZant informed her coach and corner Fabiano Scherner before the third round that she was injured, and Scherner spoke with MMA Fighting to explain why he didn’t advise her to stop the fight.

“I was asking her to stay away from the clinch and keep the distance to use her boxing and kickboxing, and she said, ‘My arm is broken,’” Scherner said. “She wasn’t feeling any pain, so I thought it could be a fissure, that sometimes hurts as much as a fracture. She said she fractured it in the first round, but she didn’t remember that the spinning back fist was in the second round.

“Everything that happened in the second round led me to believe that it wasn’t a serious injury because the way she continued fighting, you couldn’t notice it. I went back to the corner and asked the other coaches if they thought it was really broken, and they couldn’t give me a concrete answer. I kept telling her to hit with the right hand, and when I saw that she wasn’t throwing punches, I knew it was more serious than I thought.

“It made sense later why she wasn’t defended the triangle attempt the way we trained. We even trained that defense earlier that day, but finding out about the fracture made sense after all.”

After noticing that VanZant wasn’t throwing right hands in the third, Scherner still decided against throwing in the towel.

“I let the fight play out because at any moment she… She wasn’t using her right hand, but I was looking at her face and she didn’t appear to be in pain or anything like that, so I thought it was serious but that she could continue,” he said. “I didn’t think about throwing in the towel. We spoke about it after the fight and I saw the X-ray, I apologized to her for making that call, and she said, ‘It was the right call because I wanted to go back and continue fighting. I would be disappointed if you had stopped the fight.’ I think it was the right call because she really wanted to go back.

”I didn’t ask her if she wanted to continue or not because she would lose confidence in the fight,” he adds. “I want to make clear that it was my decision to let the fight continue, and I would take all the responsibility if something worse had happened. But what matters to me is her opinion about it, and she was happy with my decision. She thought it was the right thing, and that’s what matters to me.”

VanZant is expected to visit an orthopedist in Portland to check if she has any other arm injuries and decide if she needs to have surgery.

“She’s young and will recover quickly,” Scherner said, “but it’s not about recovering quickly, but doing the right procedure so she doesn’t have any issues later in her career.”

The unanimous decision defeat dropped VanZant’s MMA record to 7-4, a 4-3 run since joining the UFC in 2014, but her coach believes that she has gained more respect from fans after fighting with such a serious injury.

“If someone doubted why she was in the UFC, it’s answered now,” Scherner said. “She’s there to fight. I don’t remember anyone else in UFC history, maybe she’s the first fighter to fight through a broken arm. I’ve seen broken noses, broken hands, broken wrists, but a broken arm like that, I think she’s the first. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t see anyone else fighting the way she fought with that injury.”

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UFC 220’s Francis Ngannou warns Stipe Miocic: ‘I am more than that knockout’

UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou spoke to Bloody Elbow about his upcoming title fight versus Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. At UFC 220, Francis Ngannou (11-1) will battle UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2) for a chance to crown his incredible run through the division with a gold UFC title belt. The French-Cameroonian fighter’s opportunity to become the king of the UFC giants comes on January 20th at TD Garden in Boston, MA.
Ngannou got to Stipe Miocic after knocking out former title challenger Alistair Overeem with a thunderous uppercut at UFC 218 in December. The first round stoppage has been a near consensus pick for 2017’s Knockout Of The Year.*
I am more than that knockout. I’m still improving and trying to show people what I’m able to do and I think I can do a lot more than that.
Bloody Elbow asked Ngannou if the plaudits he has received for that uppercut were a point of pride. The 31-year-old gave the impression he wasn’t that fussed about it.
“The thing that makes me happy is for people to know who I am, what I’m capable of doing and what I’m trying to do,” responded Ngannou. “Because I am more than that knockout. I’m still improving and trying to show people what I’m able to do and I think I can do a lot more than that.”
Just because Ngannou does not want people to focus purely on that punch, it doesn’t mean that the former boxer wasn’t delighted with the performance he turned in versus a former K1 and Strikeforce champion.
“I am very happy [with the Overeem performance] because it went as well as I could of hoped for and it basically gave me the right for a title shot. Which I’m taking right away,” said Ngannou.
Ngannou’s title shot comes less than 50 days after his remarkable finish versus Overeem. It will be Ngannou’s seventh fight in the Octagon since he joined the UFC in 2015. Ngannou is perfect in his UFC fights, finishing all but one by KO/TKO. He submitted Anthony Hamilton with a shoulder lock in December 2016.
Ngannou’s impressive UFC run bolstered his overall MMA winning streak to ten fights (and ten finishes). The man he’ll meet on Saturday is also on an stellar run, though. Miocic is currently on a five-fight winning streak; with all victories coming against established UFC talent and all coming via KO/TKO. His last win was over Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 in May 2017.

“He’s good,” said Ngannou of the champion he hopes to dethrone in Boston. “He’s good at everything. He’s good at wrestling. He’s good at striking. But none of that will matter. I have the opportunity here to use everything I have to win. And that’s what I am going to do.”
Ngannou wouldn’t be drawn out on any tactical talk. He said he sees weaknesses in Miocic’s games and that he’s very confident of defeating him, but he wouldn’t say anything more than that.
“If I explain more, then it’s just going to expose my game plan,” he explained, before adding, “I’m really looking forward to doing something spectacular and to show some spectacular skills on January 20th against Stipe.”
UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou will begin airing at 10pm ET on January 20th. In the co-main event Daniel Cormier will defend his UFC light heavyweight title versus Volkan Oezdemir.
*Click here to vote in Bloody Elbow’s year-end award for best knockout.

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Morning Report: Coach John Danaher says ‘no one knows’ if Georges St-Pierre will ever fight again

After four years off from MMA, Georges St-Pierre returned to the cage last year in triumphant fashion, winning the UFC middleweight title with a spectacular submission over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. But as quickly as he came back, St-Pierre left again, vacating his title a month after winning it, stating a recent medical diagnosis of ulcerative colitis as the reason for stepping away from the sport for an undetermined amount of time. Now the question on everyone’s mind is, when St-Pierre will re-return to fighting, but according to one of his coaches, a second St-Pierre comeback is far from guaranteed.

St-Pierre’s coach John Danaher went on Joe Rogan’s MMA Show podcast Monday to discuss his student’s return to MMA and what the future may hold for the greatest welterweight of al- time, saying that no one can be sure GSP returns and suggesting that a second comeback might not be in the cards for St-Pierre.

“The truth is that no one knows because it comes down to medical problems,” said Danaher. “Georges has a problem in his stomach. I’m not gonna claim to be a medical expert but it’s one of the most frustrating things Georges has had to deal with. . . The truth is, no one really knows at this point. Wherever there’s doubt my instinct is to think, ‘Do you really want to come back Georges? You’ve done all this and it was [an] amazing [way to end his career.]’”

St-Pierre’s comeback would serve as a storybook ending to one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport. Having been off four years, GSP came back to become only the fourth fighter in history to win a title in two separate weight classes. But middleweight seems to be a one-time thing for St-Pierre if he should return as GSP had a difficult time keeping his weight up for the training camp. That means that if GSP does return again, it would likely be to the welterweight division, possibly against current champion Tyron Woodley, a fight Danaher says interests them.

“Absolutely,” said Danaher. “I think Tyron Woodley is a great champion. I know he gets a lot of flak but that kid is talented. I think he’s very, very good. I think people say that [GSP doesn’t want to fight Woodley] for reasons so they can motivate someone to fight. There’s a political aspect to it. I think both athletes have a deep respect for each other.

“Tyron Woodley’s a very, very difficult opponent to beat. People criticize his style but people don’t understand the difference between regular fighting and championship fighting. Championship fighting is about winning and losing and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win. That’s the first consideration. It’s nice to impress the crowd, it’s nice to do this or that but ultimately it’s about what you are going to do to win, what you are going to do to beat the second-best guy in the world. That’s a difficult, difficult thing.”

Woodley has been actively campaigning for a fight against St-Pierre since the former champion announced his intent to return but was denied when St-Pierre opted to challenge for the middleweight belt. And though Danaher did say GSP was interested in a fight with the welterweight champ, he also voiced a concern that such a fight doesn’t have the same incentives to get St-Pierre to come back like the Bisping fight did.

“My only reservation is that essentially it’s the same fight that Georges did for a decade,” concluded Danaher. “It’s Georges against another very, very tough welterweight, which he did for 10 years of his life.”


MUST-READ STORIES

$$$. Francis Ngannou says he’s making $500K base pay for his title shot at UFC 220.

Holes. Luke Rockhold says Yoel Romero “has more holes to expose” than Robert Whittaker.

Promotion. Dana White questions Uriah Hall’s preparation and weight-cutting techniques.

Under the bus. Vitor Belfort asks for UFC St. Louis pay but Dana White says he turned down replacement offers.

Sit. Jeremy Stephens says Brian Ortega would rather “sit and wait for a title” than fight.

Missed Fists. Recommended viewing from the non-major MMA events over the weekend.


VIDEO STEW

Countdown for 220.

Embedded for 220.

Taking a look into the champ as he prepares for his toughest fight.

A very ASMR remix.

Some technical analysis of one of the premier kickboxers today.

DC interview.

First Combat BJJ is now up for free.


LISTEN UP

The MMA Hour. Interviews with Cormier, Sonnen, Rockhold, Cyborg, Lima, and more.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC St. Louis, UFC 220, and Bellator 192.

Anik & Florian. Discussing UFC St. Louis and previewing UFC 220.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Can’t call it a comeback until he actually comes back.

Don’t call it a comeback.

A post shared by Cain Velasquez (@officialcainvelasquez) on Jan 15, 2018 at 3:22pm PST

I hope Reebok steps up here.

“Pre-Madonna”

Also, cans? Not even trying to keep it honest.

Dana says a lot of things.

This is terrible.

DC Twitter beefing with some wrestlers.

And Dave Sholler is ready to get in there.

On brand.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Scott Askham (15-4) vs. Michal Materla (25-5); KSW 42, March 3.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2006: Duane Ludwig scored the fastest KO in UFC history when he knocked out Jonathan Goulet in 4 seconds. Officially, the bout is listed at ending in 11 seconds but Dana White and the UFC have retroactively labeled this the fastest finish in UFC history.

2015: At Bellator 132, Patricio Freire submitted Daniel Strauss to retain his Bellator featherweight title.

2016: Cris Cyborg defended her Invicta featherweight title for the final time before jumping to the UFC, knocking out Daria Ibragimova in the first round of the main event at Invicta FC 15.


FINAL THOUGHTS

If you have time, I recommend you go listen to the full pod with Danaher. He’s a guy who clearly spends a ton of time thinking about fighting and it’s a good listen.

Anyway, that’s all for today folks. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL


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Vitor Belfort still waiting for UFC St. Louis payment: ‘Where is the respect?’

Vitor Belfort feels he is entitled to be paid for his canceled co-headliner fight against Uriah Hall at UFC St. Louis. UFC veteran Vitor Belfort was supposed to take on his retirement fight at UFC St. Louis on Sunday night. The supposed co-headliner of the event, however, was scrapped when opponent Uriah Hall ended up in the hospital after a horrible weight cut.
UFC president Dana White later said he offered “The Phenom” replacement fights for the same card and UFC 220, only to be met by a no answer for both.
“We worked quickly and we got Vitor a fight,” White said on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. “He could’ve fought tonight, and he chose not to. So then we got him a fight in Boston; he chose not to fight then. I don’t know who the opponents were, but they told me, ‘We got him two fights — we got him a fight tonight, and we got him a fight in Boston.’ He turned both down.”
Belfort has yet to confirm or deny White’s claims, but as of the moment, what concerns him more is the money that he was supposed to take home.

Antes de qualquer coisa só gostaria de dizer OBRIGADO! Obrigado a todos! Todos que me acompanham, torcem por mim e minha família! Mas hj especialmente quero fazer um agradecimento especial ao colunista @chicobarney pela matéria q publicou no Site uol.com.br Lendo o q escreveu me fez lembrar de cada momento descrito no texto. As críticas, meus sentimentos, sonhos, ideias etc… Em um momento como hj, em q o agora não me faz muito sentido… Difícil entender depois de tanta dedicação e sacrifício. De ter me preparado psicologicamente para me aposentar de um esporte q basicamente ajudei a criar… e simplesmente isso não ter acontecido…Tenho sentimentos conflitantes a respeito do q aconteceu… Mas como disse, lendo a matéria também me lembrei de q muito do que fiz, muitas das ideias e muito do q disse anos atrás, não faziam pleno sentido para mim. Eu simplesmente acreditava q daria certo… Q o Vale Tudo na época se tornaria um esporte. Que nós lutadores, não éramos bárbaros se digladiando e sim atletas. Que tínhamos potencial de sermos “uma empresa” de representarmos marcas e valores. Nada disso fazia muito sentido na época, mas dentro do meu coração, sempre fez … Minha luta de despedida não ocorreu como havia planejado, mas no meu coração sei q de alguma forma lá na frente, TUDO isso fará sentido. Mais uma vez, como sempre fiz e muitas vezes fui ridicularizado por isso. Entrego a minha vida nas mãos do meu Pai q está no Céu. Pq Dele sempre veio a minha paz… Bjo no coração de todos vcs. Agora uma mensagem para o @ufc . Estou à espera do meu pgto @ufc afinal de contas, fiz o que tinha que ser feito ( treinei , estive presente na semana da luta, bati meu peso….) Onde está o respeito!? A post shared by Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (@vitorbelfort) on Jan 14, 2018 at 5:19pm PST

“Now, a message to the UFC: I’m waiting for my payment,” Belfort wrote in a recent Instagram post (translation via MMAjunkie). “After all, I did what had to be done (I trained, I was present on fight week, I made weight…) Where is the respect?”
The 40-year-old Brazilian fighter was already looking at opening gym franchises after his would-be fight with Hall but says he would rethink his retirement decision if offered $10 million or more.
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UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou Fantasy Cheat Sheet

Two titles will go up for grabs at UFC 220 in Boston this Saturday, including a showdown between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and ferocious knockout artist Francis Ngannou. Ngannou has been the talk of the town ever since he rattled off one of the most jaw-dropping finishes in recent memory with his first-round knockout over Alistair Overeem at UFC 218, and now he’ll get his shot at the title. As for Miocic, this fight gives him the opportunity to become the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history based on consecutive successful title defenses if he can get past Ngannou. Also … Read the Full Article Here
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Oezdemir confident, ready to knock out Cormier

Volkan Oezdemir doesn’t come from a hotbed of mixed martial arts, a place known for producing top contenders, world title challengers and champions.“Switzerland is basically known for the banks, the chocolates and the watches,” said the Fribourg native. “These are the three careers you’re entering into when you think about it. Are you working in the banks or in the watch industry?” The 28-year-old is neither a banker or a watchmaker, or a chocolatier for that matter. He is a mixed martial artist, though, one fighting for a world championship this Saturday ag … Read the Full Article Here
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Dana White to UFC fighters: ‘Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights’

Dana White has a piece of advice for UFC fighters demanding “big money fights.” From Tyron Woodley to Demetrious Johnson, Dana White is aware of the “money fight” demands of many on the UFC roster. And according to the outspoken UFC executive, it is all about fighters learning how to promote themselves effectively.
“Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights,” White said in a media scrum after the UFC’s event in St. Louis on Sunday (via MMAjunkie). “It’s getting to a point where Conor McGregor has exploded and become so huge that this whole money fight thing came about. And even if you’re not fighting Conor McGregor, you want to be on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star.
“Don’t worry about Conor McGregor or fighting on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star yourself.”
According to White, those who are deserving of fights with lucrative paydays are those who are high up in the rankings, apart from those who are named Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.
“The only reason there are ‘money fights’ is because of the rankings. A guy gets into the top 10, and then a guy breaks into the top five,” White said. “When a guy breaks into the top five, that’s when everybody is interested in him. And when guys talk about money fights, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
“You know what’s a money fight? Any fight with Conor McGregor is a money fight. There are certain people. Ronda Rousey – any fight with Ronda Rousey is a money fight.”
Woodley once again went on record recently to express his dislike about the current matchmaking trends in MMA, which he believes is mostly about bravado and self-marketing as opposed to fighting their way to the top.
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