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Four Major Fights Slated For UFC 218 in Detroit!

Four Major Fights Slated For UFC 218 in Detroit!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The octagon will return to Detroit on December 2 for UFC 218 and four major fights are now slated or official for the event.

The pay-per-view event is expected to be headlined by a featherweight title fight between current champion Max Holloway and perennial division contender Frankie Edgar.

Holloway was last seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event where he scored a third-round TKO victory over MMA Legend Jose Aldo, thus becoming the promotions featherweight king. “Blessed” is currently riding an amazing eleven fight win streak.

As for “The Answer”, Frankie Edgar is coming off a second-round TKO victory over surging contender Yair Rodriguez which occurred at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas. Prior to that, the former lightweight champion had earned a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the Edgar vs. Holloway title fight.

The UFC 218 co-main event will feature a clash of the heavyweight divisions top contenders as Alistair Overeem will square off with Francis Ngannou.

“The Predator”, Francis Ngannou, has gone a perfect 5-0 since joining the UFC ranks with all five wins coming by way of stoppage. Ngannou’s most recent win came in January when he TKO’s former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the very first-round.

As for Overeem, the former Dream, Strikeforce and K1 champion is coming off a decision victory over former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum which occurred at July’s UFC 213 event. Prior to that, “The Reem” had scored a third-round knockout over Mark Hunt at UFC 209.

UFC officials have confirmed that Ngannou vs. Overeem is official for the UFC 218 event.

Also slated for the December 2 pay-per-view card is a lightweight battle between TUF 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas where his bout with Dustin Poirier was ruled a no-contest after some illegal knee strikes were landed.

As for Gaethje, the former WSOF champion made his UFC debut this past July against Michael Johnson where he earned a thrilling second-round TKO victory over “The Menace” in a scrap which is thought to be “Fight of the year”.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the highly anticipated lightweight tilt.

The fourth exciting matchup announced for UFC 218 is a flyweight showdown between Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo.

Cejudo is coming off a sensational first-round knockout victory over Wilson Reis.

As for Pettis, Sergio is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Moreno.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your major UFC News!

UFC 215 Fight Card and Start Time

UFC 215 Fight Card and Start Time

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The UFC will invade Edmonton, Alberta, Canada next weekend for UFC 215.

The pay-per-view event is headlined by a flyweight title fight featuring long-time champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Ray Borg.

This is it, folks. This is one of the reasons he declined a fight with T.J. Dillashaw. “Mighty Mouse” will attempt to make UFC history at the event by breaking the record for the most successful title defenses by a UFC champion with 11, beating out Anderson Silva. Johnson was last seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX event, where he scored a third-round submission victory over Wilson Reis.

As for the “Tazmexican Devil”, Ray Borg has strung together back-to-back decision victories over Jussier Formiga and Louis Smolka.

In the co-main event of UFC 215, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will look to earn her second title defense when she rematches top division contender Valentina Shevchenko. “The Lioness” and “The Bullet” first met at UFC 196 in March of 2016, with Nunes emerging victorious via a close judges decision. 

Nunes and Shevchenko were initially booked to rematch at July’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for fights fans, Nunes fell ill in the days leading up to the fight card and was forced to withdraw from the event entirely.

Amanda Nunes was last seen in action this past December at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, where she earned a first-round TKO victory over former title holder Ronda Rousey

As for Shevchenko, “The Bullet” is coming off a submission victory over Julianna Pena which she earned at January’s UFC on FOX event in Denver.

Check out the full UFC 215 pay-per-view lineup below:

Main Card (10 PM EST, PPV)

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens

Preliminary Card (8 PM EST, FS1)

Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker

Preliminary Card (6:30 PM EST, Fight Pass)

Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique
Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins

Be sure to come watch UFC 215 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations, the Westernmost Sports Bar in the U.S.A!

VIDEO | Watch Conor McGregor’s 25 best punches

VIDEO | Watch Conor McGregor’s 25 best punches

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has made a fortune by destroying opponents with his brutal left hand.

“Mystic Mac” became the first UFC fighter in history to simultaneously hold two belts in different weight classes at November’s UFC 205 event in New York, this after he finished Eddie Alvarez via a sensational second-round knockout.

Conor McGregor

Alvarez is not the only opponent to get put away by McGregor’s nasty left hand. Fellow UFC standouts Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier, Marcus Brimage and Dennis Siver have all fallen to the iron left hand of “The Notorious”.

McGregor will face his stiffest challenge to date next weekend when he makes his professional boxing debut opposite undefeated legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

If Conor is to defy the odds and emerge victorious against Mayweather on August 26 he will surely need to do so by utilizing his lightning-quick left hand.

In the following video courtesy of “Boxing Legends TV“, we see the 25 best punches ever landed by Conor McGregor during his time in combat sports.

Check it out.

Do you think Conor McGregor can pull off the massive upset next weekend and thus prevent Floyd Mayweather from retiring with a perfect 50-0 professional boxing record?

Stipe Miocic will defend his heavyweight championship at UFC 216

Stipe Miocic will defend his heavyweight championship at UFC 216

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will attempt to defend his strap for the third time at UFC 216 on October 7 in Las Vegas when he squares off with former division kingpin Cain Velasquez.

The fight was first reported to be in the works on Monday evening by BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor and was later confirmed by James Lynch via mmaoddsbreaker.

Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA) was last seen in action at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over former division title holder Junior dos Santos.

The victory served at Miocic’s fifth in a row, as he had previously scored finishes over Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem.

Meanwhile, Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA) has not competed since 2016 at July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over Travis Browne.

Prior to that, Velasquez had his impressive five-fight win streak snapped by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City, losing his heavyweight title in the process.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Cain Velasquez and Stipe Miocic throw down this October in Las Vegas?