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Zahabi’s First Test in the UFC – Fight Night 105

Nordine Taleb vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio The French Nordine Taleb has been fighting in Canada for his entire MMA career and this weekend faces off against Argentinian Santiago Ponzinibbio. Nordine Taleb is a dangerous Muay Thai style fighter with powerful kicks, a stiff jab and a solid right hand. He’s 12-3 as a professional and 4-1 in his five fights in the UFC. His opponent, Santiago Ponzinibbio, has looked excellent ever since losing to Lorenz Larkin in June 2015. He’s 3-0 in the three fights after that and has managed to defeat recognisable names of Court McGee and Zak Cummings. Ponzinibbio brings forth a high-pressure style of fighting and will look to swarm Taleb, close the...

Tucker’s Dream Debut at UFC Fight Night 105

Sam Sicilia vs. Gavin Tucker Gavin Tucker’s dream of joining the UFC becomes a reality when he debuts inside the octagon in front of friends and family in Halifax this weekend. Tucker has accumulated a 9-0 record in local Canadian promotions, and his last eight fights have been stoppage victories with four via KO/TKO and four by submission. Tucker’s first title defence in ECC and his most recent fight ended when he stopped Chris Coggins with a kick just 37 seconds into the first round. Sam Sicilia entered the UFC in 2012 after competing in the Ultimate Fighter Season 15. He looked impressive early, winning his debut against Cristiano Marcello via stoppage in the second round. Since...

Lewis’ Win Streak in Danger at Fight Night 105

Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne is now the headline event of UFC Fight Night 105 after being moved from last weekend’s UFC 208. The original plan was to set Junior Dos Santos and Stefan Struve against each other before Struve suffered an injury and the fight was cancelled. Now, Lewis gets the matchup he wants in front of a Halifax crowd this weekend. After defeating Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Fight Night 102, Derrick Lewis immediately called out Travis Browne, although he also felt like his performance at the time would maybe result in his plea falling on deaf ears. The Lewis vs. Abruakhimov main event was an ugly one, but ‘The Black Beast’ got...

England Chasing 16th Test Win in a Row in Wales

It was a fantastic start to the Six Nations last weekend, and there’s more action to come on Saturday and Sunday as the tournament progresses. Scotland undoubtedly snatched the headlines with that incredible shock win over Ireland, causing many a pundit to question whether this Scottish side has what it takes to overcome years of disappointment. The English juggernaut keeps on rolling under head coach Eddie Jones, and whether or not you enjoy his style of Rugby, it’s hard not to appreciate the record of 15 consecutive test wins. England travel to Cardiff to play Wales on Saturday evening, in a match that always stokes the fires. Something will have to give at the Principality Stadium...

Uncle Creepy’s Tough Test at UFC 208 Prelims

Randy Brown vs. Belal Muhammad Randy Brown is a big ‘hype-guy’ in the UFC right now – running behind an entrance into the UFC from reality show ‘Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight’ and some impressive victories inside the octagon for a 3-1 record. Brown is a tall fighter who uses his length to his advantage, unlike many we’ve seen inside the cage (Stefan Struve is a classic example). He works off his jab and sets up punches as he makes his opponent miss and then comes forward again with all kinds of strikes to impose pressure on his opponent. His punches have the kind of accuracy that Cody Garbrandt has shown in the UFC, homing in on his opponent’s...

Catching ‘The Spider’ at UFC 208

Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson Anderson Silva, who is one of the greatest competitors in the sport of mixed martial arts returns to action at UFC 208 to battle the ferocious Derek Brunson. Silva is a key draw for the Brooklyn card and will attract plenty of attention, and deservingly so when you consider his striking capabilities inside the octagon. Not just that, but he can also make opponent’s look straight foolish at times, making him one of the most entertaining fighters in the history of the sport as well. The Spider has an extremely tough opponent in front of him this weekend as Derek Brunson looks to make life difficult for his opponent’s in the cage with overwhelming pressure...

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