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Relive Francis Ngannou’s KO of the Year Over Alistair Overeem (UFC 220 Free Fight)

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Francis Ngannou climbed up the UFC heavyweight ranks quickly capped off with the knockout of the year of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is the last hurdle for Ngannou at UFC 220 on Saturday, January 20, live on Pay-Per-View.

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Tune in Saturday, Jan. 20, for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou full results and live fight stats, with the first bout slated for 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com. 

The card is headlined with the heaviest fights possible, as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic puts his belt on the line opposite fast-rising knockout artist Francis Ngannou. 

If Micoc wins the bout, he would set a UFC record for most heavyweight title defenses at three, which goes to show how explosive the power is in the division. Hardly anyone could be a better example of that explosiveness than Ngannou, who left jaws hanging open when he landed the knockout of the year on Alistair Overeem late last year. It was the victory that placed him in front of Miocic at UFC 220.

There’s no drop-off in the UFC 220 co-main event, as light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier attempts to defend his championship from another fast-rising talent in Volkan Oezdemir.

Don’t Worry About Hawaii Missile Scare, Max Holloway’s Got This!

Hawaiian citizens arose to a ballistic missile alert on Saturday morning, but hours later, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, who happens to be Hawaiian, assured his fellow islanders that he’s got their backs.

A cell phone alert went out early Saturday morning, warning that a ballistic missile was headed towards Hawaii, sending people into a panic. The alert was waved off as a “false alarm” a short time later.

After everyone was reassured that the alarm was an accidental alert and nerves settled a bit, Holloway took to twitter, taking a shot at the false alarm with a photo of him kneeing a missile, unofficially making him Hawaii’s homegrown missile defense system.

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Mads Burnell Wins the War Following Near Miss on Mike Santiago (UFC St. Louis Highlights)

Check out highlights from Mads Burnell’s decision win over Mike Santiago at UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday in St. Louis.

The fight promotion returns to Boston next on Jan. 20 for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou. The promotion’s first pay-per-view vent of the year, UFC 220 features heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic putting his belt on the line against Francis Ngannou, while light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier looks to cement his champion status opposite Volkan Oezdemir.

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Watch Rampage Jackson KO Joey Beltran in Bellator MMA Debut (Full Fight)

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Look back at Bellator 108 Rampage Jackson vs. Joey Beltran. And don’t miss Rampage Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen at Bellator 192 as they kick off the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

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Kamaru Usman and Emil Meek Breakdown Their UFC St. Louis Match-Up

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Welterweights Kamaru Usman and Emil Meek face off on Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 main card in St. Louis and give their takes on the match-up.

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Follow along for UFC Fight Night 124: Stephen vs. Choi Full Results and Live Stats on MMAWeekly.com on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.

Marco Polo Reyes Floors Matt Frevola (UFC St. Louis Highlights)

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Check out highlights from Marco Polo Reyes’ knockout victory over Matt Frevola at UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday in St. Louis.

The fight promotion returns to Boston next on Jan. 20 for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou. The promotion’s first pay-per-view vent of the year, UFC 220 features heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic putting his belt on the line against Francis Ngannou, while light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier looks to cement his champion status opposite Volkan Oezdemir.

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Irene Aldana Boxes Her Way to First Octagon Victory (UFC St. Louis Highlights)

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Check out highlights from Irene Aldana’s decision victory over Talita Bernardo at UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday in St. Louis.

The fight promotion returns to Boston next on Jan. 20 for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou. The promotion’s first pay-per-view vent of the year, UFC 220 features heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic putting his belt on the line against Francis Ngannou, while light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier looks to cement his champion status opposite Volkan Oezdemir.

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Kyung Ho Kang Returns from Military Service to First-Round Finish (UFC St. Louis Highlights)

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Check out highlights from Kyung Ho Kang’s first-round submission victory over Guido Cannetti at UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday in St. Louis. It was Kang’s first fight since fulfilling his mandatory South Korean military service.

The fight promotion returns to Boston next on Jan. 20 for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou. The promotion’s first pay-per-view vent of the year, UFC 220 features heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic putting his belt on the line against Francis Ngannou, while light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier looks to cement his champion status opposite Volkan Oezdemir.

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Jessica Eye Survives Massive Head Kick to Win! (UFC St. Louis Highlights)

Check out highlights from Jessica Eye’s decision victory over Kalindra Faria at UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday in St. Louis. Eye survived a massive head kick to get the win in her UFC flyweight debut.

The fight promotion returns to Boston next on Jan. 20 for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou. The promotion’s first pay-per-view vent of the year, UFC 220 features heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic putting his belt on the line against Francis Ngannou, while light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier looks to cement his champion status opposite Volkan Oezdemir.

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Darren Elkins Comes From Behind to Choke Out Michael Johnson (UFC St Louis Results)

Known for his remarkable comebacks, Darren Elkins did it again at UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday night in St. Louis, coming from behind to take out Michael Johnson.

Elkins and Johnson entered this fight at opposite ends of the spectrum. Johnson had lost four of his last five fights at lightweight, so made the move down to featherweight. Elkins, meanwhile, was on a five-fight winning streak and ranked No. 10 in the UFC 145-pound division, a rather rude welcoming committee.

Records may not tell the full tale, however, as Johnson has always put on exciting fights, and showed how good he is early on in the fight with Elkins.

Johnson was sharp out of the gate, lighting Elkins up with punch combinations. Elkins quickly started looking for a takedown, but Johnson was on-point, stuffing every takedown Elkins attempted in the opening round.

Darren Elkins

Each time that Elkins would shoot, Johnson would stuff it and land punch combinations, frequently combined with low leg kicks that would buckle Elkins. 

Johnson’s straight left was particularly damaging, staggering Elkins on several occasions and bloodying his nose.

Elkins fired back, but his one-off punches didn’t carry the same weight as Johnson’s combinations that were accompanied by superior speed and timing.

Johnson started quick again in the second frame, landing a left hook, but Elkins finally found his timing and secured the takedown that had eluded him in round one.

Elkins immediately posted up from top position in Johnson’s half guard, dropping hammerfists, punches, and elbows on his head. Just when it looked that Elkins might keep Johnson on his back for the duration of the round, the former lightweight scrambled out from under him.

He wouldn’t escape Elkins’ clutches, though, as Elkins found his way to Johnson’s back during the scramble. He locked on a body triangle, accompanied by a rear-naked choke. Johnson tried for a time to defend, but it was too deep and he tapped out at 2:22 of the second round.

“I get in there, they start throwing punches. Guys like Michael Johnson, they don’t throw fake punches, they knock people out usually. But I take ‘em; I take ‘em well. And when I’m still in your face after I take them it really breaks you,” Elkins said after the fight.

“That rear-naked choke, I was setting that up all fight camp.”

The victory moved Elkins to six consecutive victories, edging him one step closer to UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, who is currently slated to face Frankie Edgar in the UFC 222 main event in March in Las Vegas.

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Elkins certainly has his sights on the UFC championship, but knows he’ll likely need to take another fight before that happens.

“I want the No. 1 contender. I think that’s realistic. I got six (consecutive victories). The only one that had more wins than me, a better win streak than me, is Max Holloway himself. I want the fight that’s going to get me to the title.”

Having suffered back-to-back losses to Holloway, former champ Jose Aldo currently sits at No. 1 in the UFC featherweight division.