In Australia there are three MMA events we can watch this weekend. The UFC is live from Brazil, Invicta from Missouri, and Valor is live in Tasmania. Even taking a cursory glance at UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg (UFC Fight Night 95) it’s clear that this card is stacked. You can catch UFC Fight Night live on Sunday, 25th September. Early prelims are on Fight Pass from 8.30am Sydney time. The prelims and main card are on Foxtel from 10am on. Invicta FC 19 can be viewed on Fight Pass from 10am Saturday morning. Valor 15 can be seen live in person in Tasmania on Saturday, 24th September. Rizin Fighting Federation is also putting on an event this weekend, but trying to watch it legally in Australia will be a bit tough.
Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino Venancio and Lina Lansberg headline the UFC Fight Night this week. This is an interesting matchup…We know that Cyborg is terrifying, coming in on a 16 fight win streak, 14 of those by KO/TKO. Cyborg’s last loss in MMA was her first fight…over a decade ago. It’s also well documented that Cyborg struggles to cut down to 135lb. This fight will be at a catchweight of 140lb, which is still tough for her to make.
I’m told Cris Cyborg weighed 155 pounds this AM. 14 pounds left, 48 hours to go.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 21, 2016
Her opponent, Lina Lansberg, makes her UFC debut as a headliner with a 6-1 record. Lansberg has a long list of Muay Thai titles dating back to 2006, but she is not a big name in MMA world outside of Europe. One would have to assume that if the UFC matchmakers have put this young lady up against Cyborg, filling the main card position, she must have some skills.
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Then there’s Renan Barao and Phillipe Nover. Despite having lost 3 of his last 4, Barao is obviously still one of the very best in the featherweight division. The former champion should have the edge over Nover, who is yet to face a competitor as skilled and well rounded as Barao.
Before that we will see the Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva square off. If you’ve seen Nelson fight before, you’ll know that his appearance in deceptive. Nelson has defeated some high level athletes, but when facing the elite of the division, has often fallen short. Silva has taken a tremendous amount of damage recently, and looking back on his MMA record of recent times isn’t encouraging. There’s no animosity in this matchup, both men sound confident.
Opponents not enemies, with @roynelsonufc … 🇧🇷🇺🇸 Somos oponentes e não inimigos, no hotel junto com o amigo Roy um cara q respeito e tenho muita admiração mas dia 24 de setembro iremos sair na mão pois somos profissionais…. “Por isso q amo esse esporte” 🇧🇷🇧🇷 #ufc #brasilia #paraiba #campinagrande #lutar #fé #profissionais
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If you have the time try to catch the whole card. We’re being absolutely spoiled this weekend.
Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino Venancio vs. Lina Lansberg – Catchweight 140lb
Renan Barao vs. Phillipe Nover – Featherweight
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva – Heavyweight
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Paul Felder – Lightweight
Thiago Santos vs. Eric Spicely – Middleweight
Godofredo Pepey vs. Mike De La Torre – Featherewight
Gilbert Burns vs. Michel Prazeres – Lightweight
Rani Yahya vs. Michinori Tanaka – Bantamweight
Jussier Formiga vs. Dustin Ortiz – Flyweight
Erick Silva vs. Luan Chagas – Welterweight
Alan Patrick vs. Stevie Ray – Lightweight
Vicente Luque vs. Hector Urbina – Welterweight
Glaico Franca vs. Gregor Gillespie – Lightweight
If you’re unaware, Invicta FC is an all female MMA organisation. Jennifer Maia is set to defend the interim flyweight title against Roxanne Modafferi. The co-main event will see atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki go up against Jinh Yu Frey. A bit further down the card Tiffany Van Soest and Kalyn Schwartz face each other to make their professional MMA debuts. There are some excellent fights on this card, we’re particularly interested to see how the talented kickboxer, Tiffany Van Soest, continues her transition into MMA.
Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi – Flyweight
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey – Atomweight
Irene Aldana vs. Faith Van Duin – Bantamweight
Manjit Kolekar vs. Kaline Medeiros – Strawweight
Tiffany Van Soest vs. Kalyn Schwartz – Strawweight
Julia Jones vs. Stephanie Skinner – Atomweight
Amber Leibrock vs. Amy Coleman – Featherweight
Ashley Greenway vs. Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir – Strawweight
If you’re in Tasmania over the weekend you can catch VALOR 15 in Launceston on Saturday, 24th September. Doors open at 6pm with the first fight set to start at 7:30pm. Doesn’t look like you’ll be able to stream this one, so you’ll have to make your way down south if you want to see it live.
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