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“It’s a Joke!” Herbert Burns reaction to Marat Gafurov vs Kazunori Yokota for the featherweight title

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Undefeated One Championship fighter Herbert Burns(6-0) was frustrated when he discovered that he as been push aside from the title picture. Featherweight(155lbs) champion Marat Gaurov(13-0) will be defending his title against Japanese, 38-year-old Kazunori Yokota(25-5) on One Championship Thailand on the 27th of May. Yokota, who is making his promotional debut, is currently the Deep featherweight champion with a massive 13 fight winning streak since 2011. Yokota last defeat was at the hands of former One Championship featherweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag via 1st round KO.

“It’s a joke!” Herbert exclaimed. “They were supposed to offer me the title fight. My manager got in touch to them and asked for the fight. They didn’t reply and now this… I earned my title shot. He never fought for the organization and gets his shot. Before, it was Nguyen for the interim title. ONE is scared of me becoming a Champion and that’s the truth. I’m ready to fight since November and they know that. They made clear before, that my last two fights were title contenders fights”

Since his impressive win over Russian prospect Timofey Nastyukhin in September of 2015, the Brazillian have been calling out Marat Gafurov on social media. This revelation made Herbert feel that the promotion is against him.

“I earned that shot.” Herbert reiterated.” I fought against the very best in the division. My last two wins were via 1st round submissions. They are not treating the Brazilians with respect… Adriano Moraes for example was supposed to have his rematch for the title but it didn’t happen. I have a five fight winning streak, it is unreal that they are bringing a fighter that never fought with the promotion and gave him my title shot.”

It is definitely puzzling that One Championship has opted for a fighter outside the promotion for the title shot when they have a willing, undefeated contender that the fans are already familiar with. Herbert feels that his exclusion was due to the promotion’s business direction.

“I believe that they want to build the Asian and the Eastern European market.” Herbert said. “Maybe they feel that having another Brazilian Champion is bad for the business. The only thing I can say is that I am the only one on the division with the merits for the shot at the title. This fight makes no sense for me and for the fans!”

One Championship last Brazilian champion was Adriano Moraes who lost his belt to Kairat Akhmetov in November 2015. One Championship has also been very active in moving towards the Eastern European market, just recently conducting fighter try-outs in Kazakhstan. If what Herbert claims is true, it would not serve well for the Brazillian’s MMA career as he is still obligated to fulfill his contract in One Championship.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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