Luis Santos vs Ben Askren II
Anyone who saw the first fight between Luis Santos and Ben Askren would say that it was the first time they saw Ben Askren, outclassed in a fight. Luis Santos was controlling Ben Askren for the whole of round 1 until an accidental eye poke led to a no contest. Askren sure wouldn’t underestimate Santos this time. and Santos would be ready should Ben comes with a new gameplan created by his team at RoufusSport. It would be fun for MMA fans to finally see a fighter who could give Ben Askren a run for his money.
Marat Gafurov vs Jadamba Narantungalag
Marat’s back to back victory against top title contender Rob Lisita and Ev Ting is impressive enough for him to face the reigning welterweight champion Jadamba. Jadamba has not fought in almost a year, but the division where he is the king keeps on moving with contenders coming in and out. Marat will be a tough match for Jadamba but a win over him will justify Jadamba’s position as the champion.
Ariel Sexton vs Shinya Aoki
3-1 in his last 4 fights with victories over 2 top lightweights Eddie Ng and Peter Davis have placed Ariel Sexton as one of the top lightweights in ONE Championship. Sexton offers flashy striking and accurate wrestling on top of his high-level BJJ in his MMA game. Those skills will be a fun thing to watch against a high-level grappler such as Shinya Aoki. Will Aoki’s BJJ be too much for Sexton or will Sexton’s striking be a key in a victory over Aoki? Or will we see an exciting grappling showcase between the two blackbelts? So many exciting questions needed to be the answered if these fighters meet in the cage.
Anatpong Bunrad vs Eugene Toquero
One of the most memorable matches in One Championship history was the fight between two high-level strikers in Anatpong Bunrad and Geje Eustaquio. It will not hurt to see another high-level striking match between Anatpong Bunrad and Eugene Toquero. Both fighters are coming off a victory and a fight between them will determine the next flyweight contender for Adriano Moraes’s belt. A friendly advice, don’t blink if these two fighters face each other.
Mark Striegl vs Kevin Belingon
After suffering back to back losses in his early outings in One Championship, Kevin Belingon has evolved and proved himself to a be a dangerous fighter in the bantamweight division. Mark Striegl submitted then undefeated bantamweight Casey Suire in his debut and a victory over Belingon will put him in line for a shot at the title but if Belingon can defeat Striegl then it would take off the gatekeeper status away from him and will finally put him in line to face whoever wins between Bibiano Fernandes and Toni Tauru.
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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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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