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5 Potential Fights for Georges St. Pierre

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After recently announcing his free agency on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani this week, The world of mixed martial arts has been salivating at the potential match-ups for the former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Here are 5 fights that could potentially happen for St. Pierre if granted free agency by the UFC.

Ben Askren

Askren is undoubtedly the best 170-pound fighter outside of the UFC at the moment and is currently dominating the competition in the One FC in Asia. With an undefeated record which currently stands at 15-0 with 1 no contest, Askren would give GSP a great test in his return. Askren has publicly stated on social media that he would be interested in fighting St. Pierre if given the opportunity.

Andrey Koreshkov

The current Bellator Welterweight Champion, Koreshkov has already defeated one former UFC Champion, Benson Henderson. Koreshkov is certainly a force at 170 pounds, regardless of promotion, and would make for an incredible matchup. Even though St. Pierre’s Tristar teammate Rory MacDonald carries the Bellator banner now, two remain adamant that a fight between the two of them would never happen. St. Pierre vs. MacDonald remains a dream fight for many mixed martial arts fans throughout the world, but Koreshkov is the matchup should Georges move to Bellator.

Jake Shields/Jon Fitch

Both Shields and Fitch have fought St. Pierre in the past for the welterweight title in which St.Pierre came out victorious. The two are currently scheduled to fight in New York City this December for the WSOF welterweight title and would certainly love to rematch St. Pierre if given a chance.

Tyron Woodley/ Stephen Thompson

The UFC released a statement regarding St. Pierre stating that St. Pierre was not a free agent and is still currently contracted by the UFC. If his next fight will be in the UFC, then who better than the champion, whoever that might be upon his return. Current champion Tyron Woodley is set to defend his title against Stephen ” Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden and many wouldn’t argue against St. Pierre getting the next shot if he were to return to the UFC.

Anderson Silva

The man who many consider the greatest of all time has been on the decline since dropping the title to Chris Weidman back in 2013 but a dream fight with St. Pierre has always been on the top of many fan’s wishlists. The two fighters were both dominant during their title reigns and a fight between the two has often being discussed even as recently as last week when rumors circulated the two were going to fight at UFC 206 in Toronto.


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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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