On March 17 a pivotal Welterweight match will take place in Dallas, Texas as former champ Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks takes on the streaking, winner of 8 of 9, Matt “The Immortal” Brown. Each man’s last fight was against the current champ “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and a win could give either man a title shot potentially against Lawler.
Hendricks striking is basic with a boxing base. He is a southpaw with a very dangerous left hand that has knocked out Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann among others. Hendricks uses his striking mainly to try and bully his opponents against the cage where he can close the distance, clinch, and use his dirty boxing and wrestling to wear on opponents.
Brown is a more diverse striker coming from a muay thai base. He pressures, like Hendricks, and is very dangerous in the clinch where he throws lots of elbows and knees. Brown doesn’t have the one punch knockout power that Hendricks has but has great conditioning and can throw all fight. When you mix the constant forward movement with volume strikes it can break an opponent mentally. He throws elbows more than any current MMA fighter I can think of and throws them at different angles. Browns biggest concern should be that body strikes seem to hurt him regularly.
Hendricks is a two-time NCAA champ in wrestling from Oklahoma State University. Hendricks seems more comfortable looking for his takedowns from close range and clinch instead of shots form the outside. His striking style of pressuring his opponents to the cage has allowed him to get to the comfort areas where he can have the most success. BJJ Scout did 2 great breakdowns after the Hendricks-St Pierre fight talking about each guys takedowns, but I found the part about Hendricks success in getting and keeping the underhook impressive. Of Hendricks 16 wins, only one has come by submission and that was 7 years ago by Brabo choke. If Hendricks gets the takedown I expect him to look for ground and pound instead going for a submission.
Brown is more of a striker but he does have good grappling. He gets the majority of his takedowns from sweeps and trips in the clinch. Erick Silva was able to take Brown down early in their fight with a body lock, fighting a Division 1 wrestler there’s a good chance he will be taken down if Hendricks wants to. When the fight hits the ground, Browns does own 5 submission wins including 3 by armbar but has 9 submission loses. Even though he has 9 submission loses, Browns submission defense has improved. In his win over Silva, a Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, Brown was in bad positions but able to survive before winning in the 3rd round. If Brown gets on top expect him to go his elbows and to keep up the pressure and volume striking in his ground and pound.
This should be an exciting fight with both fighters looking to get a title shot. I feel that for Hendricks to win he needs to continue to look to close the distance and try to bully Brown in the clinch and look for takedowns. Brown on the other hand, while successful in the clinch, keep this fight at distance and by weary of Hendricks left hand.
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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