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Aisling Daly: ‘McGregor was inspirational, now give me my chance at UFC Dublin’

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UFC strawweight Aisling Daly had chills watching her teammates and long term training partner Conor McGregor make history last Saturday night as he won the UFC Interim Featherweight Title in the biggest featherweight fight in history. Daly, who trains at SBG Ireland with teammates such as Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan, Gunnar Nelson and McGregor, said McGregor’s performance was the mark of a true champion.

Daly told MMA Latest News:

“Conor’s win was spectacular and inspirational to watch. To see him being taken down, keeping calm and composed getting back to his feet was amazing. The mark of a true champion to come back from adversity and win. I was so happy and proud for Conor. To see that all our hard work as a team paid off and that everything we have all worked for so long is finally happening.”

Daly, who has trained with McGregor long before the bright lights of the MGM in Las Vegas, said the champion had plenty of ups and downs before his success at one point even considered leaving the sport.

“It wasn’t obvious from the beginning that Conor was going to make it, like any of us life brought him ups and downs. There were points were it looked like he wasn’t going to stick at MMA. There was a change in him at one point and he decided to dedicate himself to the sport fully and the results have been astounding. Hard work and perseverance can achieve a hell of a lot’.

Daly last fought at UFC 186 and lost by unanimous decision to Randa Markos. Markos replaced Claudia Gadelha with just two weeks notice and the last minute change of opponent didn’t bother Daly as she believes the opponent is irrelevant.

“The change in opponent didn’t put me off at all. It makes little difference to me who is standing across the octagon from me. My mind is my biggest asset and my biggest flaw. Sometimes it gets me exactly where I want to be and sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless of opponent it’s all about me in there.”

Daly will travel to UFC Glasgow this weekend with teammate Paddy Holohan. She boasts an impressive 15-6 record and has now set her sights on fighting at UFC Dublin this October.  Aisling admitted to being devastated by missing out on last years card and the Dublin native said she’s ready to take on the best in the world.

“I am not 100% confirmed to be on the card, although the UFC definitely knows of my interest to compete on it. I would be highly disappointed if I wasn’t on the card. Having missed last years event which was heart breaking enough for me, I would be absolutely devastated to miss this one. I am hopeful I will be there though.”

“To me, I have always wanted to fight the best in the world. I don’t care who it is. Whoever the UFC give me I will be happy with. I just want to fight.”

To see if Daly gets her wish and gets on the UFC Dublin card, keep up to date with MMA Latest News on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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