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Alberto Mina knees his way through Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 90

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By the time UFC Fight Night 90 kicked off on Thursday evening, International Fight Week had already given us so much, not all of it good.

Jon Jones’ removal from the UFC 200 main event against Daniel Cormier, for a potential violation of the USADA anti-doping policy, came only three days ahead of the biggest event in the promotion’s history. It is an overbearing story that has taken International Fight Week on a wild ride of reactionary outrage and a search for potential opponents.

Time then to get back to what ultimately brings all of us to the carnival in the first place. Fights. Ultimate Fight Night 90 was packed with good ones too, including a welterweight preliminary headliner between 16-fight UFC veteran Mike Pyle, and undefeated Brazilian Alberto Mina.

Round 1

A tentative start from both fighters ate up the first minute of the fight, with Mina eventually throwing the first meaningful combination of the bout, a trio of punches that all missed their mark. Neither fighter seems comfortable opening up, as a Pyle leg kick is caught by Mina who drives forward and takes Pyle to the mat. The 40-year-old veteran wraps Mina up from the bottom and neutralises his opponent’s offense, with referee Jason Herzog quickly standing the fighters up. Back on the feet Mina continues to look like the more dangerous fighter, landing a pair of solid left hooks that send Pyle tumbling to the mat. Mina follows up but struggles to develop an assault, as Pyle utilises his guard to recover. Mina eventually lets Pyle get back to his feet, before completing a double-leg takedown to take the fight back to the mat. With only seconds remaining, Pyle looks for a guillotine as Mina wags his finger, signalling that he is in no danger as the round ends.

Round 2

As the second round begins you have to think that the judges scored the first for Mina. Pyle tries to get back into the fight throwing a high kick that doesn’t land, and ends with him forced to the mat again. Mina is unable to gain a dominant position as Pyle gets back to his feet, but the Brazilian is able to catch another kick attempt that has Pyle scrambling back across the cage. Pyle turns around to face his opponent again, only to see Mina going airborn with a flying knee that connects with Pyle’s jaw. The former WEC champion drops and can do no more than cover up as Mina swarms for the finish, forcing Jason Herzog to stop the bout at the 1:17 mark.

Result

Alberto Mina defeats Mike Pyle via TKO 1:17 Round 2

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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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