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Aleksei Oleinik scheduled to collide with Curtis Blaydes at UFC 217

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By Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)

(NY City, New York)  On November 4, 2017, UFC 217 will be coming to Madison Square Garden in New York City.  UFC 217 is bringing an explosive main card to ‘The Big Apple’. Among this extraordinary lineup is the heavyweight matchup between Aleksei (Alexey) Oleinik and Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes.

Blaydes posted news of the fight himself via Facebook, which was confirmed to MMA Latest by his management team. Rumors of the fight began on MMA Today, which was later made official when the UFC announced the fight along with many others.

Oleinik is forty years of age and hails from Moscow, Russia.  He is an accomplished veteran mixed martial artist with a professional career that reaches as far back as the late 1990’s. He is currently ranked 11th in the world and brings an enormous amount of fight experience into the cage.  Oleinik is known as ‘The Boa Constrictor’ due to winning forty-five of his fifty-two victories by submission.  ‘The Boa Constrictor’ is coming off a big win in July of 2017 over tough heavyweight Travis Brown.  Oleinik finished Brown with a rear naked choke in round two.  Oleinik’s last loss was July of 2016 against Daniel Omielanczuk by way of majority decision.  He had put together an impressive eleven fight win streak that spanned a two and a half year period, prior to the loss against Omielanczuk.

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes will be entering the cage with a professional MMA record of 7 – 1 (1-NC).  He is ranked 15th among world heavyweights.  The ‘Razor’ is fourteen years younger and will have a sizable height and weight advantage over the Russian.

“Curtis will have twenty – thirty pounds on him (Oleinik), Curtis is a wrestling national champion who can bench press five hundred pounds,” explains Rick Guerrero of Mata Leon Sports Management to MMA Latest.  “Aleksei is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter.  We will avoid the takedown and focus on the striking,” continues ‘Razor’ Blaydes manager.

It will be important to keep it a stand-up fight in order for Blaydes to gain a favorable outcome.  ‘Razor’ is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 213 in July of 2017.  Blaydes – Oleinik has the makings to be an interesting contest.  The fight appears to be a classic battle between experience and youthful strength.  Seasoned fighter versus rising star.  There is no doubt the winner will climb closer to the UFC heavyweight top ten.

Current UFC 217 Fight card:

  • (185 lbs) Middleweight – (C) Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping (30-7) vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2) *UFC Middleweight Championship*
  • (135 lbs) Bantamweight – (C) Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt (11-0) vs. #2 T.J. Dillashaw (15-3) *UFC Bantamweight Championship*
  • (170 lbs) Welterweight – Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (13-1-1) vs. Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal (32-12)
  • (185 lbs) Middleweight – Johny ‘Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks (18-7) vs. Paulo Henrique Costa (10-0)
  • (265 lbs) Heavyweight – #11 Aleksei ‘The Boa Constrictor’ Oleinik (52-10-1) vs. Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes (7-1) 1-NC
  • (205 lbs) Light Heavyweight – #8 Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson (10-3) vs. #12 Patrick Cummins (10-4)
  • (205 lbs) Light Heavyweight – #15 Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-4) vs. Ion ‘The Hulk’ Cutelaba (13-3) 1-NC
  • (135 lbs) Bantamweight – Ricardo Lucas Ramos (10-1) vs. Aiemann Zahabi (7-0)
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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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