The featured UFC Fight Pass preliminary bout at UFC on Fox 20 had Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (13-3-1) facing off against James “Moonwalker” Moontasri (9-3) in Welterweight action. Oliveira was 3-2 in the UFC and was coming off of a 1st round submission loss to Donald Cerrone. Before the loss to Cerrone however, Oliveira was on a 3 fight win streak, including a 1st round submission victory over KJ Noons and a performance of the night worthy TKO of Piotr Hallman. Oliveira would be looking to get back into the win column against Moontasri. Moontasri held a 2-2 record in the UFC, most recently a 1st round TKO of Anton Zafir. “Moonwalker” also holds a submission win over Cody Pfister and came into the fight looking to keep his momentum going.
The fighters touched gloves to begin the round before circling. Moontasri threw a spinning back kick but missed while Oliveira missed with a kick of his own before shooting for a takedown. Moontasri defended well, even after being lifted off his feet by Oliveira. They stayed against the cage with Oliveira in the dominant position before Moontasri was able to reverse the position. As Oliveira went for a knee to the body, the knee landed lower than intended and Moontasri immediately buckled and looked to be in a tremendous amount of pain. Doctors and officials entered the cage as Moontasri was in the fetal position before rolling to his back. Moontasri did get back to his feet after a few moments and it looked like he was going to attempt to continue.
After a few minutes pause, Moontasri agreed to continue and both fighters touched gloves again. The fighters exchanged kicks but nothing landed until Moontasri landed a high kick to the chest. He then landed a jumping knee to the head as Oliveira went for another takedown. Oliveira answered with a knee of his own but Moontasri used that shot to flip and gain the dominant position against the cage. They exchanged knees to the legs and body as they battled for position before Oliveira again reversed the position and began to look for a takedown. Oliveira landed another big knee to the body and another that almost looked low again but Moontasri didn’t seem affected. Moontasri landed a big elbow to the face of Oliveira and Oliveira answered with one of his own, followed by a series of uppercuts. They end the round against the cage.
Both fighters came out in traditional stances. They exchanged punches before Oliveira went for another takedown and landed another knee when it was blocked. The fight once again became a battle for clinch dominance against the cage. Oliveira landed another knee to the body, followed by an uppercut. Oliveira finally secured a takedown into half guard at the midway point of the round and began throwing short punches to the body of Moontasri. Moontasri attempted to stand up but ended up with Oliveira mounted on top of him. Another attempt by Moontasri saw Oliveira end up back in half guard but the Brazilian was clearly getting the better of the ground exchanges. Oliveira postured up and began to land massive shots from the top position to the head and body of Moontasri. Moontasri attempted again to get back to his feet and while he was successful this time, he ate several big knees in the process. They finished the round back on their feet in what was a big round for “Cowboy”.
Both fighters started out circling and looking for an opening. Moontasri went for a spinning back fist but didn’t make much contact. Oliveira landed a big right hand, which Moontasri then answered with one of his own as both fighters began swinging for the fences with Oliveira landing another right hand before securing the takedown into full guard. Oliveira kept landing short, powerful shots to the head and body of Moontasri as Moontasri looked to be exhausted. Moontasri’s left eye had some noticeable swelling as Oliveira began hammering the midsection. Moontasri opened his guard and looked like he may be attempting to stand but after another big shot to the head by Oliveira, Moontasri closed his guard again in an attempt to mitigate the damage. Oliveira appeared to be targeting the left side of the body of Moontasri , particularly the rib cage. As Moontasri attempted to push Oliveira off of him, “Cowboy” landed another big punch to the face before going back into Moontasri’s guard to end the round.
Winner by Unanimous Decision: Alex Oliveira (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
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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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