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Aljamain Sterling thinking retirement?

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When you’re an up-and-coming, undefeated UFC fighter, it can be hard to find someone willing to raise their hand for a fight they know they might lose.

Aljamain “Funk Master” Sterling (11-0, 3-0 UFC) is going through this exact situation at moment, and it may force the talented 26-year old to take a different path in his career. He’s a fighter that can’t get a fight.

His last appearance in the Octagon was a third-round submission win over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Fox 15 in April.  With no fight lined up at the moment, Sterling took to Instagram with a Bad-luck Brian Aljamain meme and rant about current situation:

Ain’t that some ishh?? Working my butt off every time I go to practice with dreams of winning #UFC gold since I was a college student. Training and studying instead of partying. Not doing drugs and not chasing females around because I had one true goal. A burning desire to finally be the best in the world at something. Came up short for High School wrestling, and college wrestling. Now this “is my shot” is slowly starting to feel like this “was my shot.” I’m a realist and in doing the math, I will not be able to have a financially stable future if things don’t change. I teach my students to focus on what you can control and the only thing in my control right now is furthering my education and hoping I get my big break into MMA. This sport has so many ups and downs, it’s highs and lows, and overall great experiences and perks of being a UFC fighter. With that said, it doesn’t last forever and if you aren’t at the top of the game in your division, count your blessings if you’re able to retire with any money, and with your body and brain intact. Ultimately, this path was my choice and I have no regrets. Just things I’d like to do better and recommend others to do better than I did. At the end of the day. I love this game… #TeamFunk

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Currently sitting at #6 in the UFC’s Bantamweight rankings, there’s not too many ahead of him in line to the title:

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While Sterling is conceivably a couple of fights away from the title, the matchup that makes the most sense from the rankings standpoint would be a fight against Bryan Caraway, who is coming off a victory over Eddie Wineland at UFC on Fox 16. As for the rest of the top 5: Michael McDonald is inactive, Urijah Faber has an upcoming fight against Frankie Saenz at UFC 194, Raphael Assuncao is still recovering from an injury, and Cruz and Dillashaw are scheduled to clash for the title in January. Another exciting matchup, although a bit lower in the rankings, would be #10 Thomas Almeida, however he is currently scheduled to fight Anthony Birchak at UFC Fight Night 77.

The UFC may think Funk Master is ready for the upper echelon of the bantamweights.  In which case, we could see Sterling standing opposite former champion, Renan Barao, who is in need of a new dance partner after losing his rematch against the champ, T.J. Dillashaw in July.

It’s certainly unfortunate that a very talented fighter such as Aljamain Sterling would even have to contemplate ending his career because a fight is hard to come by. Hopefully someone will step up to the challenge and keep this exciting talent active in the UFC.

Who do you think will step up to fight Aljamain? Let us know @MMALatestnws!

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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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