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Amanda Nunes’ Coach: “Amanda has all the keys to defeat Ronda”

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On Wednesday UFC president Dana White announced Ronda Rousey will make her eagerly awaited UFC return on December 30th at UFC 207 when she faces the UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Rousey hasn’t fought since losing her bantamweight title last November when she lost in devastating fashion to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Since then the bantamweight title has been held by Miesha Tate and now belongs to Amanda Nunes.

Nunes successfully defeated Tate at UFC 200 with a first round submission to place her at the top of the UFC women’s bantamweight division, a place she will remain after UFC 207 according to her coach and ATT co-founder Conan Silveira. With Rousey not being active in the octagon for over a year Silveira believes ring rust could be a minor factor for the former champion.

“I do believe ring rust is real but it depends on the fighter, if the fighter is at the highest level and still training at the highest level ring rust will be at a very small percentage and I think that’s what it will be like with Ronda, she’s at the highest level so ring rust will play a very small percentage in this fight”

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Rousey’s stand up game came under major scrutiny after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 when many people argued her stand up game was exposed but Silveira believes Ronda lost the fight before it even begun.

“I though Ronda was too emotionally invested in that fight and let her anger takeover”

Since then Rousey has taken a year away from the sport and Silveira believes Rousey’s stand up will have improved but still won’t be the best.

“I believe her striking will be better for sure but still not the best, still not the greatest. In one year you can’t become the best in the world”

Many people believe the current UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is at her best in the first two rounds of a fight but Silveira disagrees and says conditioning has never been an issue with Nunes and believes she has matured as a fighter.

“Conditioning has never been an issue for Amanda, the issue was she used to get a bit stressed before fights and that was the issue, that’s no longer a problem as she has matured as a fighter. Look at Mike Tyson for example he finished a lot of his fights early would you say he didn’t have the conditioning to go the full fight? Amanda has now the perfect balance both physically and mentally, she now embraces the pressure and that’s why she’s the best in the women’s 135 pound division”

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Rousey a former Olympic bronze medalist in judo still poses a major threat to the current champion with her phenomenal ground game but how does Silveira think the fight will go?

“Amanda’s credentials speak for themselves, Ronda has had great success with her judo and submissions in the past but if you can only win a fight one way your going to have problems. Amanda is a complete fighter and has every key to defeat Ronda. I don’t like giving predictions as I never under estimate any fighter but I believe Amanda will frustrate Ronda in the first phase of the fight with her striking”

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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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