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At last – Jessica Aguilar makes her UFC debut this weekend.

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Of the five fighters making their UFC debuts this weekend, none are more recognized outside of the UFC than Jessica Aguilar. She has competed in Bellator, Bodog, HOOKnSHOOT and the World Series of Fighting which were all known for their high level of women’s MMA back before the UFC ever allowed it. At UFC 190, Aguilar will make her debut against Claudia Gadelha, who had a close split decision loss to the current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk before she won the belt. A win here for Aguilar will propel her into the upper echelon of women fighters which much people expected for years.

Fighter: Jessica Aguilar

Division: Strawweight

Nationality: Mexican born American.

Age: 33

Record: 19-4

Team: American Top Team

Previous Organisation: WSOF – World Series of Fighting.

Notable Victories: Lisa Ellis, Megumi Fujii, Angela Magana and former UFC Champion Carla Esparza.

MMA fans the world over rejoiced with the signing of Jessica Aguilar to the UFC. After fighting (and beating) a lot of high level female fighters throughout her career, it is only fitting that she is now able to test herself against the best the UFC has to offer. Her debut is just that. Aguilar will be fighting the woman who lost a split decision to Joanna Jedrzejczyk before she became the UFC Strawweight champion. That woman is Claudia Gadelha, who at 12-1 and coming off the loss to the champ, will be looking to make an example of Aguilar in her native Brazil.

Jessica Aguilar is a very well rounded fighter who has shown to be competent in all aspects of fighting over her 23 fight career. Training at the highly regarded American Top Team in Florida with numerous world class fighters both in and out of the UFC, she has honed her skills and developed a fighting style that not many have been able to overcome. Something I’ve noticed in Aguilar’s game is how she has become more comfortable and relaxed in her recent fights. Whether that’s because she was the champion is unknown but comparing her aggressive style against Esparza four years ago with a more subdued performance against Kalindra Faria in her last fight, it’s hard not to see a difference.

Even with the resume that Aguilar has, I still think that her upcoming fight with Gadelha will be her toughest to date. Not only is she fighting the number 1 ranked fighter in an organization that she has never fought in, but shes going to her opponents home country to try and do so.

With a split decision, there is always going to be debate as to the winner of the fight but in my opinion I believe that Jedrzejczyk was the deserved winner. I will say however that seeing how devastating the champions striking can be, I’m really impressed with how Gadelha attempted to compete in the striking department. This area is something that Aguilar will have to be very aware of as Gadelha is quite explosive for the weight class and packs some power behind her shots. If the fight gets to the ground (which I think/hope it does), then expect to see some high class grappling with both women being well versed in the Jiu Jitsu game. Aguilar is a brown belt and has competed at grappling tournaments in the past but I’d have to give the edge to the Andre Pederneiras black belt in Gadelha.

The woman they call ‘JAG’ comes into this fight as the deserved underdog but don’t let that be an indication as to how the fight will go. There are a lot of unknowns and the potential match ups in different aspects of the fight are very intriguing as a fan. Aguilar can cement a shot at the belt with an upset win but if she can’t, Claudia Gadelha will be looking at a rematch, but this time it’ll be for the belt.

To get more familiar with Jessica Aguilar, here is some highlights of her last fight against Kalindra Faria.

 

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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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