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Exciting War Between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier Ends in Controversy

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Tonight Eddie Alvarez made his first walk to the octagon since losing the Lightweight Championship last November in New York City. In his first title defense, Alvarez and Conor McGregor christened Madison Square Garden, headlining UFC 205. The rest is history, literally, as McGregor became the first person in the UFC to simultaneously hold belts in 2 divisions.

The disastrous 2nd round TKO loss at the powerful and lightening fast hands of “The Notorious” was a huge setback for Eddie in terms of embarrassing ways to lose the biggest fight of his life. But the loss was certainly not enough to expel Alvarez from the upper echelon of the division.

Eddie Alvarez entered UFC 211, headlining the preliminary card on FX, ranked #3 in the division. He battled the #9 Lightweight, fellow McGregor knockout casualty, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier. The latter actually reinvigorated his career following his 1st round TKO loss to McGregor, moving back to lightweight after more than 3 years of success at Featherweight.

In just 14 months, Poirier made a strong impression on the 155lb division winning 4 straight against high-level competition, earning knockouts against 3 of them. He too faced a recent setback. Michael Johnson dusted “The Diamond” in just 1:35 in September 2016. Following the loss, Poirier got back on track with a victory over grisly veteran Jim Miller in a Fight of The Night performance last February.

Though Poirier arrived in Dallas coming off of a win, Alvarez is – without a doubt, the best and most accomplished fighter he has faced in the Lightweight division. [note – The current Lightweight  champion, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier were in the Featherweight division when they fought.]

Redemption was at the forefront of Eddie’s agenda tonight, and a win over Dustin Poirier was absolutely critical if he had any chance to get back into the 155lb title conversation. Although, the perpetually log-jammed division is currently held up (more so than usual) by the champion’s boxing aspirations regarding Floyd Mayweather.

Dustin “The Diamond” came out strong, taking control of the center of the octagon and hunted Alvarez down with crisp striking. He found his range about halfway into the 1st round. And range was the biggest factor. Eddie’s inability to close the distance on the longer man kept him on the end of Dustin’s punches and his takedown attempts were shrugged off with the ease of slipping a jab.

While the 1st round saw a tentative Eddie Alvarez, reminiscent of his performance against McGregor, round 2 looked like a completely different fight. Eddie was scoring early by pressing forward and landing but he quickly paid for his overcommitment when Poirier countered him and rocked him badly. He unloaded a barrage of clean shots that wobbled Alvarez, and the fight looked as if it would be stopped at any moment. But Eddie showed incredible heart. Not only did he survive the onslaught, he turned the tables in his favor. Putting Dustin on the retreat, with his back against the cage on wobbly legs, a big takedown was the beginning of the end.

Eddie Alvarez began to unleash some ground and pound when he got overzealous and threw a pair of illegal knees to the side of Poirier’s head as he lay turtled on the canvas, flattening him with the 2nd one. Herb Dean declared the fight a no-contest due to an accidental foul in the 2nd round.

 

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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