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BJ Penn Enlists Help of Jon Jones’ Nutritionist for UFC Return

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Working with the Interim UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones is seemingly paying dividends for weight management guru and expert nutritionist Lou Giordano, as it was announced he has picked up yet another high profile client.

As he gears up for his return to competition, UFC legend BJ Penn has enlisted the help of Giordano and his weight management business Lou-Trition as part of his preparations. Early this year the Hawaii native, now aged 37; announced his intentions to compete once again after an 18-month hiatus and will face Cole Miller in a Featherweight bout at UFC 199 in Los Angeles on June 4th.

The PR department at Lou-Trition released the following statement yesterday;

Former UFC Lightweight & Welterweight Champion BJ Penn has hired weight management specialist Louis “Loutrition” Giordano to prepare him for his return to the Octagon against Cole Miller on June 4 at UFC 199. Penn will be fighting for the first time since July 6, 2014 and for just the second time as a featherweight.

“I am extremely excited to be working with Louis as I have witnessed firsthand how well Loutrition works,” said Penn. “When I made the decision to train with Greg Jackson, it was to make sure I was at my best physically, mentally and emotionally. Watching Lou work with Jon Jones and Andrei Arlovski has shown me how important it is to understand what I am putting in to my body. I am looking forward to competing on June 4 and having Lou in my corner.”

Giordano has been working with many athletes and mixed martial artists, most notably, Eddie Gordon, UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and UFC interim light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. His belief is not in cutting weight, but managing it. He is against drastic weight cuts as well as re-hydrating via IV. With determination, hard work and will power, Giordano has helped change the lives of many. After witnessing fighters struggle to cut weight, he decided he needed to help them avoid suffering any long-term health issues.

“I have been a lifelong fan of BJ Penn. I remember watching him and knowing I was witnessing a guy who was changing the sport,” Giordano stated. “When I arrived in New Mexico to work with Jon Jones and realized that BJ was here, I was extremely excited about meeting him. When we spoke about the possibility of working together, I thought back to the time when I watched him compete. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work with a legend.”

In his last fight with the UFC, Penn made his debut at 145lbs but was soundly beaten via 3rd round TKO by Featherweight title contender Frankie Edgar. At least in Penn’s eyes, this abject performance in the main event of the TUF season 19 Finale was in large part due to his nutrition and weight cut; a task he had paid famed nutritionist Mike Dolce, a reported $20,000 to oversee. In autumn of 2014 the two traded barbs as to who was to blame for the perceived lack of focus on Penn’s nutrition, in particular in the hours after Penn had weighed in; with Penn telling journalists;

“I figured that paying this guy $1,000 a day, I could just focus on the fight and Dolce would focus on the food and weight cut. But I guess that was my job to focus on the food, and my weight, and the money was charity for the Dolce Diet.”

As the PR statement shows; “The Prodigy” is just the latest in a host of high-profile UFC fighters, including Jon Jones and Andre Arlovski, to have enlisted Giordano’s services. Penn’s move to employ Giordano, who is a long-time critic of Dolce’s methods, is seen as a sound move by many and Penn will hope that it will help him have a winning return to the octagon come June 4th in Los Angeles.

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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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