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Brock Lesnar making return at UFC 200

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As if UFC 200 couldn’t be any more spectacular news has just emerged that the man himself, Brock Lesnar, will make an impressive return at UFC 200.

Ariel Hewani, as reported on MMA Fighting.com, stated that the UFC are in legitimate talks with Mr. Lesnar to perhaps have him on the already perfect card. A few hours later the news we all are gagging for has been confirmed: Brock Lesnar IS making a return to the UFC – his opponent? We’ve not a clue yet.

The former heavyweight champion left WWE in 2004 and began a short spell for the NFL. After being cut, he went on to competing in professional wrestling where his interests changed towards MMA. Lesnar fought for the UFC after an appealing debut win however he sadly lost his first UFC fight against Frank Mir. He then went on to defeating Randy Couture to capture the Heavyweight title where he then avenged his loss to Mir. A phenomenal win vs UFC Interim Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin made Lesnar the undisputed champion. Things were looking great for the champion and many speculated whether he’d ever lose again now he has the belt but Cain Velasquez answered the question with a shock win. After losing once again against Alistair Overeem, Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC.

Fans around the world, even WWE fans, were teary-eyed to hear the fate of Brock Lesnar. A freak of nature, an absolute monster in the octagon and most of all the former UFC heavyweight is retiring from the organisation.

Lesnar once again returned to his homeland of WWE and his hopes of returning, in the eyes of his fans, were long gone. So much so White revealed he had contacted Lesnar last year inquiring about a possible return to the UFC as his current WWE contract was close to expiring however it was revealed that Lesnar had decided to stay with WWE.

Now the main question that is most definitely circulating the web is who will his opponent be? Mark Hunt is a possibility. When Daniel Cormier pulled out of his title fight against Jon Jones, Jones posted a video to social media calling out any heavyweight or light heavyweight fighter to throw their hand up and accept Jones’ terrifying proposition. Almost instantly Mark Hunt replied, stating that he wants the fight. Hunt was adamant that is was going to be him and many people, even myself, believed Jones’ fate was going to be the heavyweight Mark Hunt but sadly it wasn’t. Hunt has proved in the past that he will take on anyone at any time so Lesnar shouldn’t be a problem.

The final option would be Frank Mir again. Who wouldn’t love a grudge match between those two? Mir spoiled the Lesnar hype train when he made his UFC debut. But Brock got his well-deserved redemption after becoming the HW champion. Surely Mir will be frothing at the mouth if he is offered this fight, and if he accepts it then UFC 200 will have bad blood splattered all over it.

 

The ancticipation is finally over and we can confirm Brock Lesnar will be competing at UFC 200. We can finally see the tamed beast back in the Octagon. Who will his prey be? For now, we won’t know.

 

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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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