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Brothers In Arms. The Nogueira Brothers Try to Join History.

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Mixed Martial Arts has a history of family ties. Dating back to the infancy of the sport in terms of the mainstream you had the Gracie family, the Shamrock family, in the days of Pride FC the Rua brothers and Nogueira brothers were almost untouchable. Even fighters like Alistair Overeem and Matt Hughes have brothers who have competed professionally in Mixed Martial Arts and succeeded.

Some of these brother combinations have made it all the way to the UFC Octagon and we will get the opportunity to see a pair of them in Antônio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and his brother Antônio Rogério “Lil Nog” Nogueira as they take on Stephan Struve and Shogun Rua respectively at UFC 190.

Five times in the past, brothers have stepped into the Octagon on the same night and only once has it resulted in a victory for both. In fact, in a total of eight fights, only five of them resulted in wins for members of the brother combinations and twice brother have swept the night.

All the way back at UFC 108, the “King of the Bonus,” Joe Lauzon squared off with Sam Stout the same night that younger brother Dan Lauzon made his long awaited and short-lived return to the UFC stage. Lauzon was tapped by then up and coming 155er Cole Miller with a deep Kimura. Later that night, Lauzon and Stout went the distance in what would go on to be a fight of the night, but “J-Lau” would come up short when Bruce Buffer read the judge’s decision.

UFC 124 was went down in history with brothers Jim and Dan Miller were both on the card. During the prelims, Dan Miller squared off with Joe Doerksen in a back and forth affair that Miller eventually took home a split decision victory. Later that night Jim would step into the ring with previously unbeaten Charles Oliveria and not just walk out with a victory but a finish in the first round earning the submission with a very slick kneebar. This was the first time two brothers had been on a UFC card the same night and both come away with victories.

At UFC 140, the Nogueira brothers were in action. Each brother had an former champion across the Octagon as an opponent with Minotauro facing Frank Mir and Lil Nog squaring off with Tito Ortiz. Early on things went the Nogueira’s way. Antônio Rogério ended “The Huntington Beach Bad Boys” night just over three minutes after it began with a TKO in the first round. Unfortunately brother Antônio Rodrigo’s night didn’t last much longer when he was submitted in the first round by a nasty Kimura at the hands of Mir.

UFC 181 was the culmination of the Ultimate Fighter season 20. The Coaches Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis were set to square off to settle things once and for all. Also on this card was the little brother and assistant coach from TUF 20, Sergio Pettis. In the preliminary Bantamweight matchup against Matt Hobar, Sergio went the full three rounds and gained a unanimous decision. In the Co-Main Event, big Brother Anthony put on a clinic against Melendez before submitting him with a guillotine in the second round to retain his title. This made the Pettis brothers the second brother tandem to win fights in the same night in the UFC.

Finally, we arrive at UFC 185. The card boasted the much awaited and much hyped meeting between Rafel Dos Anjos and then Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. On the undercard, his younger brother and training partner Sergio Pettis took on Ryan Benoit. Sergio put on a good show in the first round landing some heavy punches and kicks to his opponent but in the second he was on the receiving end of a left hook that sent him to the mat and ultimately resulted in Benoit finishing the younger Pettis brother with a flurry of TKO strikes and capping it off with a kick to the behind once the fight was stopped. We all know what happened later that evening with Dos Anjos dismantling “Showtime” in route to becoming the new 155 pound Champion. “The biggest thing I think I’m gonna change is me and my little bro fighting on the same card,” Pettis was quoted telling Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour after the fight. “The first time it went amazing, the second time not so well. He got knocked out, I had to watch that and get up mentally for my fight. Not making excuses or nothing, but the little things could have triggered my performance. He gets knocked out and then you gotta reset the battery, reset everything and try to get back up for the next fight,” Pettis said. “I think it was just a little bit too much for everybody emotionally to go through. Next time if I’m fighting in a big fight like that, it has to be all about me.”

While historically this weekend the Nogueira brothers have a 62.5% chance that one of them will come out with a win and a 40% chance they both will. The emotional aspect clearly has to be taken into account. Like Anthony Pettis stated, being able to reset and put away that emotion from watching your brother take that kind of damage isn’t an easy thing. Add to that, while the brothers Nog have been on the same card before, this will be the first time they are on the same card in their home country of Brazil. Big Nog and Lil’ Nog have been at this a long time, dating all the way back to the early days of PRIDE. In fact, they were on the same card on five different occasions in their PRIDE FC tenures, so this will not be a new experience for either of these two brothers in that sense.

With the Nogueira twins nearing 40 years old, at this point they are much closer to the end of their runs than the beginning, as the old adage goes. Anything can happen in the UFC Octagon, but it sure would be a fitting end to see the brothers go out on top, as the third brother tandem in history to win on the same night, in their home country as the exclamation point on a storied pair of carriers.

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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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