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This weekend Cage Warriors make their long-awaited return to the emerald isle with a stacked card which includes both amateur and professional bouts. The last time the promotion held a fight card in Ireland was back in 2014 in the Helix, Dublin when Joseph Duffy submitted Damien Lapilus in the Main Event of the evening.

This time round Karl Moore is set to headline the card against TUF veteran Josh Clark for 205lb strap. This will be Moore’s 4th time fighting under the Cage Warriors banner coming out successful on each occasion. Currently on a 2 fight win streak following his sole loss to current UFC light heavyweight Paul Craig, Moore hopes to pick up the title and replicate the success of the previous title holder, Michael Bisping.

Fighting out of Xtreme Couture, Josh Clark is entering territory this weekend in hope of taking the title back stateside with him. Clark is well-known for competing in the 19th season of the ultimate fighter, after winning his opening fight he lost out on a majority decision to Corey Anderson in his next fight in the competition ending his UFC hopes. Coming off a knockout win in his last fight against Brent Knopp another win in Dublin could reignite his chances of getting a call up to the UFC.

Prior to the card’s headliner, we will get to see Catherine Costigan back in action after 15 months out. Catherine’s return to Cage Warriors will see he go up against Wendy McKenna in what looks to be an outstanding atomweight matchup.
Currently, on a two-fight skid, Costigan is eager to get back to winning ways in front of a home Irish crowd. Despite injuries setting her back last year, Catherine is confident she is t her best coming into this fight and is determined to put on a show for the Irish fans.

Her opponent, Wendy McKenna is only new to the professional MMA scene making her debut back in 2016 where she picked up the decision win at BCMMA 17 against Ella Wu. This time round she faces one of Europe’s toughest females in Costigan, a win here for McKenna here would be a big statement for her moving forward in her career.

Undefeated Joe “The SBG Hunter” McColgan has made a big name for himself around the regional MMA scene recently. His outstanding win over Peter Queally at BAMMA 26 which shocked many was a big statement for McColgan as he claimed another SBG head. This time round he is off hunting elsewhere as he takes on experienced French fighter Arnold Quero in a highly anticipated lightweight bout.

Quero will be looking to get back to winning ways in this fight after his 7 fight win streak was put to an end at Cage Warriors 79 when he was finished by Dean Trueman in 12 seconds. “Silverback” is known to like to stand and trade with his opponents finishing 9 of his fights via TKO/KO, he will be hoping to get past the slick all round game of Joe McColgan and hand him his first career defeat.

In what could potentially be the fight of the night, two of Ireland’s brightest prospects are out to impress in their upcoming fight. Cork native Darren O’Gorman is on a mission to become cork’s first ever UFC fighter with a big win over SBG fighter Blaine O’Driscoll in this bout. O’Gorman was last out against Gary Morris where he submitted Morris with just under 2 minutes left in the fight to bring him back to winning ways once again.

Currently, on a 2 fight win streak, Blaine O’Driscoll has really broken into the regional MMA scene and made quite a name for himself following two dominant performances in his last two outings. Now he will be looking to keep the recent streak going and repeat what his SBG counterpart Frans Mllambo did to his opponent when they met.

This fight card is not to be missed as Cage Warriors make their return to Ireland, tickets are still available on Ticketmaster for the event. The full fight card is as follows:

PROFESSIONAL CARD
Karl Moore (7-1) v Josh Clark (10-3) – Cage Warriors light-heavyweight title (205lbs)
Catherine Costigan (5-2) v Wendy McKenna (1-0) – atomweight bout (105lbs)
Joe McColgan (2-0) v Arnold Quero (13-5, 1 NC) – lightweight bout (155lbs)
Darren O’Gorman (4-1) v Blaine O’Driscoll (3-1) – bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Hughie O’Rourke (pro debut) v Arann Maguire (0-1) – bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Håkon Foss (7-3) v Martyn Harris (4-2) – welterweight bout (170lbs)
Lloyd Manning (2-0) v Paul McBain (2-0) – featherweight bout (145lbs)
Eric Nolan (pro debut) v Marcin Zembala (pro debut) – catchweight bout (150lbs)

AMATEUR CARD
Bill Farrell v David Piotrowicz – light-heavyweight bout (205lbs)
Richie Stack v Pawel Politylo – featherweight bout (145lbs)
Mark Gallivan v Makinde Adeyemi – welterweight bout (170lbs)
Francis Treacy v Stephen Treacy – lightweight bout (155lbs)
Austin Lynch v Alex Brophy – bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Colm O’Regan v Mateusz Kopyto – catchweight bout (161lbs)
Ivan Blanita v Gary Coffey – welterweight bout (170lbs)
Gary Wallace v Darren Sarsfield – catchweight bout (161lbs)
David Whelan v Brandon Myers – bantamweight bout (135lbs)
Adam Darby v Leon Hill – lightweight bout (155lbs)
Barry Hanna v Matthew Whyte – catchweight bout (132.2lbs)

 

 

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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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