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Cain responds to ‘American who thinks he’s Mexican” Werdum jibe

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The heat is really cranking up in Mexico City ahead of this weekends UFC 188 card headlined by Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.

Earlier in the week in UFC 188 Embedded 1 we saw Interim champion Werdum (19-5-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) say that he feels “more Mexican” than the man who holds the official title, citing support from the local crowd and the fact that he’s been to Mexico more than 20 times. Velasquez, Werdum went on to say that Velasquez is “an American who thinks he’s Mexican.”

Well in the latest embedded video below, Cain responded to Werdum’s jibe:

This war of words between the two continued when they crossed paths yesterday in the JW Marriott, the hotel where fighters are staying before the card on Saturday. Werdum is said to have offered a handshake to Velasquez who seemingly declined, Cain is quoted to have said: ‘You talked about me, and I don’t like that’.

It appears the fire between the two has finally been lit. A unification bout for the UFC Heavyweight title should arguably of had more build up that this but at least the final few days before Saturday haven’t failed to ignite our excitement further.

Event: UFC 188: “Velasquez vs. Werdum”
Date: Sat., June 13, 2015 on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico

UFC 188 PPV Main Event:

265 lbs.: UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez vs. Interim Champion Fabricio Werdum

UFC 188 PPV Co-Main Event:

155 lbs.: Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez

UFC 188 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Kelvin Gastelum
145 lbs.: Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa
115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Tecia Torres

UFC 188 FX Prelims (8 p.m. ET):

125 lbs.: Chico Camus vs. Henry Cejudo
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Efrain Escudero
135 lbs.: Alejandro Perez vs. Patrick Williams
155 lbs.: Johnny Case vs. Francisco Trevino

UFC 188 Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET):

185 lbs.: Augusto Montano vs. Cathal Pendred
145 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez vs. Clay Collard
170 lbs.: Albert Tumenov vs. Andrew Todhunter

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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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