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Canadian TUF: Nations winners look to take their divisions by storm

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With a few seasons now the UFC’s show The Ultimate Fighter has been criticised by some for not producing the same breed of talent as it did in it’s earlier days. However, the TUF: Nations Canada vs Australia series has produced some top class contenders for the Lightweight and Middleweight divisions in winners, Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou. Both Canadians are the only Canadian winners of TUF in history and both did it on the same night (Laprise fighting first that night therefore first Canadian TUF winner).They are both undefeated fighters and are thriving in the UFC as of late. Both men are threats to their division and are ones to watch in the future.

Laprise(10-0) was originally in the UFC Welterweight division after winning TUF: Nations at the weight although he moved down a weight class in his next fight. He also previously fought in Bellator for a 1 fight spell.Now 3-0 in the UFC Laprise is looking to move up in the rankings. He won a hard earned victory against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the TUF final before moving down to Lightweight taking on Yosdenis Cedeno picking up his 2nd victory in the UFC. At UFC 186 he impressed even more defeating Bryan Braberena in an entertaining fight which earned Fight of the Night. Laprise holds an impressive stand-up game and is a hardworking fighter, with all of his fights in the octagon going the distance he outdid his opponent every time and is a proven menace to his division. With such a broad range of abilities backed up by an outstanding record could he be a fight or two away from a ranked opponent? Maybe Masvidal would be an interesting opponent for the future, who knows? Supposing he continues to be a success, I believe this would be a great match as both men like to grind down their opponents. Laprise is on the rise being a prospect for future greatness.

Theodorou(11-0) is a highly anticipated fighter that won the TUF: Nations Middleweight tournament. Similarly to Laprise he holds a 3-0 record in the UFC and has also previously fought for Bellator. Since beating Sheldon Westcott in the finale via TKO, he has gone on to fight on two more occasions. He beat Bruno Santos in his next fight winning by way of a unanimous decision and no recently gone on to fight at UFC 185. His bout at UFC 185 earned him some criticism from the media, but it did not stop him breaking Roger Narvaez down to pick up a 2nd round TKO. With a bad boy personality, he shrugs off all his boo boys (Unlike Iaquinta, sorry I couldn’t resist) remaining as confident as could be. Theodorou has some good kickboxing skills obtaining a 12-0 record in his career with wrestling to back it up, which he utilizes when possible. A personality and a good record can bring you a long way in the fight game if you continue to back up your talk, Theodorou may look to use this to push into the rankings in his coming fights. Maybe about with Roan Carneiro who is 2-3 in his last 5 could be in order, well I would certainly be intrigued to see this happen anyway, logically why doesn’t he deserve the chance? Alike his fellow Canadian he is a promising athlete for the future and certainly one not let go under the radar, that goes for Laprise too.

Both men are certainly great fighters with huge potential moving forward in their careers. Previously there has been only 2 Canadian UFC champions, both in the Welterweight division, GSP and Carlos Newton. They have both created history in the UFC for Canada, also have Laprise and Theodorou. Both TUF: Nations winners may look to advance further in the UFC and take the title one day. It will be fascinating to see them develop in the coming years, Both previous title holders could certainly be inspirations to these to men and they could look to accomplish more with their guidance in the future, if they seek it. These guys could be going places and from what we’ve seen from Canadian MMA in the past we could see in these in the future, watch them closely in their coming fights they are forecasted for great things.

See also the article: http://www.mmalatestnews.com/the-canadian-mma-scene-views-from-an-outsider/ by James Edwards, who gives a broader display of Canadians in the UFC at the moment as well as giving his view as an outsider.

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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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