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Cast for TUF 23: Team Joanna vs Team Claudia revealed

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The full roster for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter has been revealed via a press release from the UFC. Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and number one contender Claudia Gadelha serve as rival coaches on this season to a crop of up and coming light heavyweight and strawweight fighters. The first episode of this season airs on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

This season is full of international talent, including the coaches; Jedrzejczyk is from Poland and Gadelha, a Brazilian. The cast of fighters competing to emerge from the TUF house includes natives from across the globe including countries such as France ,Norway, Canada, Brazil, England, Algeria, Netherlands, Spain, and fighters from across the United States. There will be twelve episodes that air each Wednesday on FS1, culminating with the season finale that will see coaches Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha face off for the strawweight belt on July 8, 2016, as a part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Below is the full roster for TUF 23 –

Strawweight

  • Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich.
  • Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash.
  • Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash.
  • Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England
  • Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain
  • Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo.
  • Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England
  • Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif.
  • Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England
  • Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Light Heavyweight

  • Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria
  • Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.
  • Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.
  • Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas
  • Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.
  • Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.
  • John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.
  • Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio
  • Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway
  • Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil
  • Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.
  • Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France
  • Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.
  • Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.

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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.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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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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