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Chris Weidman targets Jon Jones and 205 division



UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been sitting pretty on his throne since he finished Anderson Silva to win the title in 2013. He’s successfully defended it three times and is set to take on Luke Rockhold in December.

Although he has a heavy task against Rockhold, Weidman is looking toward the future and eyeing new challenges.

During a Twitter takeover with the New York Mets during their Aug. 14 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, a fan asked Weidman about moving up to the light heavyweight division.

Another asked Weidman about who he’d like to face and the middleweight champion responded with one name.

Jones hasn’t fought since January when he defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, which marked his eighth successful title defense. He made headlines in April after being arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The UFC suspended Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title for violating the promotion’s Athlete Code of Conduct.

Although it’s not uncommon for former champions to move up or down weight classes after they’ve suffered a few losses, it’s rare to see a world champion make that move while he’s currently on top of his own weight division. Prior to interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor coming to the UFC, 145 titleholder Jose Aldo teased a run at lightweight.

There’s been some speculation of Weidman moving up to light heavyweight and he certainly wouldn’t be the first UFC champion to do so. Silva, Rich Franklin and Murilo Bustamante are former 185-pound champions who enjoyed some success at 205.

I think Weidman would do well at 205. The UFC could either give him a tune up fight with someone in the lower top 10 in his light heavyweight debut to see how he’d fare against a well-known opponent. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira or even Glover Teixeria are possible opponents for Weidman’s first foray at light heavyweight.

If the UFC wanted to give Weidman a crack at the title, he would face the current champion, Cormier – who may want to fight if the “All-American” defeats Rockhold in an embarrassing manner.

With Weidman saying he won’t pursue 205 for a couple of years, there’s a good chance he’d faces Jones. The former champion will have returned – and probably have a fight or two under his belt – in that time frame. He may even be champion once again.

But does a fight between Jones and Weidman make sense? Stylistically it would be a close match. Both fighters are well-rounded and have great strength. Jones may be unorthodox, but so is Silva.

From a business perspective, this fight would do well in numbers. There’s no even ground with Jones – fans love him or hate him – while Weidman is probably the third-most popular UFC champion, behind McGregor and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. It also gives the UFC a chance to promote a super fight between two of the promotion’s most dominant champions. If Weidman isn’t the champion in two years – unlikely as that may be – they could promote it as a bout on par with Silva vs. Nick Diaz, hopefully with better and entertaining results.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



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



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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams



Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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