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Dana White says Rousey vs. Nunes could be set before the end of the year

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UFC President Dana White spoke in an exclusive interview with Combate.com Sunday night regarding the UFC’s women’s divisions. He spoke about some of the well-known fighters, including current bantamweight champion, Brazilian Amanda Nunes, as well as former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. He also spoke about the possibilities of adding a new women’s weight division to the promotion.

When Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm last year at UFC 193, the women’s bantamweight division received a shake up like it  never had before.  Since November 2015, when Rousey lost the belt there has been three champions, each unable to defend the belt. Rousey held the belt from February 2013 until November 2015, and successfully defended it six times. The loss of Rousey has refreshed the bantamweight division and has found a new list of names with staying power at the top. Now with the rumored return of Rousey, the question on everyone’s mind is when will she return, and against who? Dana White addressed this in his interview with Combate (translated with

Now with the rumoured return of Rousey, the question on everyone’s mind is when will she return, and against who? Dana White addressed this in his interview with Combate (translated with Google translate) “There is a great chance of Ronda fighting Amanda Nunes and I am very confident that Ronda will probably fight before the end of the year.” UFC 207 is scheduled to take place on December 30 in Las Vegas, NV, this could be the card that will most likely receive this matchup if it happens.

In addition to the bantamweight title picture, White was asked about the possibility of adding another weight division for women in the UFC. With the success of the bantamweight division and the strawweight division, there were rumors that the UFC could be adding another division, possible the 145lb division, especially to accommodate one of the biggest women’s stars around in Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. To this point, White said:  “If the 135 and 125 divisions continue to grow, then yes we could create a flyweight (125) division.  At this point, I think the strawweight division is getting more talents emerging, so it would be better to form a lighter division such as 125 lbs. In regards to the heavier division, I do not see it happening in the near future.” 

So where would this leave a fighter who could not make 135, such as Cyborg? According to, White she would continue to fight at a catchweight for the time being, until a point in the future when the featherweight could become successful, or she was able to make the cut to 135.  White spoke of this when he said: “I think Cyborg has made it clear that she cannot cut to more than 140 lbs, we have some very good girls in the bantamweight division who would like to move up in weight to take on this challenge.”  Cyborg will be fighting this Saturday night at UFC Brasilia.

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

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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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