VANCOUVER, BC — From a pair of showdowns between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson making a name for himself and proving he is worthy of a title shot, the welterweight division has provided some of the most entertaining contests of 2016.
This evening’s main event between Demian Maia and Carlos Condit was a little different — or more accurately, much shorter.
Entering with a five-fight win streak, Brazil’s Demian Maia had bounced back terrifically from the first multi-loss skid of his career. More specifically, the 38-year old strung together dominant decision victories over the likes of Alexander Yakovlev, Ryan LaFlare, and Gunnar Nelson while peppering in second round submission finishes on Neil Magny and Matt Brown. Maia, as a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is a master on the canvas and was looking to engage in a ground battle with his newest opponent.
After five championship rounds versus Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, many felt “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit became the welterweight champion of the world. However, two of the three judges didn’t view the contest the same way, ultimately spurring talks of retirement from the battle tested 32-year old. The speculation aside, UFC fans around the world were thrilled the former interim welterweight champion returned to the octagon with the intent of knocking out another opponent and making the case for the third title shot of his career.
From the start, the American was swiftly switching stances and keeping a low center of gravity as a precaution to Maia’s black belt jiu-jitsu skills. Unfortunately, his game plan didn’t work. Maia, scoring a takedown in the first minute, quickly transitioned into side control with the intent of earning his 9th submission win. While The Natural Born Killer defended the best he could, the Brazilian quickly took the back of his opponent and started his pursuit for a rear naked choke. Within a matter of moments, the left bicep of Maia was constricted around the chin of Condit and the result of the fight was sealed.
He Said It (Part I)
“Because right now, I think this is six [wins] in a row. And this guy is just the former champion. This guy is the guy who has been knocking out everybody. This is the guy, who I watched his fight against Robbie Lawler and the first line there, and many people thought he won. I also think [that]. So for me, he was the champ,” stated Maia on why he was so much emotional in victory. “I knew it would be a hard fight. I’m just so happy that I think now I earned a title shot. Now, finally, I will get the chance to fight for the title.”
He Said It (Part II)
“First off, congratulations to Demian. Mad respect to him as a martial artist and as a man. As far as my future, I have no idea,” said Condit. “We will just have to see. Obviously, I am disappointed tonight. What are you going to do? It wasn’t my night.”
He Said It (Part III)
“He (Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson) will fight first and I will wait for the winner of [Tyron] Woodley and Wonderboy,” revealed the victor of his future plans.
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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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*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)
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)
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)
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.
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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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