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Derek Brunson vs Uriah Hall Set For UFC Hidalgo Co-Main

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It was announced during UFC 200 that there would be a UFC card coming to Hidalgo, Texas on September 17th. At the time, the event was announced but no fights were revealed. That changed today as the main and co-main events for the event were announced. The main event was posted earlier in the day via an Instagram post from Michael Johnson who revealed he would be headlining the card against Dustin Poirier. It has now been announced that the co-main event of the evening will be the long anticipated face-off between Middleweights Derek Brunson and Uriah Hall.

Derek Brunson (15-3) is on a 4 fight winning streak, with 1st round finishes in his last 3 fights, including a vicious 1st round TKO of Roan Carneiro in February. Brunson is a dynamic striker with 7 knockout/TKO victories to his name, but he’s no slouch on the ground either as he’s submitted 4 of his opponents as well as being a 3-time All-American wrestler in college. Originally slated to fight Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200, Brunson was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury. Now that he’s healthy again, Brunson will surely be looking to make a statement in what is arguably he biggest fight of his career so far.

Uriah Hall (13-6) is 2-1 in his last 3 UFC fights, most recently suffering a decision loss to Robert Whittaker in November of last year. Prior to the decision loss however, Hall had notched 2 KO victories, a 1st round win over Oluwale Bamgbose and a highlight-reel worthy 2nd round ko over Gegard Mousasi. Hall is primarily a counter-striker with devastating knockout power, particularly with his kicks. Hall is most well known for his thunderous spinning hook kick KO of Adam Cella on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. With 8 wins by knockout and 2 by submission, Hall is much like Brunson in the sense that he doesn’t like to let fights go the distance. Hall was slated to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 198, but was ultimately removed from the card after Silva was forced out due to injury and gallbladder surgery. Hall will be looking to return to the win column against Brunson.

Adding to an already exciting matchup is the fact that Brunson and Hall have been engaged in a war of words for months, particularly over Twitter. Both fighters picked up the feud shortly after the fight announcement.

Brunson appeared to reignite the verbal battle with a tweet directed at Hall.

Hall wasted no time in responding.

This is a matchup that many fans have been hoping would happen and they will get their wish September 17th in Hidalgo, Texas.

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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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 ‚ÄúOvertime‚ÄĚ 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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