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Derrick Lewis Rallies, Finishes Shamil Abdurakhimov in 4th Round

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Derrick Lewis wins at UFC Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. — For the second month in a row, the UFC took center stage in “The Empire State” with a full slate of fights.

Rather than three championship bouts on the main card; however, prospects in the heavyweight and light heavyweight division were on display. Of the young fighters stepping into the octagon, no one possessed more hype and fan excitement than Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis.

Lewis, who was headlining the first card of his UFC career on Friday night, entered on a four-fight win streak, three of which were finishes.

Make that five consecutive wins and four finishes.

Despite being frustrated by a lack of aggressiveness from Shamil “Abrek” Abdurakhimov, Derrick Lewis (17-4, 8-2 in UFC) stayed patient and eventually worked the action to the ground, in which he ground and pounded his way to a fourth-round finish.

“That was one of my terriblest fights of all-time,” said Lewis. “I didn’t like my performance at all.”

Abdurakhimov, who experienced great success by catching kicks and landing takedowns, took the battle to the ground in the first. Immediately, the Russian tried a key lock submission but was unable to induce a tap.

Regardless of Lewis standing up with ease, “The Black Beast” had no significant strikes and clearly fell behind on the scorecards.

Nothing changed in the second round as Lewis exchanged more with a right eye injury (occurring via an Abdurakhimov punch) than his opponent.

“He got me in my eye. I’m still seeing double vision,” revealed the victor post-fight.

Although Lewis began to find the range with powerful right uppercuts, wild strikes and another caught kick resulted in a third takedown by “Abrek.”

Abdurakhimov kept top position on the ground until “The Black Beast” tried a leg lock. The Russian escaped without any harm before landing his fourth takedown at the end of the round.

Slowly but surely, Lewis gradually ramped up his activity. However, without technical strikes, Abdurakhimov took advantage of his opponent’s swing and miss punches while sending the bout to his terrain.

Likely down 30-27, Derrick Lewis understood a finish would be necessary for victory.

He did just that.

“The Black Beast” changed from kicks to knees, landing with more efficiency and to the chin of Abdurakhimov. Furthermore, once Lewis took top position, via a takedown, right hooks exploded into the head of “Abrek.”

After gaining full mount, Lewis unleashed a flurry of strikes, causing referee Dan Miragliotta to cage “The Black Beast” with one minute and 44 seconds remaining in the fourth round.

“That was my plan,” said Lewis of pacing himself and eventually winning via ground and pound.

With his victory, Lewis recorded his seventh knockout win since 2014, passing lightweight champion Conor McGregor for most. Nevertheless the fact, Lewis emphasized his disappointment.

“S***, I was going to say I wanted Travis Browne or Mark Hunt, but this performance right here is some bull s***,” said Lewis. “I’m going to sit my ass down.”

Shamil Abdurakhimov is now 2-2 in the UFC, 17-4 overall.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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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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