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Edgar Dominates Rodriguez, Earns TKO by Doctor Stoppage

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Stylistically Frankie Edgar and Yair Rodriguez have very few similarities, besides intangibles like grit and the refusal to succumb to adversity. Physically, their body types are at opposite ends of the spectrum within the lightweight division. What is somewhat similar, however, are the career trajectories of both fighters.

Frankie Edgar was once the young lion that was quickly climbing the ranks, rapidly evolving from a collegiate wrestler into a complete fighter and eventually a Champion at 155lbs. He has done nothing but improve along the way and father time continues to treat him well. In this UFC 211 fight, Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez was the hungry up-and-comer that was out to prove himself, and he stepped up for the toughest challenge of his career. Some questions were certainly worth consideration when this match was announced.

“El Pantera” has made light work of many opponents, but has yet to show his resilience under extreme pressure. Frankie Edgar, on the other hand, has shown an uncanny ability to return from the brink of defeat. In fact, he may be the most notorious fighter to do so in the history of the sport. See an example here (at 1:23). Then again, the fight in the video clip is 5 1/2 years old, thus Frankie’s proven chin would still be an x-factor for the wily vet going into this match.

As Frankie’s evolution has seen his head movement, footwork and hand speed improve to the level of any decent pro boxer, Edgar is able to close the distance and use his range extremely well against a majority of taller opponents. In this fight every thing that makes him great was on full display, and perhaps most importantly – he went back to what got him to the dance: old-fashioned American wrestling.

One would think that the most likely gameplan would be to avoid standing up with Yair. Edgar did nothing of the sort. He stayed in control of the standup and scored often with punch combos, darting in and out of range as only he can do.

And just when it seemed the fight would remain there, “The Answer” took Rodriguez down and pummeled him with precise and powerful shots. The damage caused severe swelling and some bleeding to the left eye of his opponent, and many analysts on Twitter scored the round 10-8 for Edgar.

Round 2 was a repeat of the 1st, only this time Yair Rodriguez briefly had control of a leg and appeared to be within reach of a submission. But Edgar was too crafty and his submission defense kept him in topside control where he continued to batter his opponent with punches and elbows.

During the break after round 2, the doctors took a very close look at Yair’s eye which was swollen shut and at least twice its normal size. The referee called a stop to the contest prior to the start of round 3. Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor stoppage).

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

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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

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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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