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EXCLUSIVE: Bellator 182 Headliner Chidi Njokuani Faces Former Champ Andrey Koreshkov

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12-1-1 in his last 14, and riding a 7 fight win streak, Chidi “Chidi Bang Bang” Njokuani appears well within reach to a shot at the Welterweight Championship if he gets past Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 182. Set for the 25th of August, on the eve of Mayweather vs McGregor, Njokuani will headline the Bellator card in his first trip to New York.

He joined MMA Latest News ahead of the Main Event bout to talk about his expectations, not only of the fight, but where an impressive win will put him in the Bellator Welterweight title picture. “Whatever I’m doing is working.” he told MMA Latest,  “I just gotta (sic) stay focused; not really get too caught up in the politics and I’m going to shine eventually.”

Njokuani is certainly correct in his assertion that his formula works. Undefeated in Bellator, at 4-0 in the promotion, his upcoming headliner may be the opportunity to shine that he longs for. His opponent, Andrey Koreshkov is a former Bellator Welterweight Champion, who was succeeded by the current Champ, Douglas Lima, who he defeated to win the belt from 2 years ago. The rematch was one of only 2 losses in all his 21 fights.

When specifically asked, Chidi stated that Bellator officials made no mention about whether or not his fight with Koreshkov is a title eliminator to determine a number 1 or 2 contender. However, with a simple audit of the Welterweight roster, one could speculate that the winner of this fight will face either Champion Douglas Lima or perhaps recent UFC defector, Rory “The Red King” MacDonald.

Though it has not been explicitly stated by Bellator, Rory MacDonald appears to be the clear number one contender to the 170-lb tile; based on his resume and his recent destruction of knockout artist Paul Daley. “You know how it goes, with politics and what-not. I wouldn’t doubt it if Rory got a title shot the day he got signed, but I don’t really care.”

Despite the stakes, Njokuani said he is unfazed by the pressure of the situation. “I’m just going to continue to do what I do and win this next fight. Rory can go ahead and get the title shot this time but I’m definitely going to get my shot and I’ll be ready for that.”

Listen HERE for the entire interview.

 

 

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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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