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EXCLUSIVE: Matt “The Immortal” Brown Hopes For October Return

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Several fights were recently announced for the next Las Vegas UFC card, which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the 7th of October. UFC 216 has promised 7 bouts thus far, with a rumored headliner between Stipe Miocic defending his Heavyweight strap against Cain Velasquez supposedly in the works. While that potential showdown is coming together, a few more may be added to the tentative line-up; including another well-known, Ohio native.

“I’m pretty much just staying ready,” Matt Brown told MMA Latest News, “I needed some time off. I kind of just wanted to step away for a while. But, I love fighting. I want to keep doing it and I’m ready to get back in there. I’m supposed to fight in October (at UFC 216) but I don’t have an opponent yet, so nothing’s been announced.”

Brown was last in competition against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 206, an incredible card that came together beautifully in the final weeks leading up to the event. The fight between Brown and Cerrone would have definitely been in the running for “Fight of the Night, had it not been on the same card with the eventual “Fight of the Year”: Cub Swanson vs Doo Ho Choi.

Unfortunately for Matt, the fight was also probably worthy of a “Knockout of the Night” bonus, for a head kick in which he was on the receiving end. “That was the first time in my life I’ve ever been knocked unconscious. I don’t remember anything that happened for a couple hours afterward.”

Brown demonstrates the I.C.E Battlehammer

That was last December. Since then, Brown has kept busy with his brand of strength and conditioning equipment, Immortal Combat Equipment and also served as a coach on the Ultimate Fighter, season 25. Originally a cast member on season 7, back in 2008, TUF Redemption marked Matt Brown’s return to the Ultimate Fighter gym after almost a decade.

“This was my first experience solely coaching fighters. It’s something I really liked doing. I enjoyed it”.

The rivalry between team coaches Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw flared up early and often, but the stoic and no nonsense personality of Matt “The Immortal” Brown prevailed as he chose not to partake in such extra-curricular activities.

“I’ve known Cody for a long time, even before he was in the UFC. And obviously TJ brought me out there for the show and I was on his team. But I think both guys are great competitors, you know, great fighters. I tried to stay as neutral as I could.”

As for his own confrontations with conflict, Brown is anything but neutral; in fact, he can be described as downright vicious, as fierce a competitor as the UFC employs. Currently ranked outside the top 10, he is eager to get back to the win column. And, despite 3 stoppages in a row, it is not the first time he has been in a similar rut. He suffered 3 straight submission losses in 2010, only to turn the momentum around and rise into the top-10 soon after.

In the past, the “Immortal” has proven his ability to persevere and reinvent himself, overcoming adversity. Starting in 2012 he went on a 7-fight rampage, during which time he was unbeaten for over 2 years. Even in defeat, his most recent fight demonstrated that he can still compete at the highest level. UFC 216 is the targeted return. Stay tuned to MMA Latest News for the official announcement.

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/rYDC0lxEXrI

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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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.

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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