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Exclusive — Michael Bisping: “I want the legit number one contender”

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The UFC Middleweight Champion, Michael “The Count” Bisping successfully held onto the belt in his first title defense since knocking out Luke Rockhold. Always outspoken, the Brit wasted no time firing shots at his ever-increasing population of challengers, saying in a post-fight victory speech: “All you fucking assholes in the rest of the division: Weidman, what the hell? You lost your last fight. I’ve had three victories since you got your ass kicked by Luke Rockhold. Rockhold, I knocked you out in three minutes, buddy. Yoel Romero, you (were) suspended for steroids. Shame on you. Jacare, you just got beat (by) Yoel. All of you, win a fight! Get off the couch, and fucking let’s do this!”

MMA Latest News recently spoke with the Middleweight Champion about the available pool of contenders and the champ gave his candid opinion as only Bisping can do. Never one to mince words, he told MMA Latest that when the dust settles, he only wants to fight the best.

People are talking about the forthcoming mini-bracket in the Middleweight division. You’ve got Weidman/Romero and then Rockhold versus Jacare, in a rematch. I don’t think that it necessarily comes down to who wins those respective match-ups so much as which one of those injury prone guys can stay healthy.

Yeah. That’s a great point, you’ve brought up a fantastic point that a lot of people seem to have forgotten. Chris Weidman is not a proven fighter that can stay healthy. He pulled out of the rematch against Rockhold. He’s pulled out of a lot fights due to injury.

But, we’ll see where the chips lie. There’s no shortage of people in the Middleweight division. The list goes on and on; and let’s not forget, you’ve also got Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson silently making waves as well.

Another November Middleweight fight is kind of a sleeper, because one of them has been off the radar and the other is just getting into the Middleweight Division. I’m talking about Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy. Do you think that they’re in the conversation at some point?

Rashad still has to prove himself. I say that with the maximum of respect. He’s lost in his last couple at light Hheavyweight. He is trying to reinvent himself and I wish him all the luck in the world.

Nobody gives a damn about Tim Kennedy. He’s the most boring fighter in the UFC and he looks like a weird little troll. I don’t think he can sell a pay-per-view if his life depended on it. I don’t think he’ll be fighting for a belt any time soon.

Everyone doubted you going in there to fight for the belt and you knocked out the champ. YOU became the champ. You defended the belt and people still doubted you. And now the target on your back is bigger than ever.

I’ll take on all comers and we’ll see who that will be. What I definitely don’t want to happen is for people to start talking shit about the UFC’s choice (of the next contender). Of course the UFC has a say, it’s their division.

I will take whoever the public feel is the number one contender. I want the legit number one contender. Whoever that guy is, I’ll take him next. So people can shut the fuck up with all the shit-talk.

Michael Bisping is currently on a 6-month medical suspension which puts his return timeframe somewhere between mid-March and early April, pending further evaluation. Until then, he can observe the current Middleweight shuffle as a spectator along with the rest of us. As for his next opponent, time will tell who that will be; so will the fans, the UFC matchmakers and virtually everyone with a Twitter account or a podcast.

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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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