The UFC hosted its third event of 2017 as the octagon rolled into the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas for the first time since UFC 192 in October 2015 when fans witnessed Daniel Cormier edge a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson. But what did we learn from UFC Houston?
It is not wise to be on the receiving end of a Khalil Rountree knee…
After losing in the Ultimate Fighter Season 23 Finale and following that up with a defeat to Tyson Pedro, you could expect that this was a “make or break” fight for Rountree. He came out of the gates quickly and delivered a beautiful knee to the face, before following it up with a knee to the chest which forced Chris Reed to step in and call an end to the fight after just fifty-two seconds of the first round. Coming into this fight incredibly focused and willing to improve to learn from his mistakes, it will be interesting to see where Khalil goes from here.
Bec Rawlings hasn’t had a great week
After missing weight, a mid-fight middle fingered salute to the crowd and a unanimous decision loss to an old rival in Tecia Torres, it’s fair to say that Bec Rawlings hasn’t had the greatest of fight weeks. She struggled in the fight against an all round superior strawweight in a fight that could have put Bec Rawlings back in the rankings after her defeat to Paige VanZant. The low point for her, however, must be her salute to the crowd.
— UFC Insiders (@UFCInsiders) February 5, 2017
Curtis Blaydes is a force at heavyweight
Thirty seconds into Blaydes heavyweight contest with Adam Milstead and Blaydes has already utilized his wrestling with three takedowns, leading to a total of seven in the first round alone. After a baptism of fire on his UFC debut with a defeat to the now heavyweight title contender Francis N’Gannou, followed by a TKO stoppage over Cody East, Curtis returned to the octagon in devastating form using his size advantage to completely dismantle Milstead with the latter wincing in pain in the break between rounds and then being stopped after what appears to be a dislocated knee. Milstead’s corner probably should have paid greater attention to the knee but this shouldn’t take away from a stunning performance from Blaydes and it should be fascinating to see what’s next for the twenty-five-year-old American.
Jessica Andrade vs Angela Hill will go down as one of the best strawweight fights in UFC history
Wow, just wow. Andrade just doesn’t run out of energy, constantly swinging and throwing with Twitter constantly referring to her as Jessica Lineker for her high output and relentless display against Angela Hill, who gained nothing but more fans after a hearty display and the most solid chin. Andrade will now be on the shortlist to challenge strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Take my money!
Chan Sung Jung doesn’t believe in “ring rust”
After being called up for the three years military service, the majority of fighters wouldn’t be comfortable facing the tricky Dennis Bermudez on their return to the octagon. The Korean Zombie came into the fight being considered as the underdog and landed a beautiful uppercut on Bermudez to seal a victorious return to the octagon. Who’s next for Chan Sung Jung? He’s got lost time to make up for and a fight with Cub Swanson, or alternatively a match up with Yair Rodriguez would both whet the appetitive and continue to raise the profile of the Korean Zombie.
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*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)
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)
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)
- Bellator5 days ago
Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut
- Cage Warriors1 week ago
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Inman Talks Cage Warriors 87, His Love For Fighting And Craig White Possibly Tiring Himself Out.
- News1 week ago
Why the UFC Needs to Introduce 165 and 175-pound Weight Divisions
- Opinion7 days ago
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Robbie Lawler Sets Up Intriguing Title Fight Scenarios
- British1 week ago
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
- Opinion5 days ago
A list of fighters who fought Michael Bisping – while on steroids
- Fight Announcements1 week ago
Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg
- Interviews1 week ago
No More “Nice Boy” for Norman Parke Ahead of KSW 40