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This Week in MMA History

Throwback Thursday is a weekly article written about the events and news that have happened in the world of MMA during this week. The twist, we’ll be going back in time to show you the events that already happened and are forever stitched into our minds. This week we take a look at March 23 to March 29.

 

UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy

At the Prudential Center in New Jersey, we saw two title fights take place on March 27, 2010. The co-main event was a Heavyweight Interim-title fight between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir. The main event was a Welterweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy. The fight sold 770,000 PPV, a number that was about average for a St. Pierre title fight. In the prelims on Spike TV, Rousimar Palhares did what he does best and got a heel hook win. We also saw Nate Diaz fight for the first time at 170 where his opponent, Rory Markham, would miss weight by 7 pounds. It wouldn’t faze Diaz as he got the first round TKO win.

The main card would be started by a decision win by Jim Miller over Mark Bocek. The second fight was much of the same, as Jon Fitch ‘Fitched’ Ben Saunders over three rounds. Back in the Lightweight division, Kurt Pellegrino beat Francisco Camoes by rear-naked choke late in the second round. The co-main event saw a Heavyweight Interim-title fight. To this point, Carwin had never lost and had finished every opponent in the first round. Mir was a former champion who was always in the title-contention at any point in his career. Mir had almost weathered the storm of what is a Shane Carwin first round until he was hit with undercuts and heavy ground shots that ended the fight. Carwin would get a chance at title holder Brock Lesnar

The main event saw longtime Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre try and defend his belt against the number one contender in Dan Hardy. Hardy had won his first four UFC fights before this and his last seven fights in general. His Taekwondo style was a different look for GSP, who had never faced the caliber of striker Hardy was thought to be. Hardy was never in the fight, as he narrowly able to even get 10-9 rounds against St. Pierre.

 

UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis

Almost one year later, Seattle’s Key Arena saw a Fight Night card headlined by a Light Heavyweight bout between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis. The co-main event was a Welterweight bout between now Light Heavyweight title-challenger Anthony Johnson and former Welterweight title-challenger Dan Hardy. The preliminary card saw Johny Hendricks get the TKO win over TJ Waldburger. We saw young Bantamweight Michael McDonald beat Edwin Figeuroa by decision. In the featured prelim bout, Mike Russow got the doctors stoppage win over Jon Madsen.

The main card started off with The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung get the first and only Twister in UFC history over Leonard Garcia. In the second bout, former TUF winner Amir Sadollah got a submission due to elbows win over DeMarques Johnson in the second round. The co-main event saw ‘Rumble’ Johnson hold off Hardy for a full 15 minutes to the tune of a decision victory. The main event saw ‘Mr. Wonderful’ dominate the fight for 15 minutes and get the decision victory,

 

UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson II

Fight Night 38 was a rematch of one of the greatest fights in UFC history as Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua fought Dan Henderson. A six fight main card would cap off an event started by 5 preliminary fights. The co-main event was a Middleweight bout between CB Dolloway and Cezar Ferreira. To start off the night, we saw Godofredo Pepey get a flying knee KO over Noad Lahat. We also saw title-contender Jussier Formiga get a rear-naked choke win over Scott Jorgensen. To start off the main card, we saw TUF: Brazil winner Rony Jason pick up a KO win over Steven Siler. In the fourth bout of the main card, we saw Norman Parke get deducted a point for grabbing the shorts of Leonardo Santos. This made the fight a majority draw for both fighters.

In the co-main event, we saw what makes Dolloway one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. He knocked out Ferreira in just 39 seconds with a barrage of punches. In the main event, we saw former champ Rua get going early and almost finish the former Pride dual division champion Henderson. The ref let the fight keep going and ‘Hendo’ was able to survive the round. The second round was all Rua as he continued his pressure style and kept it on Henderson. The third round was about the same, and ‘Hendo’ was almost finished yet again. Then Henderson put together a string of punches that twisted Shoguns nose 90 degrees. Henderson won the fight by third round TKO.

 

WEC 6: Return of a Legend

At the Tachi Palace in California, the WEC put on their sixth event. We would see two title fights as the Light Heavyweight and Welterweight titles were claimed here. Nick Diaz beat Joe Hurley by a first round kimura to get the Welterweight title. Frank Shamrock also got a submission win for his title, as he picked up an armbar win over Brian Pardoe. Stars such as Gilbert Melendez and Mick Swick also picked up wins on this card.

 

WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio

In Paradise, that’s where you get three title fights at for an MMA event. When the WEC put a card in Paradise, Nevada, you had to know it would be a good one. The card would see the Bantamweight, Featherweight, and Welterweight straps all be contested for. Future WEC Light Heavyweight champion Brian Stann started off the card right with a TKO just 41 seconds into the fight. We also saw future UFC Featherweight Cub Swanson on the preliminary card, as he picked up a guillotine win over Tommy Lee.

Starting off the main card was Brock Larson and Erik Apple. Larson would get the better of the exchange as he won by kimura in the first round. The first of three title fights was for the Bantamweight belt. Chase Beebe out pointed the champion Eddie Wineland to be the new champion by unanimous decision. For the Featherweight title, we saw the first of three matches between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz. The first one would go to Faber as he submitted the fellow Californian by first round guillotine. The main event was for the vacant Welterweight belt between Carlos Condit and former UFC title-challenger John Alessio. Condit would get the technical submission, as he sank in the rear-naked choke with just one second to spare in the 2nd round.

 

WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann

Just over two years after WEC 26, we would see another card in Paradise. The event was scheduled to have two title fights before Paul Filho had to drop out due to personal reasons. The cards headlining bout was a Light Heavyweight title fight between Doug Marshall and Brain Stann. On the undercard, we saw Logan Clark start us off with a TKO win over Scott Harper. Brock Larson picked up a DQ win over former WEC and UFC title-challenger John Alessio.

We would see two submission wins to start off the main card as Steve Cantwell got the RNC win over Tim McKenzie and Marcus Hicks the Guillotine win over Ed Ratcliff. In the co-main event, we saw loud and brash Chael Sonnen beat Bryan Baker by decision. In the main event fight, we would see former Marine Captain Brian Stann beat Doug Marshall by KO in the first round to take the Light Heavyweight title.

 

Pride 13: Collision Course

In Saitama, Japan, Pride put on an event destined for a collision. Starting off the card was legend Vitor Belfort picking up the RNC win over Bobby Southworth. In the next bout, Guy Mezger beat Egan Inoue by KO and then Heath Herring beat Denis Sobolev by Keylock. The next two bouts were stopped due to strikes as Dan Henderson beat Renzo Gracie and Mark Coleman kneed Allan Goes to a TKO win. In the main event, we saw Wanderlei Silva continue his dominance as he beat a worthy competitor in Kazushi Sakuraba by 1st round TKO.

 

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le

In their home in San Jose, Strikeforce put on a dual title fight event as the Middleweight and Lightweight titles would be fought for on that night. In the main card, Joey Villasenor started us off with a KO win over Ryan Jensen. The next bout saw Wayne Cole beat veteran Mike Kyle by armbar just 45 seconds into the fight. The co-main event would see Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defend his title against Gabe Lemley by 2nd round TKO. In the main event, we would see the Middleweight title change hands. Cung Le would pick up the TKO win over champ Frank Shamrock to take the title.

 

Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe

In Fresno, California, we saw a Heavyweight main event as Lavar Johnson fought Lolohea Mahe. On the card, we saw Ricky Jackson beat Trinidad Valdez by KO. Future UFC title-challenger knocked out John Devine just 69 seconds into the fight. In the Women’s Bantamweight division, we saw Miesha Tate submit Zoila Frausto by armbar in the second round. In the main event, Johnson got the TKO win in the second round over Mahe.

Future: Bellator 134, WSOF 20: Gaethje vs. Palomino

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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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