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GKO 6: Two Titles On the Line

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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is hosting another edition of Global Knockout (GKO) on March 26, 2016, which means fans of MMA circulating Northern California will hit the jackpot at GKO 6. From the first pull of the night with amateurs until the final reel settles on two championship bouts: flyweight and middleweight, each pairing should produce an element of MMA powerful enough to close out the night at full tilt.

Middleweight Championship: Justin “The Raw Deal” Baesman (18-8-1) vs. Nick “Killshot” Kohring (9-1)

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At GKO 5, these two massive middleweights ensued in five rounds of fortitude. Entering the final round, back in November 2015, the belt levitated within reach of either, but, tallying a mass of scoring attacks in the finishing frame, Baesman was awarded GKO’s middleweight strap. Fans ached for the rematch, and now, it’s here!

Baesman, at thirty-four years of age, has yet to slow down, and he believes his Midas Touch retains reign of his GKO luster and bolsters his career back onto the global market, as demonstrated by Baesman’s Bellator MMA resume.

With his only loss suffered at the hands of Baesman, Kohring, eager for another bid at the middleweight title, has sharpened his Stockton edge at Caesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, fully prepared to return to GKO for revenge.

Flyweight Championship: Alex “Kid Alex” Sandoval (11-2) vs. Eloy “The Gun” Garza (6-3)

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An intriguing experiment of Sandoval’s experience coupled with Garza’s rising stock will investigate: Who should claim ownership of the vacant GKO flyweight championship?

Sandoval, the West Coast Fighting Championship and Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion, actively continues to conquer the 125 pound circuit up and down California. Under the Team Alpha Male banner, Sandoval bites down on his mouthpiece with commitment on a quest to showcase his qualifications amongst MMA’s elite.

Garza, stalking through the brush of the flyweight jungle, centered Sandoval’s monkey style in his crosshairs, and, with the support of his team at Stand Alone MMA, “The Gun” will compete with a brigade’s worth of sharpshooting confidence.

Other Bouts Include:

Roy Boughton (12-7) vs.JR Lugo (7-2 1NC) are featured as two heavy hitting heavyweights.

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Joseph Morales (4-0) vs.Sammy Saunders (2-4) at flyweight.

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Angelo “Baby Monsta” Trevino (2-0) vs. Bobby Nash (5-1) in a welterweight clash.

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Amateurs to Watch:

Megan Little (am 2-1) vs. Brooke “The Bully” Mayo (am 6-2) at bantamweight.

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Jonathan Hamm (am 0-0) vs. Sean “The Apache Assassin” Tucker (am 2-1), a fight favoring a fresh face in the heavyweight division.

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Jordan Sosa (am 0-1) vs. Tiffany Conama (am 2-0) in the strawweight division.

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GKO, a local MMA promotion, creates an ideal foothold for mixed martial artists to ascend toward a worldwide platform in the sport. Whether victories unfold by way of submission or knockout, expect the names of those with their hands raised to crescendo inside Jackson Rancheria’s Grand Oak Ballroom at GKO 6, but the echo may guide their GPS to star-studded MMA careers around the globe.

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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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