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Guide to UFC 204 – Times, Travel, and Tickets

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Look out Manchester, ‘The Count” is coming home. UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping announced yesterday on his Sirius XM show “The Countdown” that he has agreed to the rematch with Dan Henderson, and it will be taking place at UFC 204 in Manchester, England. This event will be taking place on October 8, 2016, at the Manchester Arena. This event will be a Pay-Per-View event, which means that the start times will be adjusted to accommodate the United States audience. Much like the last time we saw the start times changed at UFC on Fox 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson. That fight took place in Stockholm, Sweden at the Tele2 Arena on January 24, 2015.

Times

According to Jim Edwards of FloCombat, the start times for UFC 204 will be very similar as for UFC on Fox 14.

Early prelims:
9pm- local
4pm-NY
1pm Las Vegas

Televised prelims:
10pm- local time
5pm- NY
2pm- Las Vegas

Main card:
1am- local time
8pm- NY
5pm- Las Vegas

This could put the main event between Bisping and Henderson at around 3 am local time. This timetable could affect the fans getting to and from this event. Here is a little information to help sort out the travel.

Travel

There are several ways in which to get to the Arena, which is located at 21 Hunts Bank, Victoria Station, Manchester, England. Metrolink is in the process of upgrading, which means work around Victoria Station, although it could be finished by October, it is best to leave plenty of time.

Car- Getting to the arena by car could be problematic, with traffic, road work, and limited parking. If you choose to drive you may park on site, but there are only 958 spaces available. The best option would be to pre-book a parking spot at this website. Also planning for a drop off/ pick up would be the best option.

Tram- The Metrolink trams will stop directly at Victoria Station, right outside of venue. This is a very easy option to get to and from the fight, the only problem is the times. Since the event will be starting and ending so much later than usual, there will be some adjustments to be made when scheduling arrival and departure. The last tram to get into Victoria will be around 1 am local time. That is around the time the main card will begin. The first tram Sunday morning is not until around 7 am local time. This could cause some waiting around following the conclusion of the event.

Bus- There are plenty of bus shuttles to and from Cannon Street and Victoria bus station. Check your local timetable here.

Train- There are many national and local trains that stop at Manchester Victoria station. This will take you right to the Arena. Another option is Manchester Piccadilly station which is just a short tram ride to the Arena. Local schedules can be found here.

Plane- Manchester Airport is just ten miles from the Arena. It is easily reached by bus or tram.

Tickets

No official date has been given on when  tickets will be going on sale for this event. Closer to the time of the event updates will be posted as to the dates confirmed by the UFC.  As with every UFC event, tickets will go on sale to UFC Fight Club Members two days before they are available for general purchase. Ticket prices for UFC 204 have not yet been announced but are anticipated to be slightly higher than the last event in England which was Bisping vs. Silva at UFC Fight Night 83. The prices for that fight ranged from £45.50-166.50.

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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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