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Hector Lombard looking to spoil the Henderson party at UFC 199, “I’m going to knock him out”

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Returning to the middleweight division to take on a legend and true pioneer of mixed martial arts in Dan Henderson, Hector Lombard plans on gate crashing what could well be Hendo’s last party inside the famed eight walls of the UFC’s Octagon.

The 38-year old Cuban phenom is looking to bounce back to his feet after a rough 2015 and a rough start to 2016. After having his unanimous decision win over Josh Burkman last January overturned to a no contest for failing a post-fight drug test he was also suspended for one year. In his return bout after his suspension was up he faced Neil Magney in Australia in a fight that was going his way in round one but Lombard’s gas tank failed him and Magney came back and stopped him early in the third.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie radio Lombard spoke about how when he walked into Team Quest, (Henderson’s old training ground), the former Pride FC and Strikeforce champion who he looks up to even now never “gave a sh*t” about him or never acknowledged him what so ever which in turn was the catalyst for Lombard to make his move to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.

“He never gave a sh*t about me. I went in there, and he never talked to me, so I was like OK, no worries. And the week after I made a move. I’m very excited about fighting him. He’s one of the guys i look up to. Nevertheless, im going to go and knock him out. But it will be an entertaining fight.”

Coming into the UFC off of 23 consecutive wins big things were expected from the Olympic Judo Player and although he currently sits on a 2-2, 1 NC record inside the Octagon, Lombard has shown glimpses of what made him so formidable in the past. The superhuman power and world-class Judo that he possesses where on show in his victories over Nate Marquardt, Jake Shields and Josh Burkman.

With 19 KO victories to his name Lombard usually gets the job done quick but if things get dirty in there the only knock against Lombard would be his gas tank that seemingly empties fast and often after his opponent(s) have weathered that early storm. While things have been rough for the Cuban of late a win over ‘Hendo’ will be a huge boost for Lombard and will also look good for future contender fights down the line.

While many think this may be the last fight in what has been an amazing career for Dan Henderson he has proven over and over again why he belongs in this game. With power to shut anyone’s lights out at any given time this is far from a given win for Lombard. While the Cuban (34-5-1,2NC) is confident he will come out on top, he knows that no matter what the circumstances are that Henderson can end it with just one shot.

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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