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Ian McCall Moving on from 201, Hoping for Reis at 202

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UFC Flyweight Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this afternoon to discuss the events of this past weekend. McCall was scheduled to fight on this past Saturday’s card UFC 201 in Atlanta, GA. His opponent to be was Justin Scoggins, who was unable to make weight and was subsequently removed from the card. Scoggins informed the UFC on Thursday evening that he would not be able to make the weight of 125 lbs for his fight with McCall. McCall was told to continue his weight cut in case another fighter was unable to fight for any reason. This was not the case, and therefore McCall was not able to fight on the Pay-Per-View card.

McCall was not all that upset about the situation, stating that the UFC has agreed to pay with all the money he would have received from the fight despite not performing. He told Helwani that the UFC gave him the show money, as well as his win money and Reebok money. Although he was upset to not fight in his first opportunity since January 2015, McCall says that he is already in talks to set up a new match up, possibly at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, NV later this month.

McCall says he is hoping to be a part of UFC 202, which is headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor, and Nate Diaz. Although McCall didn’t know who he could be matched up with he told Helwani that he would love to fight title contender Wilson Reis. Reis also fought on the UFC 201 card, he won his bout with newcomer Hector Sandoval in record time. He submitted Sandoval within two minutes of the first round, which is the fastest submission in the UFC Flyweight history. McCall stated that he believes that Reis would make a great matchup for him because they are both fresh in the eyes of the fans.

As for Justin Scoggin, McCall is not holding hard feelings toward him. He said to Helwani that he felt that he was “A young, uneducated kid, who needs to learn the proper way to cut weight.” He stated several times that he thinks that Scoggins should hire a nutritionist to help him with his weight, whether that be at 125 or 135 pounds.

“Some of the other coaches were telling me that they saw him out during fight week at restaurants munching on some food,” McCall said of Scoggins. “I just have to laugh it off, I have had a crazy career, and this is just my life.” McCall went on to say “I am even more ripped now than I was during my last fight, and that is because my diet is on point, and I work hard in the gym.” He hopes to move forward from this fight and does not desire to reschedule the match with Scoggins.

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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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