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Is BJ Penn ready to make a return – sends out a challenge

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UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn last fought in July of 2014 when he was knocked out in the 3rd round by Frankie Edgar and proceeded to announce his retirement from MMA at the post fight press conference.

However, a little over a year later, it looks like “The Prodigy” would be willing to return to the cage if the right match up presented itself, and appears to already have a fight in mind. Penn appeared on UFC Tonight on September 29th and was asked about his last fight and the issues he had with nutritionist Mike Dolce. Penn held nothing back, saying,

“You know what Mike Dolce, I’ll put a challenge out right now — you go grab Nik Lentz, that’s your boy, bring him down to 145, I’ll run right through him in one round and then I’ll find you in the back and I’ll smash you. Let’s do that right now. I’m ready.”

Penn has been outspoken since his loss to Edgar about the fact that he places a lot of blame on Dolce for not helping Penn to cut weight properly leading up to the fight. He claimed in a write-up on his website that Dolce had done nothing but given him several diuretics and ignored Penn’s concerns about weakness and dizziness in the days before the fight.

Dolce responded that Penn’s accusations were completely unfounded and that his (Dolce’s) record speaks for itself when it comes to helping fighters. He went on to say that he believed he was brought in to Penn’s camp specifically to be the “fall guy” following a loss. He accused Penn of being lazy and not wanting to put in the work necessary to prepare.

Apparently, Dolce’s response has been a sticking point with Penn as the Hawaiian fighter went on to say, “Mike Dolce wants to say all this stuff — I don’t train, I don’t do this and that — let’s do this, bring (Lentz) down to 145, and I would come out for that.”

A fight with Lentz isn’t the only fight that would draw the former two division champion out of retirement however. Penn said “That was my last fight. It didn’t go well, I had a very bad showing and I’m ready. I’m ready for something like that. I’ve been hanging out, I haven’t stepped in the gym for two years. I would come out for the grudge match and see what happens after that. There’s new fighters out there.”

One of those new fighters that Penn seemed very keen on is a fighter that everyone seems to want a shot at, Conor McGregor. Penn, like a lot of other fighters, has taken issue with the claims that the extremely outspoken Irishman has made during his rise to the top of the 145lb division. While he doesn’t seem to hold the same animosity towards McGregor as he does with Dolce, Penn didn’t mince words as he said, “You got him, you got Johnny-come-lately, he’s out there right now and he’s saying he’s the lottery ticket and all of these different things, when me and (Florian) fought, what did we pull in? One-point-one million (pay-per-view buys)? When I’m at my best, I think we can pull some pretty good numbers. He says he’s the guy out there. I think we’d have some stuff to say.”

So, a grudge match with Nik Lentz? A dream match with Conor McGregor? Nothing is set in stone yet but it certainly sounds as though we may not have seen the last of “The Prodigy” in the octagon like we once thought.

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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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