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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Outpoints Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 to Retain Title

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk moved to five successful title defences in Dallas, Texas on Saturday night, one behind Ronda Rousey. The Polish champion controlled the action for five rounds against Jessica Andrade, winning big on all three judge’s scorecards.

The build up to the fight had been amicable. Mutual respect was born back when both were managed by Tiago Okamura — Andrade’s current manager — and spent a small amount of time training together.

That did not stop the fighters from unleashing their own special brands of violence once the cage door closed. Given what we had seen from both fighters in previous UFC performances that was anything but a surprise.

Since moving to strawweight in 2016 following a competitive run at bantamweight, Andrade had torn through everyone put in front of her. Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood had both been mauled and blown out of the cage in blistering one-sided performances.

The real acid test for Andrade was taking a step up in competition to fight legitimate top 10 strawweight Angela Hill in February. The Invicta FC champion was able to offer some pushback and stay the course, but Hill was still outworked and out-landed over three exciting rounds.

It seemed the only fighter able to match Andrade’s destructive offence was the strawweight champion. Jedrzejczyk had brutalised Jessica Penne, outclassed Valerie Letourneau and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and eventually outlasted Claudia Gadelha. Four title defences, all stamped with Jedrzejczyk’s signature high-volume striking.

Once the action began Andrade pushed the pace. The Brazilian threw wild in the first round and scored a powerful takedown. At range, as expected, Jedrzejczyk had clear advantages but was only able to make them pay for short periods in the first frame. By the time the round ended, the champion’s forehead was dangerously swollen above her right eye.

Then Jedrzejczyk switched gears. The second round was almost all champion on challenger striking. Most of the round was fought at range. Most of the round was won by Jedrzejczyk.

The pinpoint jabs, low and high kicks continued to find their mark early in the third round as Andrade struggled to close the distance. The fourth was much the same.

There were brief moments for Andrade throughout. Success was found in the clinch and with takedowns sparingly, but control was never retained long enough to turn the fight in the challenger’s favour.

By the time the fifth round began Andrade had to know that she needed to find a finish. The challenger never stop powering forward, but Jedrzejczyk controlled the distance and cruised to the final bell.

The judges turned in scores of 50-45, 50-44 and 50-45 to hand Jedrzejczyk the fifth successful defence of her strawweight title.

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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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