The newest addition to the UFC on Fox card headlined by the rematch between bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barao, July 25 in Chicago, features a rematch between prospects Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke and Elizabeth Phillips. UFC officials confirmed the announcement via Twitter.
Phillips (4-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Duke (3-2 1NC, 0-2)faced off in 2012 at RFA 2 where The Gun submitted the SikJitsu fighter in the second round with a guillotine choke.
Both fighters have taken similar paths since their first bout. Duke won her professional debut against Suzie Montero, finishing her in the third round via TKO. She earned victories over Marciea Allen and Peggy Morgan. In between those fights, she fought Miriam Nakamoto to a no-contest. Duke had originally lost the fight via TKO, however the Missouri Athletic Commission overturned Nakamoto’s victory after it deemed that she threw an illegal knee while her opponent was in the kneeling position.
Duke also starred in “The Ultimate Fighter 18” where she met training partners and Four Horsewomen Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey. She’s coming off back-to-back losses against Bethe “The Pitbull” Correia and Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith.
As for Phillips, she finished her amateur run with a split-decision win over Priscilla White at Night of Champions 7. She stepped up to the professional ranks where she lost to Nakamoto in her debut. Phillips rebounded from her loss, winning her next four fights, including wins over Stevie VanAsshcie, Katie Howard, and Kristen Stenzel.
Two weeks after her win over Howard, Phillips signed with the UFC. She’s dropped razor-thin decisions to Valerie Letourneau and Milana Dudieva.
This should be a good fight that will more and likely be on the preliminary card. Both fighters are well-rounded with similar experience. They also have good camps. While Duke trains with Baszler and other fighters like Colleen Schneider and Josh Barnett, Phillips grapples and spars with three “Ultimate Fighter” castmates – two of them winners – Michael Chiesa, Sam Sicilia, and Julianna Pena. She’s also learned from veterans of the sport.
Both Duke and Phillips have their backs against the wall and will be looking for their first octagon win. Some may give Duke the edge because she won the first fight and has gained a lot of experience in the last years, but Phillips has also come a long way since her amateur days.
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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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