On the second night of fights during International Fight Week, fans were treated to an epic title fight in what has been arguably the most heated rivalry in the UFC as Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her strawweight title against Claudia Gadelha.
Both fighters come out and Claudia immediately tags Joanna with a jab that drops her, Joanna scrambles back up but Claudia gets a takedown. Joanna gets back to her feet and they clinch against the cage. Combo from Joanna on the break and then they exchange shots. Joanna lands an uppercut but Claudia pushes her against the cage and looks for the trip and throws the champion to the ground and into half guard. They get back up and exchange some solid punches. Joanna is starting to open up her striking a bit, but Claudia isn’t backing down. They continue to circle, throwing jabs and kicks as the round comes to an end.
They come out swinging to start the 2nd and Claudia goes for a takedown but Joanna counters. Claudia lands an elbow and a right hook before they clinch again and Claudia gets another takedown. Joanna gets her back to the fence but is eating some heavy shots to the face from Claudia. Joanna lands some elbows of her own and gets back to her feet. They stay clinched against the cage as Claudia has double underhooks. Claudia continues to land short punches to the face of the champion. Joanna lands a knee to the body but Claudia goes for another takedown as she takes some elbows to the head from the champion. Joanna throws Claudia down and ends up on top. They’re back to the feet and in the clinch against the cage. They separate and Joanna comes forward immediately looking for strikes as the round ends.
Joanna immediately opens up with the striking, big combo from Joanna. There’s a left hook by Claudia, and another. Big takedown by Claudia but Joanna pops right back up and gets a throw of her own that Claudia rolls through and they’re back to the clinch against the cage. Joanna lands an elbow and begins looking for openings. Claudia looks tired and Joanna is really pushing the pace. The champ is opening up. Claudia gets a takedown but Joanna ends up in a dominant position and stands up and motions for Claudia to get up. Claudia lands a big elbow that rocks the champion but Joanna starts landing elbows of her own. The round ends as they’re separated.
They come out throwing with Joanna looking to be the much fresher fighter, landing a hard combination in the opening moments. Joanna landing punches and leg kicks now, she’s beginning to find openings. Claudia looks tired, standing flat-footed. Joanna lands two quick jabs and bounces back out. The champ is moving very well, darting in and out. They briefly clinch and exchange strikes. Joanna is now constantly in and out, landing and moving away before Claudia can answer. Big right hand by Claudia is answered by Joanna with one of her own. They continue to circle but Joanna is clearly out striking the challenger in this round.
The round opens up with Joanna again landing multiple combinations and still looking fresh. Claudia with a takedown attempt and they’re clinched up against the cage again. Joanna escapes and they trade shots. Big front kick to the face by the champion, followed by a right hand. They clinch to the cage again and Joanna throws Claudia to the ground and forces her to stand back up. They again trade strikes but Joanna is still landing more and more cleanly than Claudia. Big shots from Joanna and they clinch again. Joanna lands a big elbow and then stuffs the takedown to end the fight.
Winner AND STILL UFC Strawweight Champion
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-45, 48-46)
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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