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Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger has sights on Markos and the 115lbs belt

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Former women’s RFA strawweight champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger finds herself in a division full of future champions and next generation break out stars.

Yet this UFC new-comer feels right at home among the killers she shares the 115-pound division with. UFC fans were introduced to the fiesty Californian at UFC 194 last December when she stepped into fight Tecia Torres on two-weeks notice. While Lybarger (6-2) may have had her 4-fight winning streak which included capturing the RFA strawweight title snapped at the hands of the “Tiny Tornado” she feels the loss was all part of  a process in which she learnt a lot about herself.

“Fighting Torres on 14 days notice on the biggest card of the year will be a night I will never forget,” Lybarger told mmalatestnews.com.” I learned so much about myself and my will to win. I will be more relaxed this time around and more then ready with a 7 week camp under my belt.. AND the Octagon is so much bigger in real life than on TV.”

Set to face former ‘Utimate Fighter’ star Rand Markos in what will be her second Octagon outing on June 18, Lybarger is looking to show the UFC fans who may or may not be familiar with her prior to joining the promotion that she has more this show than she did at UFC 194. Lybarger knows getting her first UFC win could well set her on the road to promotional glory.

“Randa is a tough girl and she has a big heart. She will come ready to throw down and that’s what I’m hoping for.

“I will win this fight and when I do I want someone in the top 10. This why I’m here I wanna be a champion and I will be.”

Markos (5-3) was a semi-finalist on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: A champion will be crowned’ and just missed getting into the finale after a loss to Rose Namajunas. The Iraqi-born Markos is also bringing a loss into the bout after she dropped a decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz also last December but holds a promotional win over Aisling Daley to her name.

Future title contention could well be on the line for either of these fiesty 115-pounders. Saturday, June 18 we will see not only two world class female athletes go at it but also their respective camps, Lybarger with The MMA Lab and Markos with Tri-Star and to the winner goes the spoils.

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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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