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John Lineker Outpoints John Dodson, wins Split Decision in Portland Main Event

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The battle of Flyweights turned into Bantamweights didn’t disappoint in the main event of the UFC’s second stop in Portland, Oregon.

John Lineker improved to 4-0 in the Bantamweight division with a Split-Decision win over John Dodson in the five-round main event.

“I came here to give a show to you all,” he told play-by-play announcer Jon Anik in the Octagon after the bout.

Boo’s rained down from the fans during the first round as neither fighter showed any urgency to get the fight going into high gear. Much of the round was spent by Dodson countering the little action Lineker brought forward.

The start of the second round proved far more exciting as Lineker started swinging big punches. Dodson countered effectively, evading the big blows of Lineker. The middle of the round saw the Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots style of fight we wanted.

Round three proved to be the most action packed. Several exchanges were Rocky style fight scenes with both guys landing big shots on each other. Lineker seemed to find his groove as the power puncher in this fight, landing big shots that stunned Dodson.

Body shots ruled the fourth round as each guy looked to land big body shots on the other. Lineker landed heavy shots on the cage, landing punches in bunches until Dodson reset to the middle of the cage.

Neither guys’ energy level dipped into the ‘stop in the middle of the freeway for gas’ level, both looking fresh into the final round. Lineker stalked Dodson like a lion stalks his prey for 23 minutes, then Dodson shot for a takedown and landed that coveted double-leg takedown.

Ultimately, Lineker was declared the winner by way of a split decision, with two of the three judges scoring it 48-47 in favor of the Brazilian.

What’s next for the undefeated Bantamweight? He thinks he deserves a title shot after his win.

“I think I deserve Dominick Cruz now,” Lineker said. “It’s my turn now!”

Lineker may be waiting his turn as former champion TJ Dillashaw and young prospect Cody Garbrandt look to have a claim at the next title shot.  Aside from possibly having others ahead of him in the line, Linker also has to prove he can make weight. Even if Lineker would receive a shot against the title holder, he would be unable to be crowned Champion if he showed up heavy for a title fight. The UFC has plenty of options to create exciting title fights in the Bantamweight division and with each possible combination, the fans would ultimately be the real winners.

The UFC returns next weekend for their eight straight Saturday with an event as Michael Bisping looks to defend his Middleweight title against former opponent Dan Henderson.


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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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