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Jon Jones media luncheon

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UFC 200 is right around the corner and Jon Jones is ready as he sets out to reclaim what he believes to be rightfully his – the UFC light heavyweight championship. Jones (22-1) won the interim light heavyweight title when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision at UFC 197 after Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from their bout with a leg injury. The long-awaited rematch between the two bitter rivals will finally take place at the promotion’s landmark event, UFC 200, on July 9 in Las Vegas to crown the undisputed champion.

Jones handed Cormier (17-1) his only loss at UFC 182 via unanimous decision before being stripped of his title after being charged with a hit and run felony in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He entered a plea deal and was able to avoid serving any jail time, but the UFC stripped him of his title and Jones was out of action for 15 months dealing with his legal issues before the aforementioned fight with Saint Preux.

In his absence, Cormier went on to claim the vacant title by beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 and successfully defended it once with a victory over Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier, who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy has been very vocal about Jones’ conduct regarding his legal and drug issues. Jones claims, however, that he does not hate his rival. “I don’t hate DC at all,” said Jones at a media luncheon in Los Angeles. “I dislike him because he dislikes me, but I think he really hates me….and likes to paint me as a monster.”

Jones is clearly aware, after all of the back and forth between the two men in the media and the tense exchanges at the press conferences, that the time to talk is over and the winner of this fight cements their status as the best light heavyweight in MMA. “The winner of this fight wins the whole argument. You’re going to really hate me when I ruin your legacy,” said Jones.

Jones is considered by many as the number one-pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, and some even consider him the greatest of all time, but a defeat to Cormier would greatly diminish that standing. However, Jones does not think that Cormier will bring anything new that he has not seen from his opponent, saying “I don’t see much progression in DC’s game since our last fight.”

Jones himself was criticized for what some would say was a lackluster performance against Saint Preux, but Jones does not feel that he is the one under pressure to perform. Quite the opposite in fact. “I think DC has a lot of pressure on him,” he said. “If I win this second fight, it’s over for him. He can go on and do his commentator work, but I think the pressure is on him. I enjoy being in the position that I’m in. He never really was the champion and I think he knows that.”

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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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