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Jon Jones Returns With Dominant Display at UFC 197



Former UFC light heavyweight champion and the #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world, Jon Jones, made his long-awaited return to the octagon at UFC 197. Originally slated to meet current UFC champion, Daniel Cormier, Jones instead met the #6 ranked light heavyweight, Ovince St Preux after Cormier suffered an injury in training. The fight then became an interim UFC light heavyweight title match.

From start to finish, this was a fight controlled by “Bones”, who used his reach advantage to good effect, with his attack focusing largely on his trademark oblique kick. Jones is known as one of, if not the most creative fighter on the roster and he showcased that once more, using punches, kicks, knees and elbows, the eight points of contact, to beat down his opponent. The first three rounds followed a similar pattern – Jones landing almost at will while seemingly in second gear. However, the fourth round was more dominant, with Jones assuming top position after a huge takedown and handing out punishment in the form of elbows to St Preux. As a matter of fact, one judge gave Jones a 10 – 8 score for that round. The fifth was essentially a formality, but Jones kept forcing his opponent to back up and continued to land from range and in close with elbows.

St Preux far from disgraced himself in this contest though. Taking a fight with the number one ranked pound for pound fighter in the world on 3 weeks’ notice, the majority of observers expected the fight to be over fairly quickly. However, St Preux made it to the final bell and even managed to land a number of good shots of his own on Jones. In fact, a man often criticised for a lack of cardio went at it for 25 full minutes with one of the greatest fighters of all time and remained a dangerous and competitive opponent throughout. St Preux stepped up and came to fight, giving it everything that he had. It is certainly no shame to lose to Jones in the manner in which this fight went and St Preux stated after the fight that he was proud of himself – and he absolutely has every right to be.

The win for Jones now sets up a rematch with Daniel Cormier to unify the light heavyweight division. After being awarded his interim title, Jones stated that he did not want it as it was not the real belt – a strap which Cormier currently wears. Upon leaving the octagon, Jones turned to Cormier, who had been providing colour commentary for the fight, and flipped him the bird before heading backstage. Whenever this rematch finally happens, it is sure to be a must not miss fight.

Official Decision Jon Jones defeats Ovince St Preux via Unanimous Decision (50–45, 50–45, 50–44)

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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:

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



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



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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