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Jorge Masvidal silences Denver crowd with TKO of Donald Cerrone

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The co-main event of UFC on FOX 23 delivered with an exciting matchup between two of the best in the welterweight division. Donald Cerrone entered the cage to cheers from the hometown crowd, while Jorge Masvidal was not well received from the Colorado natives. In what was expected to be one of the best fights of the card, it certainly delivered on that promise.

Round One

At the start of the first, it is Masvidal surprisingly backing up “Cowboy” as he keeps a jab in his face. Cerrone is trying to keep out of range and throwing kicks but they are not deterring “Gamebred’s” aggression. A Cerrone counter punch finds it home and he follows it with a jab of his own that momentarily stops Masvidal from advancing. As Jorge continues working the jab, Cerrone sticks with his game plan of throwing kicks. However, they are landing at a low percentage and with no authority behind them. With two minutes left “Cowboy’s” has begun to show signs of damage. His nose is turning red and he is sporting a knot just outside his right eye.

The round is not a complete failure for Cerrone but Masvidal is clearly winning by landing more powerful punches at a higher percentage. Cerrone is just not finding a home for his counter shots and is beginning to look lost. He clearly came into this fight with the wrong game plan. Masvidal’s jab has continued to give him fits throughout the round. Cerrone throws a strong right kick to the body that is partially caught by Jorge, who immediately throws a left and then a right that floors “Cowboy.” As Masvidal pours on punches to the grounded Cerrone as the round closed. For a moment Masvidal thinks that referee Herb Dean has stopped the fight until he is informed that the round has ended.

Masvidal (10-9)

Round Two

Cerrone comes out to start the second and his feet are not totally underneath after almost being stopped at the conclusion of the previous round. “Gamebred” has now abandoned the jab and is backing up his opponent with straight rights. When he closes the distance they men in up in a clinch against the cage where Masvidal lands a series of left knees to the body. One minute into the round and Jorge catches another kick and lands a strong jab to Cerrone’s head and then a right hook a straight is a right hook the drops “Cowboy.”

Cerrone is back feet quickly but Masvidal goes to work shoe shining Cerrone to the body with right and lefts hooks. Donald does not look like he will recover and Herb Dean steps in. It is over. The second defeat where Donald Cerrone has a fight stopped while he is still on his feet. The stoppage may have been a bit premature but most will agree that it was only going to get worse the owner of the “BMF” Ranch.

Jorge Masvidal defeats Donald Cerrone via TKO due to punches 1:00 into round 2.

After the fight the victorious Jorge Masvidal had this to say:

“‘Cowboy’ is a great fighter. He didn’t have to come out in the second round and he did. He’s a man. He has all my respect. This journey is easy money. Where I come from, this is easy. I come from a place where people just drive right through – they don’t want to hang out there. I come from very humble beginnings, so this journey is easy money for me. I’m not going to explain any more than that because the is to be sold, not told. I can’t tell anyone anything else.”

Masvidal showed that a good jab goes a long way against a man who likes to throw leg kicks. He extends his winning streak to 3 in a row and could now possibly be one or two fights away from a title shot. If “Gamebred” was not considered a serious force to be reckoned with at welterweight before this performance, he most certainly is now.

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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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