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Julianna Pena: “Ronda Rousey doesn’t scare me”

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Julianna Pena is on the PR train, down under, in an effort to legitimise herself as the next bantamweight title contender.

The TUF 18 winner has been on the road to recovery after suffering a devastating knee injury which kept her out of action for close to 12 months. Since making her return in April, Pena has notched up back to back wins and officially threw her hat into the contenders ring with a unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye at UFC 192 last month. With momentum on her side Pena is keen to keep the train rolling on and is not phased by the pressure that comes with being one of the top ranked females in the UFC.

“I take it one day at a time. Every fight I take very seriously and every fight I go into it trying to give me all, and my best. The pressure is the same, y’know? I feel a ton of pressure but I am lucky enough to take out that pressure on my opponent in the cage.”

Miesha Tate is widely regarded as the number one contender, after she too beat Jessica Eye, and looked to have her sights set on a third title fight with Ronda Rousey until the UFC decided to move ahead with Holm as the challenger for UFC 193. With Tate disgruntled and unsure about where her future with the promotion lies, Pena is reassured that there is no hard feelings between the two of them should she get the next title shot.

“I don’t feel weird about it, I know that Miesha is very happy for me and I’m very happy for her and I think she knows that I deserve it and that I’ve earned it and so there’s no ill feelings towards either one of us.”

“I got in this sport to be the champion and I want the belt. I’m not going to stop kicking and screaming until I get it and when I do I’m not going to stop until I’ve defended it for many years.”

Pena who is known for her scrappy brand of fighting has not yet faced an opponent of Rousey’s calibre, nevertheless the 26-year-old is convinced she has what it takes to beat the champ, should she get the opportunity to.

“I feel like the other girls are very intimidated and already defeated before they get into the octagon and I’m hear to tell you that that girl, Ronda Rousey, doesn’t scare me one bit and she doesn’t intimidate me whatsoever.”

Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Holly Holm on the 15th November, 2015 (AEST) at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. If all goes as predicted, Pena has certainly placed herself front and centre in the minds of the UFC, and fan’s alike, as the next to challenge Rousey’s legacy.

 

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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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