Following the biggest fight week in history, International Fight Week, which was capped off by the biggest event in UFC history, UFC 200, we move to Atlanta, Georgia for the next Pay-Per-View event, UFC 201. Let’s take a look at the Co-Main event where we see two strawweights go head to head to possibly be next in line for a shot at the title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
They meet in the center of the octagon, Rose leading with leg kicks and a lot of feints to start the feeling out process, Karolina presses forward throwing strikes but the footwork from Rose, she moves right along with her. They begin to circle and again Karolina throws a leg kick that lands but is then answered with a counter right hand from Rose. Pressing forward, Karolina gets Rose into the clinch landing knees to the body. Rose throws head strikes in the clinch she attempts to take the fight to the ground and is successful. After resistance from Karolina, Rose is able to find herself on top in a better, position but with only a few seconds left in the round, nothing significant would occur.
At the beginning of this round Karolina takes the center of the cage. Rose circles on the outside and lands a strong right hand. Karolina absorbs the strike and grabs hold of Rose, forcing her into the clinch. Striking with strong knees, Rose slips under Karolina’s right arm and pushes her into the cage. Rose attempts to take this fight to the ground, but Karolina defends well, landing more knees to the body of Rose. Karolina creates distance with an elbow and the pair moves back to the center of the octagon. More strikes find their mark from Kowalkiewicz. Rose gets her to the cage once more but finds herself in the clinch again suffering from more knees to the body and she immediately tries to remove herself from the position. The round ends with a flying knee from Namajunas that misses the target, followed by strikes from Kowalkiewicz at the bell.
Karolina opens the round seeking the clinch to start landing more strikes. Rose begins to switch her position and tries to create distance throwing kicks switching between striking the legs and then throwing a front kick. Both women begin to try to find their range by throwing straight jabs and utilizing their footwork to create angles. Karolina rushes in to get the fight in the clinch but fails as Rose moves backward and then finds herself against the cage. After a failed takedown attempt, Rose finds herself on the ground with Kowalkiewicz on top. Rose begins to use her ground game attempting submissions but just can’t avoid the strikes from Karolina. Rose continues her attempts to lock up a limb of Kowalkiewicz to secure a submission, however Karolina defended the armbar and omoplata attempts very well. After a quick scramble, the pair return to their feet. Both women continue to strike until the final bell.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via Split Decision (29-28 28-29 29-28)
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*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)
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)
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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