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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson all but confirmed for UFC 209

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UFC 209 is shaping up to be one of the cards of the year with a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title apparently making its way onto the card.

The UFC have yet to announce the fight but according to both fighters’ social media posts over the last few weeks including Khabib’s father confirming that Ferguson is Nurmagomedov’s next opponent and USADA paying Ferguson a visit. The fight between the two streaking lightweights seems likely for the pay-per-view card in Las Vegas this March.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has expressed his frustrations with the division and the UFC after being promised a title shot with Eddie Alvarez prior to UFC 205. That fight did not materialise, with the title shot ultimately given to Conor McGregor.

Despite not receiving his title shot against Alvarez, Nurmagomedov put his undefeated streak on the line facing top contender Michael Johnson at UFC 205. Nurmagomedov came out victorious after a dominating performance led to a kimura finish. The Russian now holds a perfect record of 24-0 in mixed martial arts.

Since the announcement that McGregor would not be fighting for an extended amount of time as he is expecting his first child with girlfriend Dee Devlin, Nurmagomedov turned his attentions towards Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson, who recently defeated former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in Mexico a few weeks prior to UFC 205, has been on a fantastic streak of his own winning his last nine fights and only suffering one loss in his UFC career since winning The Ultimate Fighter. Nurmagomedov accepted the fight with Ferguson but the fight has been stalled over the last few weeks with Ferguson demanding more money to fight the unbeaten Russian at UFC 209.

This will be the third time in 14 months that Ferguson and Nurmagomedov has been scheduled. The fight was originally set  to take place at the ultimate fighter 22 finale last December, but an injury forced Nurmagomedov to pull out of a fight with Ferguson and he was replaced by Edson Barboza. It was again scheduled for UFC on Fox 19 last April as a five round main event, but a week prior to the fight Ferguson was removed from the card with a reported lung injury and Nurmagomedov stayed on the card defeating Darrell Horcher.

Let’s hope it will be third time lucky for both fighters as they chase the biggest prize in the game, a title fight with Conor McGregor.

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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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.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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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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