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Kiefer Crosbie: “I owe Coach Kavanagh everything including a world title”



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Straight Blast Gym is one of those gyms that instantly comes to mind when you mention the best fighters in the world. With the likes of Conor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson and Artem Lobov to name a few on the roster at the Dublin gym. A young fighter that is set to follow in their footsteps is none other than Kiefer Crosbie. Crosbie is currently undefeated in his professional career after racking up two very impressive back to back wins at both Battlezone and Bamma. Crosbie says remaining undefeated is something he thinks about every day.

“I think about it every day. I will remain undefeated for my entire career. Winning is everything in this game and I put too many hours in to lose that 0”

Ireland has received major recognition especially in the last couple of years with the emergence of top young MMA talent with SBG producing the vast majority of the upcoming crop. Crosbie believes SBG is producing a new level of martial arts with Crosbie, Cian Cowley, James Gallagher and Lee Hammond at the forefront.

“We are on our way to being the best fighters in the world it’s only a matter of time. There is a lot of young up & comers coming out of SBG and your gonna see a new level of martial arts breaking through. Myself, James, Lee & Cian especially”

Crosbie is currently training in the new state of the art gym Mjolnir in Iceland home to Gunnar Nelson and Crosbie says training in Iceland is a great to place to focus on just his training.

“100% I love Iceland & I have a lot of great training partners over here at Mjolnir & the new gym is top of the range. Big thank you to Jón & Halli for sorting out a great training camp. It’s a great place to for isolation, visualisation & dedication. Focus on nothing but training & resting”

Crosbie has been working under the guidance of coach John Kavangh for some time now and Crosbie says he owes his long term coach everything including a world title.

“Having John as my coach is everything. The man is a genius when it comes to combat simple as that. His mind is far more evolved than most when it comes to this and it boosts my confidence knowing I have him behind me. I owe him a lot. Including a World title”

So when will we see Crosbie grace the octagon again? With two upcoming Bamma cards announced for Birmingham and Dublin it looks like Crosbie will be taking over the 3 arena in Dublin this July.

 “I’ve being asking for months to be on the Birmingham card. I was originally on it and for some reason they took me off it. I still want on it but they haven’t got back to me. Of course I’m on the Dublin card. Dublin is my home and if there’s a big show in my city Big daddy’s always gonna be involved. There are no fans on the planet like the irish fans and I can’t Fucking wait to walk out and blow the roof off the place with a world class performance”

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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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