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Legends collide next week at UFC 191

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On September 5th, in Las Vegas Nevada, when the curtain goes up on UFC 191, the main card will feature a matchup of former Heavyweight Champions. The #4 ranked Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski squares off against the #10 ranked Frank Mir in a fight that could and probably should have title contention implications.
The amazing thing about this fight is the longevity of these two gladiators. Arlovski made his UFC debut in 2000 at UFC 28, that’s 15 years ago ladies and gentleman. Frank Mir, debuted at UFC 31 in 2001 and incredibly outside of injuries hasn’t left the promotion for 14 years.

In his decade and a half career, “The Pitbull” has faced literally two generations of top contenders in mixed martial arts. Fighters like Ricco Rodriguez, Pedro Rizzo Vladamir Mayushenko and Tim Slyvia who he defeated for the UFC Champion in his early days and now his last three fights against the younger generation of Travis Browne, Antonio Silva and Brendan Schaub each of who Arlovski dispatched.

The same can be said for Mir. He has fought a who’s who of heavyweight fighters in the UFC for the last decade plus. Sims, Freeman, Nogueira, Kongo, Lesnar, Carwin, CroCop, Nelson, Dos Santos, Cormier, Barnet, Overeem are just some of the names that litter Frank Mir’s resume. This former Champion has built his career on fighting the top fighters in the world.

The fact that both of these men are still ranked in the top ten of the heavyweight division coming of multiple fight winning streaks and are in consideration for title contention more than a decade after their debut is a testament to the caliber fighter we are talking about. These two men should be considered first ballot UFC Hall of Famers when they finally retire, but have shown no sign of slowing down.

Mir, who entered the UFC as probably the best American heavyweight jiu-jitsu practitioner has evolved in to a very dangerous striker. Both of his last two victories came with knockouts over Todd Duffee and Big Foot Silva. Improved cardio, dangerous striking and one punch knockout power to go hand in hand with his top level submission ability makes Mir one of the most dangerous finishers in the heavyweight division.

Arlovski is as dangerous as they come when the fight is standing. Of his 24 career victories, 17 have come by way of knockout. When the “Pitbull” is across the Octagon from you, you know that he is trying to take your head off. However, that doesn’t mean that he is one dimensional in the least. His Sambo background makes him a nightmare for grapplers. In the UFC, Arlovski has defended an astonishing 85.71% of takedowns attempted against him. His phenomenal balance makes it very difficult to take him to the mat, and when an opponent does he has a deceptively good guard that has earned him three submissions wins as well.

Both Mir and Arlovski are 36 years of age. While they are obviously not on the decline considering their rankings and the last couple times we have seen each of them in the Octagon, they are certainly closer to the end of their career than the beginning. On September 5th, we will see one of these former Champions take a big step towards the chance to fight for a UFC Championship once again. This is a fight that any long time UFC fan should be anticipating and excited for and any new age UFC fan should sit up and take notice of. On September 5th, two UFC Legends are going to collide and with all things considered it could very well be a contender for Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night or Submission of the Night so don’t look away.

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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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