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RIZIN Fighting Federation: Day 1 Results

Matthew Wells



Rizin Fighting Federation kicked off Day 1 of the two-day event headlined by MMA legends Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba. The eight-man heavyweight tournament kicked off as well, which will conclude on Day 2, taking place Thursday, December 31. The winner of the tournament will receive a $300,000 prize.

News note: A pause in the action occurred during the fight card to announce that Jerome Lebanner would not be competing on Day 2. Peter Aerts will step in to face Kaido “Baruto” Hoovelson.

Below are the results from Day 1 of the event:

  • Shinya Aoki def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (strikes) – Round 1
  • *Heavyweight tournament opening round bout*  Jiri Prochazka def. Satoshi Ishii via KO (strikes) – Round 1
  • *Heavyweight tournament opening round bout* Vadim Nemkov def. Goran Reljic via TKO (punches) – Round 1
  • *Heavyweight tournament opening round bout* Teodoras Aukstuolis def. Bruno Cappelozza via KO (punch) – Round 1
  • *Heavyweight tournament opening round bout* Muhammed Lawal def. Brett McDermott via KO (punch) – Round 1, 9:10
  • *Heavyweight tournament alternate bout*  Valentin Moldavsky def. Yuta Uchida via Submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:20
  • Hiroyuki Takaya def. Daiki Hata via Unanimous Decision
  • Hideo Tokoro def. Kizaemon Saiga via Submission (armbar) – Round 1
  • Anatoly Tokov def. A.J. Matthews via KO (punch) – Round 1
  • *RIZIN mix rules* Hinata Watanabe def. Kazuyuki Miyata via TKO (3 knockdown rule) – Round 1, 0:55
  • *K-1 Rules bout* Hiroya Kawabe def. Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura via KO (punch) – Round 3
  • Felipe Efrain def. Yuki Motoya via TKO (punches) – Round 1 *Bout ruled a no-contest due to Efrain missing weight* 
  • Kirill Sidelnikov def. Carlos Toyota via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:23
  • Tsuyoshi Kosaka def. James Thompson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:58

Day two will feature the highly anticipated return of Fedor Emelianenko to face Jaideep Singh.

The tournament semi-finals are set:

  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
  • Vadim Nemkov vs. Jiri Prochazka
    • If necessary, Valentin Moldavsky is the alternate

Stay tuned to MMA Latest News for Day 2 coverage of Rizin Fighting Federation 1!

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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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