MMA, especially in South East Asia, thrives on tribal loyalties and there is nothing more intense than a Singapore vs Malaysia matchup. Mixed Martial A’rr attempts to ignite the causeway rivalry by setting up a women’s flyweight battle between Singaporean May Ooi(1-0) and Malaysian Zhen Wei(1-1).
Both fighters are coming off dominant first round wins. May defeated Sharmah Deviah in August 2014 on Rebel FC 2 while Zhen defeated Rachael Short on MIMMA 2: Grand Finals. Both fighters won their previous fights under 3 minutes of the first round and both fighters will be fighting MMA away from home for the first time.
“It feels awesome to have won my last fight! Who doesn’t love winning? But I guess it wasn’t as good as the fight I fought on MFC with Helen. That was awesome even though I lost” – Zhen Wei
May Ooi is no stranger to the sports scene in South East Asia. The former National swimmer was breaking records in the swimming pool, competed in the Olympics and is now holding the record of being the oldest active Singaporean professional MMA fighter at 38 years old. Apart from competing in MMA, May will also be the broadcast presenter for the upcoming South East Asian(SEA) Games in Singapore.
“I was scheduled on the Rebel FC 3 card at the end of June but I have two weeks of presentation for the upcoming SEA games., hosting on TV and it’s too close a date for Rebel but I would think they would be happy to put me on the next card. The schedule does affect my training for this fight.The SEA games is a big deal. It’s gonna be shown on TV in the all of South East Asia. I’m really just doing this for my country, giving back.Singapore have been so good to me.I had so much support since my swimming career.Even now doing MMA.It’s just my way of giving back and sacrificing one fight for that really doesn’t matter” – May Ooi
Women’s MMA in South East Asia is still a very young division compared to the rest of the world. One Championship fighter Ann Osman currently holds the record of being the South East Asian Women MMA fighter who fought the most times with an MMA record of 4-1.
The limited number of South East Asian women fighters makes it convenient for fighters to gain information about each other prior to their fights. May Ooi seem very well informed of her opponent while Zhen took a less serious approach.
“I know she has a blue belt in BJJ and I know that she has been working on her boxing a lot. Her strength is her ground and my ground is my back up so I have way more tools” – May Ooi
“I only know that she was an Olympic swimmer, fought on Rebel FC and has a ripped body! I don’t have that. I hope I won’t get outmuscled in the fight. You know muscles doesn’t mean strong” – Zhen Wei
May Ooi have the advantage of having Arnaud Lepont as part of her team in this fight. Arnaud was previously in Muayfit where Zhen have been training since her Pro debut in May of 2013. However, May assures that having Arnaud was not a strategy specifically for this fight and it was all purely coincidental.
“I started training with Arnaud in December last year. That was way before this fight is being offered. It is coincidental. I didn’t go out in search of an ex-MuayFit coach for this fight” – May Ooi
While May already knows what’s ahead for her career, Zhen is just going with the flow.
“What’s next? I don’t know. I am more of a person who goes with the flow. Whatever comes my way, when it’s the right time, I will go for it. But see how it goes. I rather go for non contracted fights so I can explore around.” – Zhen Wei
May Ooi and Zhen Wei will do battle on Mixed Martial A’rr on June 1st, Star Cruise Libra, Andaman Sea, Thailand.
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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