The number 7 ranked welterweight in the UFC, Matt Brown, was a guest on the most recent instalment of The Great MMA Debate and, among other topics, the question of CM Punk’s injury and UFC tenure was discussed.
It seemed just a week ago that Punk would finally make his UFC debut in the coming months when Mickey Gall defeated Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82. Following that win, CM Punk was brought into the octagon for a staredown with Gall, who was officially announced as the first opponent for the former WWE star. However, just days later, it was announced that Punk was suffering from a herniated disc that would require surgery that could keep him out of action for as long as 6 months. While speaking on the subject, Matt Brown revealed that he has experienced a similar injury in the past himself and described how debilitating such an injury can be.
“It’s a f**king horrible thing when it happens,” he said. “I’m going to guess he probably already got the epidural steroid injection, which I had to get. Which is where they sent a corticosteroid, basically a cortisone shot type thing, they do an epidural down your spine and shoot it in there. It relieves the inflammation. If not, than I don’t know that he would have been walking. I didn’t have to get surgery. That’s horrible, man. That s**t is never the same again. Like, my back? I’ve done my due diligence and I work extremely hard on keeping my back mobile and strong at all times. It’s 10 times better than it ever was before, but mine wasn’t bad enough that I needed surgery on it. Once you get surgery on that s**t, it’s never the same again.”
Aside from the issues associated with such an injury, Brown went on to add that he believes that CM Punk is yet to face his biggest challenge in preparation for his UFC debut – nerves. Brown stated that the Chicago native has no idea what it feels like to be involved in a real fight situation and that his pro-wrestling past will not be of any help in such a situation and he questioned whether Punk would ever be able to handle it.
“This guy, he ain’t no fighter, man,” he stated. “Like I said before, let’s say he does go fight. People don’t understand what it’s like sitting in that locker room for two to three hours knowing this guy right down the hall is going to try to f**king murder you. You’re in front of millions of people and your friends and family, that feeling in indescribable. The nerves, a lot of people call it fear, that feeling is not to be envied. Conquering that fear takes something, I think, different than most people have and I question whether CM Punk has that or not.”
With CM Punk having signed for the UFC on December 6th 2014, he has still not fought for the promotion and, at the moment, it is up in the air whether or not he will be able to debut in 2016, although Punk himself has said that he expects to. Regardless, when he finally does make that walk to the octagon, he will have a long list of doubters to prove wrong – a list which is seemingly growing and intensifying as time goes by.
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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