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Matt Mitrione vs. Travis Browne: What’s at stake? 

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For the fighters inside the UFC’s heavyweight division future title contention could literally be one-punch away. This couldn’t be more true as two of the UFC’s most athletic ‘big men’, Matt Mitrione and Travis Browne, are gearing up to face off on Sunday (Jan. 17, 2016) in Boston.

Being known as the more naturally athletic heavyweights in the division, thanks to past sporting accomplishments Mitrione football and Browne basketball.  Both will be looking to make quick work of the other and book themselves a one-way trip into title contention.

Mitrione (9-4) has recent UFC wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Derrick Lewis and Shawn Jordan. The former professional football player has yet to get himself a signature victory that would most certainly propel him into title contention. After building some momentum heading into his last fight against Ben Rothwell a “silly” mistake cost him what would have been that ‘signature’ win over a very tough and streaking Rothwell.

Now, should Matt be able to shake off the small errors and do what he does better than most, we could well witness KO victory number 9. With superior footwork and the athletic ability to do things a man of his size shouldn’t, ‘meat head’ needs to stay patient and keep the fight standing. With the more technical striking of the two Mitrione would most certainly jump up in the rankings (currently outside of top 10) and be in the title mix with a finish on Sunday.

Browne (17-3-1) on the other hand has always been in the mix for the heavyweight title. Unfortunately falling short against the now champion Fabricio Werdum in what was a No. 1 contenders match-up. Browne, who like Mitrione, is a naturally gifted athlete despite his size. A very tall and strong fighter Browne has also won a huge majority of his fights via K.O and will be looking to add Mitrione to the list.

Also, a talented wrestler and grappler Browne seems to hold the slight advantage even though we rarely see him use these skills. With victories over Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem and Brendan Schaub on his record, he has always been another key victory away from the title picture. Most recently in action at UFC 187 where he was stopped by Andrei Arlovski, the Hawaiian is looking to get back to his old winning ways.

Having been in the media a lot recently due to issues outside of the 8 fenced walls of the Octagon, Browne will have to win this fight should he want to be serious contender in 2016.

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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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