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McGregor steals the show (again) at UFC 205 Press Conference

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UFC 205 now looks set to be the biggest MMA event in history and it’s all because of one man–Conor MCGregor.

Having received the fight contract just late last evening, the Irishman hopped on a plane to New York City where he joined eleven other fighters who will also be lining up on the UFCs first ever card in New York on November 12.

Despite being joined by three other UFC champions and multiple other title contenders, last evening’s press conference was about one man and one man onlyMcGregor. The Irishman stole the show from beginning to end and he began right away with telling his opponent at UFC 205, Eddie Alvarez, just exactly how the fight would go down.

“Shut your f***ing mouth,” McGregor told Alvarez. “I love New York. I run this whole s**t. And Mystic Mac predicts I’m going to KO you inside of one round.”

As ever, his fight prediction was full of confidence and while he was happy to let Alvarez his fate, he also put the rest of the other 155-pound fighters on notice.

“I’m very happy with the 155-pound weight limit, McGregor said. I feel like with all the divisions I ran around and ran through, 155 I feel will be the one where I take over the most.”

While McGregor will be busy at competing at lightweight for the foreseeable future, one man who will be interested in McGregors featherweight title is Jeremy Stephens who faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 205.

Unfortunately for Stephens, when he tried to engage verbally with the Irishman, he got firmly put back in his place by the Irishman who was on fire at that point, and had the audience in his hands.

The press conference wasnt all about laughs though. McGregor made the startling revelation that Alvarez would be receiving the same base money for the fight in November than he had done back for his last fight in July.

“He got it done by signing his last contract,” McGregor said. “He didn’t even negotiate new money for himself. Imagine that. Look at everybody up here. They’re all dressed like me. They’re all trying to talk like me. They’re all trying to be me. Everyone in the game wants this fight. This is the lottery fight. And this man took it on his last contract.

“Imagine that. Imagine getting the biggest fight in the game and [the UFC] saying, Shut your mouth, kid, you’ll get paid what you did on your last fight and you’re lucky you’re getting that.'”

Alvarez will likely be paid more this time around because of the pay-per-view points he now receives as a champion, but it was surprising that he wasn’t able to a raise in his show money for fighting in arguably the biggest fight ever, on the biggest fight card ever.

McGregor taunted Alvarez throughout the forty-five-minute presser, and Mystic Mac couldn’t help but remind his upcoming opponent just how what was in store for him on November 12.

“He’s gonna be shooting, panicking, I’m gonna be hitting him from everywhere,” McGregor said. “Sooner or later, he’s gonna fall. One of those elbows, one of those shots are gonna dig into that soft, sweet spot, into the temple. And that’s all she wrote! Two-weight world champion! UFC history! New York! The Irish are back!”

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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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