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Miesha Tate “At a big turning point”

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On Monday, Miesha Tate was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss her plans following her recent snub for a title shot against Ronda Rousey.  Tate who is the #1 ranked women’s Bantamweight in the UFC was verbally promised the title shot following her July 25th bout with Jessica Eye at UFC on Fox.  When it was announced just a few weeks later that Rousey would be facing #7 Holly Holm, Tate was taken by surprise.  She would first hear about the fight via text from friends and family. “To wake up to that, it was almost like waking up to still being in a nightmare,” she said about receiving the news.

“I think the handling of it stings more than anything, I just felt like it was poorly handled. I’ve been a professional, I’ve been a team player with the UFC. I’ve always been a company woman. I just felt a little bit frustrated that it wasn’t handled differently.” Tate went on to say.  “I just got really depressed, honestly. I wasn’t very happy or very motivated at that moment, I didn’t know what to think, so it took me a couple weeks to kind of wrap my mind around it and get back up on the horse and start training again, and start thinking about what I want to do.”

She expressed that she still haven’t spoken to the heads of the UFC, because she was so hurt by the way it was handled.  She said that she herself had no desire to speak to the UFC directly and that they should speak to her manager.  She does plan to meet with Dana White possibly in mid-November.

Tate has been keeping busy with filming movies and doing commentary for FOX , which she says could be a means to support herself if she were to walk away from fighting.  She said about walking away form fighting that “It’s not what I want…but I’m not willing to bend and I’m not willing to break”.

Tate went on to talk about the difference in pay scale between herself and Rousey. She brought up an article by Joe Rogan in which he says “That’s an interesting thing when you look at the No. 1 person in the division, which is clearly Ronda, who made I think like $6 million last year, something crazy like that, and that’s in fighting. Then there’s Miesha Tate, who is the No. 2 girl in the division. How much do you think she makes? It’s a small fraction.” Rogan said.

Tate brought up the point of ranked opponents, she claims that Ronda makes a great amount more than Miesha while fighting lesser opponents.  “they want me to fight higher-ranked and much better-skilled opponents than Ronda is fighting? And she gets paid millions and I get paid pennies on the dollar?”  Of Tate’s last four opponents, only two were in the top ten.  Rousey’s last three fight opponents were ranked in the top 5. The exception, this upcoming fight with Holm who is currently ranked #7.

Throughout this whole ordeal, Tate has maintained her professionalism and she will take into account various factors when deciding the direction that her career will go from this point forward.

 

 

 

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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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