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Miesha Tate calls Amanda Nunes “Ferocious” but guarantees victory at UFC200

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Miesha Tate is aware of the dangers Amanda Nunes possesses but promises victory at UFC 200. 

The media obligations for the newest UFC champion, Miesha Tate, are seemingly endless and now that she is set to face Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July the obligations may have just increased tenfold. 

Ahead of the above mentioned meeting between Tate and Nunes, the new champion sat down with Fox Sports Live on Thursday to eat cupcakes as well as discuss UFC 200, Nunes as an opponent and more. 

I’m so excited I get a super quick turn around. There’s been a few times during my career where there’s been an eight month lay off, a nine month lay off or a six month lay off. This is going to be a super quick turn-around and I get to make my first title defence against what I feel is a very formidable opponent. 

Tate will face Amanda Nunes who is bringing a three fight winning streak into their UFC 200 meeting. “The Lioness” was also in action just a few hours before Tate was crowned the new queen of the division. Nunes (12-4) defeated Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous division during the UFC 196 undercard to extendher winning streak to three. For “Cupcake” this hot streak is one she cannot ignore. 

She’s on a four fight win streak (UFC 200 will be four). Not that many girls in the division, I think the only other one who is on a real win streak is Juliana Penà so she (Nunes) is a very dangerous opponent. 

She comes out with a ferocious pace, has incredible leg kicks, she looks like she hits like a Mack truck and I believe she is a black belt on the ground. She presents a lot of problems but that is good because I want a challenge and for people to recognise the skill set Amanda brings to the table in this. I want to go out there and show everyone why I’m the best in the world. 

The announcement of Nunes getting the title shot over former champion Holly Holm who Miesha beat at UFC 196 was somewhat surprising as all signs had pointed to Holm and Tate doing it all over again. However the promotion had other ideas and Nunes is now No. 1 contender. According to Miesha this was the correct decision and she believes she will meet Holm down the round once again. 

I think it really boils down to Holly not being a long reigning champion. She lost the belt on her first defence and it’s not like I was getting crushed on the feet. She was edging me for sure. She edged me in three of the rounds. The second round was a 10-8 on all three of the judges scorecards and then I finished her in the fifth round. 

It didn’t go to a decision, it didn’t end up a tie, I finished the fight. I’m looking to fight someone new. Someone I’ve not beat yet. I think Amanda being on that win streak and having all that momentum and confidence i think it says so much more beating her then it does beating Holly again. 

While Holm is out of the picture right now Tate is sure the two will cross paths somewhere down the line. 

I think she needs to get a win under her belt and then I think she would defiently get a rematch. I would be more than happy.


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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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