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MMA Federation of Russia joins IMMAF

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As per press release …

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is proud to announce the affiliation of the MMA Federation of Russia (MMAFR).

Registered with the Russian Ministry of Justice since 2012, the MMAFR is headed by UFC veteran Oleg Taktarov, who is also known for featuring in movies that include Predators, National Treasure, Bad Boys 2 and Rollerball. The organisation is partnered with the Russian Union of Martial Arts and the Committee of Non-Olympic and National Sports of Russia.

Between 2012 and 2015 the MMAFR conducted more than 150 regional tournaments, 34 tournaments nationwide and 12 international tournaments. The MMAFR comprises 54 regional federations, each with its own office, and clubs and athletes’ membership totalling more than 5,000 athletes. The organisation is well supported in Southern Russia, especially in the Caucasian Mountain region.

The stated objectives of the federation are to develop and promote MMA in Russia; to increase the role of physical culture and sports in the full and harmonious development of the personality; to promote health and healthy lifestyles; to strengthen the position and prestige of MMA internationally through the participation of Russian athletes; to expand the network of sports clubs and youth sports schools; and to train highly skilled athletes.

MMAFR President, Oleg Taktarov, commented:

“There are two values for the MMA Federation of Russia that sets us apart: Firstly, we hold that all our athletes must be well grounded, well-educated and have a life outside the sport so that they are equipped to succeed in life. For example, my coach would ask athletes read books and poetry, to watch films and write a report. Like the Japanese Samurai, athletes should be well rounded, be able to hold an intelligent conversation and educated in the arts. I am proud to say that after almost a decade of existing, there has been no illegal activity and no criminal charges against our federation or athletes that puts us in favourable comparison to other sports. We are not looking to create instant champions, but people who will succeed in the long term.

“Secondly we demand respect from our athletes to their mothers and fathers and coaches. It is important to respect the people who have helped you. The family, club and federation together make up a strong team which supports the athlete.

“I would like to also add, in light of the recent athlete doping scandal, that the MMAFR has always been committed to clean sport.”

IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown, said:

“Russia is vast territory that boasts a wealth of MMA talent and is of political importance. Further to this the joining of the Russian federation to IMMAF is a big statement, particularly in light of the recent athlete doping controversy in Russia. It is an IMMAF mandate that all affiliates sign up to our Anti-doping policy. By joining IMMAF, the MMAFR agrees for all its athletes to undergo doping controls at IMMAF championship events and demonstrates its commitment to clean sport. We look forward to working with this established, well organised and dynamic federation; and to welcoming a Russian team to participate for the very first time in the IMMAF World Championships at UFC Fight Week.”

IMMAF CEO, Densign White, said:

“We are delighted to have the MMA Federation of Russia on board. It is an important country in the world of MMA. I am sure that going forward we will enjoy a successful collaboration with some big events, and that the bar will be raised across IMMAF competitions. I would like to thank President Oleg Taktarov for his allegiance.”

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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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