In the sport of MMA, there are very little limitations. People of all nationalities, races, sexual orientations, religions, etc… are accepted. It is overall an inclusive sport for everyone.
Although for some people it is more complicated and difficult than others especially those who have a disability. Having a physical disability would tempt people to think that those who have them are at a disadvantage in the sport than others. It is a very physical sport, of course. However it has proven that these disabilities have caused no problem in some fighters careers, they have gone past whatever limitations that would be stereotypically set out by others and come out successful.
One of these fighters is Nick Newell (11-1) who fights in the WSOF lightweight division. Newell has only one arm and has done extraordinary things throughout his career. Along the course of his career, he has been quite successful but back in December 2012, Newell created history by winning the XFC title, beating the odds and becoming champion. Newell then signed for WSOF, he remained unbeaten before suffering his first loss at WFOF 11 to Justin Gaethje, his third fight in the promotion. Newell will look to bounce back to winning ways April 10th at WSOF 20 when he faces Joe Condon.
Newell’s story is truly heartening, but he has previously stated that he does not want to be defined as the fighter with one arm but just for his ability and success along with being treated equally. He has certainly defined himself for his ability as he is an exceptional fighter with huge potential and a record to match. Yet being treated equally is still to be achieved as Dana White claimed in the past that Newell would never fight for the UFC because it’s craziness to him and went on to question if Newell would be granted a licence in some states if he were to fight with the UFC. He has had no problem getting them so far therefore what would stop other states granting him one??
Anyhow, another fighter who has fought with a disability is Matt “The Hammer” Hamill who has hearing impairment (deaf). Being deaf has had very little impact on Hamill’s success he has overcome many obstacles in his career and fought on the largest stage of them all for the majority of his career, the UFC fighting 15 times for the promotion throughout his career picking up notable wins against the likes of Tito Ortiz and current LHW champion Jon Jones.
Hamill will fight at WSOF 19 on march 28th in a rematch against Thiago Silva in the WSOF light heavyweight tournament semi-final. Hamill is surely going to put on a show and show that he has no limitations once again the same with fellow WSOF fighter Nick Newell when he enters the cage once again. Hamill’s story has been seen in the movie “The Hammer”.
Both these fighters have both very different disabilities but are not treated differently to other fighters this is their day job and they sure do a damn good job of it. This sport is truly for everyone of every background and these two are just examples of how one change in your body can not stop you from achieving greatness. This proves the uniqueness of this sport to others and how there is no segregation like others. I don’t know about you, but these guys got me inspired, there really are no limitations in this sport it’s unpredictable and it’s the beauty of it in my opinion.
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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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