UFC 206, December 10th. A night in which Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis to become the interim UFC featherweight champion. However, it was also a night that saw one of the most incredible fights in UFC history between Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi.
Heading into that fight, “The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi was the favourite, with a UFC record of 3-0, with three first round knockouts to his name. Without doubt, Swanson was to be the toughest test of his young career. The veteran was enjoying a good 2016, with decision victories over Hacran Dias and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Both men had won the majority of their fights by a finish, be it a knockout or submission, so fans were expecting fireworks. Even withstanding that, few expected what transpired in front of their eyes.
In the first round, Choi landed perhaps the most telling shots, although Swanson had his moments too, bloodying the nose of his younger opponent. Still, the Korean responded to Swanson’s advances, showing the striking ability that makes him one of the brightest young prospects in the division. By the end of the round, it was anybody’s guess who had come out on top, although two judges were in agreement that it was Swanson. Little did we know that all hell was about to break loose in the second round.
After exchanging head kicks to start the round, Swanson began to take control of the contest, landing combinations to the head of Choi. The Korean was showing that, not only is he a dangerous striker, but he has a great chin too. Swanson continued to land hard shot after hard shot to Choi and sent him backwards to the cage. Choi was in trouble and referee Dan Miragliotta began to take a closer look at the action, letting Choi know he needed to fight back – and fight back he did. He caught Swanson with a big hook which had the American reeling. The tables had clearly turned, and now Choi was landing shots, searching for the finish. Swanson used all of his veteran savvy to ride that wave and drag Choi to the mat. When the action returned to the feet, the madness started again, Choi moving forward with bad intentions, but Swanson managing to land the cleaner shots. Amazingly, despite taking huge punches from Swanson, Choi appeared unmoved, continuing to push forwards evoking thoughts of his countryman Chan Sung Jung, the “Korean Zombie”. The horn sounded to signal the end of one of the finest rounds in UFC history. There was little doubt that Swanson had taken it, the only question was what score the fight was heading into the third. In truth, fans probably did not care, they just wanted the third round to start.
The third round continued where the second left off, with Choi moving forward but Swanson landing more often and with more power. It was becoming a mystery how Choi was still standing as he refused to go down. Swanson landed two takedowns, including one beautiful judo throw, in an attempt to finish the fight on the ground. By the time they returned to the feet, it was clear that the bloodied Choi was tired, hurt and it looked as if Swanson could finish the fight. Swanson sensed it too, pouring it on in the final minute looking to finish, but Choi was going nowhere and kept trying to land that fight winning haymaker of his own. The final horn sounded and the crowd rose to their feet in thunderous applause, in awe of the display of heart, talent and courage that they witnessed.
Cub Swanson took home a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), but both men emerged with their reputations hugely enhanced. Swanson took issue with being labelled as underdog for the fight, and fired a warning to the rest of the division. “Don’t ever question me again.”
Other fights to earn a vote: Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit, Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz II, Dominick Cruz vs TJ Dillashaw, Polo Reyes vs Dong Hyun Kim
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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