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Champion: Bibiano Fernandes (18-3), (6-0 One Championship)
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One Championship Bantamweight champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes have dominated the 135lbs division. He successfully defended the title three times since unifying the belt from Soo Chul Kim on October 2013. Bibiano’s impressive knockout win over former Cage Warrior’s Champion Toni Tauru recently rocketed him to the  number one spot on our monthly top 50 prospects outside the UFC.

 

#1. Kevin Belingon (13-4), (4-4 One Championship)
the-silencerKevin “The Silencer” Belingon have fought the most times in the One Championship Bantamweight division. Three of his four losses came from former Bantamweight title contenders Dae Hwan Kim, Masakatsu Ueda(now Pancrase) and former One Championship Bantamweight champion Soo Chul Kim(now Road FC). His other loss came from Japanese leg lock legend, Masakazu Imanari(now Deep).  His most recent win over top Bantamweight contender Koetsu Okazaki who was on a two-fight winning streak on One Championship have propelled Kevin back into the number one spot on our rankings.

 

#2.  Dae Hwan Kim (10-1), (2-1 One Championship)
Dae+Hwan+Kim+fyvjxuc0YOhmKorean Dae Hwan Kim made his mark in the One Championship when he finished top contender Kevin Belingon in March 2014 with a rear naked choke in 4:39 seconds of the first round. The win shot Kim to a title fight with Bibiano at the end of the year. The champion then finished Kim with the same choke on December 2014 in the second round.

 

 

#3. Toni Tauru  (10-2-1), (0-1 One Championship)
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Former Cage Warrior’s champion, Toni “Dynamite” Tauru was on an impressive ten fight winning streak in the UK MMA scene and launched himself straight into the title picture on his One Championship debut. It didn’t end well for Toni as he suffered a third-round knockout by the Bantamweight Champion on One Championship debut show in Myanmar.

 

 

#4.  Koetsu Okazaki (10-4), (2-2 One Championship)
Koetsu OkazakiKoetsu Okazaki was set to be next in line to be the next Bantamweight contender after gaining an impressive two-fight winning streak on One Championship. A win against Belingon on December 2014 could have set up a rematch with Bibiano for the title.  However, Okazaki lost via unanimous decision.

 

 

#5. Mark Striegl (14-1), (1-0 One Championship)
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Former PXC featherweight champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl have ventured into a lighter weight division after losing the PXC title on September 2013. He last defeated then undefeated Casey Suire on his One Championship debut in impressive fashion. via a rear naked choke in the first round.

 

 

#6. Xian Ji (13-2), (1-0 One Championship)
jixianXian Ji was on hiatus since Legend FC folded and returned to the cage on his One Championship debut in December 2014, in which he claimed a unanimous decision win over then undefeated Yadong Song.  Xian just recently defeated Jessie Rafols on W.I.N. FC on July 18th.

 

 

#7. Fransino Tirta (16-0-1), (1-0 One Championship)
63Undefeated Fransino Tirta was scheduled to fight former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in February of 2015 but the show was postponed according to kiostix.com. His sole victory in One Championship was over Sami Amin in June 2014

 

 


#8. Ming Yen Sung (4-1), (2-0 One Championship)
2bc76980-05a1-11e4-aea6-a19453455536_sung-ming-yen-4.jpeg.cfSung Ming Yen entered our rankings with a two-fight winning streak in One Championship. His biggest win in One Championship was over then undefeated Radeem Rahman in September 2014.

 

 

 

#9. Casey Suire (5-1), (2-1 One Championship)
vAHx5xe0Casey Suire was on a roll with back to back first round submission wins in One Championship. His undefeated streak was stopped short by Mark Striegl on April 2015.

 

 


#10. Heili Alateng (4-4), (1-0 One Championship)
Heili Alateng made his debut on One Championship in May 2015 with a second round TKO win over Stephen Langdown. Fourteen days later, Heili suffered his fourth loss in his MMA career via unanimous decision on WBK 4 – Battle of Kings in June 2015.

 

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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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