This Saturday Night in Las Vegas there is a good old fashioned stacked card. A ton of controversy surrounds the main event; the Light Heavyweight Championship between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier. The Co-Main is a Middleweight Championship between Chris Weidman and UFC journeyman Vitor Belfort. There are a lot of underlooked fights on this card, however, which is why this is the MMA Latest Fight to Watch for UFC 187.
Honorable Mention 1: Rose Namajunas (3-2) vs. Nina Ansaroff (6-4)
Starting off the Main Card is an intriguing Women’s Strawweight matchup between former UFC title challenger “Thug” Rose Namajunas and former Invicta fighter Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff. Namajunas had a strong showing on The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 advancing to the finale through 3 victories. A lot of hype surrounded her as she got ready to battle Carla Esparza for the first UFC Women’s Strawweight title ever. She was called “The Next Ronda Rousey” by many who underestimated the strong wrestler Esparza. She marched into her fight with a head full of steam only to be steamrolled by Esparza in the Main Event. She was dominated by Esparza’s wrestling in a fight that eventually came to an end in the 3rd round via TKO. This is her first fight after the embarrassing loss to Esparza and she badly needs a win to get back on track to another title shot. She is fighting against Ansaroff, who was 5-0 in her last 5 fights before dropping a decision in November. Both women lost their UFC debut and both need a win to get back to where they want to be. It is sure to be a standup war between Namajunas and Ansaroff.
Honorable Mention 2: Uriah Hall (11-4) vs. Rafael Natal (19-6-1)
The fight that follows the aforementioned Strawweight war is a Middleweight matchup with exciting possibilities. The Ultimate Fighter season 17 runner up Uriah Hall is on a 3 fight UFC win streak and is looking to battle his way up to the top in the Middleweight division. He is a scary person to be standing across the cage from. His knockout over Adam Cella in the first round of The Ultimate Fighter is still considered by many MMA fans as one of the nastiest knockouts in history. He had an impressive TUF run, advancing to the finale before losing a close split decision to Kelvin Gastelum that many thought he won. He is fighting against a Mixed Martial Artist that can only be described with one word, veteran. Natal made his UFC debut in September of 2010 and hasn’t looked back. He is also on a winning streak, he has won his last two fights and is looking to finally make that march to that belt. This will be an interesting stylistic clash between the heavy handed Hall and the grappling expert Natal. It is sure to be exciting.
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Travis Browne (17-2-1) vs. Andrei Arlovski (23-10)
A Heavyweight matchup for the decades is on the Main Card. A title shot possibly awaits the winner of the battle between the streaking Arlovski and the heavy handed Browne. Arlovski has won his last 4 fights and is looking to finally get that UFC title. The MMA journeyman fought in UFC 28 back in 2000. He has fought in a ton of organizations including Strikeforce, One FC, and WSOF before being signed back to the UFC for a fight in June. He won that fight and won another to get to Browne. He is looking to get UFC gold around his waist by beating the winner of the Velasquez Werdum fight which headlines UFC 188. He first has to get through another heavy handed competitor in Browne. Browne’s only loss in his last 5 fights is to Fabricio Werdum who is the current interim champion and is fighting for the outright title against Cain Velasquez. His most recent fight came in December when he defeated Brendan Schaub via TKO. If he wins this fight, he expects a title shot and expects that he will finally get that long elusive belt. This fight is sure to be a war with a lot riding on it and is sure to truly be a Fight To Watch.
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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