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Neil Magny attends Demian Maia’s Seminar

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Neil Magny is one of, if not the most active fighter in the UFC. Since February 2014, Magny (17-4, 13-3 UFC) has stepped inside the Octagon ten times, five times each year. Only one of those fights didn’t go as planned, and that was the matchup against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Demian Maia. The fight just didn’t go his way, Demain Maia (22-6, 16-6 UFC) completely took Magny off his game, submitting him in the second round, which exposed a glaring opportunity for the welterweight to improve as a fighter.

Maia and BJJ are synonymous. We see UFC fighters that are BJJ black belts all the time competing in the Octagon, but none of them have the style of BJJ that is as effective in a mixed martial arts fight as Maia. He has the ability to stick to his opponents like glue and it’s very frustrating for guys who can’t figure him out (See Maia’s most recent fight against Gunnar Nelson). Since making improvements in his standup game over the past couple of years, his ability to close the distance to engage in the clinch has drastically improved his ability to take the fight where he wants.

When Maia took to Twitter to promote his recent MMA seminar that took place on January 2, Magny, who is a long, rangy striker, saw an opportunity to improve the area in which he needed the most help. Who better to learn from than the guy who schooled him on the ground?

Maia’s tweet received a request to attend from Magny:

Maia responded:

…and at the seminar:

This certainly isn’t the first time that fighters who compete against each other in the cage have gone on to train and learn from one another after their fight. Jimi Manuwa began training with Alexander Gustafsson after losing to him via TKO. Gustafsson trained with Phil Davis after sharing the Octagon. B.J. Penn trained with Matt Hughes after their historic battles in the cage. Mark Munoz and Lyoto Machida shared techniques after their fight as well. These are just a couple of examples of an occurrence that is relatively common and one of the best aspects of mixed martial arts.

No matter how many times this happens, it’s always refreshing to see. It’s a reminder that fighters at the highest level truly embrace respect, humility, and their desire to improve their skills by learning from each other, regardless if they once tried to take each other’s heads off on the big stage.

As the saying goes, “iron sharpens iron.”

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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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