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Nurmagomedov – “I’m gonna break this guy”, Ferguson – “You ain’t breakin’ s***”

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Just a few days ahead of their upcoming interim title bout at UFC 209, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov went toe to toe verbally today on the UFC 209 Media Conference Call.

The fight between the pair has fallen through twice in the past, but as the old saying goes, third time is the charm. Originally scheduled to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, Nurmagomedov suffered an injury that forced him out of the bout. The bout was rescheduled for UFC on FOX 19, however this time, Ferguson would have to pull out of the bout due to injury. Now the bout will proceed at UFC 209 in the co-main event slot for the Interim Lightweight Championship.

Today on the conference call, Ferguson and Nurmagomedov got into multiple heated exchanges of words as they let each other know how they feel heading into their championship matchup.

It didn’t take much to get the firestorm blazing between these two. Nurmagomedov responded to a question about his feelings heading into the fight, in which he stated, “March 4th, I’m gonna make history. I’m gonna break this guy. He thinks he’s tough, but when cage closes, me and him alone inside the cage, I’m gonna break this guy.”

Before Nurmagomedov could utter another word, he was quickly cut off by Ferguson who flatly stated, “You ain’t breakin’ shit.”

This exchange sparked a war of words over the course of twenty minutes during the call, which both fighters took verbal shots at each other.

“He no understand how I am strong. He no understand this. All the time when he fight with wrestling guys he have problems,” explained Nurmagomedov. The Dagestani wrestler has won nearly all of his professional fights by implementing his dominant wrestling game. With an undefeated record to back up his claims, it’s hard to argue the effectiveness of Nurmagomedov’s wrestling game.

However, despite the zero in the loss column, Ferguson isn’t impressed with Nurmagomedov’s skills. Furthermore, Ferguson believes there should be at least one loss on Nurmagomedov’s record as he stated, “You lost to Tibau, dude. Straight up.” 

The fight Ferguson is referencing is a bout between Nurmagomedov and Gleison Tibau which took place at UFC 148 in 2012 that ended in a unanimous decision in favor of Nurmagomedov.

“Your first fight. You lost to him. I beat him in the first round,” said Ferguson. Quick to the rebuttal, Nurmagomedov referenced another common opponent between the two in Michael Johnson. “Okay, but you lost to Michael Johnson. Michael Johnson kicked your ass,” said Nurmagomedov.

The verbal exchanges grew and intensified as the call went on, which prompted the moderator to intervene at one point to allow more questions to come in from media members.

Just a week ahead of the bout, both men said they feel better than ever coming into this fight and promised to put on an incredible show for the fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the bout at UFC 209 will walk away as the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion.

Listen to the full conference call here

“You try to take me down, you’re gonna find out exactly how sharp my elbows are,” warned Ferguson.

“Okay, we will see. March 4. One week. One week. After one week, everybody will see who is who,” replied Nurmagomedov.

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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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