Daniel Sarafian has found himself a new opponent in Oluwale Bamgbose after Sam Alvey was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury (Broken Jaw). Despite having to pull out, Sam was in good spirits about it all saying “I took a big ol’ foot to the face”.
Sam’s replacement Oluwale Bamgbose (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) made his UFC debut on short notice back in August when he stepped in to face Urijah Hall, a fight that he lost via first round TKO. He now steps into the Octagon for the second time when the UFC comes to Pittsburgh, to face the Brazilian Sarafian in a fight in which he will be looking to get back to winning ways with. Prior to his UFC debut, Bamgbose was undefeated, with all of his victories coming by way of KO/TKO all of them coming inside of the first round. So it is expected that Bamgbose will be looking to keep the fight standing and try and finish the fight early.
Daniel Sarafian (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will be entering the Octagon for the 6th occasion for his first bout in over year, not fighting in 2015 due to picking up an injury. This fight sees his second fight back at Middleweight following his a 1 fight stint at Welterweight. His last bout in 2014 saw him pick up a win against Antônio dos Santos. Sarafian is a submission specialist who is dangerous on the ground, with 7 of his 9 victories coming via submission. This fight will be a very interesting bout as it puts a stand-up fighter up against a ground fighter.
UFC Pittsburgh takes place on Sunday, February 21st in the Consol Energy Centre, with the replacement, this is how the card is shaping up:
Donald Cerrone (28-7, 1 NC) vs. Tim Means (25-7-1)
Cody Garbrandt (7-0) vs. John Lineker (26-7)
Sarah Moras (4-2) vs. Lauren Murphy (8-2)
Derek Brunson (14-3) vs. Roan Carneiro (20-9)
Joe Riggs (41-16, 1 NC) vs. Chris Camozzi (22-10)
Brandon Thatch (11-3) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-6-1)
Anthony Hamilton (14-4) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (15-3)
James Krause (22-7) vs. Shane Campbell (12-3)
Alex Garcia (13-2) vs. Sean Strickland (16-1)
Trevor Smith (13-6) vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimarães (11-1)
Bryan Barberena (10-3) vs. Jonavin Webb (8-1)
Daniel Sarafian (9-5) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (5-1)
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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