It’s obvious that undefeated Marat Gafurov(11-0) is next in line to face current One Championship featherweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag(10-3). Jadamba have not had the chance to defend his belt since he defeated Koji Oishi for the title in August of 2014 when talks of him vs Eric Kelly fell through when Eric had a contractual dispute with One Championship.
Gafurov on the other hand, has been dominating the top contenders of the One Championship featherweight division, quickly finishing Rob Lisita and Ev Ting via submission in round 1. Gafurov surprisingly told the crowd that he is ready for any fight but he wants to rest first in his post-fight victory interview over Ev Ting.
Fans might not be pleased if Gafurov decides to take a long rest which could leave the 145lbs title undefended in 2015. Not having a fight between these two featherweights could potentially diminish the fan’s perception of the quality of the featherweight division.
Plenty of potential featherweight contenders are coming off a loss such as Ev Ting and only 3 fighters, excluding Marat Gafurov are on a winning streak.
Undefeated Herbert Burns(5-0) is on a 4 fight winning streak on One Championship. Herbert displayed his stand-up skills with unanimous decision wins over Harris Sarmiento and Hiroshige Tanaka but have shown that he is definitely more effective on the ground. His slick transitions on his last fight with former champion Honorio Banario led to lead to an impressive rear naked choke finish. However, Herbert did not make weight on his recent win and it would be risky for the organization to place him straight into a title shot. In the win streak column, Herbert is sandwiched between Marat Gafurov above him and Major Overall below him. A victory over Major at 145lb would no doubt put Herbert as the #1 contender for the 66kg belt.
Major Overall(6-1) is on a two-fight winning streak in the 66kg division. Though he initially expressed his desire in competing at 135lbs, he should be investing his interest in the situation that is developing in 145lbs. With most of the potential contenders off a lost, he is now only behind Herbert Burns in the win streak column and the path to title contention now seem slightly shorter since he made his debut in the featherweight division. As stated about Herbert earlier, Major’s victory over Herbert will quickly set him next in line for the featherweight belt.
After defeating Amir Khan via a split decision, on One Championship, Shannon Wiratchai(4-1-1) who was on a long hiatus, has found himself as one of the two fighters with a 2 fight winning streak in the One Championship featherweight division. Turning down a rematch opportunity with Amir Khan is a really smart decision for Shannon, stating that he wants to fight the upper echelons of the division. If Shannon truly want to be seen as an elite fighter in the featherweight division, he would have to face the top guys that are falling down the ladder such as Ev Ting. A victory against Ev Ting will definitely push Shannon closer to the title.
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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