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One Pride crowns lightweight and flyweight champions

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Indonesia’s fastest rising promotion One Pride began its second season with another 8-man tournament on lightweight and flyweight divisions, which saw many twist and turns before culminating in the the finals on Saturday, 5 November.

On the flyweight tournament finals, Suwardi faces former teammate Rengga Raphael Richard. The tournament is building up as arguably the most competitive, with the finalist Suwardi facing early troubles on both of his matches, particularly when his opponent was injured and replaced by former ONE Championship fighter Brianata Rosadhi in the semifinals. Richard on the other hand, faced early trouble with ground and pound on the quarterfinal before executing a brilliant gameplan on the semifinal to neutralize Rudy Agustian’s standup game.

From the opening bell, Richard intent to push for the action, quickly shoots for a double leg and slammed Suwardi, who attempted had attempted a guillotine. Suwardi held on his guillotine, quickly recovered guard, and crank his guillotine to force a tapout in 48 seconds.

Contrary to the flyweight tournament, the lightweight tournament saw many unexpected outcomes, starting with rising star Angga submitted in 29 seconds with a heel hook on the quarterfinals, while Kevin Sulistio pulled off a comeback from behind victory with a standing kimura then defeating a season 1 favourite Novian Hartanto with accurate strikes to advance to the finals as a heavy underdog against former ONE Championship fighter Ngabdi Mulyadi.

Mulyadi, a national level wrestler with MMA who started his career in 2003, was the aggressor of the match, marching forward to look for takedowns, but when Mulyadi scored a takedown later in the opening round, he was unable to mount a meaningful offense. The second round saw Sulistio more tentative in his engagement and Mulyadi following the younger Sulistio instead of cutting the cage and utilizing cage on his wrestling game. The third round had brief moments where both fighters stand toe to toe, but Mulyadi failed to cut the ring and deploy his wrestling game until the fight’s end. With Mulyadi being the aggressor, judges gave a unanimous decision victory and award Mulyadi with the lightweight title belt.

The event held 2 title eliminators for the tournaments, where Angga, who had his last submission loss in 29 seconds, faced another submission artist Novian Hartanto in a lightweight title eliminator. A submission grappling champion himself, Angga opted to control the pace of the fight and took Hartanto to the ground, and fired off punches and elbows from mount. The onslaught continued even as Hartanto turtled up, and after offering no resistance, the referee stopped the fight, awarding Angga a TKO victory in 1:48.

The flyweight title eliminator saw the comeback of Brianata Rosadhi, who previously lost against eventual winner Suwardi, against Toreq Rayis, who had shown an accurate striking and submission defense against Brando Mamana. Rosadhi quickly takes the fight to the ground with a double leg, passed to mount, and finished Rayis with an armbar as he attempted to defend Rosadhi’s Americana attempt on 1:58 of Round 1. The victory will set him up for a rematch with flyweight title holder Suwardi.

Finally, in a lightweight bout, Jeka Asparido Saragih made another dominant display of power and tenacity against Victor Johanis. Saragih immediately took the fight to the ground. When Johanis attempted to stall Saragih chose to pick him up and slam him to the ground for 4 times. Failing to break Johanis’ guard with his slams, Saragih switched to throwing elbows and hammerfists from Johanis’ guard as the latter attempted several submission attempts that result in more ground and pound from Saragih, leaving Johanis barely surviving the round. Round 2 saw Saragih quickly dropped Johanis with a body kick that he quickly followed with a ground and pound. Saragih made more slams as Johanis tried to stall, but this time it allows him to mount Johanis to deliver more punches that forced Johanis’ corner to threw in the towel in 2:45 of Round 2

The full results and video links to the fight are as follows:
Flyweight title fight: Suwardi def. Rengga Raphael Richard by Sub (guillotine choke) at R1
Lightweight title fight: Ngabdi Mulyadi def. Kevin Sulistio by UD
Angga def. Novian Hartanto by TKO at R1
Brianata Rosadhi def. Toreq Rayis by Sub (Armbar) at R1
Jeka Asparido Saragih def. Victor Johanis by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at R2

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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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