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RIZIN FF Releases 5 More Names For World Grand-Prix 2016

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Rizin Fighting Federation will be holding a 16 man open weight tournament beginning in September.  This tournament will be taking place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The first stage of the tournament will be held on September 25, with the second and third stages taking place on December 29, and 31.  Rizin founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara first announced this event at a press conference on July 17.  This announcement also named two of the participant of this tournament, former UFC fighters Mirko Cro Cop, and Wanderlei Silva.

Cro Cop will be coming out of retirement to participate in this Rizin tournament. He is currently serving a two-year suspension from the UFC due to the use of HGH, which he admitted using in 2015. This suspension from the UFC will not effect his ability to fight in Japan. Out of his 33 MMA wins he has 23 by TKO, he is well known  for possessing power in his left hand as well as being able to control the pace of the fight. After his third stint in the UFC which was in 2015, it was unclear if he would ever fight again professionally. he will be looking to prove that he can still compete at the high level that MMA fans are used to seeing.

Wanderlei Silva has had a tough time recently. In 2013 he received a lifetime ban for not submitting to a mandatory drug test, that was then overturned and changed to a three-year ban which  prohibits him from fighting in the US, Canada, or Brazil until 2017. He will be allowed to fight in Japan, due to the differences in fight governing bodies. He is currently under contract with Bellator while he awaits his ban to end. His last professional fight in the UFC was in March of 2013, where he won a very impressive fight over Brain Stann via TKO.

Last night Rizin FF added five more names to the roster. They are Jiri Prochazka, Amir Aliakbari, Teodoras Aukstuolis, Karl Albrektsson, and Valentine Moldavski.

The list of the fighters who will be participating in this 16 man open weight tournament known to date are:

  • Mirko Cro Cop
  • Wanderlei Silva
  • Jiri Prochazka
  • Amir Aliakbari
  • Teodoras Aukstuolis
  • Karl Albrektsson
  • Valentine Moldavski
  • Kazuyuki Fujita
  • Kaido Hoovelson
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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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