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Round By Round Breakdown: Roy Nelson vs. Derrick Lewis

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With UFC 200 just days away we have been lucky to have three events total for International Fight Week being held in Las Vegas. We opened up the week with UFC Fight Night 90 Dos Anjos vs Alveraz only on UFC Fight Pass. The co-main event took place in the Heavyweight division with two heavy hitters in action. Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis. Roy Nelson has had a rough couple outings in his last 5 fights going 2-3, most recently defeating Josh Rosholt by decision. Derrick Lewis has been on a tear as of late, winning his last four out of five fights by knockout and called for this fight with Roy Nelson to prove that he can make his way up the ladder to possibly fight for the title in future.

ROUND 1
As they approach the center of the octagon no gloves were touched, Nelson takes the center of the cage with a left kick thrown from Lewis that lands to Nelson’s body. Nelson tries to answer throwing a right over hand that passes over the head of Lewis, but it allows Nelson to get into the clinch that forces Lewis against the cage. Nelson keeps his weight on him, landing knee strikes to the left leg of Lewis while he works for under hooks. With no action, John McCarthy separates them with 3 minutes left of the round. With this opportunity, Lewis lands a series of power right hands on Nelson, who backs away towards the cage. Nelson clinches back up with Lewis, turning him so Lewis has his back against the cage once again. With no attempt to improve position, they get separated yet again with only thirty seconds left in the round. Lewis rushes in with more big strikes and Nelson responds by rushing in to take Derrick down once more to end the round on the mat.

ROUND 2
In the opening of the second round Nelson once again takes the center of the octagon. Lewis opens up with a right hand that is short but follows up with a flying knee that lands. Lewis then swings a right hand, which makes Nelson cover up and retreat. As they circle, Nelson throws a leg kick which is answered right away in kind by Lewis. Nelson once again clinches Lewis against the cage, landing knees to the legs. Nelson then takes him down and lands a little ground and pound, but Lewis makes it back to his feet. Nelson sticks with him, holding on to the side of his body before once again taking him to the canvass. Lewis manages to rise to his feet, but Nelson is relentless and the fight ends up on the mat once again. Nelson transitions into side control, but Lewis rolls to his knee to get back up to throw a left hand right that lands at the bell.

ROUND 3
In the 3rd round both men come out and touch gloves. with a sence of urgency, Lewis begins to throw power punches followed by a left head kick and a flying knee. Seeing Lewis coming, Nelson manages to get Lewis into the clinch, pushing him against the cage. Lewis begins to work for under hooks, but Nelson takes him down to the mat, landing in half guard. A couple of left hands are landed by Nelson as Lewis tries to keep Nelson tied up. Lewis begins to roll right and gets back up, Nelson rushes into the clinch to work more knees as Lewis drops some elbows, but Nelson staying low gets Lewis back down again. Nelson keeps the pressure on, but does not progress into a better position and they get stood up with 1 minute and 15 seconds left in the round. Knowing this may be his chance, Lewis swings a power right followed up by a left body kick as Roy throws a right of his own. Lewis comes on strong, causing Nelson to cover up. He tries to lock Lewis up, but Lewis breaks away and throws a massive right hand that lands clean on the chin of Roy, which he somehow survives. The bell sounds bringing an end to the fight.

 

Official Result – Derrick Lewis defeats Roy Nelson via Split Decision (29 – 28, 28 – 29, 29 – 28)

 

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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