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Silva’s camp breaks down Diaz fight

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We are now less than 3 weeks away from seeing Anderson Silva face off against Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 183. All over the internet, the hype is really starting to build steam. Although many are confident that “The Spider” will return to full form and handily defeat Diaz, one of the big questions going into this bout is.. Will he throw kicks? And if he does, is he going to throw them just as hard as he used to? Anderson’s camp says yes.

“I just returned from an injury, and I’m getting beat up in training” former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael Cavalcante said of Silva. “He’s training hard, I’m really impressed. He’s dedicated, and he will bring this win for the team.”

When asked if Silva has at all of a mental block when throwing kicks, Cavalcante said “I wish he had this mental block because he’s kicking me a lot, and he’s kicking f—ing hard. He’s bigger than me, so he usually kicks me a lot in training because I like to close the distance when I’m fighting. He’s kicking hard, thank God.”

Richardson Moreira, who also fights at UFC 183, is also one of Silva’s training partners and has said he’s very impressed with what Anderson has been doing.

“It’s unbelievable to see how he’s training today, his shape. It’s going to be an amazing fight. I have no doubt he’s going to win, and it’s going to be an amazing performance. It’s a special card, and I’m honored to be fighting at the same card of an idol and a friend. We’re doing our training camps together, and it has been great for me.”

When asked on how he thinks Diaz will choose to fight Anderson, Cavalcante says he doesn’t think Diaz will want to box the former 185 lb. champ. “Diaz is a tough guy, I’m a big fan, but I don’t think he will stand and trade with Anderson,” he said. “He will change his style, try to grapple more. Close the distance and go for the takedown. Anderson has more skills than him in the striking game.”

They even think Anderson will have the advantage if the fight goes to the ground.

“Nick Diaz is a brave fighter, but if he tries to avoid the stand-up fight and goes for a takedown, Anderson has a fantastic ground game. He can grapple with anyone, but it’s not easy to take him down.”

One of Anderson’s long-time boxing coaches, Erivan Conceicao said of the matchup “They are both strikers, so it’s a good fight for Anderson. If Diaz tries to stand and trade punches with Anderson, he will get beat up. Silva has better knees, elbows, and a good boxing, so it’s a good fight for him. Anderson is more skilled in the boxing area. Nick Diaz is more like a brawler, Anderson has more skills.”

“I imagine a long fight,” he said. “Nick Diaz has a good cardio, but I think Anderson knocks him out in the fourth round.”

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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:

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



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



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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