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“Smile’n” Sam Alvey gives his post-fight speech, calls out his next opponents

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After his victory at UFC Fight Night 98, “Smile’n” Sam Alvey did not have the opportunity to deliver another memorable post-fight speech, something that has become as anticipated as seeing him smile on the way to the cage before his fights.

His fight concluded just a minute before the top of the hour, and due to broadcast time restraints, there was no time for a speech before the broadcast on FS1 began. Alvey defeated his opponent Alex Nicholson by way of a split judges’ decision in the feature slot of the Fight Pass Prelims.

On the latest episode of the MMA Latest Pound 4 Pound podcast, hosted by Jordan Killion and Alvey himself, Sam took advantage of his own podcasting platform (jump to the 4-minute mark) to deliver the message for fans that missed out:

“Viva Mexico! Thank you all for coming out! Thank you, thank you! I couldn’t do this without you guys. Y’all came out, y’all put your hands together, you cheered for me, you cheered for my team! Thank you, my team, by the way. McKey, you’re wonderful as always. Gustavo, you’re amazing! All my friends and family back home, Team Quest, oh my god, thank you so much! Thank you, Reebok as well! Uhh, I know you’ve taken some heat, but I love ya, I do. You’ve been with me for so many fights now, I love ya! UFC, I couldn’t do this without you either! You are fantastic, you put on great fights,you give me great opponents!

NOW ON TO THE IMPORTANT STUFF! – Who I want to fight next.  I’m glad you asked Mr. Anik! Uh, even though I haven’t given you the chance to talk just yet, you’ll get there I promise! But anyways, I’ve got two names and they happen to fight on the same day! My first choice, if you win your upcoming fight, I want to fight you – I still want to get over to London, I still want to get over there and I hear there’s a London card happening in January – and Magnus Cedenblad, I want you! You are pick number one. Win your fight in two weeks and your prize is to get 15 minutes in the cage with this guy! Lose your fight, and we might have to move on to my second choice, who’s another stud from overseas, Krzysztof Jotko! You are an amazing fighter, my friend. You have a hell of a fight coming up and if you win that fight, I want to fight you too! You two are amazing. Step in that cage with me and let’s win some money together because I promise you that is exactly the fight that’s going to happen!

So, again…THANK YOU MEXICO! I can’t wait to get back. I’m gonna go backstage, eat a taco right now. That is about, ya know, all the Spanish I know. I got ‘si’ down and ‘taco’, and I’m gonna go eat a taco! Thank you all so much!”

With another win and another signature post-fight speech, Alvey improves to 29-8 as a professional fighter as well as a three-fight win streak.

Looking ahead at potential opponents as stated above, Alvey would like to share the cage with either Magnus Cedenblad or Krzysztof Jotko in his next outing. Both fighters will be competing on the same night, in two different locations on November 19, when UFC hosts two events on the same day.  Cedenblad will be taking on Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Jotko takes on Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The similarities between the two men continue as they are both currently riding four-fight win streaks, coincidentally, the last loss of Jotko’s came by way of Cedenblad at UFC Fight Night 41 ins 2014.

Alvey, who has competed four times in 2016, would like to have his next bout in January, as mentioned later in the podcast. Stay tuned to MMA Latest for the announcement of Sam’s next fight, which potentially hinges on the results of UFC Fight Night 99 and 100 in two weeks.

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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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