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Stefer Rahardian not missing an opportunity from a fight with Toquero



When Stefer Rahardian joined his first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class 11 years ago at the age of 19, it never crossed his mind that he will never turn into a professional MMA fighter. Trash talks from another classmate that led into a friendly MMA sparring sparked his initial interest, and an amateur fight, but his resolve to turn professional came during ONE Championship’s first outing into Jakarta in 2011.

The Carlson Gracie Brown Belt was originally put as the headliner for ONE Championship’s 2013 show in Jakarta, but he had to pull out when he tore his ACL on training, which required surgery and a recovery period beyond his initial ONE Championship contract.

“The recovery process was slow and painful, but it allowed me time to think about my plans. During that time, I saw how the level of competition grew really fast, so I knew I had to make changes to my routine and step up my game and had something to show to ONE Championship to get back to their roster. That’s when Andrew Leone moved to Indonesia and I decided to train with him, and try to find as many local fight events whenever I can, which is not very often,” Rahardian stated.

After winning 2 fights in local promotions, he proceeded to win ONE Championship’s Indonesian flyweight tournament with 2 first round submissions, followed by a unanimous decision win against Liberian fighter Jerome S. Paye to earn him a fight against Eugene Toquero. The Filipino is the most seasoned fighter that Rahardian will face with 12 professional fights spanning from 2011, 6 of which were in ONE Championship.

“Needless to say, I’m excited with this fight! Toquero is by far the most experienced opponent I will face, and he had faced 2 title challengers and a former champion. When ONE offered me the fight like 6 weeks ago, I’d say grab the bull by the horn and take the fight. MMA fighters have limited time on their careers, so and opportunities to take your game to the next level doesn’t come that often, so I’ll take it as they come.”

“Toquero may have lost the last 2 fights by submission, while I had won most of mine by submission, but I wouldn’t be too cocky and say that I’ll quickly take him down at will and submit him. Anything can happen in MMA, and with experienced fighters like Toquero, I have to be prepared for anything, particularly those strong punches.”

When asked about the long term goals, the Bali MMA exponent was reserved on talking about his long term goal.

“Long term goals, well, of course all fighters want to be world champion, but I believe in taking things one step at a time and taking one fight at a time. Right now, my goal is just to prepare for this fight and win it. Then, I would like to be able to support myself with this profession and be able to take care of my aging mother. She has gone through so much in supporting me in my chosen career. At the very least, I would like to be able to give her a peace of mind and support her as much as I can.”

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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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