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Stipe Miocic on Fighting Arlovski Rather than Rothwell



Rewind to just a few weeks ago and Stipe Miocic was set to meet Ben Rothwell at UFC Dublin. However, the dreaded injury curse reared its ugly head, with Miocic being forced out of the bout after suffering a back injury. When the UFC were unable to find a replacement, Rothwell too was taken off the card. Rothwell decided to make the trip over to Dublin regardless to take part in the UFC guest fighter Q&A. The line-up of that Q&A also had a late change, with Jessica Eye being replaced by Andrei Arlovski. Many put 2 and 2 together to determine that this meant the UFC were planning to build a match between the two heavyweights in attendance. It did not quite pan out that way.

The UFC chose to match Arlovski, the #4 ranked heavyweight, with Miocic, who is #3, instead. The decision was criticised by some, and there were even those who questioned the intentions of Miocic. Via his manager, Miocic told MMA Latest News how the fight with Arlovski came about. “I’m not involved in their decision-making process,” he said. “My camp notified the UFC that I would be healthy and ready to fight in January against Ben or Andrei. They chose to match me against Andrei and I accepted. My goal is to face the highest ranked fighter available who will help me get a title shot. I would have been fine fighting Ben in January but that fight was not offered to me, Arlovski was. He is ranked higher and we took the fight.

Miocic has never come across as someone who would try to pick and choose his opponents and it appears that it was solely the decision of the UFC matchmakers to pair him with Arlovski; an opponent who, like Rothwell, he has a lot of respect for. “Every fighter in the top ten is a big threat,” Miocic stated. “Ben and Andrei are both very tough and talented fighters. Arlovski is a former world champion and has been in many big fights which is one of the biggest differences. I look forward to facing him in January.

Miocic fights Arlovski on January at UFC 195 in Las Vegas, an event headlined by the rescheduled welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. Looking ahead to that date, Miocic is unconcerned with having to adjust his preparations to a different opponent’s fighting style, in fact, it is business as usual for the Cleveland native. “My objective is to always fight my fight. My trainers will have me prepared for anything new I may have to look for but I will be ready for the challenge.

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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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