Alright, I know it’s Monday. I pulled an 20 hour day yesterday with getting up for the fights, editing, posting and my ‘other’ passsion of Manchester United and the filming I have to do there. So I didn’t manage to get my Sunday column done. But alas, here it is. Better late than never.
So UFC 185 in now in the books and what a card it was. The headlines will go to Jedrzejczyk (I checked that spelling 3 times) and Rafael Dos Anjos and rightly so, they are now champions after two incredibly impressive performances. They deserve all they are going to get. For Joanna, the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. The UFC goes to Poland for the first time and now they have a Champion to help promote that card. I don’t think she’ll mind, but I imagine she’s going to be put to work for the UFC all over this card in Krakow. For European MMA, it’s brilliant. For Polish MMA, it could be the best thing to ever happen.
But what might go amiss amongst those championship headlines is the other news. Johny Hendricks looked lean and mean as he overcame a tough Matt Brown in a decision victory that will doubtless put him back in the conversation for a title shot. Alistair Overeem defied the critics, of which I was one, who thought he was finished with an impressive performance over Big Country. But further down the card Ross Pearson and Joseph Duffy got themselves highlight reel KO victories, getting people very exciting about what lies ahead for those two. From a personal view point, I’d like to see them on the main card of the UFC’s event in Glasgow as they both try and climb what is probably the toughest division in MMA.
From a personal point of view, MMA Latest conducted our first fan cam, in Dallas, at UFC 185. One thing that’s great about our sport is the access we get to fighters and officials, compared to other sports. Because of that easy access most MMA outlets only focus on those fighters and officials when it comes to creating content. The problem with that is, when we attend the UFC’s press conference, we might ask a question, maybe two, but every outlet in there and there’s a lot, is covering the same thing. If you manage to pull someone aside after that, you might get the chance to go deeper on a subject, but for the most part, each news outlet is covering the same news, from the same angle, at the same time. So we have to be different. Which is my job as editor of MMA Latest. I have to make us stand out from the crowd. The way I have decided to do that, is with fan-cams. Fans are the blood of this sport. Any sport, in fact. So we want to turn the camera on them. We’ll obviously cover the usual stuff we get access to, and look for a unique angle. But we think getting some good organic fan interaction is good for this website and good for the fans. Due to the sheer volume of fans who train, even as adults, especially as adults, in MMA or one of it’s many disciplines, Mixed Martial Arts has one of the most experienced and knowledgeable fan bases, in all of sport.
We had Matthew and Justyn covering those this weekend and they did a great job. So we’re definitely doing these again. I’ve had some great messages of support for our new little site, both from fans, fighters and even some of the established MMA media, which is greatly appreciated.
We’ve got our podcast out on Spreaker and it should hit iTunes any day now. The YouTube channel is stacked and we’re up to around 75 writers covering the whole globe. So keep it locked to MMA Latest and I’ll speak to you next week!
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*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)
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)
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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