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Teixeira out of UFC on Fox 20, Melendez vs. Barboza in as New Co Main Event

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UFC on Fox 20, which will take place on July 23 in Chicago, IL, has a new co-main event. This card will be headlined by former women’s bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, who fights for the first time since losing her title, against Valentina Shevchenko. The co-main event was originally set to feature a pair of light heavyweights that could possibly be vying for a shot at the title, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Glover Teixeira. About two weeks ago, news broke that Anthony Johnson was no longer able to commit to this fight due to a personal reason.  Immediately following this new Glover Teixeira insisted that he would like to stay on the fight card with a new opponent.

News broke yesterday via mmafighting.com that Glover Teixeira would now also be removed from this card. Teixeira had mentioned that he would fight anyone to stay on this card, but now we may see him stick with Anthony Johnson on another card later this year. Teixeira has been on a three fight win streak, with two KO’s, including a KO over the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and has been making a case to earn a title shot against the winner of Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones who will headline UFC 200. With a win over Johnson there would be no reason for him to not get the title shot he has been dreaming of.

In an extremely talented division, Glover Teixeira has long-been hovering near the top. Following his loss to Jon Jones at UFC 172 in 2014, he has been working toward another shot at UFC gold.

Stepping up to take the place of this fight is a lightweight fight between Gilbert Melendez and Edson Barboza. Melendez is looking to redeem himself after losing three of his last four fights. With a win in this fight, he could prove that he is back on the way up towards earning another title shot in the near future. Barboza is a rising star in the lightweight division, coming off a decision victory in April over the former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Barboza is currently ranked 6th and could put himself in good position for a shot at the belt with an impressive win over Melendez.

This event will be shown on Fox, with the Prelims on FS1, and UFC Fight Pass. The entire card announced to date looks as follows:

  • Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
  • Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barbosa
  • Alex Oliveria vs. James Moontasri
  • Hector Urbina vs. George Sullivan
  • Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
  • Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran
  • Francis Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight
  • Kamaru Usman vs. Alexander Yakiviev
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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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