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The Sibling Connection in MMA – The Mokhtarian Brothers

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It’s not uncommon for brothers to end up throwing down at some point. However, when the fights aren’t a matter of sibling rivalry playing out in the backyard but rather in the cage it’s a different story altogether. A handful of brothers such as the Ruas, Noguieras and Diaz’s to name a few have found significant success in the sport of MMA.

In Australia, the Mokhtarian’s, have gained success locally and will be venturing out to China to make a statement on the Asian Scene. MMA Latest caught up with Askhan Mokhtarian(8-1) and younger brother Suman Mokhtarian(4-0) as they talk about how their relationship relates to their success in the cage.

Have you guys fought on the same event before?

Suman: Yeah we have twice before but we haven’t both won on those nights. the first time, Ash lost an amateur fight and I won later that night and probably 8 months later we fought on same card again this time I lost a boxing match and ash won the main event on a show fighting MMA.

Ash: Those fights were about 3 years ago. Since then I’ve stayed pretty active but this camp was good to have my brother pushing with me every morning and night. It’s exciting to share this experience with the person I trust most.

Are you guys cornering each other?

Suman: I will be cornering Ash as he fights after me but I’d rather my brother sit back and focus on his fight as it’s important. I have James Najim in my corner who’s my main training partner and pad holder, if you were to take me and my brother and put us into one fighter it would be James. He’s more than capable of giving me the right advice as he knows me as well as anyone else.

Ash: I say I’ll stay in the back but I wouldn’t be able to help myself haha.

Do you guys have conflicting views or ideas when setting up game-plans?

Ash : Not really. We both know what we are good at and what we need to do to secure the victory, we’ve never really argued about what our jobs are in the cage for our fights.

Was there a time when one of you disagree in between rounds?

Ash: Nah. Usually my fights have been finished in the first round but in the times when I went to the second my brother was always right. Apart from fighting, he’s a very talented trainer and corner-man.

Suman: If there’s one voice I hear it’s the loudest corner man in the world haha my brother. Never disagreed, he obviously sees things I don’t so he likes my extra set of eyes.

Recently the Pettis brothers had a disappointing outing with the younger brother losing earlier in the event. Do you feel watching a sibling lose or getting injured earlier in the night might affect your performance later?

Ash: I’m 100% confident my brother will win but no matter what there’s always pressure to perform, if he wins I’ll know now it’s my turn and if he loses then I have to avenge that loss, but I know we each have to fight our own fights.

Suman: I’m fighting first so I’m hoping it doesn’t effect my brother win or lose, he’s got his head on his shoulders and is mentally stronger than anyone I know so I think he’ll worry about his fight like I’ve been telling him for the last 10 weeks haha.

The Mokhtarian brothers will be fighting this weekend, 27th June on Rebel FC 3 : The Promised Ones in Qingdao, China.

Suman Mokhtarian (4-0) vs Bao Yin Na (0-3)

Ashkan Mokhtarian (8-1) vs Yao Hong Gang (10-4-1)

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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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