This Week in MMA History
Throwback Thursday is a weekly article written about the events and news that have happened in the world of MMA during this week. The twist, we’ll be going back in time to show you the events that already happened and are forever stitched into our minds. This week we take a look at February 2 to February 8. With so many events around this time, we’ll be focusing on a few of the major ones.
UFC 12: Judgment Day
At UFC 12, Mark Coleman and Dan Severn fought to see who would be the inaugural Heavyweight champion. Coleman won by neck crank 2:57 into the fight. Other fighters to fight on this card were Vitor Belfort (UFC debut), Jerry Bohlander, Scott Ferrozzo, and Yoshiki Takahashi. This also marked the first event in which commentator Joe Rogan was on the air.
UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture III
The trilogy of a famous rivalry came to a close on February 4, 2006. Champion Chuck Liddell knocked out the legend Randy Couture and sent him into retirement (for now). Liddell retained his title and would defend multiple times. The card also saw Keith Jardine beat Mike Whitehead, Alessio Sakara beat Elvis Sinosic, and Brandon Vera knock out Justin Eilers.
UFC 81: Breaking Point
The main event of this event would pit former Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the Interim title after champion Randy Couture denied a bout with Nogueira. Nogueira would use that fuel to submit Sylvia by Guillotine Choke in the third round. The peoples main event was current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar taking on former Heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The bout was highly anticipated as this was Lesnar’s first bought in the UFC. Mir got Lesnar into a kneebar in the first round and won the fight. Other winners on the card were Nate Marquardt, Ricardo Almeida, Tim Boetsch, and Marvin Eastman.
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Fourteen years after his UFC debut, Vitor Belfort was challenging for the Middleweight title. He would face longtime kingpin Anderson Silva who was in search for his eighth consecutive title defense and thirteenth consecutive victory. We all know what happened in the middle of the first round as Silva knocked down Belfort with a front kick to the face and then hit him with two more punches to finish it off. Other popular fighters who picked up victories are Demetrius Johnson, Chad Mendes, Donald Cerrone, Jon Jones, and Forrest Griffin.
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
With Welterweight title holder Georges St. Pierre having ACL surgery, the UFC put together an interim title fight place against beloved Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. Condit would take the UD over five hard-fought rounds to face the champ after injury. Every body’s favorite fighter Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson fought future Interim Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Werdum took all three rounds to take the victory. Other victors include Matt Brown, Dustin Poirier, Renan Barao, and Josh Koscheck.
Bellator put on card a little earlier in Season 8 than usual. It slated Alexander Schlemenko and Maiquel Falcao for the vacant Middleweight title. Schlemenko would take the bout in the second round by knockout. Marlon Sandro would take home a majority decision against Akop Stepanyan in the Featherweight division. Other winners include Mike Richman, Alexandre Bezerra and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.
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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