Episode 3 of the newest installation of TUF starts with the conclusion of the after fight scene from last week. To say ATT is feeling a little defeated is an understatement. Ricardo Liborio tries to rally the troops, saying that these first two fights don’t matter. Over at the fighter house we are treated to the Sherlock Holmes like detective skills of “BBMonstro”, as he sleuths his way around the house to find who took his bottle of red wine. Hard to pin point who exactly, but my money is on ATT’s Michael Graves, who is currently drinking at the poker table. Oh yeah, he also admitted to it, so there’s that. We find our way to the ATT brain trust meeting where Lambert and co are discussing who to match up next. They debate Steve Carl and Steve Montgomery. Lambert settles on the former, Steve Carl. Carl, the former WSOF champ, is my preseason choice to make the finale. Carl tells us his story, growing up in rural Iowa, moving to ATT to fight the best. Lambert hopes that Carl’s experience will help land them their first win. We are then taken to the Blackzilian’s camp where Robinson talks about his teams optimal health, when discussing fighters. Rashad Evans suggests that the Blackzilians apply even more pressure to solidify their lead. The coaches select Valdir “BBMonstro” Araujo, the BJJ and Judo black belt. Araujo is one of the newer members of team Blackzilian, but the coaches feel he is well-rounded enough and experienced enough to beat whomever ATT puts forth. So with that, we have our match up. (ATT) Steve Carl vs. (Blackzilians) Valdir Araujo.
My pick: Steve Carl via TKO.
We’re back from commercial and we’re back to the wine. Dear god, the wine. Homasi and Montgomery resent the fact that their teammate Michael Graves is drinking so heavily, when he may be selected to fight again. We catch up with Steve Carl, who is genuinely concerned about the weight cut. As we arrive at the weigh ins both teams seem to have no idea who the other will put forth. Frank Gentile with the FSAC calls the fighters forward, as Araujo makes weight no problem. Carl gets butt nekkid but is still three quarters of a pound over. As then entire ATT team heads to the sauna to try and help Carl make weight, Michael Johnson and the Blackzilian’s start to get upset that Carl is using “their” sauna. As Tyrone Spong and co head to boot Carl and Top Team out of their sauna, many of Carl’s teammates rush to his defense. A petty argument, that starts to escalate, before cutting to commercial. My guess is that this won’t be a big issue. SIDE NOTE – If it came to blows in that scenario, I’m taking Spong over the entirety of ATT’s sauna posse. Back to the show and turns out I was right. The altercation ends as Carl hops out of the sauna and onto the scale where he makes weight. Back at the ATT gym, we follow Din Thomas, Dan Lambert and Steve Carl go over tape on their opponent. They go over holes in Araujo’s takedown game, (although they admit that is his strong suit) and discuss “BBmonstro’s” weak chin. We get some great insight into the preparation for a fight with some high caliber coaches (Liborio, Lambert) and fighters (Robbie Lawler). At the house, we hear Araujo’s approach for the upcoming fight. He is aware of Carl’s slick submission game, and is sure he will win. Fight day finally arrives, and we see both make their way to the octagon.
Steve Carl (22-4) vs. Valdir Araujo (14-5)
The fighters meet in the center of the cage and exchange missing punches. Araujo throws wild, hard punches that miss. Valdir shoots for a takedown, but Carl stuffs it. Hard low kick from Araujo, and again. Araujo gets in deep on a takedown, but Carl defends well. The fighters are now against the cage, and Valdir seems to have his hands clasped. Carl goes for a ride, but is quickly back to his feet. Araujo presses Carl up against the fence again, but Steve quickly reverses position and gains double underhooks. A few hard shots to the body land for the American, as he is warned not to grab the cage. Carl keeps the pressure on Araujo as the attempts to secure the single leg takedown, but the Brazilian defends well. Arujo goes for the arm drag, which Carl defends well. The round ends with the fighters against the cage. Fairly uneventful round, that was, in all honesty, extremely close.
MMA Latest scored the round 10-9 Araujo
Carl’s coaches remind him that all he needs to do is connect, and he can win. Across the cage, Araujo’s corner wants him to throw the high kick. Round starts and Carl lands a good low kick. Araujo misses with a slow high kick. Carl looks tired already, gotta wonder how the weight cut affected him. Araujo throwing hard, but with the technique of an ancient stone man. hard leg kick connects for Araujo but Carl capitalizes and presses the Blackzilian fighter against the cage. Carl is in deep on a double, but he can’t complete it. Araujo looking for a ninja choke, but Carl is out easily. The Brazilian has Carl pushed against the cage, briefly, but Carl reverses position. This fight isn’t going to gain a ton of new fans to MMA. More cage grappling as Araujo goes for a guillotine as Carl is looking for the takedown. Araujo sinks in the guillotine as he pulls guard and rolls to mount. Carl is forced to tap late in round 2.
Winner: Valdir “BBMonstro” Araujo via Submission in round 2.
With the win, the Blackzilan’s are now up 3-0, and hold a 75 – 0 lead. With the FIRST incorrect pick of the season, my predictions fall to a respectable 2-1.
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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