We’re back! After missing a week off I’m back to recap this week’s episode of TUF 21: Blackzilian’s vs. ATT. Just to recap thus far: American Top is ahead 100 – 0 after 4 fights. One bright spot for Lambert’s ATT is that we are now entering the “next” 4 fights, which are now worth 50 points per piece, double the first four.
After recapping last week’s “controversial” decision win for the Blackzilians, we pick up in the TUF house where Anthony Johnson is visiting the victorious Carrington Banks. At ATT’s gym, Sabah Homasi recalls his decision loss and urges his team to move forward and win the next bout. Over at the Blackzilian’s gym, Coach Tyrone Spong is advising his team that now is no time to celebrate, but to work on furthering their lead. We join Dan Lambert in ATT’s “brain trust” session. Hayder Hassan (6-1) is the pick for Top Team. We hear Hassan’s back story over a training montage where he’s sparring with Thiago Alves. Over at team Blackzilians, Robinson and co. vote to go with Andrews Nakahara (4-2-2). All signs point to a striker v striker battle. Nakahara, a Brazilian-Japanese fighter, is a Karate World Champion, and multiple organization veteran.
Official Fight Announcement – Hayder Hassan (ATT) vs. Andrews Nakahara (Blackzilians)
MMA Latest Pick – Hassan via TKO.
Back at the house, Hayder Hassan confronts Jason Jackson about spreading roumers about him being a “dirty fighter”. Hassan previously fought Jackson, winning via TKO in the 3rd round. Hassan admits to the camera that he is hoping the Blackzilians are putting forward Jackson to fight this week. Hassan, Carl and Homasi are outside speaking about who they think Hayder will be fighting, again he’s hoping for Jason Jackson. As weigh in day arrives, team ATT discusses Michael Graves’ continuous drinking and partying. Graves sleeps through the weigh ins, I don’t think his team is going to be happy about that. Before weigh ins, ATT has an impromptu team meeting about Graves. Lambert vocalized his disappointment with his fighter. Coy suggests kicking him out if the behaviour is not reconciled. About 5 minutes before weigh ins, Michael Graves finally shows up. Dana White issues his feelings on the matter “if you’re not mentally there for this competition, how are you ever going to fight in the UFC?” As the teams line up to weigh in, Frank Gentille of the FSAC calls forward ATT’s combatant. After Hassan steps forward, Gentille calls team Blackzilian to do the same. Hassan weighs in at 170 no problem, as does Nakahara. After weighing in, both fighters square off, calmly, in front of their coaches. A really cheesy piece of production, I think. The Blackzilians seem to be of the mindset that Hassan will gas out after the first round. Perhaps they will want Nakahara to clinch early and try to expedite that process. The day before the fight we follow Hassan speaking of his Muslim faith, and his praying 5 times a day. Meanwhile, Nakahara is training in the house gym with Coach Spong. The further into this episode we get without actually heading to the fight, the more I am confident this fight isn’t going to a decision. Good news for the fans.
As the fighters make their way to the octagon, we are again reminded of how much of a different atmosphere this season’s fights take place in. A change in scenery would be a welcome change for ATT.
Hayder Hassan (ATT) vs. Andrews Nakahara (Blackzilians)
-As the round begins Nakahara lands a hard kick to the body. Hassan is stalking his opponent with a right hand that is ready to smash. Another hard body kick lands for Nakahara, but BOOM. Hassan lands a huge left-right combo that drops Nakahara. Hassan finishes with a flurry on the ground and the fight is stopped. A great win for American Top Team.
Official Decision Hayder Hassan (ATT) wins via TKO Rd. 1.
With the win, American Top Team lessens the gap to make the score 100-50, Blackzilians still lead. With the correct pick, MMA Latest is now 3-1 with our predictions.
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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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