Welcome to TUF season 23, a new incarnation of the long running UFC “Star Search” that pits fighters from smaller organizations against each other, in order to win a six figure UFC contract. This season will see the Light Heavyweights (205), and Women’s Straweights (115). Helmed by Women’s Straweight Queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk and #1 contender Claudia Gadelha. The two coaches will rematch for the Women’s Straweight during the live finale of the series. The first episode of the “most intense competition in MMA” sees 32 potential cast members fight to get into the house.
As the two women who will be coaching the teams this year enter the UFC Gym, we’re reminded how much they do not like each other. A plotline so consistent throughout the show’s life that you may call it’s performance “Mighty Mouse-esque, Joe”. UFC President Dana White joins the women to observe the initial fights to get into the house.
Mellony Geugjes vs. Amanda Cooper – Cooper wins via submission (Armbar) Rd.1
Eric Spicely vs. Kenneth Bergh – Spicely wins via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Rd.1
Ashley Cummins vs. Lanchana Green – Green wins via TKO (Strikes) Rd.2
Khalil Rountree vs. Muhammad Dereese – Rountree wins via TKO (strikes) Rd.2
Alyssa Krahn vs. Jamie Moyle – Moyle wins via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Rd.1
Myron Dennis vs. Jamelle Jones – Dennis wins via TKO (Strikes) Rd.1
Ashley Yoder vs. Jodie Esquibel – Yoder wins via Split Decision
Norman Parisay vs. Elias Urbina – Urbina wins via Unanimous Decision
JJ Aldrich vs. Kristi Lopez – Aldrich wins via Unanimous Decision
Abdel Medjedoub vs. John Paul Elias – Medjedoub wins via Unanimous Decision
Tatiana Suarez vs. Chel-C Bailey – Suarez wins via Unanimous Decision
Phillip Hawes vs. Andrew Sanchez – Sanchez wins via Unanimous Decision
Irene Caballo Rivera vs. Kate Jackson – Jackson wins via TKO (Strikes) Rd.2
Cory Hendricks vs. Marcel Fortuna – Hendricks wins via Unanimous Decision
Amy Montenegro vs. Helen Harper – Harper wins via Submission (Armbar) Rd.1
Josh Stansbury vs. Trevor Carlson – Stansbury wins via Submission (Americana) Rd.1
After the conclusion of the fights, Dana, Joanna, and Claudia gather all the winners together to pick teams. Claudia wins the coin toss and is offered the choice of first pick, or first fight selection. She chooses the first pick. Dana explains that the choices cannot alternate gender. Therefore, if Claudia picks a female, Joanna’s pick must also be a female.
TEAM CLAUDIA TEAM JOANNNA
1.Tatiana Suarez 2.JJ Aldrich
3.Andrew Sanchez 4. Josh Stansbury
5.Kate Jackson 6.Jamie Moyle
7.Eric Spicely 8.Khalil Rountree
9.Amanda Cooper 10.Ashley Yoder
11.Abdel Medjedoub 12.Myron Dennis
13.Lachana Green 14.Helen Harper
15.Cory Hendricks 16. Elias Urbina
Since Claudia won the coin toss and selected the first fighter, Joanna now has the option of picking the first fight of the season. Her pick: Khalil Rountree vs. Cory Hendricks.
Based on elimination round performances, MMA Latest favorites going into the season are:
Men: Khalil Rountree – Eric Spicely (tie)
Women: Tatiana Suarez
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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