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TUF Finale 22 Co-Main Event Round by Round Review

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TUF Finale 22 Co Main Event Round by Round Review

Artem Lobov vs Ryan Hall
In a strange turn of events, earlier this week it was revealed that Saul Rogers would not be able to take part in his scheduled fight with fellow Team Europe and SBG Ireland stand out Artem Lobov. It transpired that Rogers falsified information on his tourist Visa leading up to his intended  December 11th fight.

In his place, jiu-jitsu wizard Ryan Hall would step up to fight Lobov in the co-main event of the night. Before the fight, Ariel Helwani would reveal that both Hall and Lobov had recently trained together at John Kavanagh’s SBG gym in Dublin which added further interest to the classic striker versus grappler match-up.

Round 1

As round one began, Artem took the center of the cage looking to establish his range and land his big power punches. However, before he could really open up, Ryan Hall dropped to the ground spinning for one of his patented leg lock attacks. As Artem defended the heel hook attempt, Hall used the position to sweep landing on top in the ensuing scramble. From here, Hall aggressively looked to advance his position.

Hall managed to take Artem’s back and lock in a body triangle instantly. Calmly, Hall began to work strikes to the body and head to open up a possible choke. Artem did not panic and listened closely to John Kavanagh in his corner controlling the wrists of Hall to protect his neck. Tucking his chin he patiently, Artem tried to improve position but the grappling prowess of Hall was on display as he again attacked the body looking to put pressure on Artem’s gas tank. The round ended with Hall continuing to search for the finish from back mount.

Round 2

As the referee signaled for the restart of the action, Artem looked to counter as Hall circled and attempted to stay at range by firing off two kicks in quick succession. Again Hall rolled for his signature leg lock but couldn’t hold the position and Artem ended up in his full guard. Hall immediately locked on a body triangle from the bottom limiting his opponent’s movement. Hall landed elbows repeatedly from this position frustrating Lobov who struggled to land many strikes of his own. Artem managed to work his way back to the feet but ate a hard side kick followed by the

Hall immediately locked onto a body triangle from the bottom limiting his opponent’s movement. Hall landed elbows repeatedly from this position frustrating Lobov who struggled to land many strikes of his own. Artem managed to work his way back to the feet but ate a hard side kick followed by the

Artem managed to work his way back to the feet but ate a hard side kick followed by the teep to the gut. Hall shot for a takedown however, Artem countered sprawling and landing on top. Again Hall recovered his guard swiftly before he was on the receiving end of any punches. From the bottom, Hall began to fire off submission attempts in quick succession first attempting a triangle choke before beautifully transitioning in search of the heel hook before the bell sounded and the fighters were separated.

Round 3

Kavanagh implored his fighter to kick the legs of Hall in an attempt to cause him to hesitate. At first, Artem responded well to his coach’s advice as he attacked with low kicks backing up Hall. Hall initiated the clinch looking to take the fight to the mat once again, however Artem once again was heavy in his sprawl and the fight continued on the inside, up against the cage.

Demonstrating his creative Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style once more, Hall pulled guard confidently conceding top position in an attempt to keep the fight where he was comfortable. Again, as round three came to a close “The Wizard” chained submission attempts threatening with an armbar before taking Artem’s back as the SBG man tried desperately to get back to the feet. The fight ended with Hall glued to Artem’s back consolidating position and looking to force a rear naked choke. Saul’s loss was Ryan’s gain as he became the winner of TUF season 22.

Result:

Ryan Hall defeats Artem Lobov by unanimous decision (30-27,30-27, 30-26)

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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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