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TUF: Latin America 3 Finale Gets Two New Bouts

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The UFC will be making another appearance in Mexico come this November. The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale will be held in Mexico City, and it will mark the first time the UFC has been held an event in Mexico since the finale of TUF: Latin America 2. This event is headlined by the former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who takes on emergine challenger Tony Ferguson. The event will take place at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Today the UFC revealed two more exciting fights that have been added to this card. At welterweight, Kelvin Gastelum will be taking on Jorge Masvidal, and recently signed lightweight Marcin Held will be making his UFC debut against the veteran Diego Sanchez.

Gastelum (12-2), who is a TUF alumni himself, is coming off of a huge win over former welterweight champion Johnny Hendricks at UFC 200. That fight was held at a catch weight due to the fact that Hendricks missed weight, but the win rocketed Gastelum to #5 in the welterweight standings. He will now take on Masvidal who is currently unranked in the UFC official 170 pound rankings. Masvidal (30-11) is looking to build on a win himself, over Ross Pearson at UFC 201 via unanimous decision. Prior to that win, Masvidal had lost two in a row since moving to welterweight in July 2015, although both were in razor close split decisions to Lorenz Larkin and Benson Henderson.

Marcin Held (22-4) is an up and coming fighter who has seen a great deal of success in Bellator prior to joining the UFC. He most recently fought Dave Jansen at Bellator 155, where he won by unanimous decision. The 24-year-old Polish native went 11-3 in his career at Bellator, with 6 of those wins coming by way of submission. He signed a UFC contract this past week, and has been set up with a very tough debut opponent in Sanchez. Diego Sanchez (26-9) is a 11 year veteran of the UFC. He made his debut on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter series way back in 2005. Sanchez is coming off of a loss at UFC 200, where he was TKO’d by Joe Lauzon in the first round of the fight. He is 1-1 since returning to lightweight after a stint at featherweight and he is looking to re-establish himself in the 155 pound division.

With the addition of the two aforementioned fights, the card currently looks as follows:

TUF Latin America 3 Finale Card:

  • Rafael do Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Heather Jo Clark
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Marcin Held
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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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