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Twelve fights now booked, but not quite a full house for UFC London

Jim Edwards



The UFC today announced two more bouts set to feature at UFC Fight Night London, which takes place on February 27, 2016 at the O2 Arena. With 12 fights now on the card is this a full house? I think we can expect one more big fight to be added ;)

With 12 fights now on the card is this a full house? Jim Edwards of MMA Latest understands there is one more big fight yet to be added to the card.

Lukasz Sajewski (13-1-0, fighting out of Gdansk, Poland) will take on Teemu Packalen (7-1-0, fighting out of Turku, Finland), while Syrian-born Jaris Danho (6-0-0, 1 No Contest, fighting out of Nuremberg, Germany) will take on Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland).

Sajewski made his UFC debut in June of this year at UFC Fight Night Berling. The Polish lightweight entered enemy territory as he faced Germany’s Nick Hein inside Berlin’s O2 Arena, a contest which ended in a unanimous decision win for Hein. Despite the loss, Sajewski has an impressive 13 professional wins to his name, a number which he’ll undoubtedly be looking to build upon come February 27.

Sajewski’s opponent, Packalen, also made his UFC debut in 2015. The Finnish lightweight took on Frenchman Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night Glasgow, in what was a hard fought three round grappling battle. Losing at the hands of the judges’ scorecards, Packalen has been eager to step back inside the Octagon® ever since.

The second fight confirmed today for UFC Fight Night London is a heavyweight bout between Polish power house Omielanczuk and newcomer Danho.

Omielanczuk enters the contest fresh from a first round KO win over Chris De La Rocha in July. Syrian-born German heavyweight Danho, however, also brings knockout power to the contest. While this will be Danho’s first performance inside the Octagon, his record includes dominant wins over noteworthy heavyweight opposition. A powerlifter outside of MMA, Danho stands at 6ft 3 inches tall, making him a sizeable heavyweight contender.

The bouts are the latest in a long line of exciting match ups confirmed for UFC Fight Night London. Also set to compete is No. 7 ranked UFC middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping who takes on the No.9 ranked Gegard Mousasi. Northern Ireland’s “Stormin” Norman Parke also returns to action, this time against Russian “Tiger” Rustam Khabilov.

A healthy contingent of English fighters have also been confirmed to step into the Octagon in front of home fans, as Manchester’s Mike Wilkinson meets Makwan Amirkhani, East Londoner Brad Pickett takes on Henry Briones, County Durham’s Davey Grant faces Marlon Vera and Suffolk’s Arnold Allen faces Yaotzin Meza.

UFC Fight Night London Full Card:

Michael Bisping vs Gegard Mousasi
Tom Breese vs Keita Nakamura
Mike Wilkinson vs Makwan Amirkhani
Norman Parke vs Rustam Khabilov
Brad Pickett vs Henry Briones
Davey Grant vs Chito Vera
Arnold Allen vs Yaotzin Meza
Scott Askham vs Chris Dempsey
Bradley Scott vs Krzysztof Jotko
Martin Svenson vs David Teymur
Lukasz Sajewski vs Teemu Packalen
Jaris Danho vs Daniel Omielanczuk

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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:

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



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



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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