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Two Intriguing Lightweight Bouts Added to UFC FN 96 in Portland

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UFC Fight Night 96 just got a whole lot more interesting as it was announced Monday afternoon that two lightweight bouts have been added to the card. Newly acquired Former Bellator Lightweight Champion “Ill” Will Brooks has his second UFC booked and he will be taking on the Brazilian Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira. The other fight added to the event is Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman who will square off against Bobby “King” Green.

UFC officials have confirmed that these fights will take place at the event that is scheduled to take place October 1st at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon but has yet to confirm where on the card the bouts will be placed.

The UFC’s signing of “Ill” Will (19-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) back in June was one of the biggest hits to the Bellator roster in quite sometime. Over the last year it had been Bellator who was scalping talent from the UFC when it signed former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, Heavyweight Matt Mitrione and long time star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Brooks made his UFC debut July 8th at TUF 23 Finale and won a closely contested decision against UFC veteran Ross Pearson. Brook’s lone loss was to Saad Awad back in February of 2013 at Bellator 91. He has previously stated that he would like to be on the fast track to a title shot and this is the type of fight that will get him that much more closer to that goal.

ALex Oliveira (15-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) recently rebounded from his second UFC loss at the hands of the better know “Cowboy,” Donald Cerrone, with a win on July 23rd at UFC on Fox 20 over James Moontasri via unanimous decision Olivieria’s only other UFC fight contested at lightweight was a loss by 3rd round arm lock submission in his UFC debut to Gilbert Burns back in March 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62 when there was only 46 second left on the clock. Tapology.com currently lists “Cowboy” as the #66 Best MMA Welterweight Fighter in the world, while Brooks is ranked as the #8 Best MMA Lightweight Fighter in the world.

Josh Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC) made the move to the lightweight division in February of this year after suffering back to back losses to Patrick Cote and Dong Hyun Kim at welterweight in 2015. This will be his third fight at 155 lbs. Lightweight has long been one of the deepest divisions in the UFC, and Burkman, who is 1-3 in his second run with the promotion, would appear to desperately need a win in this fight in order to not receive a pink slip. His previous two lightweight fights where a UD win over a down trending K.J. Noons and a UD loss to 12-2 prospect Paul Felder.

His opponent, Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC), will be no easy test as he also has his back against the wall. The “King” has faced very stout competition lately and he is looking to get back on track after losing his last two fights to Dustin Poirier and Edson Barboza. Green began his UFC career when the UFC purchased of Strikeforce in 2012 and won 4 fights in row. Bad luck seems to follow Green around and during his time in the company Green has had 8 fights canceled due to opponents dropping out, injuries of his own or in the case of UFC 176, an event being canceled.

UFC Fight Night 96 will air on FS1 with the prelims expected to air on FS1 and Fight Pass

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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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.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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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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