This weekend there is a UFC event in Canada. This card has taken hit after hit but is still solid top to bottom. Leading off the card is an intriguing Women’s Strawweight matchup between Canadian Randa Markos and Aisling Daly. Then, in the main event there is a Flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. This card was formerly headlined by a bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao but due to injury that fight was postponed. It looked like this card was going to take another hit when Bellator MMA took Rampage Jackson to court for his scheduled fight against Fabio Maldonado, but as I’m sure all MMA fans know by now, that fight is back on. The fight to watch for this event, however, is a preliminary card bout that has never been in jeopardy. This is a Welterweight matchup between two Canadians looking to make a statement. Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements.
Nordine Taleb is officially 2-0 in the UFC. However he competed on The Ultimate Fighter twice and dropped opening round bouts both times. He represented Team Canada on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. He was defeated by Australian Tyler Manawaroa via Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds in December 2013. In March, in a rare move by the UFC, he was announced as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 19 in a second chance. He was defeated by Mike King in an outstandingly exciting fight. Taleb then went on to win two UFC bouts and is looking to make a statement in his home country against Clements. Taleb is a Bellator veteran as well, he went 2-1 in his Bellator career. His only loss came to Marius Zaromskis in the Season 7 Welterweight quarterfinal.
Chris Clements is 2-1-1 in the UFC. But he should be 2-2. The no contest bout that he has on his record was originally a loss to Matthew Riddle. But, Riddle, in typical fashion, failed a post fight drug test due to marijuana. Clements has had an up and down MMA career. In 2007, he lost via TKO to Jesse Bongfeldt for his second straight loss to make his record 5-3. He didn’t fight for nearly 2 years, took a deep breath, and then went 6-1 in his next 7 fights and got signed by the UFC. He then won his UFC debut as well. He is looking to begin a win streak, he won his last fight as well.
This will be a fight that has serious potential for a Fight of the Night type of performance and that is why this is UFC 186’s FIGHT TO WATCH.
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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