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UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson II Preview

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How do you follow up the last two PPV’s? The UFC put its two biggest stars on back-to-back PPV’s and success came. Another exciting card comes your way with the Flyweight title on the line between long time champion Demetrius Johnson and challenger John Dodson. Two main card fights could have title implications as Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir vie for a Heavyweight title shot and #1 contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson faces tought Brit Jimi Manuwa in a match up that could potentially see a title challenger. Let’s look at the rest of the card!

Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

Your main card starter is one you’ll want to see (get it?). Paige VanZant (5-1 MMA; 2-0 UFC) and Alex Chambers (5-2; 1-1) meet in the Strawweight division. The two are former Invicta fighters who signed with the UFC once they got their 115 pound division.

VanZant made her UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 57 in November 2014. She would win that fight in a Fight of the Night honors as she beat Alex Chambers by TKO in the third round. It took her quite some time get another fight and then she got booked to fight Felice Herrig at UFC on Fox 15. It was a very impressive win for her as she dominated the bigger, stronger fighter. She has landed 128 Significant Strikes in her two fights to go along with 5 take downs.

Chambers is a former Atomweight in Invicta. When the UFC came calling, she went back to Strawweight and has made herself at home. She would lose her first fight the Irish woman Aisling Daly at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale where she was submitted by Armbar. They booked her to face VanZant’s original opponent in Kailin Curran. She would get revenge from her first loss as she submitted Curran with a third round Armbar. Her striking could look better as she has a black belt in Karate. She has only landed 56 Significant Strikes in 18 minutes of cage time.

Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

A Light Heavyweight fight between Jan Blachowicz (18-3; 1-1) and Corey Anderson (5-1; 2-1) comes in on the main card. Blachowicz was originally scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson at this event, but the opponents were switched around and Anderson was added to the mix.

Blachowicz was the former KSW Light Heavyweight before joining the UFC. He had a 6 fight win streak before coming in and won 17 of his last 18. He beat Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53 and won by TKO to start of his career right. He got a step up in competition as he faced Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 64 in Poland. He would taste defeat again as the fight went the distance and he lost by decision. He comes into the fight with 3.36 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and only 2.65 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM).

Anderson was The Ultimate Fighter 19 Light Heavyweight winner. He beat Matt Van Buren at the finale with a first round TKO. He came back in action at UFC 181 with a decision win over Justin Jones. His last fight he was his first career loss to Gian Villante with a third round TKO at UFC on Fox 15. Anderson has become a very well-rounded fighter as he has 5.94 SLpM and 4.45 Takedowns per 15 min.

Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

In a better Light Heavyweight bout than originally planned, Anthony ‘Rumble ‘ Johnson (19-5; 10-5) and Jimi Manuwa (15-1; 4-1) now have the middle of your PPV. Johnson was originally scheduled to fight Jan Blachowicz before the mix up as Blachowicz is now matched up with Corey Anderson and Manuwa was added to the event against ‘Rumble’.

‘Rumble’ last fought for the vacated title at UFC 187 where he lost to Daniel Cormier by Rear-Naked choke. Before that fight he was 3-0 with a TKO win over now title challenger Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 14. Johnson previously fought at Welterweight and Middleweight. He had trouble making weight on both and was cut from the UFC. During his departure he found a home at Light Heavyweight and was able to keep his power there. ‘Rumble’ is not all power as he lands 3.14 SLpM and only 1.67 SApM with 64% Striking Accuracy. He has a 78% Striking Defense.

Manuwa was the UCMMA Light Heavyweight champion with 5 title defenses. He joined the UFC in 2012 and won his first three fights by TKO. He would taste defeat for the first time in a headlining bout with Alexander Gustafsson in which he lost by TKO in the second round. He would come back strong with a decision win over Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night Krakow. Manuwa lands often (3.81 SLpM) and accurately (59% Striking Accuracy).

Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir

In the co-main event is a Heavyweight “title eliminator” between two former champions in Andrei Arlovski (24-10; 13-4) and Frank Mir (18-9; 16-9). Arlovski won the Interim title at UFC 51 and defended it at UFC 53. He was promoted to Undisputed champion after Mir was unable to defend his belt. Mir won the belt at UFC 48 and was later stripped of his title. He won the Interim belt at UFC 92.

Arlovski is on his second UFC stint. He was 10-4 in his first stint and was the Interim and Undisputed Heavyweight champion. Every one of his wins besides one was a stoppage of some sort. He went on tough times after leaving the UFC as he went 2-4 in his next six fights. He would turn it around in his next 8 as he went 6-1 with a No-Conest. The lone loss came to Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. The UFC came calling and they haven’t been disappointed. He has won three straight including a Fight of the Night in his last fight against Travis Browne in which he got the TKO win. He has impressive stats with 3.19 SLpM and 63% Striking Defense. He has 85% Takedown Defense (TDD) in his career, best all time for the division. He has the second most Knockdowns in Heavyweight history with 10.

Mir has been in the UFC for 14 years and has 25 fights. He has gone through ups and downs with title wins and losing streaks. He has fought for the title/Interim on five seperate occasions. He has been the Undisputed champion and Interim champion. He is currently on a two fight KO streak when he was on the brink of retirement. He has KO wins over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and Todd Duffee in consecutive headlining bouts. The two fights combined have lasted 2:53. Mir is likely the best grappler the UFC Heavyweight division has ever seen with 21 Submission Attempts (best all-time) and 2.3 Submission Attempts per 15 min. (2nd all-time). He has 8 UFC wins by submission.

(c)Demetrius Johnson vs. John Dodson – For the UFC Flyweight Championship

In your main event is a Flyweight title fight between the champion Demetrius Johnson (22-2-1; 10-1-1) and the challenger John Dodson (17-6; 6-1). The two met as the headliner at UFC on Fox 6 in 2013 for the title. Johnson came out victorious for his first title defense as the champion with a Split-Decision.

Johnson has defended his belt a total of seven times. He had a rough stretch to get it as the UFC did a four man tournament with Johnson, Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani. Benavidez beat Urushatani

while Johnson and McCall ended in a draw. This pushed the title back as the two had to fight again with Johnson coming out victorious. Johnson then beat Benavidez in the final to be the inaugural Flyweight champion. Johnson is tops all time in his division in many categories including Significant Strikes Landed (669), Striking Accuracy (56.3%), Striking Differential (+2.09), Striking Defense (68%), Total Strikes Landed (966) and Takedowns Landed (39).

Dodson is The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner. He beat current UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillihsaw in the finals. He moved down to Flyweight for his very next fight and has not come back up since. He has stoppages over Jussier Formiga, Darrell Montague and John Moraga. He last fought at UFC 187 where he beat Zach Makovsky by decision to get the title shot. He had torn his ACL and had surgery before that fight. ‘The Magician’ lands on 61% of his strikes and has 3.26 SLpM. He also brings an 88% TDD into this fight. The first fight he was out struck by 70 Significant Strikes (127 to 57) and let Mighty Mouse take him down 5 times.

*All records from Sherdog.com

**All stats from FightMetric.com

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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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