The main event of the evening saw the Light Heavyweight title on the line as Daniel Cormier made his first title defense, taking on Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson. Cormier was coming off of a 3rd round submission victory over Anthony Johnson in May to capture the vacant Light Heavyweight belt while Gustafsson was coming off a devastating knockout loss to that same opponent from back in January.
The fight began and both fighters took to the center of the octagon. Gus began circling with both fighters seemed to be feeling each other out. Cormier threw some leg kicks before shooting for the takedown. Cormier lifted Gustafsson over his head before slamming him to the mat and immediately jumping into side control. Gustafsson managed to get to half guard but Cormier was continuously punishing his body with short punches and mixed it up with shots to the head. Gustafsson used his length to achieve full guard and Cormier actually stood up only to immediately dive back down into top position and continued to land body shots on Gustafsson. Gustafsson went for a submission which Cormier countered, they scrambled and Cormier ended up back on top and transitioned to side control. They scrambled again and ended up back on their feet where Gustafsson began using his reach to land some jabs to the face of Cormier. Both fighters traded leg kicks and went for bigger shots but failed to connect. Cormier threw a jumping knee but ended up falling before immediately getting back to his feet. Cormier grabbed the clinch and threw several uppercuts before they separated as the round ended.
Gustafsson came out and looked to be using his reach more by throwing several combinations and forcing Cormier to back up. Gustafsson looked to his corner before turning back to the fight and Cormier was shown to be bleeding from a cut near his right eye. Cormier began to pressure Gustafsson again and shot for a takedown which was avoided. Gustafsson shot and scored a takedown of his own although Cormier was able to immediately get back to his feet where he landed several uppercuts in the clinch. Gustafsson landed a big knee, stuffed a takedown attempt by Cormier and landed an elbow before they ended up in a clinch against the cage. Both fighters got off the cage and traded punches before Cormier got the clinch again and landed several more uppercuts. Gustafsson managed to get separation and began using his reach but Cormier was just constantly walking him down and applying pressure. Several striking exchanges occurred and Gustafsson seemed to be almost running away from Cormier at several points throughout the round. Gustafsson managed to get another takedown and kept Cormier’s back despite Cormier being able to get back to his feet quickly again. The round ended with Cormier against the cage with Gustafsson looking for an opening from where he had Cormier’s back.
The round opened with Cormier immediately keeping the pressure on Gustafsson that he’d been showing the entire fight so far. Cormier landed a knee to the body followed by a leg kick. Gustafsson answered with an uppercut but got hit with a couple of big right hands by Cormier and then another shot to the body. Cormier got the clinch and landed several uppercuts once again and Gustafsson was now bleeding from the nose. Gustafsson faked a takedown and Cormier sprawled immediately before jumping back to his feet. They exchanged striking combinations with neither fighter really landing anything significant. Gustafsson appeared to be having trouble breathing due to the damage to his nose. Cormier once again got the clinch and landed even more uppercuts and he appeared to be turning up the aggressiveness as he continued to throw uppercuts. Gustafsson landed a huge knee to the face which dropped Cormier, Gustafsson looked for the finish but Cormier managed to grab ahold of one of his legs and get back to the clinch. They separated as the round ended.
Gustafsson opened the round with a body kick immediately and followed that up with a leg kick. Gustafsson was the one pressuring Cormier, managed to get the clinch but Cormier immediately landed several of the uppercuts that he’d been finding a home for throughout the fight. Gustafsson landed several strikes and seemed to be finding his range but Cormier had turned the pressure back up. Both fighters were bleeding at this point and threw several exchanges before Cormier landed a big right hand. Both fighters circled each other with neither fighter seeming eager to engage the other until Gustafsson threw several jabs and followed it up with a right hand. Cormier continued to pressure and ate a body kick from Gustafsson before landing a big right hand. Gustafsson shot for the takedown but ended up throwing a big knee when he couldn’t get it. More strikes were exchanged before Cormier grabbed the clinch and once again threw and landed multiple uppercuts which Gustafsson seemingly had no answer for. Cormier appeared to trip but immediately got back to his feet and landed a big combination to end the round.
Both fighters touched gloves in a show of respect to start the round. Gustafsson landed several jabs which Cormier answered with multiple leg kicks. Gustafsson landed a big right hand but Cormier’s pressure soon had him backing up again where Cormier landed a big right hand. More leg kicks were landed by Cormier followed by a leg kick to body kick combination. Gustafsson responded and both fighters exchanged strikes before Gustafsson attempted a takedown that was stuffed and they ended up in the clinch. While Gustafsson was able to control Cormier’s hand for a moment, the champion was able to land several uppercuts before there was a brief battle for control of the clinch which ended with both fighters exchanging uppercuts. Gustafsson looked to his corner again as he’d done several times throughout the fight and Cormier made him pay by landing several punches and securing a clinch once again. Cormier landed even more uppercuts from the clinch before he took a big knee from Gustafsson. Cormier was able to land several more uppercuts and both fighters were circling each other again as the fight came to an end.
Judges scored the fight 48-47 Gustafsson, 48-47 Cormier and 49-46 Cormier
Split Decision Winner and still UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Cormier
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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