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UFC 192 Prelims: Preview

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On the heels of an already impressive UFC Fight Pass card, the action for UFC 192 will continue on Fox Sports 1 with another four fights that look like they could easily be on the main card of any UFC on Fox card.

Angela Hill vs Rose Namajunas

We get the prelims started with a strawweight battle between two relative newcomers to the UFC. Angela “Overkill” Hill has a 2-1 pro record with a 1-1 record inside the UFC. Hill is looking to rebound from a decision loss to Tecia Torres at UFC 188 and start to make a name for herself in women’s MMA. In her relatively limited experience, Hill has shown that she can go the distance with opponents but also that she is capable of finishing a fight with her stand up game.

Rose “Thug” Namajunas is 2-2 as a pro and 0-1 in the UFC. She’s lost her last 2 fights but in those 2 fights she went the distance with Tecia Torres and took Carla Esparza into the 3rd round. Namajunas has shown herself to have a dangerous submission game demonstrating that she’s not afraid to take risks, having won her 2nd pro fight in 12 seconds via a flying armbar. She will be looking to get back to her strengths against Angela Hill hopefully putting her back on the winning path.

Alan Jouban vs Albert Tumenov

A battle of UFC veterans in the welterweight division is up next. Alan Jouban comes into this fight on a 2 fight win streak and a 3-1 record in the UFC. A fairly well rounded fighter, Jouban seems to prefer to keep fights standing and use a combination of punches and elbows to put his opponent out cold. His fights in the UFC so far seem to go 1 of 2 ways, either they go the distance in a back and forth fight or they end in devastating fashion in the 1st round. Jouban will be looking to make sure it’s the latter when he steps into the Octagon on Saturday night.

Albert Tumenov is riding a 3 fight win streak and has a 3-1 UFC record as well. Similar to Jouban, Tumenov’s fights seem to either go the distance or are over quickly and violently. With 10 of his 15 pro wins coming by KO/TKO, and at only 23 years old, “Einstein” has the potential to be a force in the 170 lb division for years to come. But he has to get past a dangerous opponent in Alan Jouban first and from the way these 2 fight, this one could turn into an all-out war that ends with 1 well-aimed strike.

Yair Rodriguez vs Daniel Hooker

Two of the most promising young 145lb fighters in the UFC will square off in a fight that could steal the show if both fighters fight to their potential. 22-year-old Yair “Pantera” Rodriguez is 5-1 as a pro and 2-0 in the UFC. His two UFC fights have both gone the distance and he will be looking to prove that he still has the finishing ability he showed in his earlier pro fights.

Daniel “The Hangman” Hooker is 2-1 in the UFC and is coming off a 2nd round KO of Hatsu Hioki at UFC Fight Night 65. Hooker is a proven finisher, with only one of his twelve pro wins going the distance. He has a versatile  arsenal of submissions as well as technical striking ability that he uses to put his opponent off balance before finding a home for a kick, punch or elbow that decisively ends the fight. Hooker has the experience edge even though he’s only 3 years older than Rodriguez and will be looking to use that to his advantage to put an end to the promising 22-year old’s UFC win streak.

Joseph Benavidez vs Ali Bagautinov

There aren’t many fighters in the flyweight division who have the skill set that Joseph Benavidez possesses. He’s taken Demetrius Johnson the distance and his only 2 losses inside the UFC have come at the hands of the flyweight champion. With a pro record of 22-4, it’s scary to think that the Team Alpha Male fighter seemingly gets better every time he steps foot in the octagon. He’s on a 3 fight win streak and while his last 2 fights have gone to decision, he has looked insanely impressive in both fights. He possesses knockout power in both hands, a wide variety of submissions, and an aggressiveness that puts many of his opponents off balance while never giving them a chance to recover.

Ali Bagautinov has a 3-1 UFC record, with his only loss also coming at the hands of Demetrius Johnson in a fight where he took the champion the distance. While not quite as impressive as his opponent’s record of 22-4, Bagautinov’s 13-3 record is nothing to scoff at. Bagautinov has shown that he is capable of doing damage no matter where the fight ends up. He’s also shown the cardio to keep up with some of the best in the division. This fight may be almost as tough as his fight with the champ, as the pace that Benavidez is sure to set is going to be fast and furious, if Bagautinov doesn’t have a response for that aggression early then it might prove to be a long night for “Puncher”.

Tune in for the prelims at 8pm eastern on Fox Sports 1.

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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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