UFC 195 is in the books. It was an electric night of fights highlighted by the Welterweight title fight, a #1 contender matchup, a fight pass bout for the ages, and the return of Michael “Mayday” McDonald! UFC 195 took place in the jam-packed MGM Grand; the card was the first fight of 2016 and it held the potential fight of the year candidate! Only five out of twelve fights ended with a finish but don’t let that fool you, the seven fights that went the distance were absolute barn burners! Tonight MMA Latest News will be awarding our KO of the Night, Performance of the Night, and Submission of the Night!
Submission of the Night: Michael McDonald vs. Masanori Kanehara
After a long two-year layoff due to injuries, Michael “Mayday” McDonald finally made his return to the Octagon; and boy did he get more than he bargained for. Kanehara came out in round 1 and brought it to McDonald, controlling much of the first round on the ground. When round two came along it was the same story as round 1, Kanehara looking dominant on the ground. At one point Kanehara locked in a deep head and arm choke, and just as it seemed like McDonald would be forced to tap; he caged walked out of it, took Kanehara’s back and sank in a Rear Naked Choke forcing Kanehara to tap. It was one of the slickest transitions in recent memory and it secured Michael McDonald the win by submission in the second round!
Knockout of the Night: Stipe Miocic vs. Andrei Arlovski
Although it was the only KO tonight, this award would likely have been given to Miocic either way! They say speed kills; combine that with power and you have a recipe for disaster and Arlovski found this out the hard way. It took less than a minute for Miocic to land “right on the button” and when he did it sent Arlovski stumbling to the fence. Miocic followed up with a magnificent combo which sent the #2 ranked Heavyweight to the canvas. A few ground and pound shots later, and the ref was forced to step in. Miocic is the winner by TKO in under a minute; he then proceeded to scream for a title shot which would be granted to him at the post fight presser. Congratulations on the big victory Stipe!
Performance of the Night: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit
A few days after winning 2015: UFC fight of the Year, Robbie Lawler may have earned the same award; this time, only two days into the new year! This fight was a back and forth war from the get go; each guy had his opponent rocked at one time or another. Condit threw volume and flashier strikes, where we saw Lawler throw with power and patience. Condit won rounds 1 and 4 decisively, Lawler won rounds 2 and 5 no questions asked. We aren’t going to get into round 3 as it could have gone either way. Robbie Lawler squeaked out the Split Decision victory, narrowly retaining his belt! The performance of the night is going to both Lawler and Condit for their heart and determination in what is being deemed as “the best 5th round ever”. In round 5 Lawler and Condit had nothing left in the tank. Lawler had Condit badly hurt, at the brink of defeat; and Carlos Condit somehow survived the final onslaught of “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. It was truly a great way to kick off the first card of the year, and if you missed it I feel genuinely sorry for you!
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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