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UFC 196: Post-fight Press Conference Stream/Highlights

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March 5th, 2016. Las Vegas, NV

As always the MMA Latest team will provide full coverage on tonight’s fights. Tonight’s stream is scheduled to begin shortly. Be sure to refresh the page as it’ll be updated following the end of the conference.

Conference Highlights: 

  • Dana White mentioned this event is “breaking every record (we) have ever had.”
  • A media member mentioned how this has evidently scuffled plans for the fighters who were favorites in their fights, and White stated that nothing was planned in advance.
  • Diaz mentioned how his bout at UFC 197 marked his 25th fight and hesitated, but eventually expressed a frustrated, candid response about McGregor getting “help” and wishing he had the same push McGregor received from the UFC.
  • White is unsure if GSP wants to return to fighting.
  • Tate said she told Bryan it will be “red boxer brief night”.
  • Conor McGregor mentioned how his kicks were catching Nate’s gloves and is interested in reminding the featherweights who their champion is and is eyeing UFC 200 as a return.
  • Amanda Nunes politely asks Tate about a fight between them in the future to which Tate replied with it’s all on the UFC to decide that, and would be happy to fight her.
  • McGregor can’t decide who to defend his FW title against and will listen to what the fans want. Mentioned Aldo is a great candidate, but he pulls out too much.

Tate on the pressure of losing some of the rounds:

“My cornermen are always honest with me. They never lie to me, they’ve said “looks like she one three of the four rounds,” I haven’t been able to see it yet, but I take their advice strongly. Bryan basically went in there and told me, “you have to go guns blazing.””

on the rear naked choke:

“I just knew that I had to hang on and I expect that people are going to try and get out of it with everything they have and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Holly, she’s tough as nails. She was giving everything to get out of that and I had to hang on for dear life essentially, and I did.”

on what she feels is her next opponent:

“The right move feels like drinking a budwieser and eating some cupcakes. That feels like the right move. My job as the champion is to fight next best person, and whoever that is, I will fight them.”

Diaz on his win and if he ever doubted himself:

“No. I felt like I was going to have a slow start. Pick up as I go. I think I should have dodged that punch a little better. I knew I was the superior boxer, the superior martial artist, supeior jiu-jitsu (practioner) . I have the best training partners in the world. Nothing suprised me except that I got hit at all. I think with a full camp I would have been flawless. He got a lot of push, he’s been doing great. He’s had a lot of help behind him. I wish I had that same push, that same help.  Iv’e been in this a long time. I’ve been 9 years (in the UFC). I’ve been (thinking) the last few years when this was going to pay off and I think it’s about time.”

on his next move:

“I’m at the top. It’s their call, so we’ll see what’s next.”

Holm on her loss:

“I have to be honest with myself. I knew I was ahead on the scorecards. Honestly, maybe I felt like I was getting to complacent in there. I just made a mistake, it  cost me everything tonight, but I’ll be back.”

It’s a growing experience. There’s always these odds on paper. For me it’s always 50/50. There’s a winner and loser. She had a great second round. I felt like I won 1,3, and 4. It’s a learning experience for me. I kind of let my guard down a little too soon and it cost me the fight.”

McGregor on his loss:

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow. I took a shot and I went at it. I feel I was simply inefficient with my energy. Usually I fight a man  in the division I am champion in and they crumble under those shots. But Nate took them very well. I think the weight allowed him to take them so well. I think with a little adjustment and a recognition that the bigger man, you must bea bit more efficient with your striking. I made some errors. Hats off to Nate, he fought very well, he stayed in there.”

on his wheel kicks:

“My wheel kicks… they didn’t really… I threw them and missed. I think they done more to my energy than they did to his energy and he got the better of that.”

“It was simply a battle of energy. This is the game. We win some we lose some. I will never shy away. I will never shy away from defeat, this is part of the game. I am happy to be in there. I went in, I took the fight, and it didn’t pay off. This is the fight business and I will be back.”

Nunes

“I finished. I finished strong. My next step is to fight for the belt. I think I deserve. I think Holly needs to fight Ronda, I want to fight Miesha.”

 

 

 

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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