UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux is in the books and it was an exciting PPV which featured not one, but two title fights! The card had originally been slated to feature Jon Jones making his long-awaited Octagon return against current champion Daniel Cormier; unfortunately, Cormier was forced to withdraw three weeks out due to injury making Jones vs. Saint Preux a fight for the Light Heavyweight Interim Title. The Co-Main event featured a highly touted title fight between Flyweight Kingpin Demetrious Johnson squaring off against undefeated Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo. Although only four out of twelve fights ended with a stoppage (3 TKO/KO 1 Submission) the eight fights that went to a decision were all entertaining bouts. Today MMA Latest News will be handing out two performance of the night bonuses and one Fight of the Night bonus!
Performance of the Night (Knockout): Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili
Yair Rodriguez has been making waves in the Featherweight division since his debut in 2014. Yair has shown flashes of high caliber moves on route to a 3-0 record in the UFC; however, that all elusive first UFC finish had always been just out of reach for him; that is until last night. Rodriguez squared off against his toughest opponent to date in Team Alpha Male member Andre Fili, a man who had come off an impressive TKO stoppage in his last bout. That did not matter to Rodriguez however. Yair controlled much of the early exchanges from the get go, even throwing a few of his patented flying somersault strikes. Yair finally earned his first UFC stoppage soon after at 2:15 of the very first round via devastating KO. Fili was backed up against the cage and Rodriguez threw a devastating switch kick to the chin rendering Fili unconscious; thus giving Rodriguez a walk off Knockout as no additional strikes were needed. Rodriguez has stamped his name in the all so talented Featherweight division and the division should be on notice. Expect him to get a top caliber opponent in the near future.
Performance of the Night (Knockout): Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo
Okay world, it is time to stop calling Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson boring because hes starting to get angry. There isn’t much that Mighty Mouse cannot do as he can now add knocking out an Olympic Gold Medalist to his resume. Not only did Johnson knock him out; but, Johnson was able to do it via Cejudos only “advantage” and that was by grappling him. Although not many gave Cejudo the chance, many believed if he could get Demetrious Johnson down that it would be a long night for the champ. Unfortunately for Cejudo that was not the case as the only takedown he scored lasted merely a few moments as Mighty Mouse placed his feet on the gold medalists wrestlers hips, and nearly launched him out of the Octagon to get the fight back to standing. The two had a couple moments of exchanges before a clinch was initiated. Mighty Mouse landed some vicious combos inside accompanied by some vicious knees, the knees sent Cejudo to the canvas. Followed by a brief moment of ground and pound and we got to witness one of the greatest ever once again put all the doubters to rest. Demetrious Johnson is #ANDSTILL and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Congrats and good luck on Anderson Silva’s title defense record!
Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
After losing two straight against strong wrestlers in Raphael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez, the MMA community was screaming for the former Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis to draw a striker. That happened for him as he was announced to face Edson Barboza; however, that would not work in favor for the former champion. Edson Barboza controlled the entirety of the three round fight, landing his patented kicks whenever and wherever he wanted accompanied by a vicious left hook which landed at will; badly bruising Pettis’s leg and ribs by the end of the fight. Not only did Barboza display his ever evolving striking but he was also able to stuff multiple takedown attempts by Pettis. Barboza wins the bout by Unanimous decision and Barboza continues to climb the stacked Lightweight ladder and the former champ Pettis is now on a three fight skid.
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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