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UFC 197 Post-fight Press Conference/Highlights

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April 23, 2016 Las Vegas, NV

As always, the MMA Latest team will provide full coverage on tonight’s fights. Today’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:

  • A media member mentioned Jon Jones was seen on a wheel chair to which Dana White believed Jones could have just been sore and tired.
  • Dana White reported Ovince Saint Preux fought with a broken arm in the 4th and 5th rounds.
  • Dana can’t disagree with Demetrious Johnson being the number one pound for pound fighter and as for competing against different, bigger opponents, the UFC is ‘working on that’.
  • Johnson believes he can beat Anderson Silva’s record of most title defenses and is aiming to fight Dominick Cruz once he defends his title for the 11th time.
  • Johnson brought up his reserved personality when it comes to talking on the mic, but assured Dana he’ll always bring the fight.
  • Dana was asked about the canceled TUF flyweight tryouts and stated it’s an ongoing development.
  • Edson Barboza was surprised how he dominated Pettis the way he did.
  • Jon Jones entered late and carried the interim belt into the conference.
  • Jones believes the number one pound for pound spot will always be up for debate, but doesn’t mind sharing it with someone like Johnson.

Jon Jones on his performance:

“I’m my own biggest critic. Out there I was seeing all types of openings, and I just wasn’t pulling the trigger on a good 50, 60% of them. I was just going for the real easy ones. Like a side kick, that was so open and out of his punching range. Boxing wise, something inside of me was like “don’t get caught with a big hand, play it smart.” I was way too hesitant in there. I’m grateful for a lot, but I’m still a little disappointed.”

explaining the reason for his performance:

“I think it was switch of opponents. If you’ve been following my career, you know how big I am to studying. Me and my team. It’s what we do. That’s why I’m so confident.”

Demetrious Johnson on his current status:

“I don’t believe I’m at my peak yet, I believe I’m still getting better. I went through a lot of stuff in this camp. But my coaches are always to become a better martial artist. Hopefully when I get back to the gym, I can get blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu… like I said this is just number eight, when it’s time for number nine, ‘be humble in defeat or victory, get after it.'”

potentially fighting the 135 pound champion:

“I’ve never shied away from that fight with Cruz. I’ve fought at 135 before, I’m a small guy. I’m not afraid to be up for that fight.”

Henry Cejudo on his loss:

“I really did believe I was going to dominate in the clinch. Coming from a wrestling background. I thought really strongly. It was that first knee that he hit me with and I think he said it in the interview, he heard me grunt. It was that one knee that really did it. He did a good job. I underestimated his clinch, but that knee was the difference.”

on wishing he’d faced more competition before fighting DJ:

“I was humbled tonight. Maybe I should take my time a little bit. I’d like to see [Johnson] fight at 135 for the championship.”

Yair Rodriguez on his win:

“My body feels pretty good. I knew the guy was coming after me. I knew he was [going to be] aggressive. I [waited] and I just took that shot.

on potentially headlining an event in Mexico:

“I don’t know what Dana has to say about that and Sean Shelby. I’m just going to wait until they tell me something and we’ll figure [something out] after that.”

Robert Whittaker on what’s next:

“If you’re a middleweight, then you’re on my list. I’m happy to fight anyone, there’s no particular person I want to fight next. They line them up, I knock them down.”


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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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