UFC 199 is just around the corner, however, one noticeably different procedure will take place this weekend, one that is a first for the UFC. Andy Foster, the current Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, has scrambled up the rules regarding the weigh-ins this Friday. The rules, which were introduced on March 1st, will finally be obeyed when UFC 199 touches down in Inglewood – the first time since the rules were implemented.
What will be different?
Well, there is one huge difference which will most definitely kill the tradition of watching the actual weigh-ins live. Fighters can now have their weight recorded as early as 10am PST, a colossal difference to the usual 4pm time. Fighters will now have a four-hour window from 10am – 2pm where they must attend a local hotel where the California Athletic State Commission will officially record their weight. Competitors can attend at any time during the four-hour window but it is imperative that they must attend.
Physicians will also have the power to ask for a urine sample when a fighter is about to have his weight recorded if he suspects they are severely dehydrated and is putting their health at risk.
On the night of the event, physicians will also make athletes undergo an eye and physical exam where if they deem an athlete is unfit to continue they can, believe it or not, pull the fighter from the card, therefore, scrapping the bout. This will obviously cause a lot of controversies, however, we must insist that this will only happen as a worse case scenario.
Why is this happening?
Most people would know the answer by now as this topic has cropped up in discussions and forums across the Internet – prompting officials and doctors to raise their concern for fighters.
Many UFC competitors are severely dehydrating themselves in order to make weight efficiently and officials believe the 4pm weigh-ins do not give fighters enough time to replenish themselves and be 100% “fight” fit on the night of the big event. So by Andy Foster pushing the weigh-ins back by as much as six hours gives fighters the chance to fully recover after making weight.
What will shock the fans the most about this?
The biggest shock of such to fans attending the live weigh-ins would be that the fighters will no longer be stepping on the scales in front of a live audience. Joe Rogan will still read their name out and state the weight they made six hours prior and Dana White will still stand there during the intense and fiery standoff, however, fans who love the anticipation of wondering whether a fighter has made weight or not will be left disappointed.
Cruz, the current UFC bantamweight champion, will be competing this Saturday to defend his title vs Faber. He had a bold statement to say regarding the rules change:
“to be open from 10 a.m. in the morning until 2 p.m., that’s crazy, that’s never been done and that’s a huge deal. That’s a huge score for fighters in my opinion. I’ll wake up at 5 in the morning, probably, do my weight cut, be on weight by 8 at the latest and then I’m only on weight for two hours whereas before, you’re there four hours sitting there waiting to weigh-in when you’re on weight the whole time.” Cruz said.
This is potentially great news for fighters across the UFC organisation. We see endless fighters attending the live weigh-ins looking dangerously dehydrated and lethargic which would make you think “are they really fit to fight?”. Whilst many may argue the positives of this there is one huge negative outcome of this and that’s the obvious disappointment for fans attending the no longer “live” event.
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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