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It’s the granddaddy of them all. It’s taken almost 23 years, 362 events. We’ve seen strikers, wrestlers, grapplers, and everything in between to get to this point. UFC 200, the event that was announced a year before fight day and the event that a new stadium seemed to be built around, is finally right here. Three title fights, 9 current or former champions, and 18 ranked fighters makes up the card that is expected to rival the long-time highest PPV buy rate of UFC 100. The biggest weekend in company history ends with the biggest fight of them all in the rematch between Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Interim champion Jon Jones.

Main Card- PPV (10 PM EDT, 7 PM PDT, 3 AM GMT)

Women’s Bantamweight: (c)Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes- for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title

Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

Light Heavyweight: (c)Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva- Non-title bout

Featherweight: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar- for the Interim UFC Featherweight title

Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1 (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT, 1 AM GMT)

Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

Early Preliminary Card- UFC Fight Pass (6:30 PM EDT, 3:30 PDT, 11:30 GMT)

Lightweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon

Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi

Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

The first of two title fights on UFC 200 is for the Interim Featherweight title as former longtime champion Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA; 7-1 UFC) and former Lightweight title holder and Featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar (20-4-1; 14-4-1). The bout is a rematch from their UFC 156 title fight where Aldo successfully defended his belt against Edgar edging the decision.

The bout is being fought for an interim as current title holder Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz at 170 pounds for the second fight in a row at UFC 202 in August. The bout will give a clear title challenger to McGregor’s belt in the future.

Aldo was a seven-time defending Featherweight title holder. He was granted the title from the WEC merger at UFC 123. He defended for the first time at the famed UFC 129 in Montreal as the co-main event to Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields. Six defences later, including two against Chad Mendes, he finally found the guy that would take him into superstardom when he was scheduled against Conor McGregor. Aldo was unable to make the first one at UFC 189 and after McGregor beat Mendes for the interim belt, the bout was rescheduled for UFC 194. Aldo was unable to make it past the 13-second mark as he was KO’d in the first punch McGregor threw. Aldo is top 10 in many categories in the Featherweight division being tops in Average Fight Time (18:24) and Significant Strike Defense (69.6%).

Edgar is a former Lightweight title holder he first won the belt back when he beat BJ Penn at UFC 112. One fight later in a rematch he successfully defended it against Penn, then narrowly retained it in a draw against Gray Maynard, and then beat Maynard in the rematch by fourth round KO before losing the title in his next outing. After losing two consecutive title fights to Benson Henderson, he got the short-notice call to face Aldo at UFC 156. The fight was close as Edgar outwrestled Aldo, with the champion outstriking the challenger. Since that loss, he has five straight wins, including a KO in his most recent bout against Chad Mendes at TUF 22 Finale. Edgar has the better wrestling in the match up with 2.71 Takedowns per 15 min., but surprisingly out strikes Aldo with 3.51 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM).

(c)Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva

In the eleventh hour (via Ariel Helwani), the whole card dramatically shifted as it was announced Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (17-1; 6-1) takes on former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-7,1 NC; 16-3, 1 NC). The bout is a three-round non-title bout. The bout came together after former Light Heavyweight champion and current Interim champion Jon Jones tested positive on a USADA test and has been provisionally suspended.

Cormier won the belt at UFC 187 with a Rear-Naked choke win over Anthony Johnson. His first title defence came against Swede Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in a Fight of the Year candidate. Cormier won the bout by unanimous decision to remain the champion and to get a chance to avenge his only career loss to Jones. The UFC 197 bout was changed when Cormier pulled out due to an injury. At that event, Jones won the interim title to set up a rematch with Cormier on the biggest stage possible; UFC 200. Then, well… you know the rest.

Silva has fought at 205 three times in his prolonged UFC career. He first fought James Irvin at 205 in 2008 with a first round KO. He returned to defend his belt two more times and then went back to Light Heavyweight to face former champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. He once again won the fight by first round KO after three knockdowns in the first round. He returned to 205 at UFC 153 where he beat Stephan Bonnar by TKO for his third consecutive first-round finish at 205 pounds. Silva holds the record for most knockdowns in a UFC career with 18 over his 20 UFC fights.

(c)Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes

The second title fight is for the Women’s Bantamweight belt as newly crowned champion Miesha Tate (18-5; 5-2) takes on Amanda Nunes (12-4; 5-1).

Tate won the title in the co-main event of UFC 196 against Holly Holm. The bout went into the fifth round with Holm up on the cards. Tate pulled off the Rear-Naked choke in the final round to become the champion. The victory was her fifth in a row, the first finish she’s had in the UFC. The title holder is hoping to set up a future trilogy bout with Ronda Rousey if she is able to get past the challenger. ‘Cupcake’ has always been a better wrestler/grappler than striking, evident by her 2.18 Takedowns per 15 min. and 1.8 Submission Attempts per 15 min.

Nunes is a winner of three straight and five of her six UFC fights with four finishes. After joining from Invicta at UFC 163, Nunes had two straight TKO wins over Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie. She ran into one of the best women’s fighters in the world when she faced Cat Zingano at UFC 178. The fight went well for Nunes for a round and a half before Zingano took over and won the fight by TKO. After the loss, she has won her last three with wins over Shayna Baszler (TKO), Sara McMann (Rear-Naked choke) and Valentina Shevchenko (Decision). Compared to her counterpart, Nunes is the better striker (3.67 SLpM) and is competitive when it comes to submission grappling.

 

 

 

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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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