The first pay per view in the post Zuffa era takes place on Saturday night as welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler returns opposite challenger Tyron Woodley. Both men hail from American Top Team in Florida and this added considerable intrigue to a card that had the misfortune of being sandwiched between the monumental UFC200 and the upcoming rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC202
Woodley chose to sit out for the better part of eighteen months and wait for a shot at Lawler. Following a matchup with Johnny Hendricks that fell apart at the eleventh hour in October 2015 Woodley has worked in silence and it will be extremely interesting to see what techniques he has added to his game.
In the timespan that has elapsed between then and now Robbie Lawler has recovered from a gruelling encounter with Rory MacDonald and defeated Carlos Condit in January.
The champion has proven his mettle in the championship rounds on numerous occasions. Woodley on the other hand has been criticised in the past for his cardio and this would be his first attempt in a five-round title fight. For this reason, Lawler goes into Saturday night’s contest as the favourite,hHowever the explosive punching power and superb wrestling technique of Woodley presents a storm that Lawler will certainly have to weather at periods of the bout.
The challenger, strode onto the stage at the ceremonial weigh-in show full of confidence. Speaking with commentator Joe Rogan Woodley promised to shock people and prove who was the top welterweight in the world
“I’m the best Welterweight in the world, ”
When Joe moved onto the champion Lawler predicted a finish in typically chilling Lawler fashion
“He’s a heck of a competitor but I’m a fighter. I’m going here to get a knockout. Let’s do this“
Supporting the main event potential title challengers Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz look to prove their title credentials and cement a chance to challenge Joanna Jedrzejczyk down the line.
Of course the news that Ian McCall and Justin Scoggins will not duke it out is one negative aspect, Scoggins pulled out late yesterday due to weight cutting issues.
Each fighter competing stepped on the scales earlier today and the results can be seen below.
Main Card (BT Sport 2)
- Robbie Lawler (Champion) (170) vs Tyron Woodley (170)
- Rose Namajunas (116) vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz (114.5)
- Matt Brown (171) vs Jake Ellenberger (170)
- Francisco Rivera (135.5) vs Erik Perez (135)
- Ryan Benoit (126) vs Fredy Serrano (126)
BT Sport Prelims (BT Sport 2)
- Ed Herman (205.5) vs Nikita Krylov (206)
- Ross Pearson (170) vs Jorge Masvidal (171)
- Anthony Hamilton (285.5) vs Damian Grabowski (256)
- Wilson Reis (126) vs Hector Sandoval (126)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
- Michael Graves )170.5) vs Bojan Velickovic (170.5)
- Cezar Arzamendia (155) vs Damien Brown (155.5)
Note: Ian McCall weighed in at 126 pounds as an alternate.
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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