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UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie

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Saturday night the UFC makes its second trip to New York City, this time choosing Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as the host battleground. This card is headlined by the inaugural Women’s Featherweight title fight between former 135lbs champion Holly Holm taking on Dutch Muy Thai specialist Germaine de Randamie. The co-main event pits Derek Brunson against legendary, former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, with the card also featuring a Middleweight bout with top contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza versus the always game, Tim Boetsch, a Light-Heavyweight contest between veteran Glover Teixeira and fast-rising Jared Cannonier, with Lightweights Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller kicking the night off.


Don’t believe the the hype. Holm, was never a top pound-for-pound women’s boxer. The UFC is trying to sell you this fight and their opinion on the subject is about as subjective as their own rankings. Holly is not a power puncher and Germaine de Randemie is a much better kickboxer than her opponent. “The Preacher’s Daughter” gives some women problems with her southpaw stance, stiff jab and lateral movement. Shevchenko over came that by beating her at her own game and throwing combinations. De Randemie will do it by bringing pressure and more power to the party. Holm has never been KO’d in a cage but she was stopped twice in a boxing ring and they were brutal. “The Iron Lady” has stopped her last two opponents who had a combined record of 13-1. Holly will be the third and it happens late in the fourth.

-Kevin Jones


I believe Holm will win the fight by decision this saturday and it comes down to two major factors. The first is her ability to gauge the distance with her kicking game. Holm uses her kickboxing in more of a point scoring fashion in which she lands with accuracy rather than land with power. Although she has won some fights by headkick. She has set up each of those knockouts when she is able to dictate the range of the fight. GDR is a high level Muay Thai fighter but with the muay thai style, her striking is more forward than taking angles and landing like Holm showed in her fights. The second is cardio. This fight will be Holm’s third 5 round fight in 18 months and GDR’s first 5 round fight in her mixed martial arts career. In the fight with Tate, Holm was winning the striking battle and leading on the judges score cards going into the fifth round. I believe if she is able to avoid the power strikes and clinch game of GDR, she has the cardio and ability to take a one sided decision.

-Aaron Moran


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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:

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



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



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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