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UFC 209: Post-fight Press Conference Highlights

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As always, the MMA Latest team will cover the aftermath of tonight’s UFC 209 event. Tonight’s stream is scheduled to begin shortly. Be sure to refresh the page as it’ll be updated with highlights following the end of the conference.

Bonuses:

  • FOTN – ‘Groovy’ Lando Vannata vs. David Teymur
  • POTN – Darren Elkins and Iuri Alcantara

Conference Highlights:

  • Attendance – 13,150
  • Gate – $2.3 million
  • Dana White came in to interrupt Overeem’s’ media scrub to tell the media Overeem was sick prior to the fight. White went on to thank him and say how much he respects him.
  • Overeem said he took an IV at the hospital and clarified he went through all the right steps to be cleared by USADA.
  • David Teymur sang for the media and plugged in his brother as the future star of Sweden MMA.
  • Stephen Thompson said he wants to take some time away to make sure his brain his fine as he took some hard hits in the last round.
  • A member of the Nevada State Atheltic Commission, Bob Bennett came in to take questions. He said there were no violations with Alistair Overeem’s healing process. He also criticized one of the judges that scored the main event.

Tyron Woodley giving his thoughts on his fight and future opponent:

“It was frustrating. There were times when the openings weren’t there. Trying to just jab him in the face is hard because he looks a lot closer than what he is and he’s waiting to fade back and counter with his right hand. If I say I want to fight someone then the whole internet goes crazy, so what I’m going to do is go on a vacation, I’m shooting a movie next week. I’ll let my managers and Dana White figure it out.”

Alistair Overeem speaking on his next move and thoughts on the new up and comer, Francis Ngannou:

“[Francis] mentioned my name and I was open to the idea. I was like ‘hey wait a minute, someone wants to fight me.’ I never back down from anybody. If that’s gonna happen, that’s great, but I’m also gonna be looking at the championship fight (Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos). Two great athletes, but if JDS would win that one, I could see a rematch in that one. Me and JDS.”

Dana White on Khabib Nurmagomedov:

“I don’t know if he can make the weight or if he needs to get a better diet plan. He’s going to need some time to recover from this weight.”

Stephen Thompson on what’s next for him:

“I’m going to go back with my coaches and watch the fight and see what I could have done better. I thought I fought a good game plan going out there, but there’s always something to do work on. I could see my myself fighting for that title again. I’m not giving up, so I’m going back to the drawing board. I’m 34, I’m young so I got plenty of time I believe.”

Lando Vannata on his performance and thoughts on David Teymur:

“I knew he was going to be a killer. He was everything I expected him to be and tonight he was the better man. I feel my cardio seems to be a reoccurring theme for me. The cardio kept me from being creative in certain situations. I felt like that was the major problem in this fight.”

David Teymur on Lando Vannata and talking about what’s next for him:

“Usually I knock my opponents out, but this dude, he took good punches tonight. All glory to him. He’s still young and he has a future in front of him, so I wish him the best of luck in his future. Right now I’m going to enjoy my victory. Next week I’m going to Miami beach, after that I’ll go back home to Stockholm, Sweden and [keep] grinding in my training.”

 

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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