As always, the MMA Latest team will cover the aftermath of tonight’s UFC Fortaleza. 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.
- Performances of the night were handed to Charles Oliveira, Gregor Gillespie, Charles Rosa, and Shane Burgos.
- Attendance- 17,110 (sellout)
- Gate – $2 mil
- Chris Weidman stated he wants his rematch and has said his coaches don’t want him to fight in New York again.
- Dana White said tonight’s event was like 2001 again with the commission being unsure of the sport. White also said he hasn’t spoken to Jon Jones since Jones was suspended.
- Anthony Johnson said he’s not going to play for the NFL Rams. Johnson also expressed how he’s sad for the fans that they won’t be able to see him fight Jones.
- Daniel Cormier said he had to slide all distractions like the weight cut issues and seeing Jon Jones.
Daniel Cormier on his rivalry with the former champion:
“I said I’ve won the strikeforce championship, the UFC championship, defended the championship, the only thing I have not done in this sport is beat [Jon Jones]. As a competitor, I have a drive within me to be the best. I have to beat the man that beat me. On the one night that we competed, Jon Jones got the best of me. I’m not going to sit here and pretend he didn’t. That’s why. It’s not because “oh I hate Jon Jones,” it’s because competitively he beat me and I need to get him back.”
Daniel Cormier on being booed:
“Initially, I was taken back by people booing, but then I realized, anyone who knows me, and anyone that has spent any time with me, they don’t feel that way. They don’t feel like the want to boo me, they don’t feel like the want to be away from me, they enjoy the time that we spend together, those are the people that matter. So If people want to boo that’s fine. Just don’t not care, that’s all I care about, and just don’t be indifferent as long as you care, I am fine. It just bounces off of me.”
Cormier giving his thoughts on the #5 contender in his division:
“Jimi Manuwa, dude… is done. Jimi Manuwa will be lucky to get out in seven minutes.”
Gegard Mousasi looking back on the fiasco finish to his fight:
“At the end of the day, I’m fighting, I have a lot of respect for Weidman I don’t want to bad mouth him, but if you want to play smart and take advantage of the rules, that’s not my fault. At the end of the day, it was legal, that’s what everyone says now. It was legal, I don’t make the rules and I felt he didn’t want to continue and I think everyone saw that. How is that my fault? I don’t give a f***, I won. I like the guy, he’s a tough opponent, but at the end of the day, he didn’t want to fight. I felt he was getting tired from all those takedowns he was trying to get. I am fighting, I don’t know.”
Anthony Johnson talking about his fight:
“The gameplan was to win. Keep my composure, control the pace. Just in the middle of the fight I fell off track and started playing his game, which was wrestling. He beat me, I don’t take anything away from him.”
Chris Weidman discussing appealing his bouts official decision:
“I want to appeal the decision, but I want a rematch. If it went down like that and it stopped right away, you go up the rest of the decision, I win the fight from the illegal knee if there was no such thing as a five minute period to collect yourself. Weidman said. “I’m still kind of in shock, I think. I really haven’t digested [the fights finish] fully. I was very confident I was going to win the fight. It’s going to be a tough pill to swollow but I’ve been there before and I’ll come back.”
Dana White shooting down the idea of Jon Jones headlining a fight and returning asap:
“I’ll put just about anybody ahead and make them the main event. I just don’t have the faith right now that the fight is going to happen and I don’t want to spend millions and millions of dollars again promoting a fight that doesn’t happen. We didn’t talk, we’ll probably talk closer to when it’s time for him to fight, which I don’t believe will be in July anyways.”
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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