The UFC rolls into the state of New York, for the fourth time since November. This time around Buffalo hosts a light heavyweight rematch with championship gold on the line. Defending champion, Daniel Cormier, looks to turn back the clock and defeat the surging Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for the second time.
Following the hit and run incident that saw Jon Jones stripped of the light heavyweight title, Cormier stepped up to the plate and scored a submission win over Johnson to capture gold. Since then he has racked up one title defence, coming through a gun fight with Alexander Gustafsson, as well as defeating all- time great Anderson Silva at UFC 200 last July.
Since losing to Cormier, “Rumble” regrouped with coach Henri Hooft, added grappling coach Neil Melanson to his coaching team and planned his ascent back to the towards the top.
Johnson has scored three knockouts since UFC187, leaving the bodies of Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Texeira limp in his wake, and comes into the rematch as the bookies favourite.
The champion and challenger both made light-heavyweight limit in somewhat strange circumstances. With less than two minutes remaining, Cormier appeared and missed the weight by over one pound. The champion reappeared two minutes later, once again with the towel in tow. This time he did hit 205 pounds.
Rumble Johnson who arrived after Cormier, and he managed to step onto the scales with little issue, coming in more than a pound under the limit.
Fighting in New York for the second time, Chris Weidman is desperate for a win to put a halt to the two fight losing skid he currently finds himself in.
Standing in the former champions path is Gegard Mousasi. The Dutchman comes into the contest on the back of four consecutive victories, including stoppage wins over Vitor Belfort and Uriah Hall. It being the final fight of his current UFC contract, the veteran fighter will look to place himself in a favourable position in the title chase as well as on the negotiating table, with a win over Weidman.
All fighters made weight this afternoon and the full results can be seen below.
Main Card 3AM BST BT Sport 2
- (C) Daniel Cormier (205) vs Anthony Johnson (203.8) – UFC Light Heavyweight Title
- Chris Weidman (185.8) vs Gegard Mousasi (185)
- Cynthia Calvillo (115.6) vs Pearl Gonzalez (116)
- Thiago Alves (170.6) vs Patrick Cote (170)
- Will Brooks (155.4) vs Charles Oliveira (152.8)
Prelims 1AM BST BT Sport 2 & UFC Fight Pass
- Myles Jury (145) vs Mike De La Torre (146)
- Kamaru Usman (170.2) vs Sean Strickland (170)
- Shane Burgos (146) vs Charles Rosa (145.2)
- Patrick Cummins (205.4) vs Jan Blachowicz (204.2)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims 11:15PM BST
- Gregor Gillespie (154.8) vs Andrew Holbrook (156)
- Josh Emmett (155.6) vs Desmond Green (154.2)
- Katlyn Chookagian (134.8) vs Irene Aldana (135.6)
- Jenel Lausa (124.8) vs Magomed Bibulatov (126)
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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