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UFC 211: Post-fight Press Conference Highlights

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Stipe Miocic and Joanna Jedrzejczyk successfully defended their championship titles. As always, the MMA LatestJedrze team will cover the aftermath of tonight’s 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: 

  • Performances of the night – Stipe Miocic and Jason Knight
  • Fight of the night – Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter

Conference Highlights:

  • Attendance – 17,834
  • Gate – 2,662,645
  • Demain Maia said he’s not worried about signing his contract for the title immediately as he doesn’t like having stress on things he can’t control.
  •  Jessica Andrade stated she was very happy to co-headline the event and looks forward to training asap.
  • Dana White said he’s expecting an agreement with Conor tomorrow.

Junior Dos Santos looking back on his fight:

I want to come back as soon as possible. I feel good. I was doing everything that I should have been doing. I think that I was doing a good fight. I was thinking that everything was functioning well for me. For me, everything was running fine, I was throwing strong kicks and he connected well with a knockout.”

Joanna ‘Champion’ on when she wants to return:

“I don’t know, I said in the beggining in the year I said I’d want to do two-three fights this year but I don’t know. I had a small injury during this camp, a back injury. I’m glad that my physical therapists came from Poland to help me. They took good care of me, but this is what we have to deal with. I want to take care of my health. What about Madison Sqaure Garden, one more time? Let’s do this.”

Demain Maia discussing his upcoming plans:

“I want to rest a little bit. I have a lot of things. I have to go to Vegas next week for the retreat of the UFC. Then I have my affiliates in the United States, they’re all going to fly to LA. I’m going to give like five days of courses for them that I give every year for all my affiliates in the United States, the jiu-jitsu academies, and then after that I’m going to have something with my family. So I need a little time to recover my mind.”

Frankie Edgar on who he’d rather fight in next months featherweight title fight:

“I’ll be [in Brazil] rooting for Marlon Moraes, he’s fighting in his debut in the UFC. I’m not one to sit there and root for either one of those guys. I mean there going to have to figure it out. Sometimes when you want something so bad, it doesn’t happen, so we’ll let them figure it out and then we’ll cross that bridge when that happens.”

His training accumulating in a perfect match up for his former opponent, Yair:

“It’s really tough to prepare for a guy like that, but we brought in certain people. I’ve been training with Marlon Morase and Edson Barboza for the past five years, so it’s not like I don’t have guys throwing kicks at me. We just made sure we left no stone un-turned and we were ready to go and I think it showed tonight.”

 

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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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