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UFC Auckland: Post-fight Press Conference Highlights

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The showdown between heavy hitters Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis ended with a fourth-round KO being awarded to the former and hometown hero. Tonight’s conference is scheduled to begin shortly. Be sure to refresh the page as it’ll be updated with highlights.

Bonuses: 

  • Performances of the night – Ben Nguyen and Dan Hooker
  • Fight of the night – Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis

Conference Highlights:

  • Attendance – 8,649
  • Gate – $1,150,428 NZD
  • The UFC plans to return to Australia in November with the city yet to be determined.
  • Derek Brunson said the Anderson Silva fight has left a “sour taste in his mouth” as he feels the decision should have gone to him.
  • Brunson was also critical of his own performance against Yoel Romero and stated he needs to be patient and stop rushing in his fights.
  • Mark Hunt wants to finish his contract before retiring. Hunt has three fights left.

Mark Hunt

I felt pretty good, there wasn’t much of a cut. I ate all the way up to the day of the weigh-ins. I had a great camp. I didn’t really have to cut any weight. I felt pretty good with the performance.

Explaining his answer to stopping PED users:

I think taking away the financial gains to start with, then the cheaters wouldn’t want to do it. They’ll think twice. If you take away the money, they wouldn’t want to do it. That’s the way I see it.

Derek Brunson on his training camp and changing it going forward:

I’m getting older and my kids are getting older. So it’s kind of tough to make those trips to Albuquerque. Back when I was 25/26, I just stayed out there for like four to six weeks. So I’m just trying to find better ways to do it. I think I’m probably gonna go out there and meet with Greg and work with those guys for the early part. And when I’m at home, I got a guy in Atlanta, I knew he trained Brian Stann, Douglas Lima, a lot of those guys. He’s a really good stand up guy. He’s right there for me. I can go to Atlanta on a 45-minute flight, there, back and get back to my little ones.

 

Dan Hooker on his win:

I’m gonna get away to my parent’s farm and kind of take a couple days and just reflect on it and relax. It hasn’t really hit me yet. I’m just going to carry on as normal. I had to block the crowd out leading into the fight I just kept my head down. Stay laser focused on the fight. But yeah, looking up after the finish, and just seeing the crowd and hearing them. It’s the same as the first shows, it’s one of the loudest crowds I’ve come across. Those New Zealand fans have some lungs on them.

Discussing what Ross Pearson told him after their fight:

He just said, “fair play, man. Nothing but respect,” We both live by the sword, die by the sword. If the same would have happened to me, it would have been nothing but respect from me. Could have happened to either to us.

 

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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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

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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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