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UFC Fight Night 70: Fight to Watch

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There have been many changes to the UFC Fight Night Card tonight. It was originally supposed to be the finale of TUF Brazil, but due to fighter visa issues the card has been changed immensely. This caused the UFC to scramble for replacements and there are multiple UFC debuts on the card that is headlined by a Middleweight war between Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero. Many of these fighters making their debut are very exciting fighters and many of these fights are intriguing.

MMA LATEST NEWS FIGHT TO WATCH:
Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior

Eddie Gordon came into the UFC with a lot of hype surrounding him. He won TUF 19 when he defeated Dhiego Lima just 1 minute and 11 seconds into the fight. He was an underdog on TUF and he didn’t let that phase him, coming out of nowhere to win the show. After the victory over Lima, however, he dropped two straight fights, a highlight reel knockout loss to TUF 17 vet Josh Samman, and a close split decision loss to Chris Dempsey. He is looking for a win to revamp his UFC career and he gets a chance against Antonio Carlos Junior. “Cara de Sapato” made his UFC debut with a 3-0 record and went 1-1. He is also looking for a win to get his UFC career back on track with a big name win such as that over Eddie Gordon. This is sure to be an exciting fight and that is why it is this event’s FIGHT TO WATCH.

HONORABLE MENTION 1: Steve Montgomery vs. Tony Sims
Steve Montgomery came onto the show of The Ultimate Fighter Season 21 with one goal, to become a UFC fighter. It seemed as if those hopes were dashed when he suffered a seizure while attempting to cut weight prior to his fight and was forced to leave the show. On TUF, however, Dana White said, “I understand that this is this kid’s dream to fight in the UFC, but I’ll take health and safety over the dream every day of the week, If this kid can stay healthy, we’ll give him a shot in the UFC.” Steve Montgomery did indeed earn a shot, and will be making his UFC debut on Saturday. He will be facing Tony Sims who has fought his last 7 fights in the Colorado-based organization, Fight To Win. He is 6-1 in his last 7, his only loss coming at the hands of current UFC fighter Drew Dober. Fight to Win has produced a surprising number of UFC fighters including Dober and Sims, and has also revamped the career of Chris Camozzi. This fight will be an exciting fight for a multitude of reasons. Both fighters are making their UFC debut which is always exciting, and they have 14 knockouts between them, all signs pointing to a standup war.

HONORABLE MENTION 2: Thiago Santos vs. Steve Bosse
This fight is a very intriguing one. Steve Bosse is looking to revamp his career after calling it quits and not stepping foot in a cage since March of 2014. He is facing a man who is 2-2 in the UFC and needs a win in order to take that step forward into the land of truly being a contender. This will be a very exciting fight between two men who are very skilled Martial Artists. Santos was 8-1 prior to entering the UFC and Bosse is 10-1 and is making his UFC debut. This will be an absolute war between two men who have a lot to lose and even more to gain.

 

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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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