In the co-main event of the evening was a battle at 170 lbs between Neil Magny and Erick Silva. Silva, coming off of 2 first-round finishes in his last 2 fights, was looking to continue his path back to being the next big thing in the welterweight division. Magny, stepping in for an injured Rick Story, was seeking to right the ship after an 8 fight win streak breaking submission loss to Demian Maia just 22 days ago at UFC 190.
Magny quickly took the center of the octagon and immediately began putting pressure on Silva, forcing him back towards the cage. Both fighters seemed to be feeling each other out, throwing a little but neither landing. Silva throws a spinning back elbow but misses badly and Magny immediately takes him down while he is off-balance. They scramble on the ground and Silva manages to get to his feet and immediately takes Magny down and gets into side control. Silva lands several short elbows from the top but Magny is able to make his way back to his feet before almost immediately taking Silva down and taking his back. Silva was able to power back up to his feet before being pushed back down and then getting to his feet again. Magny still had Silva’s back and used this to push Silva against the cage where he was able to secure another take down and take his back again. Magny flattened Silva out and landed some pretty solid shots before ending the round in a dominant position.
The 2nd round starts with Magny immediately pressuring Silva and cutting of the Octagon. Silva is throwing strikes but isn’t landing with any of them before he manages to land a pretty big left hand. Magny shakes that off and they exchange punches in the center of the Octagon where Magny lands a good short uppercut. Silva seems to be looking for a big shot including a spinning head kick that misses. Magny showing great head movement and good movement in general to avoid the shots but Silva gets him with a takedown where he ends up in full guard. After a brief scramble, they’re back to their feet and Silva is pushed up against the cage where Magny lands some short knees and punches. They break apart and end the round with a short flurry of punches.
The 3rd round starts off a bit slower for both fighters. Magny begins landing multiple jabs to the face of Silva. Silva is applying pressure but looks very tired and is telegraphing his strikes. Silva is able to land several good leg kicks before Magny catches one and pushes him against the cage. After a brief takedown attempt by Magny, they break apart and go back to circling. Magny is easily avoiding Silva’s strikes while landing jabs of his own before landing a pretty good knee to the body and immediately taking Silva down. Silva gets back to his feet and gets a good trip takedown on Magny. Neither fighter seems to be able to keep the other down as Magny gets back to his feet fairly quickly and pushes Silva against the cage. Magny lands more knees to the legs and body before Silva manages to reverse position but Magny shoves him away and they circle each other. Magny again starts landing jabs and as the round winds down Silva begins rushing forward with wild haymakers and a big kick, all of which Magny dodges as the horn sounds.
Neil Magny def Erick Silva via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
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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