The main event of the evening featured a heavyweight battle between Josh “War Master” Barnett and Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Barnett (34-7) came into the fight looking to rebound from his loss to Travis Browne in 2013 and set himself up to possibly make 1 final run at the heavyweight title. Nelson (20-12) was looking to get back in the win column after 2 straight losses and break himself into the top 10 in the heavyweight division.
The round began and Barnett immediately started throwing jabs, he ducked a big right hand by Nelson and continued to throw the jab. Nelson managed to land a big head kick and followed it up with a take down into half guard. After a period of inaction on the ground, the ref stepped in and stood both men up. Barnett threw a knee to the body and followed that with a flurry of strikes which ended in a clinch against the cage where he continued to throw knees to the body. Barnett landed a big knee as Nelson managed to get separation only for Barnett to land a big body kick as well. Barnett grabbed Nelson into the clinch again where he landed yet another knee to the body. Nelson went for the take down and was eventually able to secure it with a nice leg trip. The round ended with Nelson in half guard landing several short shots to the head of Barnett.
The 2nd round started with Nelson pulling off multiple striking combos. Barnett answered with a leg kick but was caught by an uppercut from Nelson and Barnett began bleeding from the nose. Barnett began landing combinations and landed a huge knee to the body. Nelson attempted a takedown but was stuffed and ended up in the clinch again where Barnett landed another combination of shots to the body. Barnett seemed to be getting into a rhythm and landed several heavy shots to the body of Nelson. Nelson answered with a knee and combination of his own, Barnett landed several elbows, knees and uppercuts before being hit with a head kick from Nelson which he immediately answered with a body kick of his own. Barnett clinched with Nelson again and hit several foot stomps as the round ended.
Round 3 started and Nelson looked tired. Barnett landed an uppercut but was pinned against the cage by Nelson where Nelson landed multiple knees to the inside and outside of Barnett’s legs. The ref stepped in and separated the men due to a lack of significant action and Barnett immediately landed a combination and clinched with Nelson against the cage. Both men battled for control and Nelson attempted another takedown which Barnett stuffed. Barnett landed a knee, clinched with Nelson again and then landed an uppercut. Nelson responded with a combo of his own and another takedown attempt which was once again stuffed by Barnett. Barnett attempted to clinch again and Nelson once again went for the takedown. He was stuffed again and had Barnett pinned to the cage before the ref eventually stepped in and separated them. Barnett landed a body kick and a knee to the body and Nelson responded with several body shots of his own to end the round.
The round began and Barnett started landing combinations on Nelson. Nelson went for a takedown and got it but Barnett immediately got back to his feet. Barnett responded with a clinch and landed a combination of elbows and uppercuts. Nelson looked noticeably gassed at this point in the fight. Barnett landed some big elbows and knees before Nelson seemed to find a burst of energy and exploded into a takedown. Barnett attempted a heel hook but ended with Nelson taking his back. Barnett got back to his feet and Nelson attempted to take him down again but was unsuccessful and the ref stepped in and separated them. Barnett ended the round with a solid combination.
The fifth and final round began and the energy level was definitely noticeable between the two fighters. Barnett threw a few jabs and then a spinning back kick to the body. Nelson responded with a body kick and Barnett immediately threw a combination that ended with a clinch against the cage. Barnett landed more elbows and knees and then both fighters began trading body shots in the clinch. Nelson shot for and secured a takedown where Barnett attempted a kimura while on the ground. They scrambled and got back to the feet. The clinched again and battled for control before the ref stepped in once again and separated them. Nelson landed a combo only to be cut off by a body kick by Barnett. The fight ended with both fighters throwing combinations.
Winner by Unanimous Decision: Josh Barnett (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
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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