The main event of UFC Fight Night 78 featured a welterweight matchup between the 15th ranked fighter in that division, Kelvin Gastelum and the 13th ranked fighter Neil Magny. Gastelum was coming off of a TKO victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 188 and was quoted as saying he felt he could contend for the title already. Magny took the fight on 2 weeks notice, stepping in for an injured Matt Brown. Gastelum was looking to prove that he deserved the title shot he said he could handle and Magny was looking for his 9th win in his past 10 fights, all of which have come in the past 2 years.
Round 1 began and both fighters took to the center of the octagon and began to circle and feel each other out. Magny threw out some jabs and kicks but didn’t connect with too much. Gastelum landed a leg kick which Magny responded to with a combination of punches. Magny showed a lot of movement, not staying in the same place for very long. Gastelum threw a combination, including a head kick that was mostly blocked but ended with a clinch against the cage. Magny went for and secured a takedown into full mount, Gastelum rolled over and gave up his back but used that time to get to his feet. Gastelum spun out and actually pinned Magny to the cage and got a takedown of his own. Magny swept and ended up on top, Gastelum got to his feet but was immediately taken down again. Magny once again took his back and went for the rear naked choke. Gastelum countered it well but ended up with Magny in full mount. Gastelum once again gave up his back in order to get back to his feet and manages to land a good jab as they separated once they got to their feet. Both fighters circled each other as the round came to a close.
Round 2 began very similar to round 1, Magny landed a jab but Gastelum was constantly closing the distance and putting pressure on Magny. He threw and landed a head kick on Magny and Magny responded with several body kicks. Gastelum got Magny in the clinch to the cage and went for a takedown but was stuffed. Both fighters separated and exchanged punches. Gastelum landed a solid kick to the body and Magny responded with a big 3 punch combination. Gastelum hit with an inside leg kick and followed it up with a big combination although Magny did a good job of blocking the majority of the strikes. Magny responded with a combination of his own and went for a takedown. Gastelum attempted to roll through but Magny countered and they ended up back on the feet where Magny pinned Gastelum to the cage. Magny took Gastelum’s back and took him down, Gastelum immediately got back up but Magny didn’t release his grip and secured another takedown right away and took Gastelum’s back. Gastelum scrambled and they got back to their feet with Gastelum pinned against the cage as the round ended.
Round 3 started out and Gastelum was immediately applying the pressure again but wasn’t really connecting on any strikes. Magny landed a jab and went for the takedown, Gastelum stuffed it but ate a big right hand as they clinched with Gastelum pinned to the cage. Gastelum went for a takedown but got stuffed and they ended up back in the clinch against the cage. Both fighters separated and Gastelum took another solid right hand on the break. Magny was still utilizing his jabs and mobility but took a good counter right to the jaw from Gastelum. They clinched again but separated quickly and exchanged strikes before clinching once again and both threw knees in the clinch. Magny got another takedown but Gastelum shot back to his feet and they separated. Gastelum was still putting pressure on Magny but wasn’t really throwing any strikes while doing so. Magny again went for the takedown but Gastelum countered and ended up taking Magny’s back with Magny pressed against the cage. Magny spun around and they exchanged knees before Magny went for another takedown and ended up taking Gastelum’s back. Gastelum managed to roll through and ended up in full guard as the horn sounded and we moved on to the fourth round.
Round 4 began and both fighters circled each other, seeming to try and get a feel for the other’s cardio and strategy in the later rounds. Magny threw a combination and then both fighters exchanged jabs and leg kicks before Gastelum landed a huge right hand that dropped Magny. Gastelum jumped all over Magny and dropped hammerfists before taking his back. Magny scrambled and managed to wrap Gastelum up and bought himself some time to recover. Gastelum got to side control and went for a crucifix but Magny got it back to half guard. Gastelum landed elbows from half guard, got back to side control briefly but ended up back in half guard. Magny scrambled and got back to his feet with Gastelum on his back. They separated and both fighters exchanged punches before a big left-right combination that dropped Magny again. Gastellum got on top and started to utilize his ground and pound but Magny used a triangle attempt to get back to his feet. Both fighters separate and exchange strikes, Magny goes for a takedown but ends up taking Gastelum’s back while both fighters are on their feet. They separated and circled one another as the round ended.
As round 5 began Gastelum immediately grabbed Magny into the clinch and landed a right hand as they separated. They exchanged strikes and Gastelum shot for a takedown and got it, slamming Magny to the mat. Gastelum ended up in side control and landed multiple short elbows. Magny managed to get it to full guard but Gastelum was still landing punches. Gastelum postured up and landed more strikes before Magny managed to scramble back to his feet. Magny ended up pinned to the cage in the clinch, landed some decent strikes but was stuffed when he went for a takedown. Gastelum threw some good shots and Magny looked tired. Gastelum applied pressure, walking Magny down consistently while Magny backpedaled as Gastelum threw and landed some good combinations. Gastelum managed to cut off the cage and land a big body kick before they clinched once again. They exchanged strikes after they separated before Magny clinched again and took Gastelum’s back and used it to secure a takedown. Gastelum got to his feet quickly but Magny immediately took him back down. Gastelum scrambled on the ground and ended up on top and in half guard. He began to land some solid ground and pound as the fight came to an end.
Judges scored the fight 48-47 Gastelum, 48-47 Magny and 48-47 Magny
Winner by Split Decision: Neil Magny
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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