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UFC Fight Night 80 – Full Report

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UFC Fight Night 80 took place at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was headlined by a pivotal strawweight fight between two of the greatest prospects in their division, Paige VanZant (6-2) and Rose Namajunas (4-2).

While VanZant had become a slim favorite with the bookmakers leading up to the contest, the night belonged to Namajunas. Over the course of almost five rounds, the former title challenger controlled every aspect of the fight and sent a serious message to the rest of the 115-pound division.

The warning signs were there early, as Namajunas began landing punches hard and often in the first round. In the clinch, Namajunas appeared to be the stronger fighter and was able to work trips to take the fight to the mat. By the time the first round was done, VanZant was bloodied from hard elbows on the ground and had been forced to defend for almost the full five minutes.

That set a tone which would not change as the fight went on. VanZant was tough and determined, never taking a backward step and escaping a number of submission attempts. When she was presented with the opportunity to check out, which she was on more than one occasion, VanZant fought her way out of all but one tight submission attempt. Eventually in round five, with almost three minutes remaining in the fight, Namajunas left VanZant with nowhere to go, and choked her into submission.

In the co-main event, Michael Chiesa (13-2) scored the biggest win of his career, submitting Jim Miller (25-7) in the second round. Making his 21st UFC appearance, Miller impressed in the first round as he got the better of the grappling exchanges. The opening stanza ended with Miller on his opponent’s back looking for a choke. Miller remained aggressive in the second, but it was a move for a kneebar that would cost him dear. As he switched to attempting a heel hook, Miller left himself vulnerable and Chiesa capitalized in a hurry. Punches rained down as Chiesa moved to full mount before Miller was forced to give up his back. A rear-naked choke followed, giving Chiesa his first top-15 win.

Much-hyped prospect Sage Northcutt (7-0) picked up the second win of his young UFC career, but it was a victory that was marred by controversy. Cody Pfister (12-5-1) took Northcutt down early in the first round and controlled the action on the ground before a questionable stand-up gave Northcutt the opportunity to regroup. Ultimately, the blue-chip prospect left no doubt in the second round, taking only 41 seconds to submit “the Pfist” with a guillotine choke.

In the main card opener, Brazilian middleweight Thiago Santos (12-3) handed Elias Theodorou (11-1) his first career defeat. Santos struggled to deal with Theodorou’s striking from range in the first round, but came back strong, particularly in a violent third that saw him open up a deep cut on Theodorou’s forehead and attack him with punishing knees and hard punches. The win was Santos’ third straight in the UFC as he improved his UFC record to 4-2.

But ultimately, this night belonged to Rose Namajunas and her outstanding performance cannot be undersold. Perhaps the most exciting part is that she is only 23-years-old, and six fights into her professional career. The rest of the strawweight division have been put on notice.

December 10, 2015 | The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, Nevada

MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET

Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 5, 2:25

Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2, 2:57

Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) Round 2, 0:41

Thiago Santos def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass, 3.45 p.m. ET

Tim Means def. John Howard via KO (punches) Round 2, 0:21

Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) Round 3, 2:18

Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Jr. ruled no contest (accidental eye poke) Round 1, 0:11

Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) Round 2, 4:18

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl via TKO (punches) Round 1, 4:25

Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (triangle-choke) Round 1, 2:46

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)

Kailin Curran def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2, 4:13

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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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