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UFC Fight Night 82 Debut Introduction: Damian Grabowski

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On Super Bowl weekend, the UFC are in Las Vegas, Nevada with a card that guarantees entertainment. The event was originally billed as UFC 196 and was scheduled to be headlined by the rematch of Werdum vs. Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title, however, unfortunately, both fighters were forced to pull out due to injury  the bout was scrapped and the card was demoted from PPV and moved to Fox.

Despite the unfortunate loss of a title fight, the card is still full of great fights including some interesting and highly anticipated fighters who will be making their very first outing in the UFC. Amongst the debutants is Polish Heavyweight Damian Grabowski who is set to face Derrick Lewis.

Fighter: Damian Grabowski
Division: Heavyweight
Nationality: Polish
Age: 35
Record: 20-2
Team: Lutadores Opole
Previous Organisation: M-1 Challenge

Grabowski has been around the MMA scene for quite some time now, displaying his abilities in some of the most well-known promotions around the globe I.e Bellator and M-1. One of Grabowski’s most notable fight nights was back 2009 when he won a 16 man one-night tournament 20,000 dollar in UCFC, finishing all 4 fights. A night where he really made his mark on the Heavyweight MMA scene.

3 fights prior to being signed by the UFC, Grabowski won the M-1 Heavyweight title in only his 2nd fight in the promotion. He was also a Bellator Season 3 Heavyweight tournament semi-finalist, in a fight against Cole Konrad which ended his 13 fight win streak.

Grabowski’s comes from a BJJ and submission wrestling background, which have proven to be helpful in his success as the majority his wins have been by utilizing the skills he learned from the disciplines (11 submission victories). He has also been exceptional on his feet too with 6 TKO victories, his most recent being in his M-1 debut. Grabowski will have his hands full in his debut in 6 fight UFC vet Derrick Lewis, who holds a win against Co-Main eventer Jared Rosholt as well as being 4-2 in the UFC. This is expected to be a tough bout for the newcomer but if he overturns Lewis it could be vital for him moving forward in the division.

To get to know his fight style prior to his fight, check out him in his win against Kenny Garner for the M-1 Heavyweight title.

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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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