Originally intended to be UFC 196 on Pay-Per-View before losing the Heavyweight title fight main event due to multiple injuries, UFC Fight Night 82 was switched to a Fox Sports 1 card that took place on Saturday, February 6th 2016. Despite the complicated lead up to the event, Fight Night 82 did not disappoint and the main event may have seen a new number 1 contender emerge at 170 pounds.
The main event saw former champion and #2 ranked welterweight Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks take on surging prospect and #8 ranked welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. While many fans were cheering for Thompson, most analysts thought that Hendricks’ wrestling would prove to be too much for ‘Wonderboy’. That wrestling never really came into play, however, as Thompson stuffed a takedown attempt by Hendricks while absolutely picking apart the former champion on the feet. Showing his karate prowess, Thompson landed kicks and punches seemingly at will. Thompson finally got Hendricks’ back to the cage, connected with a hard spinning back kick to the body that stunned Hendricks and then Thompson was all over him, finishing the fight in a flurry of knees and punches that gave the referee no option but to step in at 3:31 of the very 1st round.
The co-main event of the evening was a battle of heavyweights as long time veteran and fan favorite Roy “Big Country” Nelson took on the up and coming Jared Rosholt. While Rosholt was expected to utilize his wrestling and jiu-jitsu game in this fight, he seemed tentative throughout and visibly flinched any time that Nelson would look to throw his heavy right hand. While Rosholt did attempt two takedowns in the fight, he was unsuccessful both times and Big Country landed a few hard leg kicks that seemed to bother Rosholt throughout the fight. Roy Nelson would end up coming away with a unanimous decision victory.
A light heavyweight match-up between Ovince Saint Preux and Rafael Cavalcante looked like it might end quickly when Saint Preux appeared to severely hurt his foot early in the 1st round. Saint Preux was noticeably limping and having trouble putting weight on his right foot after a kick landed awkwardly on Cavalcante’s leg. Cavalcante seemed like he was going to take advantage of the injury, throwing a few leg kicks that clearly affected Saint Preux. However, Saint Preux battled through the pain and actually dropped Cavalcante with a shot but was unable to finish him before the round ended. In the 2nd and 3rd round, Saint Preux’s foot looked to be feeling much better as his movement had greatly improved and he was throwing more kicks. Saint Preux kept up the pressure and got a takedown in round 3 while Cavalcante looked like he just wanted to go home. Saint Preux turned up the ground and pound in the final moments of the round but was unable to secure the finish. He had done enough to earn a unanimous decision victory however.
The flyweight division was on display as perennial top contender Joseph Benavidez faced off against Zach Makovsky. In a fast paced fight, Makovsky got 4 takedowns but was unable to keep Benavidez down, while Benavidez used a varied striking attack to constantly lay into his opponent. The 3rd round was when Benavidez really seemed to kick it into another gear. He stuffed multiple takedown attempts by Makovsky and dominated the striking exchanges. Benavidez proved once again why he’s a top contender at flyweight en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Another light heavyweight fight on the card saw Misha Cirkunov square off against Alex Nicholson. Cirkunov made it clear what kind of gameplan he had in place from the opening bell, unleashing an onslaught of strikes. A big knee, a takedown and ground and pound was the order of the day in round 1 and Nicholson proved how tough he is by withstanding the punishment he was taking. It was more of the same in round 2 until Cirkunov got another takedown, took Nicholson’s back and looked for the rear naked choke. He couldn’t get the arm under the chin but decided to attempt a neck crank instead which led to Nicholson tapping out and immediately grabbing his jaw. It was a gruesome loss for Nicholson, as there was an audible crack as his jaw broke and Cirkunov stated that he heard and felt the jaw crack as he applied the submission.
Welterweights squared off in the opening bout of the main card as 40-year-old veteran Mike Pyle stepped in to face Sean Spencer. In a bout that ended up winning Fight of the Night honours, both men battled back and forth over the course of 3 rounds. While Spencer seemed to be getting the better of the fight early, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle lived up to his nickname and became harder to handle the longer the fight went. While Pyle really started to pour it on in round 3, it looked like a decision was imminent until he connected with a spinning back elbow that rocked Spencer before Pyle unleashed a torrent of strikes that had the ref stepping in at 4:25 of the final round.
Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (3:31 Round 1)
Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael Cavalcante via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via Submission (Neck Crank) (1:28 Round 2)
Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (4:25 Round 3)
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
Josh Burkman def. K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Derrick Lewis def. Damian Grabowski via TKO (2:17 Round 1)
Justin Scoggins def. Ray Borg via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Diego Rivas def. Noad Lahat via KO (Flying Knee) (0:23 Round 2)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
Mickey Gall def. Mike Jackson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) (0:45 Round 1)
Alex White def. Artem Lobov via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
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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