On a night where the MMA world saw the welterweight title picture add a new contender, several fighters threw their names in as potential post fight award winners. We’ve managed to narrow it down to 3 choices. A knockout of the night, submission of the night, and fight of the night.
Knockout of the Night
The temptation was there to give this one to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson for his dismantling of Johny Hendricks but I decided against it since, A) it wasn’t technically a knockout, and B) there was an absolutely devastating knockout earlier in the night. Diego Rivas was handled on the ground by Noad Lahat in round 1 but came back strong in round 2 and unleashed a brutal flying knee that put Lahat out cold. It was actually a scary scene after the knockout as Lahat appeared to be seizing at one point and a stretcher was brought out. Thankfully, Lahat was able to stand up on his own and walk out with some assistance from his coach. He was checked out at the hospital and was cleared of any serious injury. That flying knee puts Diego Rivas in the mix as an early contender for KO of the Year.
Submission of the Night
This was another one that could have gone another way but due to the pure brutality of the submission this goes to Cirkunov. While Mickey Gall’s 45 second rear naked choke over Mike Jackson was impressive, it didn’t elicit the same reaction that Cirkunov’s neck crank/rear naked choke of Alex Nicholson did. Cirkunov had been dominating Nicholson the entire fight before finally taking his back in round 2. He couldn’t quite get his arm under the neck of Nicholson, so the Latvian opted to place his forearm across his opponents jaw, creating the neck crank. Nicholson tapped almost immediately and grabbed his jaw in obvious pain. On replay you could hear an audible crack from Nicholson’s jaw and Cirkunov stated that he heard and felt it crack as he applied the submission.
Fight of the Night
Mike Pyle vs Sean Spencer
There were multiple seemingly one-sided fights on this card, so picking a fight of the night was actually quite easy. Mike Pyle and Sean Spencer went to war for 3 rounds in a fight that saw both fighters come close to finishing their opponent at different points. Spencer took round 1, using his jab very effectively and never letting Pyle get comfortable. In round 2, Spencer landed some more shots but Pyle started to show his veteran presence as he began to counter many of Spencer’s shots and even wobbled “Black Magic” at one point. The two traded shots in a close round but it seemed as though it was one round a piece going into the third. Round 3 was when Mike “Quicksand” Pyle lived up to his nickname. The longer the fight went, the more trouble Spencer was in. Pyle secured a takedown and was landing effective shots, but it still looked like this fight would go the distance. Then, with about 35 seconds left in the fight, Pyle connected with a spinning back elbow that rocked Spencer. Pyle, smelling blood, swarmed his opponent and unleashed a flurry of elbows, punches and knees until the ref stepped in and stopped the fight to give Pyle a late 3rd round TKO victory.
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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