Pittsburgh had waited 5 years to once again play host to a UFC event and the wait was finally over on February 21st, 2016. A card that saw multiple short notice changes due to failed drug tests and injuries, there was some skepticism over whether UFC Fight Night 83 would still deliver an exciting night of fights, but that’s exactly what it did.
The main event saw a “Cowboy vs Cowboy” matchup as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone took on Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in a fight where both of the fighters moved up to 170 lbs. After getting tagged by a few right hands, knees in the clinch and responding with some kicks and knees of his own, Cerrone secured a takedown and that was the beginning of the end. Cerrone smoothly transitioned from half-guard, to full mount, into a setup for a triangle choke. Once he had the setup, Cerrone was quick to lock in the triangle and Oliveira tapped almost immediately from the deep choke.
The co-main event was a battle of rising middleweights as Derek Brunson went toe to toe with Roan Carneiro. The pace of the fight was slow until roughly 2 minutes into the 1st round when, after a slip by Carneiro, Brunson laid into the Brazilian and landed an incredibly fast barrage of punches, most of which went unanswered until the ref stepped in and stopped the fight. It was yet another impressive performance by Derek Brunson who is quickly making a name for himself at 180 lbs.
Pittsburgh native Cody “No Love” Garbrandt seemed like he might not get the chance to fight in front of his hometown crowd after his original opponent, John Lineker pulled out of the fight due to illness just 7 days before fight night. In stepped Augusto Mendes, who took the extremely short notice fight, making his UFC debut in the process. While Mendes is a world-class jiu-jitsu practitioner, the fight never made it to the ground as Garbrandt made sure to keep the fight standing before ultimately dropping Mendes with a solid right hand and finishing him with a few quick hammerfists in the final minute of round 1. Garbrandt remains undefeated.
With a combined 28 UFC fights between them, Chris Camozzi and Joe Riggs are both seasoned veterans with experience in 3 round wars. Their fight in Pittsburgh was the exact opposite, lasting only 26 seconds. Camozzi landed a big jab immediately which staggered Riggs before Camozzi unleashed a flurry of knees to the head with Riggs attempting to block with his forearms. 6 straight knees finally dropped Riggs and ended the fight. The commentators of the bout reported later that Camozzi had actually broken one of Riggs’ arms with those knees.
Two fights on the main card went the distance as Dennis Bermudez returned to the win column with a dominant performance over Tatsuya Kawajiri and James Krause earned a unanimous decision over a very tough Shane Campbell.
Main Card (FS1 at 9 PM ET)
Donald Cerrone def. Alex Oliveira via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:33
Derek Brunson def. Roan Carneiro via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:38
Cody Garbrandt def. Augusto Mendes via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:18
Dennis Bermudez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Camozzi def. Joe Riggs via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 0:26
James Krause def. Shane Campbell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card: (FS1 – 7:00 PM ET)
Sean Strickland def. Alex Garcia via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:25
Oluwale Bamgbose def. Daniel Sarafian via knockout (head kick, punches) – Round 1, 1:00
Anthony Smith def. Leonardo Augusto Leleco via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nathan Coy def. Jonavin Webb via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card: (UFC Fight Pass – 5:30 PM ET)
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Marion Reneau via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-27)
Lauren Murphy def. Kelly Faszholz via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:55
Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Anthony Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
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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