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Another great night of fights has come to an end after UFC Fight Night Boston on Sunday Night. Headlined by arguably the biggest fight in UFC Bantamweight history in TJ Dillashaw vs Dominick Cruz, this fight card could easily have been a PPV rather than a free card on Fox Sports 1. With 8 out of the 12 fights ending in finishes, we’ve decided to hand out 3 different awards; Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night.

Knockout of the Night

There were a couple different candidates for this particular award, with Latifi blasting O’Connell and Cote lighting up Saunders being two of them. But in the end I think the Knockout of the Night goes to Ed “Short Fuse” Herman for his TKO victory over Tim Boetsch. In the 2nd round of a fight where both fighters had been tagged multiple times, Herman got into the clinch with Boetsch and unleashed a perfect knee to the face that sent Boetsch to the mat hard. Herman followed the knee up with a flurry of punches to a clearly out of it Tim Boetsch and the ref had no choice but to step in.

Submission of the Night

Again we have several fights that could’ve gotten this award since three of the fights ended in submission, all by rear naked choke interestingly enough. The award for Submission of the Night goes to Paul Felder for his rear naked choke on Daron Cruickshank. In the 3rd round of the fight, a fight that Felder was losing going into the round, with 1:20 left in the fight, Felder took Cruickshank’s back. Cruickshank’s managed to get to his feet even with Felder having both hooks in and clearly searching for the choke, but getting to his feet seemed to only make it easier for Felder who slipped an arm under the throat of Cruickshank and tightened the choke immediately. Cruickshank tried to fight it but even when he fell on top of Felder, Felder held the choke and forced Cruickshank to tap out.

Fight of the Night

Do I even need to say it? Fight of the Night, hands down, goes to the Main Event. Dillashaw vs Cruz lived up to the hype as fans were treated to an intensely contested 5 round battle between two of the best in the sport. The technique, the speed and the intelligence on display in this fight was incredible. Cruz looked like he hadn’t missed a beat since he last stepped foot in the Octagon, dodging and moving, striking and slipping out of range. Dillashaw looked frustrated early but seemed to only get better as the fight went on, landing some big shots and not intimidated at all by Cruz. With a split decision victory for Cruz, we’re almost certain to see these two go at it again. They gave it to us for free on Sunday, and I would gladly pay to see it again.

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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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