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UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves Preview

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After a weekend of exciting UFC action, the fans have more to come. If you’re an east coast person like me, a late start for the UFC isn’t anything to keep us away. A few injuries have kept this event from being full strength, but a solid night of fights comes our way this Saturday. The headliner between Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves is expected to give the fans what they want. Let’s look at what’s ahead.

Wendell Oliveira vs. Darren Till
In a fight of up and coming Welterweights, Wendell Oliveira (24-8 MMA; 0-1 UFC) and Darren Till (12-0; 0-0) will see each other in the Octagon. After a matchup between Oliveira and TJ Waldburger was scrapped on the day of the weigh-in for Fight Night 61, the pairing was re-scheduled for this event. However, Waldburger would have to pull out due to injury making way for promotional newcomer Till.

Oliveira is coming of a loss in his UFC debut to Santiago Ponzinibbio. Oliveira didn’t have any time to get himself started as he was knocked out just one minute and 20 seconds into the fight. Before joining the UFC, ‘The Machine’  won 18 of his last 19 fights. He has 11 KO/TKO wins, good for 46% of his career wins.

Till comes into the contest with 12 straight wins to start off his MMA career. He last fought on May 9 and won by fourth-round TKO to stay undefeated. The Englishman comes in with 10 career stoppages; eight by KO/TKO and 2 by submission (Inverted Triangle and Toe Hold). He was expected to fight for Immortal FC next month before being signed by the UFC

Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo
In a battle of talented Lightweights, Norman Parke (20-3-1; 4-1-1) and Francisco Trinaldo (16-4; 6-3) will face off. Parke was originally scheduled to fight undefeated Brazilian, Gilbert Burns, but Burns got injured and Trinaldo stepped in as a late replacement. Both fighters are looking to possibly crack into the top 15 with a dominant win.

Parke is a former Irish National champion in Freestyle Wrestling. He last fought at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver where lost the first fight of his UFC career by split decision to Gleison Tibau. Parke has still won 10 of his last 12 fights with 1 draw. Parke comes into the event with 3.64 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and 65% Striking Defense. His 87% Takedown Defense (TDD) is good for third in the division

Trinaldo is the former Jungle Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion. He has only  fought outside of Brazil once in his career and will make his first trip to Goiania for this matchup. He has won two in a row against Leandro Silva and Akbarh Arreola. He comes in with 2.54 SLpM and 2.25 SApM to go along with his 54% Striking Defense.

Francisco Barroso vs. Ryan Jimmo
A Light Heavyweight bout between two heavy hitters is here between Francisco Barroso (16-4; 1-1) and Ryan Jimmo (19-4; 3-3). Each will fight for the first time in 2015 and look to start their year off right.

Barroso is a former Shooto Brazil and WOCS Light Heavyweight champion. He has fought every fight of his career in his home country of Brazil. He made his UFC debut at UFC 163 where he beat Ednaldo Oliveira. His next fight was a loss to Hans Stringer at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. He has won 13 of his last 15 fights after starting off his pro career at 3-2. He comes in with 2.23 SLpM and both his Striking Accuracy (51%) and Striking Defense (57%) are above 50%. He stops 88% of opponents would be takedowns.

Jimmo is a former MFC Light Heavyweight champion with 2 title defenses. In his Octagon debut, Jimmo tied the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history at 7 seconds. Since starting his UFC career, he has alternated wins (Anthony Perosh, Igor Pokrajac and Sean O’Connell) for losses (James Te Huna, Jimi Manuwa and Ovince St. Preux). He averages 3.35 SLpM and only 2.68 SApM. His 7 knockdowns are good for seventh in the division and he stops 77% of would be takedowns.

KJ Noons vs. Alex Oliveira
In another Welterweight bout, veteran KJ Noons (13-7, 1 NC; 2-1, 1 NC) will face Alex Oliveira (10-2; 0-1).  Noons’ original opponent was expected to be Yan Cabral, but dengue fever got the better of Cabral and he was forced to pull out.

Noons is the former EliteXC Lightweight champion which he won by beating Nick Diaz. He fought for Strikeforce and was a part of a Welterweight title fight under the Strikeforce banner. He was 3-4 in Strikeforce before making his promotional debut at UFC 160 where he would face Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. He would lose the fight by decision and has not lost a fight since. He last fought at TUF 20 finale where an inadvertent eye poke rendered his opponent unable to continue. He lands the same amount of Significant Strikes and he absorbs them at 3.82 per 15 minutes. He has a Striking Defense of 65% as well.

Oliveira has 9 stoppages in 10 career wins. His only two career losses are to fighters who were supposed to be on this card in Wendell Oliveira and Gilbert Burns. He made his UFC debut against Burns and lost by armbar after looking solid for 2 rounds. He is a striker who doesn’t get hit often and uses his speed as his main weapon.

Nik Lents vs. Charles Oliveira
The co-main event is an intriguing Featherweight fight between Nik Lentz (25-6-2, 1 NC; 9-3-1, 1 NC) and the third Oliveira to be on the main card in Charles Oliveira (19-4, 1 NC; 7-4, 1 NC). This matchup see’s the #8 (Lentz) and #9 (Oliveira) Featherweight contenders against each other.

Lentz started his UFC career against an opposing Oliveira in Rafaello Oliveira. He would win by decision and go unbeaten in his next 6 fights. He has career wins over Tyson Griffin, Hacran Dias and most recently Manny Gamburyan. He beat Gamburyan by decision at Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva. His Striking Differential of +1.52 is good for fifth best in the division. He averages 4.02 Takedowns per 15 min. and his 22 Takedowns in the division are good for second most all time.

Oliveira started his UFC career in August 2010 with an armbar win over Darren Elkins. 11 of his 19 career wins have come by submission. He is currently on a three-fight win streak with victories over Andy Ogle, Hatsu Hioki and Jeremy Stephens. He is 5-2 since joining the Featherweight division. His 2.6 Submission attempts per 15 min. is tops in the division.

Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves
The main event is a Welterweight fight between #4 Carlos Condit (29-8; 6-4) and #12 Thiago Alves (21-9; 13-6). Between the two, they have 29 career fights in the UFC which is the most of any combination on this card.

Condit is the former WEC and UFC Interim Welterweight champion. He came into his debut with 8 straight wins before losing to Martin Kampmann. He would go on another win streak, this time 5 fights, including an Interim title fight win over Nick Diaz. He has lost 3 of his last 4 including the title unification bout against Georges St. Pierre. He last fought at UFC 171 where he tore his ACL in a loss to Tyron Woodley. He averages 3.19 SLpM and has a striking defense of 58%. He’s no stranger to the ground as he goes for 1.4 submissions per 15 minutes.

Alves is a former title challenger to long time champion Georges St. Pierre. He has won his last two fights against Seth Baczynski and Jordan Mein after alternating losses for wins in his past four. He has career wins over Chris Lytle, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck. He has the most knockdowns in division history with 11 and the second most Significant Strikes in the active division with 714. His Striking Defense of 64% is good for seventh in the division as well.

*All records come from Sherdog.com

**All stats from FightMetric.com

 

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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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