On Saturday night the UFC visit Houston, Texas for the first time since October 2015. That night Daniel Cormier successfully defended his UFC light-heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson at the Toyota Center. Saturday’s event will take place at the same venue.
The main event pits established top 10 featherweight Dennis Bermudez against the returning “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.
Bermudez has won his last two fights against Tatsuya Kawajiri and Rony Jason. His only recent losses have come against top contenders Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens. Bermudez’ overall UFC record sits at 9-3.
The Korean Zombie has not fought since August 2013, following two years mandatory national service with the South Korean military. His last bout was an unsuccessful attempt to win the featherweight title against Jose Aldo, but he had won his previous three to earn that crack at the gold.
In the co-main event strawweights Alexa Grasso and Felice Herrig clash with their gaze focused on the division’s top ten. Grasso impressed in her UFC debut defeating Heather Jo Clark by decision. Herrig looked better than ever in her last outing, submitting Kailin Curran in the first round.
The full UFC Fight Night Houston card is detailed below, including the broadcast times around the world. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back throughout the week as any last-minute changes to the lineup and scheduling will be updated right here.
Main Card – FOX Sports 1 (U.S.), TSN 5 (Can), BT Sport 2 (UK): 10.00PM EDT, 7.00PM PDT, 3.00AM GMT
- Dennis Bermudez vs. Chan Sung Jung
- Alexa Grasso vs. Felice Herrig
- Abel Trujillo vs. James Vick
- Ovince Saint Preux vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Anthony Hamilton vs. Marcel Fortuna
- Jessica Andrade vs. Angela Hill
Preliminary Card – FOX Sports 1 (U.S.), TSN 5 (Can), BT Sport 2 (UK): 8.00PM EDT, 5.00PM PDT, 1.00AM GMT
- Adam Milstead vs. Curtis Blaydes
- Chas Skelly vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Michinori Tanaka
- Tecia Torres vs. Bec Rawlings
Early Prelims – UFC Fight Pass (U.S./Can/UK): 7.00PM EDT, 4.00PM PDT, 12.00AM GMT
- Alex Morono vs. Niko Price
- Daniel Jolly vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.
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.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
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)
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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