The UFC heads to the Philippines this Saturday for an event headlined by two of the biggest stars in MMA, Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber. Also on the card is a Middleweight War between Gegard Mousasi and Costas Philippou. All in all it is a very solid card, aired in the United States on Fox Sports 1 at 10AM EST. There are a lot of good fights on the card as well as the Main Event and the Co-Main Event. This is the MMALATESTNEWS Fight To Watch.
Honorable Mention: Li Jinglaing vs. Dhiego Lima
On the preliminary card there is a Welterweight grapplers dream fight between Chinese warrior, Li Jingliang and Submission Specialist, Dhiego Lima. “The Leech” Li is 1-1 in the UFC, going to Split Decision in both bouts. In his debut he defeated David Michaud at UFC 173. His last bout ended in a loss, however, when he dropped a Split Decision to Nordine Taleb. Li (9-3) knows how to win fights and is 3-1 in his last 4 bouts. This will be an exciting ground fight between two fighters looking to make a stand in the Welterweight division.
Honorable Mention 2: Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Neil Magny
Another intriguing matchup in the Welterweight Division is “The Ace” Hyun Gyu Lim and the surging Neil Magny. The Colorado based fighter Magny has won his last 6 fights after inconspicuous 1-2 start to UFC competition. He was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter Carwin vs. Nelson. He won his house fight and then won his next 2 to get to the semifinals before getting knocked out by Mike Ricci. Last year, he won 5 fights in a row. This tied him the record for most wins in a calendar year. He is battling the South Korean Hyun Gyu Lim. Lim (13-4-1) has 10 knockouts under his belt and has only gone to a decision 3 times in his career. This will be an exciting fight and the winner could very well find themselves ranked in the top 10 in the Welterweight division.
MMALATESTNEWS UFC Fight Night Manila FIGHT TO WATCH
Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt
This should come as no surprise but this Middleweight war is the Fight To Watch for the Manila event. Mark Munoz has had an extensive UFC and WEC career. He is one of the biggest names in the sport and is retiring after this last fight. He is looking to pull out a win in his final bout after losing his last 3. “The Bigslow” Luke Barnatt is looking to spoil the Munoz retirement party. Barnatt is a TUF alum, competing on Season 17 for team Sonnen. He is 8-2 and is known for finishing opponents. His length will definitely be an advantage in this fight. He is 6 inches taller than Munoz and we will see whether that will be effective in the standup game. All in all this will be a very exciting Middleweight war between a surging UFC prospect and Munoz in his swan song.
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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