Saturday night saw one of the best cards of the year so far, with top ten talent in a number of divisions duking it out with real title implications. The finishes we saw were varied in technical prowess and sheer brutality and here is our look at how some of them went down.
Aljamain Sterling def. Takeya Mizugaki via. Arm triangle choke round 3
Sterling was able to take Mizugaki’s back with both hooks in working to try to get a rear naked choke finish.
Mizugaki attempted to get out of back mount by posting with his left arm on the mat and sit up, at the same time pushing his right arm around the neck of Sterling mimicking the same as the beginnings of a guillotine choke position.
Sterling recognized this from Mizugaki doing the same earlier in the fight and wrapped up that left arm immediately in an arm triangle choke, simultaneously relinquishing top position to Mizugaki.
Sterling went to a rear naked choke style hand grip and scooted his hips slightly to his left allowing a much better angle to squeeze the side of Mizugaki’s neck cutting off the blood supply to the brain; this is much more effective in an arm triangle position off your back than squeezing from straight underneath your opponent.
Sterling kept the squeeze around the neck and also squeezed his thighs together around Miz’s midsection not giving him any escape routes and forcing the tap.
Ovince Saint Preux def. Patrick Cummins via. KO round 1
In the final exchange Saint Preux gauged Cummins’ rush well keeping his distance and threw a beautifully timed shot left uppercut underneath Cummins’ overhand right dropping him, following up with punches for the finish.
The most impressive part of this KO was Saint Preux’s distance management as the overhand of Cummins did land, but Saint Preux was far enough away that the punch landed at the end of the swing, minimizing its power, while Saint Preux was in the perfect distance to land his uppercut fully.
Gian Villante def. Corey Anderson via. TKO round 3
Coming into the third round, Villante had steadily destroyed the leg of Anderson with kicks the past two rounds, limiting Corey’s movement in the final five minutes. Villante capitalized on this by being able to move around Anderson a lot and dipping in and out of range smoothly.
Villante constantly circled in with a leading left hook throughout the last round but not following up with anything else.
The finish came with this same leading hook, but followed by a right hand landing flush on Anderson’s temple, surprising Corey who didn’t expect the follow-up to the left hook.
Corey fell back to the cage where he was essentially out on his feet leaning against the cage not protecting himself, prompting the referee to stop the contest.
This finish shows how constantly throwing the same technique (e.g. Villante’s leading left hook) can lull your opponent into a false sense of security, and then changing your attack pattern (e.g. Villante’s follow up right hand) can catch your opponent completely off guard.
Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via. Armbar round 1
This fight finish started from Souza’s side control, Ronaldo put his knee on the belly of Camozzi, and punching his ribs and kidney’s, waiting for the pass into full mount.
Camozzi was able to roll up to his side, but this actually made it easier for Souza to flow his leg over Chris’ body and into the full mount position, but as Souza passed to mount, Camozzi began his escape immediately moving into a turtle position, recognizing this Souza, instead of taking the full back mount, flowed his left leg over the head of Camozzi, while keeping his right leg on Chris’ hip and isolated Camozzi’s right arm.
Camozzi attempted to defend here, but Souza was able to flip him over onto his back and set up the traditional armbar position from the top and get the tap.
This fight just showed how experience and fluidity in BJJ can put you leagues ahead of your opponent on the ground.
Luke Rockhold def. Lyoto Machida via. Rear naked choke round 2
Due to Rockhold’s dominant brutality in round 1, doing everything but finish Machida, he was able to relax and pick his shots coming into round two against the pretty much broken Lyoto.
After a striking exchange ending with Rockhold pushing Machida to the mat, Rockhold jumped on Machida’s back and achieved back mount after some scrambling.
Rockhold then stretched out Machida and locked in the rear naked choke for the tap.
This fight showed how work in previous rounds can really help you later on in the fight. By being very aggressive and dominant in the first round, then switching to a much more relaxed game plan in the second, Rockhold was able to confuse Machida and work his BJJ game perfectly.
Max Holloway def. Cub Swanson via. Guillotine choke round 3
This fight ending started with a short blitz stunned Swanson, as Cub turtled up on his feet Holloway grabbed a standing guillotine choke.
As Swanson dropped down to defend, Holloway was able to land in mount position, still holding the choke.
Holloway kept himself stable by putting his own head on the mat, and kept Cub’s legs locked up with his own.
Cub attempted to defend the choke by having his hand in where Holloway was gripping the guillotine, but as Max adjusted slightly and arched his back it forced Cub’s hand out of the mix and there was no more defense for this fully locked in mounted guillotine and the finish.
Max Holloway showed how a patient submission game, and working through the steps to a finish correctly is the way to fight a man of Cub Swanson’s calibre.
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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