UFC Fight Night Ottawa: MacDonald vs. Thompson is in the books and it was an exciting night of free fights airing on FOX Sports 1. The Fight Night had some major implications in the welterweight division as the number one and two ranked contenders squared off in the main event. In total, we saw seven of the thirteen fights end with a stoppage (3 by KO/TKO, 4 by submission). Today, MMA Latest brings you it’s Fight of the Night, and two Performance of the Night awards, as voted for by our group of writers and editors.
Performance of the Night (TKO): Joanne Calderwood vs. Valerie Letourneau
Joanne Calderwood vs. Valerie Letourneau was the first ever Women’s UFC fight at 125 pounds cementing these two women in UFC history. Jo Jo faced former strawweight challenger Letourneau, who fought for all five rounds against current champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk; a feat which makes what Calderwood did last night all the more extraordinary. Women’s fights tend to provide fireworks from the get go, and this one was no different. In round one Calderwood displayed what would be her focus for the fight – body shots. Calderwood dropped the former title contender in the first round with a perfectly timed spinning back fist, nearly finishing the fight early on. As the fight progressed Calderwood continued to tee off on the body of Letourneau and, in round three, it paid off. Jo Jo landed a perfectly executed teep to the body, Valerie turned around in excruciating pain practically signaling that the fight was done. However, the ref did not call a stop to proceedings, and Jo Jo did not hesitate. Knowing she was close to victory she threw another flurry and Letourneau fell to the mat, before Jerrin Valel finally stepped in. Joanne Calderwood emerges as the winner in the first ever women’s flyweight bout in UFC history with a 3rd round TKO over Valerie Letourneau. Congratulations Joanne!
Performance of the Night (TKO): Donald Cowboy Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone made a serious statement in the welterweight division at UFC Fight Night Ottawa, and he did it by stopping Patrick Cote in the 3rd rd via TKO. Cote had never suffered a TKO loss due to strikes in his 33 fight professional career prior to last night. Cerrone looked the best he has in the octagon on Saturday night, and that is saying a lot for the man who holds the record for the most post-fight awards in UFC/WEC history. Cerrone controlled all aspects of the fight from the get go, even scoring a few perfectly timed take downs early on in the fight. Cerrone is notoriously a slow starter, but based on his performance against Cote you would not have known. Cerrone landed at will at times and Cote refused to go down for good until the final round when Cerrone landed a vicious combination, followed by some ground and pound for the victory. Whats is next for Cerrone you ask? Well, according to the man himself “155, 170 it does not matter. Whatever weight gets me back in here faster.”
Fight of the Night: Steve Bosse vs Sean O’Connell
If you missed this fight do yourself a favor and watch it before continuing reading.
This fight is one of the front-runners for fight of the year candidate. These two guys stood in front of each other and threw down for three full rounds. In the first round, it appeared that Steve Bosse was to suffer an early loss as O’Connell dropped him flat on his back staring at the lights. Someway, somehow he recovered and made it through to the buzzer. Round two was much the same, only the momentum had shifted to the guy who was nearly knocked out, Steve Bosse. The two stood in the middle of the cage once again with Bosse getting the better of the exchanges this time, ending up on top at one point where he was able to land a flurry of ground and pound strikes. The fan friendly bout continued on into the third, with both displaying tremendous heart as the strikes they landed on each other easily could have ended the contest. Sean O’Connell took a page out of Max Holloways book, pointing to the center of the cage with ten seconds left, laying down a challenge to the Canadian. Bosse replies by firing up the crowd and they trade strikes for the remaining ten seconds. The fight ends, the two high-five, and the crowd goes wild. Steve Bosse is announced as the winner 29 – 28, 29 – 28 and 29 – 27. He has now strung two big victories together after a knockout loss in his octagon debut. Congratulations to both Steve Bosse and Sean O’Connell is in order, and who knows, they may just win fight of the year for this performance.
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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