In the main event of UFC Fight Night 80, we had a women’s strawweight fight between #3 ranked Rose Namajunas and #7 ranked Paige VanZant. Namajunas stepped in on 5 weeks notice looking to derail the VanZant hype train while Vanzant looked to stay undefeated and take out her toughest opponent to date.
Both fighters come out fast and immediately start circling each other. Namajunas eats a leg kick from VanZant and responds with a combination that included a solid right hand. They exchange strikes and clinch to the cage with Namajunas pinning VanZant before securing the takedown. They end up in North-South position with Rose dropping some elbows to the head of Paige. VanZant rolls through and gets to her feet and is bleeding from a cut on her right cheek. They start circling again, VanZant looks more tentative than usual while Namajunas is being patient and looking for an opening. Namajunas lands a big right hand, and another, followed by a left and then a 1-2 combination before they clinch to the cage once more. Paige tries for a head and arm throw but Rose counters and ends up in the dominant position. Namajunas takes the back of VanZant and goes for a rear naked choke but VanZant escapes and gets back to her feet with the right side of her face covered in blood now. They clinch to the cage again and Rose gets another takedown into full guard. She postures up, stands and throws a few kicks to the legs of VanZant while VanZant tries to land an upkick. Namajunas lands a good shot as she goes back into full guard and starts really working her ground and pound. She transfers into half guard and continues to land shots as the round comes to an end.
Round 2 begins and Namajunas immediately takes the center of the octagon with Paige circling around the outside. Namajunas lands a 1-2 combination and follows it with a big left hand. VanZant tries for a head and arm throw again but Namajunas counters and VanZant is pushed against the cage. Namajunas gets the takedown into side control and quickly moves to full mount. Paige gives up her back and Rose looks for the rear naked choke again but VanZant escapes and Namajunas is in side control again. VanZant gets it to half guard but she’s taking some serious elbows. She gives up her back again but manages to get to her feet where Namajunas presses her to the cage once again. VanZant tries again for a takedown and finally secures one but Namajunas ends up on top. Namajunas continues to work the ground and pound and VanZant once again gives up her back in order to get to her feet but she takes some knees to the back of her legs from Namajunas in the process. They clinch and Namajunas lands several knees to the body and head. They separate and begin circling each other. VanZant pulls guard and attempts to roll through but Namajunas ends up on top in half guard. Namajunas lands more ground and pound but VanZant is throwing strikes from the bottom as well. Namajunas stands and lands kicks to the legs of a downed VanZant as the horn sounds.
VanZant comes out really aggressive to start the round but Namajunas immediately clinches and takes her down before going right back to work with ground and pound from half guard. Namajunas lands a big knee to the body and postures up, VanZant kicks her away and goes for a takedown of her own but Namajunas counters and both fighters are back to the feet. They exchange strikes and VanZant lands a solid knee to the body, Namajunas counters with a 1-2 combination and then dodges a spinning back fist from VanZant and clinches and pushes VanZant to the cage. They separate and Rose lands a front kick and they’re back to circling each other with Namajunas taking the center of the octagon. Namajunas lands a leg kick and a big overhand right. She throws a head kick but VanZant blocks it. Both fighters exchange strikes and then clinch to the cage where VanZant attempts a takedown only to be pushed to the ground by Namajunas who ends up in half guard and continues to land ground and pound. VanZant makes it back to her feet with Namajunas on her back and Namajunas grabs a rear naked choke and uses it to yank VanZant back to the ground. The choke is in deep but VanZant manages to escape. Namajunas lands some punishing ground and pound as we are headed to the championship rounds.
Paige comes out very aggressive to start the 4th and throws a front kick. Namajunas counters into a takedown and ends up in full guard. Namajunas stands up and then lands a big strike on her way back in. Rose goes for a kimura but switches to an arm bar attempt which Paige escapes and rolls through and goes for a takedown of her own. Namajunas ends up in dominant position and starts landing short elbows to the head of VanZant. VanZant gives up her back and Namajunas looks for another rear naked choke but settles for punishing the head and body of VanZant instead as VanZant eventually makes it to her feet, pressed up against the cage. VanZant tries to roll through into a takedown but Namajunas ends up on top again and goes for another kimura into an arm bar and this time it looks deep. VanZant somehow manages to escape and ends up in top position before Namajunas switches to an omiplata attempt. VanZant gives up her back and Namajunas hits some knees to the body before going for the rear naked choke once again. VanZant escapes but Namajunas is still in the dominant position before VanZant gets back to her feet and they’re clinched against the cage once more. Namajunas lands a big knee in the clinch and then a front kick as they separate. Namajunas gets yet another takedown as the round ends, giving her 7 total takedowns so far.
VanZant once again comes out aggressive and looks to be landing some shots but Namajunas once again secures a takedown and effectively cuts off VanZant’s momentum. VanZant has her in half guard but when she tries to scramble Namajunas ends up in side control. Namajunas is giving VanZant absolutely no room to breathe. She throws some short punches and ends up in half guard where she lands some elbows as well. VanZant gives up her back again in an attempt to get to her feet but Namajunas sinks in another rear naked choke attempt and this time it’s too deep for VanZant to escape and she taps out at 2:25 of the 5th and final round.
Winner by Submission (Rear Naked Choke): Rose “Thug” Namajunas
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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