UFC Fight Night Zagreb: Rothwell vs. Dos Santos 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 Heavyweight division as five of the thirteen fights took place in the division. In total, we saw six of the thirteen fights end with a stoppage (4KO/TKO, 1 Sub). Tonight MMA Latest chooses it’s KO of the Night, and Performance of the Night award.
KO of the Night: Derrick Lewis vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Derrick Lewis accomplished what he has done so many other times in his career; winning by KO. Lewis has fifteen wins in his MMA career, fourteen of those coming via KO. Lewis stepped in to fight Gonzaga on one months notice as Gonzaga’s previous opponent (Ruslan Magomedov) was forced out due to injury; however, it appears full camp or not the result would have been the same. It is well documented the devastating power Lewis possesses as he has four first round KO/TKO in his six UFC victories. The demise of Gonzaga came at the very end of round one, Lewis threw a devastating flurry beginning with an uppercut that narrowly missed. When Gonzaga stepped back to dodge the strike he stumbled into the cage and threw a sloppy counter strike; Lewis capitalized on this landing a massive left hook followed by a straight right which flipped the switch of for Gabriel Gonzaga. Lewis gains his third straight KO victory and looks to make a quick turnaround at UFC 200!
Performance of the Night: Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell
Quite the interesting match up for the main event of UFC Zagreb, many have counted Dos Santos out since his devastating loss to Alistair Overeem in December 2015; and many had believed with a win Ben Rothwell would be on the cusp of his ever elusive title shot. Unfortunately for Rothwell, Junior Dos Santos put the non believers to rest. After the past few fights many considered Junior to be a shell of his title self after the damage he sustained in the Velasquez, Miocic, and Overeem fights; at UFC Zagreb there is no doubt that Junior is “back”. Junior was able to piece up Rothwell for the majority of the 25 minutes the two competed, bobbing and weaving continuously, barely ever taking any shots from the dangerous Rothwell. Junior tagged Rothwell at will in both the body and the head and at one point had 50% of his strikes thrown to the body; a stat that is seldom seen in the Heavyweight division. As the bout concluded, Junior appeared to be unscathed and looked as if he could go another 25 minutes as he was barely taking any heavy breaths. A devastating loss for Rothwell as many believed he should have received the title shot against Werdum next; take nothing away from him, all the times Junior tagged him he only appeared to be hurt once at the end of the round and no matter the punishment he continued to push forward and try to make something happen. This is one of the rare cases where MMA math did not work, Rothwell KO’d Overeem, Reem KO’d Dos Santos, and Dos Santos beat Rothwell via UD. so if Andrei Arlovski can defeat Overeem, then the Heavyweight picture will continue to be a total mystery of “Whos Next”
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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