At this Thursday’s media event, the UFC announced plans to broadcast both EBI (The Eddie Bravo Invitational) grappling events and the Glory SuperFight Series on UFC Fight Pass. The events with be live streamed via the UFC’s streaming service with Glory to be shown this February 26th with EBI to follow shortly on April 24th. Both EBI and Glory SuperFight Series now join a growing roster of featured promotions which already include Invicta FC, Victory FC, Titan FC, Shooto Brazil, Pancrase, EFN, and BRACE MMA.
UFC Senior Vice President and UFC Fight Pass General Manager, Eric Winter, made the announcement, “We are proud to announce our new partnerships with the GLORY kickboxing and EBI Brazilian jiu-jitsu organizations. This is a huge development for FIGHT PASS. We haven’t just added some kickboxing and some BJJ to FIGHT PASS – we partnered with leaders in both sports. GLORY has established itself as the pinnacle of world kickboxing while EBI leads the way in exciting, fast-paced submission grappling. Both of these organizations are tremendous additions to FIGHT PASS.”
The announcement is good news for Glory, who recently saw their Spike broadcast deal crumble apart after their original contract with Spike expired in October. With both Glory and Spike unable to reach a new contract many people wondered where they were going to get their next kickboxing fix.
The first Glory event to go live will be the Glory SuperFight Series Chicago on Friday, February 26th just before the main Glory 27 card begins. Headlining the SuperFight Series card will be a middleweight contender match-up featuring fan favorite, Joe Schilling (20-6) taking on fellow Californian Mike Lemaire (14-2).
Four other ‘SuperFight Series’ match-ups will also support the live stream card cutting off just before the Glory 27 Middleweight tournament and the planned headlining rematch between Artem Levin and Simon Marcus. Future broadcasts will follow suit with the first half of the Glory card being broadcast via Fight Pass as the ‘Glory SuperFight Series’ with the final portion of the card being shown through their previous agreement with ESPN.
However, the best part about the deal between the UFC and Glory is the gained access to Glory’s kickboxing library. This massive volume of content not only contains the past 27 Glory events, but several cards from the It’s Showtime library, and most amazingly over 100 events from the legendary K-1 organization. The K-1 library contains such legendary bouts as Mark Hunt vs Jérôme Le Banner, Andy Hug vs Ray Sefo, and the apocalyptically legendary K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final.
For us grappling fans, the inclusion of the Eddie Bravo Invitational into the Fight Pass offering was a surprising and pleasant surprise. Eddie Bravo is no stranger to the UFC, having worked for several years as their behind the scenes fight analyst before leaving the organization to focus on the growth of his 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu schools.
Within the past several years, many premium grappling events have emerged in an attempt to set the bar for what professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling should be. Early on, Ralek Gracie’s Metamoris grappling promotion set the production standard for what high-level professional grappling event should look like.
As an antithesis to that tone, the Eddie Bravo Invitational was created as a less formal and more inclusive event which attempted to make grappling more entertaining with it’s unique no-scoring, submission only, submission based tie breaker rules. In the wake of various PR flubs on the part of Metamoris, the Eddie Bravo Invitational has slowly risen in stature despite it’s more laid back and casual tone (can you say, ‘Jeff Glover in Wolverine spats’?). This arrangement with the UFC will only raise EBI’s profile against Metamoris. Additionally, this arrangement could help EBI to secure more UFC fighter’s into its events as the UFC has become more lenient in allowing it’s athletes to be featured in grappling super fights.
At an annual subscription of only $7.99 a month, UFC Fight Pass is getting harder and harder to pass up. The service can be accessed via personal computer, popular gaming consoles, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Roku devices.
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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