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UFC Fight Pass Spotlight: Reneau vs Evans-Smith Breakdown

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Marion Reneau (6-2)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’6″ Age: 38 Weight: 135 lbs Reach: 68″
  • Last Fight: Decision loss / Holly Holm (7-15-15)
  • Camp: Elite Team (California)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Moderate

Supplemental info:
+   IBJJF World Title(Purple Belt)
+   Brown Belt BJJ
+   3 KO victories
+   2 Submission wins
+   4 first round finishes
+   Good footwork
^   Moves well laterally
+   Fast hand speed
^   Hard right hand
+   Heavy right Thai kicks
+   Shows competent takedown defense
^   Displays awareness of hips
+   Active submissions from guard


Ashlee Evans-Smith (3-1)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’8″ Age: 28 Weight: 135 lbs Reach: 67.5″
  • Last Fight: Sub loss / Raquel Pennington (12-6-14)
  • Camp: Classic Fight Team (California)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Moderate

Supplemental info:
+   4x All-American Wrestler
+   Amateur MMA Titles
+   Blue Belt BJJ
+   2 KO victories
+   3x State Wrestling Champ
+   Transitions well on top
^   Active & effective ground strikes
+   Excellent from side control
^   Establishes/controls from crucifix
+   Strong pressure against cage
^   Works for takedowns
+   Favors straight jab-crosses
+   Hard right Thai kicks


Headlining the UFC Fight Pass prelims is an excellent matchup of Bantamweight contenders as Marion Reneau takes on Ashlee Evans-Smith. Coming off a loss to now-champion Holly Holm, Marion will look to rebound back into contention. Also coming off a loss, Evans-Smith will look to establish herself in the division after a year out of the Octagon.

Despite their differences in age, this fight should be very competitive in regards to the skill & athleticism of each woman. In fact, I believe that Reneau should have a distinct speed advantage in regards to hand speed. Although Marion carries an underrated guard game with her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt, I suspect she will look to keep up her trend of striking for this matchup. Wielding one of the quickest and hardest jab-crosses in the division, Marion could create havoc for Ashlee should she reinstate her aggressive ways. Although we saw Reneau thrown off to the point of hesitancy in her last bout, she was in her defense, facing Holly Holm who has a movement that gives fits to most in the world.

Marion should have a footwork advantage in this matchup, particularly in the lateral movement department. Showing to consistently move and change angles, Reneau could make herself a hard target for wrestling shots while opening up counters of her own. Though Evans-Smith will be one of Marion’s most well-rounded opponents to date, Ashlee has shown to struggle when aggressively pressured standing. That being said, Ashlee’s fight-to-fight improvements will be this fights key intangibles given that she is a young fighter who has had time to improve.

Displaying said improvements, Ashlee has developed nice straight punches accompanied by hard Thai kicks on the feet. But make no mistake, on the ground abusing opposition in transition is where Evans-Smith makes her money. A ground fight is exactly what she will need to engage in to maximize her chances for victory. We have yet to see Reneau subjected to a competitive grappler or “grappling style” fight. Although Marion shows competent hip awareness in defending shots, it will be interesting to see her defend Ashlee’s attempts.

However, Evans-Smith’s takedown game is largely predicated off the fence. This means that in order to employ her game, she will need to effectively corral and contain the active Reneau. I have been a big fan of Evans-Smith since watching her compete in Tuff-N-Uff, but unless Ashlee can demonstrate different tools to safely close the distance, then I slightly favor the chances of Marion. Regardless of the odds, I assure you that this is a close match as I advocate extreme caution. Instead, enjoy what should be another fight of the night gem in the Fight Pass fold.

Official Pick: Reneau – Decision

Preliminary Card Predictions

  • Strickland def. Garcia
  • Sarafian def. Bamgbose
  • Webb def. Coy
  • Reneau def. Evans-Smith
  • Murphy def. Faszholz
  • Hamilton def. Abdurakhimov

Recommended Plays

Pieces for your parlay:

-Chris Camozzi
-Cody Garbrandt
-Dennis Bermudez

Props worth looking at:

-Shane Campbell – Inside the distance
-Cody Garbrandt- by KO/TKO
-Dennis Bermudez – by Decision

Fights to avoid:

-Derek Brunson vs Roan Carneiro
-Daniel Sarafian vs Oluwale Bamgbose
-Alex Garcia vs Sean Strickland

Fantasy MMA Picks

High Tier Picks:

-Donald Cerrone
-Cody Garbrandt
-Chris Camozzi

Low Tier Picks:

-Alex Oliveira
-Shane Campbell
-Roan Carneiro

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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:

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.


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.

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*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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams



Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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