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UFC on Fox 14 Preview

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This weekends UFC on Fox 14 in Sweden is a can’t-miss event. With all walks of the MMA world, this card has the possibility to do big thing. It has title implications, legends, win-streaks, and all around just fun fights look forward to. Here’s the preview

Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia

In this featherweight bout, expect sparks to fly. Two very powerful 145ers will clash to open up the main card for the event. With 18 matches each, the experience in the cage will definitely show when these two collide. Corassani (12-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), an Ultimate Fighter alum, will look to get back to his winning ways after dropping his last two. He’ll look to use timely kicks and and good cardio to take this fight. Corossani will fight in his home country for the second fight in a row.

Sicilia(13-5, 3-4), also an Ultimate Fighter alum, has dropped 2 of his last 3 and will look to take the Swedes glory in his home country. The former lightweight will look to use his powerful strikes to keep Corossani from using his kicks effectively. Five of his last six fights have come by knockout, while Corossani’s last three losses have come due TKO/KO.

My Pick: Akira Corossani

Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader

This is not your typical wrestler vs. wrestler drag in which both fighters will look to grab each other and hold them for three rounds. While both Davis(13-2,1 NC; 9-2 ,1 NC) and Bader(18-4; 12-3) are NCAA Division 1 All-Americans, the two Light-Heavyweights have improved their striking since joining the UFC. Mr. Wonderdful, a victor over Glover Teixeira in his last fight, will look to continue his resurgence toward a title shot. Look for him to use his wrestling, but to transition to other parts of his game such as his ground and pound and submissions, I mean how many people have their own submission named after them(the Mr. Wonderful submission he put on Alexander Gustafsson in their fight)

Bader, the Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner, has won his last 3 fights including his main event against Ovince St. Preux. ‘Darth’ will look to keep things standing with his ever improving striking, with a full arsenal to use. Look for his 57% TDD to be exploited by his opposition, but he’ll use 72% striking accuracy to keep his opponent on his feet.

My Pick: Phil Davis

Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi

In his return to middleweight, Hendo will take on always dangerous Gegard Mousasi. The two will fight in the co-main event spot and will look to give the fans a show. Henderson(30-12, 11-6), longtime Pride and UFC favorite, is coming into this losing three of his last four. Look for the former Olympic wrestler to use his patented ‘H-Bomb’ to show the take down and possibly finish his night early. If the striking isn’t showing, look for Henderson to use his Olympic caliber wrestling to take the fight to the ground.

Mousasi(35-5-2, 2-2) has split his four UFC fights and would like to start a winning streak to get into title contention. Mousasi will look to keep this fight standing and use his diverse striking to get the victory. With his 3.42 Significant Strike per Minute, he lands shots that put his opponents in a world of hurt. With his underrated submission game, it may not be the worst idea to let the fight get the ground.

My Pick: Gegard Mousasi

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson

The main event is sure to please people of all types. With this fight being for the next chance to go blow-for-blow with Light-Heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It pits the all-around Gustafsson(16-2, 8-2) with the explosive striking of ‘Rumble'(18-4, 9-5). Gustafsson, who has been the toughest challenge to Jon Jones’ title, will look to keep his streak of 7 straight wins in non-title fights. His all-around style and large height and reach are intimidating to any fighter. But ‘Rumble’ doesn’t abide by those rules.

Johnson, a UFC vet, looks to continue on his impressive win streak of 8. Rumble started out his UFC career as a welterweight, and would make his through all the divisions above that in the next seven years. With his powerful punches and kicks, he is not out of any fight. With his 3.07 Significant Strikes per Minute and an 85% TDD, his explosive style is a stylistic nightmare for any fighter he comes in contact with. Look for his power to play a major role in this one

My Pick: Alexander Gustafsson

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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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:

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.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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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

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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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