The UFC returns to its traditional haunt of Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Fight Night 82 this weekend. The card, which was originally intended to serve as UFC 196 before the withdrawals of both Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, will be headlined by a welterweight contest between former champion Johny Hendricks and world-class kickboxer Stephen Thompson.
Hendricks is coming off what was one of the worst moments in his professional career – being forced to pull out of a fight with Tyrone Woodley on the day of weigh-ins due to complications caused by his weight cut. This time around, he has taken a different approach to his weight management and it seems to have paid off.
The ever-improving Thompson is riding a 5-fight winning streak in the UFC including his most recent spinning hook kick knockout of Jake Ellenberger that saw him rise to a career high #8 in the official UFC rankings. With expectations being that Tyrone Woodley will be the next challenger for the welterweight title, whoever emerges victorious on Saturday would likely place themselves right behind Woodley in the pecking order.
The main card features 5 other fights. The co-main event is at heavyweight as one of the most popular men in the division, Roy Nelson, takes on Jared Rosholt. Before that, two fighters who love a knockout collide when Ovince St. Preux and Rafael Cavalcante step into the octagon in a potential ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ bout.
The remaining three main card showdowns are at flyweight, light heavyweight and welterweight. Opening the main card will be veteran Mike Pyle who takes on Sean Spencer. Then, Misha Cirkunov makes his second UFC appearance opposite promotional newcomer Alex Nicholson. A potential fight of the night contender follows as Joseph Benavidez looks to take a big step towards another shot at the 125 pound title as he fights Zach Makovsky.
The preliminary card features many familiar names such as Derrick Lewis, K.J Noons, Ray Borg and Ireland’s Artem Lobov. Perhaps the most intriguing side story, however, concerns two UFC debutants, one of which is making his professional debut. Star of the UFC’s ‘Looking for a Fight’ Mickey Gall faces Mike Jackson, with the promise that, should he win, his next fight will be against former professional wrestler CM Punk.
There was also a UFC weigh ins first as Alex Nicholson proposed to his girlfriend just before stepping onto the scales. Congratulations to them both!
All fighters successfully made weight at the first attempt.
The full weigh-in results are as follows:
UFC Fight Night 82 Main Card
- Johny Hendricks (170) vs Stephen Thompson (170)
- Roy Nelson (258) vs Jared Rosholt (245)
- Ovince St. Preaux (06) vs Rafael Cavalcante (205)
- Joseph Benavidez (125) vs Zach Makovsky (125)
- Misha Cirkunov (206) vs Alex Nicholson (201)
- Mike Pyle (170) vs Sean Spencer (170)
FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Card
- Josh Burkman (156) vs K.J Noons (156)
- Derrick Lewis (263) vs Damian Grabowski (245)
- Ray Borg (125) vs Justin Scoggins (125)
- Noad Lahat (145) vs Diego Rivas (144)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
- Mickey Gall (170) vs Mike Jackson (170)
- Artem Lobov (145) vs Alex White (145)
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)
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.
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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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