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London had waited for a marque card to show up to Europe’s biggest city. The UFC Fight Pass exclusive event was everything the English city could have wanted with plenty of European talent to showcase and the main event that the Middleweight division has been waiting for. Despite the main card not producing a finish, the card was exciting for all to watch.

Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera

The main card started with a Bantamweight bout that was expected to produce fireworks. We saw a mere glimpse of said fireworks in the first round. The fight we all thought we would see was just the first round as the both Pickett and Rivera threw everything and the kitchen sink at each other. Rounds 2 and 3 were different stories as the wrestling of Pickett took control late. The decision was one of controversy for some people as the Englishmen Pickett took home the victory.

Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura

The highly anticipated Tom Breese was expected to throw from the distance and land at will against Nakamura. The fight did not go as expected with the grappling of Nakamura making its presence. The up-and-coming Breese was often put in the clinch and would end up on top during the scrambles. The first round was much of the clinch work and release with Breese winning the exchanges. Round 2 was all about the ground and pound with Breese on top. The grappling of Nakamura took over in the third as he put Breese in some deep submission attempts, but couldn’t finish the fight.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Thales Leites

The co-main event was a pretty underwhelming one-sided affair. Leites came in hoping to use his grappling to his fullest efforts. Mousasi shut that down quickly with his takedown defense and solid counter striking. The first round was a feeling out round as both Leites and Mousasi attempted to put their game plans in effect. More of the action came in the second when Mousasi heated up with his kickboxing. On several occasions, Leites would go for a throw and end up on bottom. The third round saw more urgency from Leites as he would for the finish more, but was putting himself in worsening situations.

Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping

The main event we have been waiting to see for years finally happened. The fight would receive a controversial decision in the end. The first two round looked as if the fight would the way of Bisping as he moved forward for ten straight minutes. The third round looked to be much of the same before a minute left as Silva hit ‘The Count’ with hard shots. Bisping lost his mouthpiece in the ensuing engagement and tried to signal the ref to stop the action. With under one second left in the round, Silva hit Bisping with a flying knee that knocked Bisping to the floor. The fight looked like it would be stopped, but the fight continued to the fourth round. The next two rounds of action would be scored differently by many people, making the fight very controversial.

UFC Fight Night London Results

Main Card

Michael Bisping def. Anderson Silva- Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Gegard Mousasi def. Thales Leites- Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)

Tom Breese def. Keita Nakamura- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Brad Pickett def. Francisco Rivera- Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Preliminary Card

Makwan Amirkhani def. Mike Wilkinson- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Davey Grant def. Marlon Vera- Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Scott Askham def. Chris Dempsey- KO – Round 1, 4:45

Arnold Allen def. Yaotzin Meza- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Krzysztof Jotko def. Brad Scott- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Rustam Khabilov def. Norman Parke- Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Daniel Omielanczuk def. Jarjis Danho- Technical Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)

Teemu Packalen def. Thibault Gouti- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Round 1, 0:24

David Teymur def. Martin Svensson- TKO Round 2, 1:26

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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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