This Saturday the UFC heads back to Chicago for another Fox card with the highly anticipated rematch between the UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillishaw and #1 contender Renan Barao taking centre stage. With no PPV space left for the title fight, the UFC put it on for free using the Fox platform. The co-main event features a Women’s Bantamweight title eliminator fight between two time title-challenger Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye. Let’s look at the rest of the card!
Joe Lauzon vs. Takanori Gomi
In the starter for the main card we get a Lightweight fight between Joe Lauzon (24-10 MMA; 11-7)* and Takanori Gomi (35-10, 1 NC; 4-5). The two have plenty of experience in the MMA game with 79 total fights between them.
Lauzon has the most fight night bonuses in UFC history with 13. His first UFC fight came with a splash as he knocked out the former Lightweight champion Jens Pulver. He fought on The Ultimate Fighter season 5 where he lost in the semi-final to Manvel Gamburyan. He won his first three contests under the UFC banner including the Pulver fight. He has gone 8-7 since then and has gone 2-1 in his last three. We last saw ‘J-Lau’ at UFC 183 where he lost by TKO to Al Iaquinta. Lauzon is a grappler and comes in with 2.9 Submission Attempts per 15 min.**
Gomi is the former Shooto and Pride Lightweight champion. He fought 37 times before joining the UFC in 2010, including 14 fights in Shooto and 15 in Pride. Gomi fought in a main event against Kenny Florian in his first UFC fight. He lost by Rear-Naked choke in the third round. Three of his five losses in the UFC have come by submission. He last fought at UFC Fight Night 52 where he lost by TKO to Myles Jury. Gomi has a striking prowess and comes into the contest with 3.91 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and has a 60% Striking Defense.
Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder
Another marquee Lightweight contest on the main card is Edson Barboza (15-3; 9-3) and Paul Felder (10-0: 2-0). The original Lightweight matchup was expected to be former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Myles Jury. Pettis had to withdraw due to an elbow injury and was replaced by Barboza and then not too long after, Jury had to opt out and a whole new fight was made with Felder replacing Jury.
Barboza has gone 2-2 in his last four. He started his MMA career 6-0 before joining the UFC. He then won his first four straight to bring his record to 10-0. In his toughest fight to date, Barboza was TKO’d by former WEC champion Jamie Varner at UFC 146. Since then he has gone 5-2 with three finishes. He is a Muay-Thai specialist with 3.80 SLpM and only 3.30 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM) to go along with 65% Striking Defense.
Felder is undefeated thus far in his MMA career. He was the CFFC Lightweight champion before joining the UFC at UFC Fight Night 54. His last fight came at UFC 182 where he got a Knockout of the Year candidate in his spinning back fist KO against Danny Castillo. His stats are pretty similar with 3.79 SLpM and only 2.26 SApM. He has completed the only Takedown he has attempted inside the Ocatgon.
Miesha Tate vs. Jessica Eye
In the co-main event is a Women’s Bantamweight title eliminator between Miesha Tate (16-5; 3-2) and Jessica Eye (11-2, 1 NC; 1-1, 1 NC). This will be the third fight in which Tate is the co-main event, including her UFC 168 loss for the title against Ronda Rousey. This is only the fourth main card slot on Fox for a women fight, the second time a women’s fight has co-main evented as well (other was Tate vs. Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 11).
Tate is a two-time title challenger to Rousey. Her first UFC fight came in another title-eliminator to Cat Zingano which she lost by TKO. After Zingano had a knee injury, Tate was picked to replace Zingano as a coach on TUF and in the title fight. After losing her second straight UFC fight, Tate has gone on a three fight win streak. She last headlined the prelims for UFC 183 where she came back after a brutal first round (and a broken orbital) to win a decision. She has only a 2.46 SApM and 2.45 Takedowns per 15 min. ‘Cupcake’ is currently ranked third in our monthly rankings.
Eye is also going for a chance at UFC gold. Her time in the UFC has yielded all possible situations. She won her first fight by decision, but was later turned to a NC when she tested positive for marijuana. Her next two fights she split with a loss to Alexis Davis and a win in her last fight to Leslie Smith at UFC 180. Her striking comes at a frantic pace with 5.46 SLpM and 60% Striking Defense. She is ranked 6th on the MMA Latest rankings.
(c)TJ Dillishaw vs. Renan Barao
The main event is a Bantamweight title fight between the champion TJ Dillishaw (11-2; 7-2) and the former champion Renan Barao (33-2, 1 NC; 8-1). The two met for the first time in the main event of UFC 173 where the roles were reversed as Barao was the champion trying to defend against Dillishaw. The Team Alpha Male product put on a great performance and beat the former champion by fifth round TKO. The rematch was set immediately for UFC 177 in Sacramento, the training home of Dillishaw. Barao would be unable to make it to the fight as he was injured while cutting weight and the powers that be promoted newcomer Joe Soto to the spotlight. Soto kept up, but ultimately lost by fifth round TKO to the champion. The fight was rescheduled to for the UFC 186 main event, but Dillishaw did not make it to the fight as he hurt his ribs.
Dillishaw has won 7 of his last 8 fights including his title win and defense. He was a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 where he lost to now Flyweight title challenger John Dodson. He would win four straight after the loss with three stoppages. The UFC put him in the toughest spot he’s been in with a matchup against Raphael Assuncao. The fight was a good one with Dillishaw coming out the loser for his second loss in the UFC. He had a dominant decision win over Mike Easton before getting a title fight. Dillihsaw is first in the active division in Knockdowns (5), Significant Strikes Landed (576), SLpM (5.56) and Striking Differential (+3.14). He has never been taken down inside the Octagon in 14 attempts.
Barao was on a 33 fight unbeaten streak before losing to Dillishaw. Under the Zuffa banner, he went 2-0 in the WEC and then three straight to start off his time in the UFC. After then champion Dominick Cruz was injured, the UFC called Barao for an interim title shot against Urijah Faber. Barao would win that fight and would defend that interim belt twice. The unification bout between Cruz and Barao was set for UFC 169, but once again Cruz was unable to make it to the Octagon. The UFC gave the belt to Barao and his first defense came against Faber with a first round TKO. The next fight was the first Dillishaw fight which he was handed his first loss in 9 years. After being unable to make the UFC 177, the UFC gave him a tune up fight to get ready to for Dillishaw. He beat Mitch Gagnon with a third round Arm-Triangle choke after two rounds of pretty even striking. ‘The Baron’ absorbed 140 Significant Strikes in the first fight with the champion, the most he’s ever been hit. He still comes with a 3.62 SLpM and also comes in having never been taken down inside the Octagon in 27 attempts.
*All records from Sherdog.com
**All stats from FightMetric.com
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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