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UFC Rotterdam Debut Introduction: Josh Emmett

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Tomorrow sees another UFC fight night take place as the UFC make their way to Rotterdam for a card full of action from the fight pass prelims all the way up to the Main Event. This card is not to be missed as the UFC debut in the Netherlands. Like many UFC events, another event means another debutant and this card is no different. Team Alpha Male’s upcoming highly rated prospect Josh Emmett will finally get his long-awaited shot at the big time when he goes up against Jon Tuck.

Fighter: Josh Emmett
Division: Lightweight
Age: 31
Nationality: American
Record: 9-0
Team: Team Alpha Male
Previous Organisation: WFC

Josh Emmett has been a name that’s been rambled on about for quite some time now he is one of the most highly rated prospects around right now. Fighting primarily out on the West Coast in a promotion called West Coast fighting championship where he first fought in the Featherweight division before opting to move up to the Lightweight division where he manage to pick up the title first time of asking. Emmett fights out of TAM where he trains with some of the best fighters in the world in Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes. He has been a big part of those guys’ camps in the build up to their UFC fights as well as doing a bit of coaching on TUF and now after a long wait he gets his opportunity to take the walk to the infamous Octagon.

Emmett took this fight on short notice meaning he had to train, cut weight as well as fly half way across the world for this fight. A big ask you may think for someone to do so much and still perform at optimum level, but he’s game and ready to go. Tuck was originally set to face Nick Hein who unfortunately had to pull out of the fight citing injury. Emmett, who of course is replacing Hein has a big task ahead of him against in Jon Tuck who has had 5 fights in the UFC to date.
Outside of MMA, Emmett has a background in wrestling, competing at collegiate level as well as on some NAIA circuits. In terms of fighting style Emmett, despite his wrestling base he likes a good scrap, although he may not be the most polished of strikers, he is tough as nails, immaculate and hits like a train. As expected then he has quite strong takedowns coming from that wrestling background. You can almost expect anything out of him in this fight as he is quite well rounded which his record breakdown reflects reasonably well. To get more familiar with his fight style check him out in his fight back at WFC 16:

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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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