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UFC Zagreb Debut Introduction: Cristina Stanciu

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Upon UFC Zagreb, we take a look at one of the highly rated debutants on the card in Cristina Stanciu. With a card full of such great incoming UFC talent, strawweight Stanciu stood out as one of the most interesting of the lot as she comes up against one of the divisions strongest in Maryna Moroz.

Stanciu is entering the UFC with quite a bit of hype behind her and could well be a top strawweight fighter and top 15 threat if she can impress in Zagreb. Stanciu is probably Romania’s best shot at a possible top UFC fighter.

Fighter: Cristina Stanciu
Division: Strawweight
Nationality: Romanian
Age: 22
Record: 5-0
Team: Absoluto Bucharest
Previous Organisation: Romanian Xtreme Fighting

The undefeated strawweight is entering the UFC fighting only under the RXF banner previously. As you can expect her competition hasn’t been top of the range, although from watching her, she is quite an impressive fighter, fighting at both Bantamweight and Flyweight previously picking up the title in the mixed she is certainly ain’t no joke.

Stanciu or “Barbie” which she is also known as is quite the dangerous fighter and isn’t one to play around with. She has a low enough base and she sure likes to strike, her sheer brute power is phenomenal for her lower weight class and has knockout power in that lethal overhand right of hers. Along with that then her head movement seems to be exceptional with some forceful kicks to top off her stand up game. On the ground then she seems to be slick enough with 3 wins so far via submission all in the very first round.

She will have an extremely tough opponent ahead of her in Maryna Moroz, Moroz handed Joanna Calderwood her first career defeat back at Zagreb which earned her a POTN bonus followed by going the distance but falling short with then after title challenger Valerie Letourneau. Moroz has faced some of the toughest strawweights the UFC has to offer and with a great ground game along with solid technical striking, she is certainly one of the division’s finest and Stanciu’s toughest opponent to date. I expect this to be one hell of a fight if Stanciu can live up to the hype and battle with the best. This fight could end at any moment and by any method making it very unpredictable and a tough call.

Take a look at Stanciu in action here back at RXF 17 in an all-out war of a fight against Alice Ardelean:

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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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