Unlike some of LFA’s peer promotions, Legacy Fighting Alliance chooses not to cheaply build their rising stars by feeding them a laundry list of sub-par opponents, thus Mackenzie Dern has been shown no matchmaking favoritism in her 3-fight pro career. At LFA 6, her latest opponent – Katherine Roy was indeed a very difficult challenge, as MMA Latest predicted beforehand.
The consensus among MMA’s avid followers was that Kat Roy would dominate Mackenzie Dern on the feet. Many believed that the odds of Roy handing the LFA hot prospect her first career loss (by knockout) would increase exponentially each moment the fight stayed standing. Moreover, the popular prediction was that if Mackenzie got the fight on the ground, she would employ her high level jiu-jitsu to make light work of the military veteran, Kat. Instead her opponent Soldiered through all 3 rounds and never appeared close to being submitted.
“For sure (her submission game) was the biggest challenge going into the fight,” Roy told MMA Latest News, “My coach and I worked on just trying to avoid getting into positions where she could submit me.”
The former Army Sgt. and accomplished Golden Gloves boxer came out aggressive, as expected, scoring early and often, as promised. Prior to this showdown among two new, yet undefeated female fighters, Roy vowed to FloCombat’s James Lynch that she would hit Mackenzie Dern harder than she’d ever been hit.
And hit her she did; repeatedly in fact. But Mackenzie showed tremendous fortitude and her improved striking passed the same test as her resilient chin. The 1st round set the standard for what was easily the most exciting fight of the night.
Just as Mackenzie Dern told MMA Latest a week prior, her many clinching and takedown attempts demonstrated her preference not to stand and trade with Kat Roy, but she certainly did not shy away from going toe to toe. For a significant duration of the bout – she didn’t have much of a choice. Kat’s takedown defense kept Mackenzie from executing her game plan effectively and the pair traded a decent amount of punch combos and body kicks.
In addition to her evolved striking game, Mackenzie’s ability to take punishment was far more impressive than one might have expected. Equally impressive was the submission defense of Katherine Roy. As a combat veteran with two tours in Iraq, it is safe to assume that Roy has seen far worse danger than a 15-minute cagefight.
Undeterred by the punches, kicks and submission attempts that Dern threw at her in round 2, Roy weathered the storm after being mounted and pounding, answering the bell in round 3 with some offense of her own. Kat ought to insert “Feral” in front of her name; because she was game for a fierce scrap from start to finish.
Mackenzie Dern earned a 30-27 with two of the judges and a 29-28 with the other, but not before Katherine Roy won over the entire live audience, and surely many more that were watching on AXS TV. She definitely made a great impression on the 115lb Women’s division and her 1-1 record is still plenty respectable, especially after her performance at LFA 6 last Friday night.
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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