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Unbeaten WSOF Middleweight Vagab Vagabov Suspended 5 Months for Continuing Assault After Stoppage

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Unbeaten prospects are hard to come by in the World of MMA and the WSOF’s middleweight division just lost one for 5 months after that organization handed down a suspension to 16-0 Vagab Vagabov who hit his opponent after the bell at WSOF 23 in Pheonix, Arizona last Friday.

Vagabov, who compiled his unbeaten record fighting in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, had no problem defeating Brian Grinnell via second-round TKO in the prelims at Comerica Theatre. The problem that the 29-year-old Russian had was knowing when to stop striking his opponent. Not the best way to start his career on American soil. Referee Al Guinee decided to intervene at 2:29 in the second round as an exhausted Grinnell, who was still standing, but was not intelligently defending himself from an assault of knees and punches from Vagabov. A full second after the ref waved off the fight Vagabov threw a knee and a hammerfist-like chop at Grinnell. He was immediately reprimanded by the official, his opponent and announcer Chael Sonnen. After all was said and done, the two fighters did embrace in the cage, which shows the true honorable character of both these fighters. One that we see very often in MMA.

You can see the video of the incident here: https://cdn.streamable.com/video/webm/vp9n.webm

Vagabov’s team expressed remorse for his mistake when they spoke to WSOF Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz after the fiasco. They reportedly told him that “Vagab got caught-up in the moment.” Abdel-Aziz explained the 5-month suspension when he told reporters, “as a company, we simply cannot let moments like this go without addressing them directly. We hope this penalty sends a strong message to everyone on our roster that such infractions simply will not be tolerated.” There is no doubt the suspension would have been longer had the attack be more malicious in nature.

WSOF has had their fair share of controversy lately. Last month’s WSOF 22 in Las Vegas’ main event welterweight title fight between Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields was marred by the Champion’s repeated eye pokes throughout the fight and a failure to release the fight-ending kimura in a timely manner by the notoriously dirty Palhares. A frustrated Shields ultimately answered the infractions by connecting with an ill-advised seated punch after the stoppage. The Brazilian fighter was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely by WSOF. He is still awaiting discipline from the Nevada Athletic commission. Shields, meanwhile, received 50 hours of community service from the NAC for his actions.

From watching the video one can come to a conclusion that it was a honest mistake from the Vagabov and barring any further action from the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission he will be eligible to compete for WSOF again on Feb. 18. The Republic of Dagestan native was making his debut for the promotion and hopefully in the future the size of the stage will not cause him to have another lapse in judgement.

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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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