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Upcoming MMA events in Asia : July 2015

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3rd July
M-1 Challenge 59 – Battle of Nomads 5
Astana, Kazakhstan
Russian promotion M1 sets up a rematch between Sergei Kharitonov(22-5) and Kenny Garner(16-8) in Kazakhstan, months after their first meeting ended in a doctor stoppage.

5th July
Pancrase 268
Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Former One Championship Bantamweight contender Masakatsu Ueda(18-4-2) will face Luis Alberto Nogueira(19-3-1) on the main event of Pancrase 268.

5th July
Deep – Toyama Impact 2015
Wohlfahrt Toyama, Toyama, Japan
Yoshiyuki Katahira(9-2-2) vs Nao Yoneda(4-2-1) will main event Deep in Toyama.

12th July
ZST – ZST Challenge 143
Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex, Tokyo, Japan

12th July
Shooto – Gig West 17
Abeno Kumin Center Hall, Osaka Japan
Tadaaki Yamamoto(9-7-2) vs Nobutaka Naito(2-2-1) will main event Shooto in Osaka.

12th July
Tenkaichi Fight – Tenkaichi With Best Gym
Namura Hall, Okinawa, Japan
Ryo Yamaguchi(1-3) vs Ryuichi Nakanishi(5-2-1) will main event Tankaichi Fight in Okinawa.

18th July
WCF – Wardog Cage fight 4
Sekaikan Theater, Osaka, Japan

18th July
One Championship – Kingdom of warriors
Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar
One Championship bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes(17-3) will defend his title against Cage Warriors champion Toni Tauru(10-1-1) on the promotion’s first event in Myanmar.

20th July
Deep – Cage Impact 2015
Ota City General Gymnasium, Ota, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese veteran Satoru Kitaoka(36-13-9) will face Yuki Okano(10-7-1) in the main event of Deep’s second show in the month of July

25th July
Road FC 24
Ariake Coliseum, Koto, Tokyo, Japan
Korean promotion Road FC venture into Japan with a lopsided main event for the home crowd. Japanese veteran Riki Fukuda(22-7) will face korean Uh Jin Jeon(3-2). The co-main event features the returning Korean Goliath, Hong Man Choi(2-3) againts Carlos Toyota(5-6)

26th July
Shooto
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yoshitaka Naito(8-0) vs Ryuto Sawada(5-1-1) will main event Shooto’s second MMA show in July.

26th July
Pancrase – Osaka
Azalea Taisho Hall, Osaka, Japan
Pancrase second show in the month of July features Yoshihiro Koyama(20-8-2) vs Yuki Yamasaki(8-2) in the main event.

31st July
IMPI FC 2
Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Well-known MMA and kickboxing competitor, Vuyisile Colossa wraps up the month of July with his Hong Kong based promotion, IMPI FC.

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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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