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Urijah Faber victorious in his final fight inside the Octagon

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Saturday, December 17, 2016, Urijah Faber, one of the most memorable names in the world of mixed martial arts, has left the octagon as a fighter for the last time at UFC Fight Night: Vanzant vs. Waterson.

After hinting at being at the end of his career, Faber announced that his fight against Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night Vanzant vs. Waterson would be the final fight of his career. The event was held at the Golden 1 Center in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, California. The card hosted a number of memorable bouts such as Mickey Gall vs. Sage Northcutt, Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry and, of course, Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson.

Urijah Faber began his career in combat sports as a wrestler. As a NCAA Division I wrestler at the University of California at Davis, Faber became a two-time NCAA national qualifier. Following his graduation from Davis, Faber ventured into mixed martial arts, making his professional debut on November 12, 2003, in the Gladiator Challenge promotion, which he won by submission via guillotine. In 2004, Faber took on the promotion’s Bantamweight champion, David Velasquez, which he won by unanimous decision. After defending his title, Faber began to fight for both GC and King of the Cage. After a number of fights, Faber defeated the KOTC Bantamweight champion, making him the holder of the Bantamweight title for both promotions.

Faber’s career as a Featherweight began through the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion after he defeated the featherweight champion, Cole Escovedo. Faber successfully defended his title in a number of WEC bouts until eventually losing to Mike Brown in 2008. In attempt to re-earn his title, Faber continued fighting as a featherweight until he lost to Jos√© Aldo, which sent him back down to bantamweight. When the WEC merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2012, Faber was brought over to fight in the new promotion. Faber fought in a number of bantamweight bouts until he was selected to be coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Following the conclusion of the TUF season, Faber went on to fight in UFC 149, UFC 157, UFC 169, UFC 175, UFC 181, UFC 194, UFC 199, and UFC 203, along with a number of UFC Fight Night cards.

In addition to his clearly productive career, Faber is also noted as the founder of Team Alpha Male in 2004, out of Sacramento California, which is credited for producing a number of UFC fighters such as T.J. Dillashaw, Paige VanZant, Cody Garbrandt, Chad Mendes, Chris Holdsworth, Danny Castillo, Joseph Benavidez, and Justin Buchholz. Team Alpha Male additionally serves as a site for a number of UFC fighters’ training camps.

In his final bout, Faber defeated Pickett by unanimous decision after clearly dominating every round of the fight. Faber lead in every statistic of the fight with 1 knockdown, 89 total strikes, 70 significant strikes, 5 takedowns, and 1 submission attempt, clearly demonstrating his veteran status in the UFC. Following the fight, Faber gave a humble post-fight interview during which he sincerely thanked the MMA community, along with the UFC, for his long and undoubtedly successful career. Faber concluded his interview by saying, “I am ready to move forward and do some big things.”

As expected, many members of the MMA community took to twitter in response to Faber’s official retirement:

The UFC, as well as MMA as a whole, has undoubtedly been impacted by Faber’s influence and his quote, “dream big, stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the journey,” will continue to embody the world of mixed martial arts.

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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 ‚ÄúOvertime‚ÄĚ 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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