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Venator FC III: Meek shocks the world as Barnatt retains … full report

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English mixed martial artist Luke Barnatt retained his Venator FC middleweight crown when he defeated late replacement opponent Stefan Croitoru at Venator FC III in Milan, Italy last evening.

Barnatt was previously booked to face loose cannon Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller but after the American weighed in at a whopping 24lbs overweight yesterday at the weigh-ins, the Venator bosses decided to reorganise that card and place Stefan Croitoru in the place of Miller to face Barnatt.

The late change in opponent briefly seemed to put the tall British fighter off his game as his new Italian opponent revealed his gameplan early and went for takedown after takedown in what was a frustrating opening five minutes.

In the second round though ‘Bigslow’ settles into his game and established his striking as he attacked the body with well-placed kicks and hooks. The ed came in a rather bizarre fashion as Barnatt landed another front kick to the body and his opponent fell to the mat. The referee, seeing the Italian was in no place to continue defending himself, abruptly stopped the fight before he Barnatt could follow up and with that the Brit retained his Venator FC middleweight title in what can only be described as a totally crazy week.

The event was held in the PalaSesto arena in Milan in front of approximately two thousand Italian fans who were treated to an entertaining night of both domestic Italian and international fights.

In the main event of the evening, much fancied Brazilian Rousimar Palhares was defeated by Norway’s Emil Weber Meek when the referee stopped the fight after just 45 seconds of the first round.

The beginning of the end came when Palhares shot for a takedown and Meek side stepped sending Palhares stumbling forward. With Palhares turtled against the fence, Meek proceeded to lay down ground and pound to force the finish in a somewhat controversial way as many claimed the strikes were landing to the back of the head. Regardless, the referee ruled the fight over and it as the Norwegian who had his hand raised in an upset no one saw coming apart from Meek himself.

Of note on the undercard, Jack Hermansson put on an impressive performance to stop his highly durable opponent Ireneusz Cholewa after one minute and five seconds of the third round. It was a classic performance by ‘The Hammer’ who put on a striking clinic working well behind his left jab throughout.

After his weigh-in debacle yesterday, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller put on a brave display in a losing effort when he was submitted in the second round of his last minute scheduled light heavyweight contest against Mattia Schiavolin.

Venator FC III Full Results

Emil Weber Meek def. Rousimar Palhares via technical knockout (Round 1, 0:45)

Luke Barnatt def. Stefan Croitoru via technical knockout (Round 2, 2:32)

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Matt Hamill via knockout (Round 1, 0:37)

Marvin Vettori def. Igor Araujo via submission (guillotine choke) (Round 1, 1:13)

Mattia Schiavolin def. Mayhem Miller via submission (rear-naled choke) (Round 2, 3:10)

Karl Amoussou def. Giovanni Melillo via technical knockout (Round 1, 4:51)

Jack Hermansson def. Ireneusz Cholewa via technical knockout (Round 3, 1:05)

Cody McKenzie def. Valeriu Mircea via submission (guillotine choke) (Round 2, 1:30)

Che Mills vs. Terry Montgomery was declared a no-contest due to an illegal elbow (Round 1)

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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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