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[Video] TJ Dillashaw reluctant to fight Urijah Faber and dismissive of Aljamain Sterling

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In under a month, TJ Dillashaw will be facing Dominick Cruz to defend his UFC bantamweight title for the second time having successfully won and defended it earlier this year against Renan Barao.

Dillashaw has had a turbulent 2015 to say the least. His maiden UFC title win was won amongst much personal controversy when he decided to leave his life-long teammates and training partners at Team Alpha Male and switch allegiances to Team Elevation in Colorado.

One of the people most upset by Dillashaw’s actions was his former mentor and fellow UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber. Since the split, Faber has been gunning for a chance to face his former student and has continually suggested publicly that he would love to challenge Dillashaw for the belt.

Speaking to MMA Latest last week, Dillashaw didn’t’ seem to share Faber’s desire for a fight between the two:

“It’s a good matchup for me, but it’s not something I really want to do.”

“I’ll fight him if the UFC put him in front of me. It’s big money for them but you know I got no real ill will against the guy, it’s not like I want to go and beat Urijah up.”

“He’s been a buddy of mine forever, he brought me into the sport. Mark Munoz is the one that told me to go start training at Alpha Male and he opened doors for me.”

“It’s not something I really want to happen.”

Whilst Dillashaw remained complimentary when talking about Faber, he wasn’t quite so fast to hand out praise to another fellow UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling had just come off the back of a big win at UFC Fight Night 80 where he defeated Johnny Eduardo in impressive fashion and he had been given widespread praise by fans and media alike.

Dillashaw however, didn’t appear to be too impressed when asked whether he had seen Sterling’s performance.

Whilst he praised Sterling for beating a good opponent and having good wrestling skills, he was quick to add that he had only “seen the highlights” and that he “wasn’t ultra impressed by it.”

Having fought his last fight on his current UFC contract, Sterling is currently a free agent. If he were to sign a new deal he’s made it clear that he wants to challenge the best in the division and see’s a title shot against the champion Dillashaw happening sooner rather than later.

Whilst Faber and Sterling remain in the wings for Dillashaw, the current UFC bantamweight champion had better focus on January 17th and UFC Fight Night Boston where he will face his toughest opponent yet, Dominick Cruz.

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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:

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



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



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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