One Championship returns to Jakarta this weekend headlined by a welterweight (185lbs) bout between Luis Santos(61-9-2) and Rafael Silva(40-15). The co-main event will feature a catchweight 71.5kg(158lbs)between former One Championship Lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku (23-10-2) against Vincent Latoel (16-16-2). MMA Latest Asia picks a more interesting co-main for our pre-fight analysis preview this weekend.
Kotetsu Boku started his journey with One Championship winning the inaugural lightweight title in his debut, knocking out contender Zorobabel Moreira in round 3 on October 2012. He then lost the title to now champion Shinya Aoki on April 2013. The Japanese last fought in the promotion on November 2015 with a 2nd round TKO win over Major Overall. Boku has fought a total of six fights in One Championship with three wins and three losses.
Similarly, Vincent Latoel has the same record in the promotion as his upcoming opponent with three wins and three losses. The Dutch debuted in September 2013 with a 1st round submission win over Willy Ni and last fought on September 2015 with a 2nd round TKO win over Arnaud Lepont.
Expect both fighters to feel each other out in the first minute. Boku usually fights in orthodox with his left hand out, occasionally lifting his left knee and this could draw Vincent to throw kicks. Vincent tend to switch stances throughout the fight but will likely opt for the southpaw stance and comes in with a 5cm height advantage which could make it difficult for Boku to land his trademark stinging jabs as proven in his fight against the taller Vuyisile Colossa. Boku will rely more on his straight right, launching into the pocket and moves away to the left.
As shown above, against an orthodox Colossa, a well timed left hook would catch Boku easily but if Vincent were to fight in southpaw it could be a different result.
Interestingly, Latoel throws his straights with almost the same technique and moves back after angling out to the left. Again a left hook as the counter as Wily Ni follows up with a right for the first gif while a left hook from Adrian Pang from the second gif. If both were to repeatably throw the same straights, the advantage would certainly go to the Japanese who is deemed as the better boxer among the two.
However, if Vincent could use his left hand set up a leg kick(as shown below) and use it throughout the fight, he might be able to get his hands raised. Colossa uses the jab, forcing Boku back into a position that is defenceless from his leg kick. Boku would have to turn his body to check the kick which is impossible and absorbing that kick forces him to give his back leading him into a more vulnerable position. Colossa did this multiple times when he faced Boku and got the decision win.
Claiming the centre of the cage in this fight would be crucial but both fighters already made their mark by knocking out fighters with their back against the cage; Boku knocking out Zorobabel Moreira in Singapore and Vincent knocking out Arnaud Lepont in Jakarta. It is a very tough fight to call but the conservatives would certainly pick the Japanese.
Vincent Latoel will face Kotetsu Boku on One Championship – Tribe of Warriors on the 20th of February in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*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)
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)
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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