Remember when Vitor Belfort tossed out the idea of a ‘Legends League’ within the UFC? You know, a place where fighters on the back-end of their career could fight fellow ageing superstars and avoid the younger upstarts looking to make a name for themselves? Well…..
According to reports from Combate in Brazil, Vitor Belfort is set for his final UFC appearance against Nate Marquardt after both parties have come to a verbal agreement to meet at UFC 212. The event is scheduled for June 3 and will take place in Belfort’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro.
Belfort (25-14) is currently on a three-fight losing streak in the UFC and after his latest loss to Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Fight Night 106, ‘The Phenom’ announced that his next bout would be his last. The 40-year-old had been rumoured to take on Anderson Silva at the Rio de Janeiro event following Gastelum’s removal from the card but a potential rematch between the Brazilian pair was quickly put to rest by both camps. Belfort is currently ranked #10 in the UFC’s middleweight rankings.
Marquardt (35-17-2) meanwhile has had a tumultuous time in the UFC lately and has traded wins and losses in his last five bouts. Since returning to the UFC in 2013 after a brief spell in Strikeforce, ‘The Great’ has gone 3-6 with all his three victories coming via stoppage while four of his six losses have been via KO/TKO. The 38-year-old last entered the Octagon at UFC on Fox 23 in a losing effort to Sam Alvey via unanimous decision.
With the addition of a Belfort/Marquardt contest, UFC 212 is currently scheduled to feature:
- Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway – UFC featherweight title unification bout
- Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Anderson Silva vs. TBA
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
- Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
- Leonardo Santos vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
- Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
- Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara
- Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely
- Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
- Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle
- Luan Chagas vs Jim Wallhead
- Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt
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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