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The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale Post-fight Press Conference Highlights, “I’m ready for everyone” – Joanna

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Live from Studios A & B in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the Post-fight press conference for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

Watch the live stream of the press conference, starting shortly after the event below:


Conference Highlights:

  • The VP of public relations, Dave Sholler, hosted the post-fight press conference.
  • Sholler gave an update midway through the conference, stating Andrew Sanchez had been cleared and left the hospital after meeting with physicians.
  • Will Brooks was asked if he’s had any discussions with his teammate and fellow lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier, about their division. Brooks paused the journalist from finishing his question by stating he would not fight his teammate.
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she wants to defend her title one more time this year before the women’s flyweight division begins to take form.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on her victory and her mindset once she entered the championship rounds:

“We were ready for a tough fight. We felt that she might get tired in the third, fourth, and fifth round. So I was waiting for my chance. She took me down, she was trying to control me, but I felt she couldn’t do anything on the ground. It didn’t feel like she can submit me, so I just waited for my chance. I always work so hard so I have condition for ten 15 rounds. I’m ready for everyone and I proved it again tonight.””

on the heated rivalry between her and Claudia:

“It’s all over. We are all one. We respect each other and that’s all. For me, Claudia Gadelha is one of the best strawweights in the UFC.”

Claudia Gadelha on her conditioning and fight strategy:

“I was fighting to win. And then in the third round I felt my arms were very tired. And I tried to keep fighting back, but Joanna she escaped a lot. She has good hips. She was escaping from my take downs and that’s what happened.”

Gadelha’s response when asked if she’s frustrated with losing twice to Joanna:

“I don’t look at it that way. I learn fight by fight. And this just made me more hungry. I’ll get back to the gym and work my a** off to get back into the octagon and fight hard again.”

her thoughts on the rivalry between her and Joanna:

“It’s not done. Never.”

Will Brooks on the build up to his UFC debut:

“It was an incredible experience. I took the first half of the week just to kind of take it all in, and be real excited, be a fan of the whole thing. But once after weigh ins, I flipped the switch and just went into work mode. I’m really happy with the whole experience. Everybody here is super professional. The first day I got here, I didn’t feel like a new guy. Everybody treated me like I was supposed to be here, it was a smooth transition.”

on the performance of Eddie Alvarez:

“I want the best for everybody, regardless if you fight in my weight class or what not. I get so excited for people when they accomplish their goals. So to see him get out there and accomplish a goal that he set for himself, of course you get excited for that. It’s a positive thing. I saw him before the fights and I congratulated him and wished him the best of luck in regards to defending the title. And I’ll definitely be working my way to get to him.”

Doo Ho Choi on representing Asia and becoming a star:

“My goal is to become champion. Whether that means fighting in Asia or fighting in America, it doesn’t really matter to me where I fight. I would just like to be on the big stage and try to draw as much attention as possible.”

Tatiana Suarez discussing her TUF victory: 

“It was definitely a long road to get to this point, but I expected to be in the finale and I expected to win the finale. And I just see it as another stepping stone in my career. And I’m just really excited that I was able to do what I said I was going to do, and showcase my skills out there in the octagon.”

 

 

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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