The UFC makes its way to Goiania, Brazil this weekend headlined by two former welterweight title challengers in the returning Carlos Condit and Muay Thai specialist Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves. Co-headling is an interesting featherweight rematch that has significant ramifications in that divisions top-10 as Charles Oliveira takes on Nik Lentz. Rounding out this card is a welterweight bout between KJ Noons and Alex Oliveira, Light-heavyweights Ryan Jimmo and Francimar Barroso, Francisco Trinaldo versus “Stormin” Norman Parke at Lightweight, and Darren Till taking on Wendell Oliveira.
Carlos Condit vs Thiago Alves
John Michael Edwards: I’ve always liked Alves, but I think his time as a top tier guy has passed. I could see a repeat of Alves versus Kampmann, with Condit being taken down by a tiring Alves and using that to lock up a submission in the fourth.
Jordan Killion: Condit vs. Alves? Insert Robin Williams Jumanji “What year is it?” meme. If Condit’s knee can withstand a few of Pitbull’s leg kicks, he should win the fight. Condit via Submission.
Dom Tutino: I’ve gone back and forth with my picks in this fight, but I think Alves will leg kick Condit’s injured leg throughout the contest inhibiting Condit’s movement and leaving him a sitting duck for Alves’ power.
Brice Schroeder: This is such a fun matchup that will really answer some questions on where these guys fall in the division. Will The Natural Born Killer get back to his winning ways after such a long injury layoff? I say he does by using his reach and footwork to keep Alves at bay until the opportunity to attack presents itself. Condit gets the finish against the very dangerous Alves.
Vinny Craig: Good main event for Condit to come back to. Whether he realizes it or not, Condit will be favoring the knee he injured. Alves is a big dude for 170 and hits like no one else in the division. I think the pressure of Condit (if it’s the old “Natural Born Killer’ we all know and love) will be too much and neutralize the power and technique of Alves. I got Condit by TKO in the late rounds.
Ethan Mudford: Even though Condit is coming off an injury and 3 losses in his last 4 fights, I still think he is at a higher level than Alves. Especially since Alves was extremely lucky to get past Mein in his last fight. I’m picking Condit to make a huge return with a third round TKO.
Sam LaPoint: I just can’t see Condit losing this fight. He’ll be able to outstrike Alves moving forward and/or backward. I see round one going either way, but in round two and three Condit will surely begin picking Alves apart and get the finish by the end of the third or early in the fourth.
Nik Lentz vs Charles Oliveira
John Michael Edwards: Oliveira SUB
Jordan Killion: Lentz UD
Dom Tutino: Oliveira SUB
Brice Schroeder: Oliveira SUB
Vinny Craig: Lentz UD
Ethan Mudford: Oliveira via Submission.
Sam LaPoint: Oliveira via Sub
KJ Noons vs Alex Oliveira
John Michael Edwards: Oliveira UD
Jordan Killion: Noons UD
Dom Tutino: Noons KO
Brice Schroeder: Noons UD
Vinny Craig: Noons SUB
Ethan Mudford: Oliveira via UD
Sam LaPoint: Oliveira UD
Francimar Barroso vs Ryan Jimmo
John Michael Edwards: Jimmo UD
Jordan Killion: Jimmo KO
Dom Tutino: Jimmo UD
Brice Schroeder: Jimmo KO
Vinny Craig: Jimmo KO
Ethan Mudford: Jimmo via UD
Sam LaPoint: Jimmo UD
Francisco Trinaldo vs Norman Parke
John Michael Edwards: Trinaldo SD
Jordan Killion: Parke UD
Dom Tutino: Parke KO
Brice Schroeder: Parke UD
Vinny Craig: Parke UD
Ethan Mudford: Trinaldo via UD
Sam LaPoint: Parke UD
Wendell Oliveira Marques vs Darren Till
John Michael Edwards: Oliveira UD
Jordan Killion: Oliveira KO
Dom Tutino: Till KO
Brice Schroeder: Oliveira UD
Vinny Craig: Oliveira KO
Ethan Mudford: Oliveira Marques via TKO
Sam LaPoint: Oliveira TKO
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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