Stipe Miocic vs Mark Hunt
John Michael Edwards: Mark Hunt’s fists have to be the number one game changer in MMA. I would say Miocic is the overall better fighter, but as long as the fight stays standing he is playing with a big fire and he will get burned. Hunt by 3rd round KO.
Ethan Mudford: We know that Mark Hunt brings power to the table and Stipe has been stopped before in the UFC. He is coming off a war with a JDS who has been ruined by Cain Velasquez. Prior to that, he beat a Light Heavyweight and had 2 decisions against Gonzaga who is currently unranked and Nelson who isn’t in the top 10. Hunt is a finisher. I’m predicting a knockout in round 2.
Jordan Killion: Heart says Hunt. Head says Stipe. When in doubt, think it out. Stipe UD
Jim Edwards: Of late the only people to beat Hunt are JDS and Werdum. These guys took Hunt out with really dynamic striking – a spinning heel kick and a flying knee respectively. Does Stipe have that dynamic striking in his locker? No, I don’t think so. I’m going with Stipe having his moments, but Hunt landing a big shot to set up a flurry finish. KFC King wins this for me – Hunt.
Vinny Craig: I see Miocic being the smarter fighter with cardio to boot. I don’t see the power of Hunt coming into play much as Miocic will most likely stay at a distance most of the fight. What most thought would be an exciting fight might turn into a chess match (if that’s your sort of thing). I have Miocic by decision but wouldn’t he surprised he if got caught late taking a chance.
Iain MacMillan: Miocic by decision. As much as I love Mark Hunt, I just believe Miocic is the more technical boxer and he will use his footwork to stay out of Hunts right hand and win via decision.
Dominic Whittall: Miocic by unanimous decision!
Dom Tutino: This may not be the classic striker versus grappler match-up, but it does pose the interesting question of a technician against a brawler. Unfortunately for the brawler, I see technical prowess and overall athletic ability taking this one. The smart bet is that this will be a kickboxing affair, with the odd clinch here and there and I see it playing straight into Miocic’s game. Stipe will use his footwork to stay behind his jab and keep the powerful Hunt at a distance. From here I see Miocic tearing up Hunt’s tree trunk limbs with leg kicks to slow down the Samoan who isn’t known for his high level cardio. I see this being the M.O. for the whole contest leading Miocic to a rather easy decision win, but one showing just how technically sound Stipe Miocic really is.
Chris Arsenault: In a clash of two of the heaviest hitters in the division I predict the Super Samoan winning by first or second round KO. Stipe is a great fighter that showed tremendous heart against JDS, but a fight like that takes years off your career. He also showed that he gets caught and gets caught often. That combined with Hunt’s cement chin will lead to a very fun fight up until Hunt goes for yet another walk-off KO.
Brice Schroeder: This main event will come down to one thing…can Stipe avoid being knocked unconscious by one of those giant clubs Mark Hunt calls hands? Miocic was able to survive 5 rounds with one of the best strikers in the heavyweight division in JDS and I think he can do the same against Hunt. Only this time he will enjoy a huge advantage in athleticism and cardio which will carry him to a unanimous decision in front of a very pro-Hunt crowd.
Matthew Wells: This fight will be determined by Stipe’s ability to take a punch from Hunt. While he’s the cleaner and more efficient striker, it’s hard to believe Stipe can avoid eating one huge shot from Hunt that can end the fight. However, he is the most athletic of the two fighters, has the bigger gas tank, and will more than likely use his range to avoid the power of Hunt. It’s hard for me to pick this one, but I’ll go with Stipe via UD.
Brad Tavares vs. Robert Whittaker
John Michael Edwards: Tavares SD
Ethan Mudford: Whittaker via TKO
Jordan Killion: Tavares UD
Jim Edwards: Whittaker UD
Vinny Craig: Tavares by DEC
Iain MacMillan: Whittaker by TKO
Dominic Whittall: Tavares by SD
Dom Tutino: Tavares UD
Chris Arsenault: Tavares UD
Brice Schroeder: Tavares UD
Matthew Wells: Tavares UD
Anthony Perosh vs. Sean O’Connell
John Michael Edwards: Perosh UD
Ethan Mudford: Perosh via UD
Jordan Killion: The Hippo via SUB
Jim Edwards: The crowd don’t win here that’s for sure! Perosh SD
Vinny Craig: Perosh by SUB
Iain MacMillan: O’Connell by TKO
Dominic Whittall: O’Connell TKO
Dom Tutino: O’Connell KO
Chris Arsenault: Perosh first-round SUB
Brice Schroeder: Perosh by SUB
Matthew Wells: Perosh via SUB
Jake Matthews vs. James Vick
John Michael Edwards: Matthews TKO
Ethan Mudford: Matthews via Submission
Jordan Killion: Matthews via SUB
Jim Edwards: Matthews cause he’s a beast – TKO
Vinny Craig: Matthews by SUB
Iain MacMillan: Matthews by TKO
Dominic Whittall: Vick TKO
Dom Tutino: Vick UD
Chris Arsenault: Matthews by first-round KO
Brice Schroeder: Vick by UD
Matthew Wells: Matthews via TKO
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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:
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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