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Lyoto Machida vs Luke Rockhold

John Michael Edwards:  I’m torn.  I’ve been a Machida fan since he came into the UFC so while I want him to win, I want to see Rockhold fight for the title.  I feel like to beat Machida you have to either make him tentative by having KO power in your hands and/or have the quickness to pressure him and hold him in a clinch….I don’t know if Rockhold has those.  I’ll say Machida by Unanimous Decision.

Ethan Mudford:  I’ve gone back and forth in my mind over this fight. Take away Rockhold’s loss to the animal that was Vitor Belfort and he has looked amazing in the UFC. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Rockhold and as much as I enjoy and respect Machida, I’m going with Luke in this fight. – Rockhold via UD.

Sam LaPoint:  I’m not sure that I’ve ever had this much trouble calling a fight. Both are incredibly skilled and seasoned. Will Rockhold be able to cut off Machida and keep him backing up like Weidman had or will Machida be able to counter strike well enough to get the better of Rockhold? I believe Machida can do it and get a TKO or win a UD.

Matthew Wells:  First off, allow me to say that I will not be surprised if either man won this fight. Both guys are incredibly talented fighters that deserve to be at the top of the division. Since I have to make a prediction, here it goes: I can see Machida’s patience paying off in a big way while Rockhold tries to bring the pressure. Machida is an incredible counter striker and Rockhold tends to throw power shots that could leave an opening for a counter to end the fight early. Machida TKO

Stephen Howson:  There’s (probably) an old Brazilian proverb that goes something like, ‘The man who bets against Machida, the next day the bookie cannot find’. Who knows. Either way you won’t find me betting against the dragon. He simply does not lose often and I don’t think Rockhold despite being a very well rounded fighter possesses that x-factor required to get the win. Machida FTW, TKO.

Derek Bowe:   With Machida versus Rockhold likely determining the Middleweight divisions next title challenger, both fighters stand in a must win situation to remain at the top of the division. Machida will likely enjoy a speed advantage on the feet while Rockhold has a considerable size advantage, and will look to impose that, along with his dominating top game which he last used to submit Michael Bisping via guillotine. Should the fight spend a large amount of time on the ground, Rockhold will look to end the fight early by way of submission.

Vinny Craig:  Man this is going to be a good fight. The striking advantage goes to Machida, with the grappling to Rockhold. This fight really could go either way and is the right fight for the next title challenger. I see Machida winning by TKO in the later rounds.

Hazwady:  I see a five rounder with Rockhold via unanimous decision.

Brice Schroder:  This main event is a tough one to pick. Both fighter have the tools to win and give the champ some serious problems. I believe Rockhold has more paths to victory and will grind out a 5 round decision using his size and strength to make it a dirty fight. After this fight Rockhold will get the title fight against Weidman who runs through Belfort in May.

Iain MacMillan:  Rockhold by TKO – While Machida seems to be ageless, I still have to go with the younger fighter here in Rockhold. He’s got the talent to challenge for the title.

Scott Harling:  Rockhold

Dom Tutino:  This is a very tough fight to call and even though I picked Rockhold I wouldn’t be surprised to see Machida pull this one out.  I believe Rockhold will use his length and patience to time Machida’s rushes and counter. I think the first round will be a very slow feeling out process, but when Rockhold establishes his and Machida’s range he will begin to open up a la the Bisping fight.  In the later rounds Rockhold, using his size and strength, will begin to work his clinch and takedown game to slow down Machida and work for submissions.  Rockhold by rear naked choke.

Jim Edwards: Rockhold by TKO – I’m going on nothing but instinct here. There’s nothing to split them.

 

“Jacare” Souza vs Chris Camozzi

John Michael Edwards:  Jacare by Submission 

Ethan Mudford:  Jacare via Submission.

Sam LaPoint:  Jacare via Sub

Matthew Wells:  Jacare via Sub

Stephen Howson:  Jacare by whatever he wants.

Derek Bowe:  Jacare TKO round 1

Vinny Craig:  Jacare  by sub

Hazwady:  Jacare by whatever he wants

Brice Schroder:  Jacare – sub

Iain MacMillan:  Jacare by UD

Scott Harling:  Jacare

Dom Tutino:  Souza by KO round 1

Jim Edwards: Jacare by sub

 

Cub Swanson vs Max Holloway

John Michael Edwards:  Swanson by SD

Ethan Mudford:  Tough fight, Swanson via UD.

Sam LaPoint:  Holloway via UD

Matthew Wells:  Swanson via UD

Stephen Howson:  I think Holloway has a great future but he’s not ready for Cub, yet.

Derek Bowe:  Holloway by decision

Hazwady:  Holloway by decision

Vinny Craig:  Holloway by dec

Brice Schroder:  Swanson – KO

Iain MacMillan:  Swanson via UD

Scott Harling:  Swanson

Dom Tutino:  Swanson KO round 3

Jim Edwards: Swanson by UD

 

Felice Herrig vs Paige VanZant

John Michael Edwards:  Herrig TKO

Ethan Mudford:  VanZant via TKO

Sam LaPoint:  Herrig via UD

Matthew Wells:  Herrig via UD

Stephen Howson:  Herrig via stoppage

Derek Bowe:  VanZant by decision

Vinny Craig:  Vanzant by dec.

Hazwady:  VanZant via UD

Brice Schroder:  Herrig – decision

Iain MacMillan:  Herrig by TKO

Scott Harling:  VanZant

Dom Tutino:  Herrig  by decision

Jim Edwards: Herrig by UD

 

Jim Miller vs Beneil Dariush

John Michael Edwards:  Miller by UD

Ethan Mudford:  Dariush via TKO

Sam LaPoint:  Daruish via TKO

Matthew Wells:  Dariush via TKO

Stephen Howson:  Miller Decision

Derek Bowe:  Dariush by Submission round 3

Vinny Craig:  Dariush by dec

Hazwady:  Dariush via TKO

Brice Schroder:  Mmiller – decision

Iain MacMillan:   Miller by SUB

Scott Harling:  Dariush

Dom Tutino:  Miller by decision

Jim Edwards: Dariush by TKO

 

Ovince St. Preux vs Patrick Cummins

John Michael Edwards:  Cummins by UD

Ethan Mudford:  Cummins via UD.

Sam LaPoint:  Cummins via UD

Matthew Wells:  Cummins via UD

Stephen Howson:  OSP via KO

Derek Bowe:  Cummins by decision

Vinny Craig:  St. Preux by KO

Hazwady:  OSP via TKO

Brice Schroder:  St. Preux – KO

Iain MacMillan:  St. Preux by TKO

Scott Harling:  Cummins

Dom Tutino:  Cummins by decision

Jim Edwards: Cummins by decision

 

Corey Anderson vs Gian Villante

John Michael Edwards:  Anderson UD

Ethan Mudford:  Villante via UD

Sam LaPoint:  Anderson via TKO

Matthew Wells:  Anderson via TKO

Stephen Howson:  Anderson Decision

Derek Bowe:  Anderson by TKO round 1

Vinny Craig:  Villante by dec

Hazwady:  Anderson via TKO

Brice Schroder:  Anderson – decision

Iain MacMillan:  Villante by TKO

Scott Harling:  Anderson

Dom Tutino:  Anderson by decision

Jim Edwards: Anderson by UD

 

Takeya Mizugaki vs Aljamain Sterling

John Michael Edwards:  Sterling by TKO

Ethan Mudford:  Sterling via TKO

Sam LaPoint:  Sterling via TKO

Matthew Wells:  Mizugaki via UD

Stephen Howson:  Mizugaki Decision

Derek Bowe:  Mizugaki by decision

Vinny Craig:  Mizugaki by TKO

Hazwady:  Mizugaki via UD

Brice Schroder:  Mizugaki – decision

Iain MacMillan:  Sterling by UD

Scott Harling:  Sterling

Dom Tutino:  Sterling by submission round 1

Jim Edwards: Mizugaki by UD

 

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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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