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Who’s Next? UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson III

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Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida:  Belfort versus Henderson 3 played out essentially identical to Belfort versus Hendeson 2.  While the first two minutes of the bout resembled the classic match between Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock (if you haven’t seen it before, it’s like watching paint dry), but once Vitor decided to throw a strike, he made it count.  A head kick and some vintage ground and pound lead to “The Phenom” with his hand raised once again.  Up next should be Lyoto Machida.  The reality is, with the murderer’s row ahead of these guys in the rankings, the chances of either regaining the title are minuscule and it would be a travesty to know that these two Brasilian legends have shared weight classes for years and not been matched up together.  The winner of this fight may even propel himself back into title contention.

 

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Glover Teixeira vs. Alexander Gustafsson:  Teixeira made easy work of Pat Cummins Saturday night.  Although Cummins used his wrestling early on to land easy takedowns, Teixeira calmly, and skillfully got back to his feet with seemingly little effort.  At that point, the writing was on the proverbial wall as Cummin’s striking just was not up to par with the Brasilian’s and he paid dearly for it, with Teixeira ending the fight with a heavy barrage of punches with Cummins being held up by the cage.  There really is only one fight for Teixeira right now and that is against Alexander Gustafsson.  There is a dearth of top-flight talent in the Light-Heavyweight division and as it stands these two are the only realistic title hopefuls that aren’t already scheduled to fight.

 

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Thomas Almeida vs. Aljamain Sterling/Johnny Eduardo winner:  Almeida once again put on a stunning performance, finishing Anthony Birchak with a flurry of punches straight out of a videogame ending with a sizzling right hand that sent his opponent crashing to the ground and into the land of unconsciousness.   It wouldn’t be farfetched to say that Thomas Almeida could be challenging for the title in a year or so, but let’s not crown him just yet.  While a fight with the Sterling/Eduardo winner won’t shoot him up the rankings should he win, it would solidify whether he is truly the real deal and if he is ready for elite competition.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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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:

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.

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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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