Shinya Aoki successfully defended the One Championship lightweight title for the second time after gaining a unanimous decision win over Koji Ando on One Championship: Warrior’s Quest. However, his next title defense might not happen by the end of 2015.
Recently, Fight Network Canada reported that a super fight between Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes is in the works, which should not change the landscape of the 155lbs division. Both fighters are more likely to agree to fight at 145lbs or at catchweight between 145lb-155lbs. The superfight is speculated to be the headline of an upcoming event in Dubai which will mean that the next title defence could only happen from mid 2016 onwards.
Seems like the waiting time have been increased for the queue of fighters who would like to get a shot at the belt. Below are a shorlist fighters that have been on a winning streak in the One Championship lightweight division.
Lowen Tynanes(7-0) returned to One Championship on Warrior’s Quest and extended his undefeated streak by gaining a unanimous decision win over Kuat Khamitov. With a 3 fight winning streak over formidable opponents in the One Championship 155lbs division, there is no question that he would be the most deserving to be next in line for Aoki’s belt.
Malaysian poster boy Peter Davis(10-3) is on a 4 fight winning streak. Though he finished and dominated all his fights convincingly, he has not fought a powerhouse in the One Championship lightweight division since his loss to Eddie Ng in October 2013. A victory over a huge name would certainly propel Peter straight into a title shot. Former UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta would make an interesting title eliminator bout for Peter Davis. A main event between these two superstars would easily sell out a stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Ariel Sexton recently told MMA Latest that he has the One Championship lightweight title belt in his sights. The Costa Rican gained an impressive rear naked choke win despite breaking his arm in the earlier rounds, over Eddie Ng on One Championship: Warrior’s quest. With a 2 fight winning streak in the One Championship lightweight division, a fight against Caros Fodor who is also on a two fight winning streak would be the perfect way for either fighter to move closer towards a title fight. However, it still remains to be seen if Ariel could return by the end of the year.
After losing Vuyisile Colossa on October 2013, former UFC/StrikeForce fighter Caros Fodor returns to winning ways defeating Willy Ni and Vincent Latoel in 2014. With Ariel’s injury still in question, Australian powerhouse Adrian Pang, who is coming off a win over Vincent Latoel would be the only sensible opponent left in the One Championship Lightweight division.
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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