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Who’s Next? UFC 188: Werdum vs. Velasquez

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior dos Santos:  Though it could be seen as an upset, Cain Velasquez’s style played right into the strength of Fabricio Werdum.  Whether it was the high altitude, the 20-month layoff or a combination of both, The former champions vaunted cardio failed him as his attempt to push the pace against “Vai Cavalo” who weathered the early storm and picked his fading opponent apart, leading to a desperate takedown by Velasquez directly into the fight-ending guillotine choke.  The answer to who is next for Werdum comes down to one of two men: Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski.  I think the UFC will choose Arlovski as he is currently the hotter commodity of the two, having won his last five fights including a thrilling KO victory over Travis Browne.  Him being a former champion nine years removed and owning a victory over Werdum makes for a great story and easy hype…but dos Santos is more deserving being the higher ranked fighter with better wins, one over the champ by knockout and also being a former and more recent champion himself.

Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne: There’s two good things about Cain Velasquez losing Saturday night: the heavyweight division becomes a bit more interesting and we will surely get a more active and hungry (if that’s even possible) Cain.  His first opponent on his road back to the title should be Travis Browne, but good luck to any man that has to be the first to fight Cain after this setback.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Johnson/Beneil Dariush winner:  Talk about fighting through adversity.  After a shaky and tentative first round that left his eye dangerously swollen, Eddie Alvarez pulled off an upset half blind against one of the best lightweights in the world, Gilbert Melendez, using pressure and his wrestling to wear down his opponent en route to a split decision victory.  The winner between the two surging prospects Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush who square off August 4th in Nashville would surely love a crack at Alvarez to solidify his name as a contender at 155lbs.  Alvarez is not one to take that lying down.

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Dong Hyun Kim:  Though undersized against Nate Marquardt, it was obvious from the start how this fight would play out.  After the brutal assault against the former King of Pancrase, Gastelum made it clear that his future is in the Welterweight division.   A great welcome back to the division would be Dong Hyun Kim who was recently victorious in May, besting Josh Burkman by arm triangle.

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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:

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



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



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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