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Who’s Next? UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm

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Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate:  Unlike many past upsets, there was no sense of luck involved, as Holm looked like the better fighter from start to finish. Employing a game plan akin to the one fellow Jackson-Wink MMA teammate Carlos Condit employed against Nick Diaz, “The Preacher’s Daughter” used her superior footwork and boxing to evade most of Rousey’s attempts to close distance and striking, leaving her whiffing at air more often than not. While it tends to be the norm for a dominant champion to get an immediate rematch (surely Dana White wants that), with Rousey being adamant about taking some time away from the cage, the most logical choice is for Miesha Tate to be Holm’s first title defense. Looking towards the future, this sets up perfectly for Rousey to return at UFC 200 in a rematch against the winner between Holm and Tate. Ronda Rousey wasn’t the only woman to lose in that bout. If Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino had put much more effort into making the 135lbs weight limit, it easily could have been her making history on Saturday night. At this point, even if she does make Bantamweight, becomes champ and defeats Rousey, the luster on those accomplishments will be quite a bit less impressive as they could have been.



Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadhela: Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked devastating against smaller and more grapple based fighters in Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne, so it was interesting to see how she would fare against a larger opponent with more stand-up skills. As expected, Joanna “Champion” used her superior striking, particularly kicks to her opponents lead leg hampering her mobility, en route to a unanimous decision victory.

 Her next fight undoubtedly should be the woman that more than a few pundits feel already defeated her, Claudia Gadhela. While Gadhela has only fought once since their first meeting, due to recovering from a severe knee injury, all of the other potential contenders have either already been defeated by the champ or are currently working their way up the ranks for a title shot.


Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson:  Robert Whittaker used pressure, octagon control, and heavy striking to push his win streak to four, defeating Uriah Hall by unanimous decision. Although this win surely puts him into the top-10, finding an opponent to reflect that ranking may be a bit difficult since the top half of the division clash at UFC 194, Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi are coming off of losses and his original opponent, Michael Bisping, is being rumored to a dance with Anderson Silva. Vitor Belfort is an option,  but a better option might be Derek Brunson. Brunson himself is working on a win streak, with his last two wins coming by first-round TKO. This is a good match that will help either entrench themselves into the Middleweight top-10.
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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:

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



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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