Conor McGregor gave the Boston crowd, the fans back in Ireland, and the rest of the MMA world exactly what was expected of him: a show, while his opponent, Dennis Siver could do little to stave off “The Notorious One”. Also, Benson Henderson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone added another great fight to their friendly rivalry and Uriah Hall showed off glimpses the striking prowess which made him a star on The Ultimate Fighter. Here’s what should come next:
Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo: This is THE biggest fight on the horizon for the UFC. The “Notorious” Conor McGregor stamped his claim as the number one contender for Jose Aldo’s belt and let him know it afterwards. Dominating Dennis Siver from the opening bell, McGregor fell a little short of his “within-two-minutes” prediction, but otherwise showed off his methodical striking style. Aldo/McGregor in a Dublin soccer stadium? Yes, please!!
Dennis Siver vs Jeremy Stephens: Siver, a skilled striker in his own right, had no answer for Conor McGregor’s striking and counter striking, particularly his left straight, which ended up being what felled him. This loss puts his hold on the number 10 ranking in jeopardy. Going up against fellow striker Jeremy Stephens should make for an entertaining scrap.
Donald Cerrone vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: Of his recent 7 fight win streak, Donald Cerrone finally got a challenge. He and Benson Henderson went to toe-to-toe for the duration of their three round fight, with “Cowboy” coming out on top of what was a coin flip of a decision. After such an active year, some time off while waiting for Khabib Nurmagomedov to get back into action would make for an obvious number one contender fight against the winner of Anthony Pettis and Raphael dos Anjos.
Ben Henderson vs Edson Barboza/Michael Johnson loser: Ben Henderson lost a heartbreaking close decision to Donald Cerrone, making this the first losing streak of his 26 fight career. Perennially near the top of the division, though this setback may not knock too far down the rankings, it does put his titles hopes in jeopardy. A fight with the loser of the forthcoming Barboza/Johnson battle could either be a first step towards a title run or the nail in the coffin of those aspirations.
Uriah Hall vs. Brad Tavares: Uriah Hall made a quick visit to the octagon, finishing newcomer Ryan Stallings within 4 minutes of the first round via Doctor’s Stoppage, due to a nasty cut over his left eye. Stallings, who took the fight with 6 days notice, looked good while he lasted, but couldn’t withstand Hall’s dynamic striking. A bout against Brad Tavares, who last defeated Nate Marquardt at UFC 182, would make for a good test to see which young contender will inch further up the middleweight ranks.
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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