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Who’s Next? UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski

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Alistair Overeem vs. Stipe Miocic/Fabricio Werdum winner:  Overeem made his hometown fans happy with his first round TKO finish of “teammate” Andrei Arlovski. While the fight was even, for the most part, Overeem landed a jumping front kick that dazed the Belarusian before dropping him with a pinpoint left hook and sealing the deal with follow-up ground-and-pound. After this win, “The Reem” should be next in line for a crack at the belt after the dust is settled from the Miocic/Werdum bout.

The only objection would come from Cain Valasquez as he was the originally scheduled opponent for Werdum. Unfortunately, the reality is with Valasquez is that because of his recent track record with injuries, it’s difficult to look ahead with him in regards to scheduling. He has a fight coming up with Travis Browne that fans, media and the organization itself are holding their collective breath that he makes it into the octagon.

 

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Neil Magny:  What looked like a fairly even fight on paper turned out not to be the case. Though their striking styles are vastly different, the skill level seem to be on par, neither is known as an exceptional wrestler, but the one glaring gap between Gunnar Nelson and Albert Tumenov’s comparative skill sets was what determined the outcome of their fight. Once the fight hit the ground, Gunnar Nelson’s superior grappling skill shone through as he easily put himself in whatever position he saw fit, leading up to him coaxing a tap out from Tumenov in the second round.

Nelson and Neil Magny find themselves in a similar situation (other than both being caught in the Demien Maia Grappling machine). Both men have made a name for themselves in the division, yet have fallen short when getting a chance against a top tier opponent (although Magny did defeat a Hector Lombard coming off of a lengthy suspension). A fight between these two would help to sort out the pecking order in the lower half of the Welterweight top-10.

 

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Germaine de Randamie vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino:  de Randamie looked spectacular in her first round demolition of Anna Elmose. The “Iron Lady” used her superior physical gifts and skill to bully the smaller Elmose, finishing her with devastating knees in the Thai clinch. Though it is being presumptuous since “Cyborg” has a fight against Leslie Smith that she has to win, the UFC brought her over from Invicta for a reason. A fight between these two tall, aggressive Muay Thai strikers is guaranteed fireworks and would easily catapult the winner into title contention if not a title fight.

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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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