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Who’s Next? UFC on FOX: Condit vs. Maia

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Demian Maia vs. Tyron Woodley/Stephen Thompson winner: Wow! It’s been 10 years and 22 fights since the last time Carlos Condit has tasted defeat via submission, yet Jiu Jitsu wizard Demian Maia made him look absolutely inept once their fight hit the ground which was more of a testament to his absolutely brilliant grasp on the art than it is Condit’s lack thereof. Maia may or may not have thrown a punch standing, but he essentially disposed of his opponent using a masterful blend of MMA wrestling and world-class Jiu Jitsu to finish the job 1:52 in the first round. Next up is surely a title shot against the winner of Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, who after witnessing the ease at which Maia defeated Condit, will definitely be ramping up their defensive wrestling and Jiu Jitsu drills.

 

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Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway: After a fantastic first round that ended with his opponent, Charles Oliveira, being saved by the bell, Anthony Pettis began to slow down in the second round, possibly due to this new weight cut to his new division which is not uncommon. However, the always gritty Pettis found a way to dispatch of the resurgent Oliveira grabbing on to a guillotine choke as the Brasilian dove in on a takedown,  eliciting a tap-out 1:49 into the third round. There is a precedence of “fast-tracking” fairly popular, former champions as they move down in weight, so Pettis receiving a similar treatment would not be a surprise. Should Conor McGregor ultimately choose to return to Featherweight to defend his crown against Jose Aldo, a great way to inject Pettis into the heart of the division’s title picture would be to pair him against Max Holloway to decide who gets the next crack at the 145lbs title.

 

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Paige VanZant vs. Maryna Moroz: Somewhere between her last fight with Rose Namajunas, Dancing with the Stars and now, Paige VanZant became the new Karate Kid. Typically more of a clinch fighter, VanZant came out against her opponent, Bec Rawlings, throwing a multitude of kicks, particularly the jumping switch kick that ultimately fell Rawlings at the beginning of the second round. While it is obvious the UFC would love to push “12 Gauge” further into the spotlight with bigger fights, a great, tough opponent for her to try and work her way into the title picture would be the 8-1 Maryna Moroz who is coming off of a Split Decision victory over Danielle Taylor earlier this month.

 

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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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