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Who’s Next? UFC on FOX: Teixeira vs. Evans

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Glover Teixeira vs. Anthony Johnson:  It was a quick fight, but in what time he was in the ring, Glover Teixeira looked great as he pressured Rashad Evans from the sound of the bell, eventually finishing the former champion with a pin-point left hand and a follow-up right to seal the deal. With the injury to Daniel Cormier, #1 contender-in-waiting Anthony Johnson finds himself in a quandary: If there is an option for him to wait for the outcome of Cormier vs. Jon Jones/Ovince St. Preux, then he could find himself out until early next year. Otherwise, a clash between Teixeira and Johnson in the meantime would make the most sense…and don’t expect that fight to go the distance.

 

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Rose Namajunas vs. Claudia Gadelha/Joanna Jedrzejczyk winner:  Namajunas avenged her loss to Tecia Torres, handing her the first loss of her career, with a hard fought, close unanimous decision. At only 23 years of age, Namajunas’ star has risen quickly and she finds herself on the cusp of challenging for the Strawweight title. She has also hinted at wanting to take a break from competition as she has fought three times in the span of seven months. With the rematch between joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadhela taking place in early July, maybe Namajunas would be up for the challenge come the fall.

 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson: Personal opinion, I would have hoped that the UFC had waited until the outcome of Nurmagomedov’s bout with Darrell Horcher to book the next opponent for champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Since Horcher wasn’t highly ranked and coming in on nine days notice, even with the unpredictable nature of MMA it would have been safe to guess that Nurmagomedov would come out with a victory fairly unscathed. That, plus his past win over Dos Anjos and surely his and the companies desire to fight again quickly after his nearly two-year-long absence, it would  have made as much sense to match him up with the champion instead of Eddie Alvarez. Alas, that’s not the fight that was made, so in the meantime rescheduling the fight between him and Tony Ferguson is the easy choice for the next foe for “The Eagle”.

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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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