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WHO’S NEXT? UFC ON FOX: ROCKHOLD vs. MACHIDA

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Saturday night could be viewed as somewhat of a youth movement as many grizzled veterans fell prey to younger, hungrier lions (and a lioness). Luke Rockhold made quick work of Lyoto Machida like few have done before, Max Holloway leveled up, and Paige VanZant earned a lot of her hype, all the while “Jacare” was “Jacare”. Here’s what potentially could be next for the winners.

Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman/Vitor Belfort winner: If there were any doubts before, Luke Rockhold put them all to rest with his brilliant performance against Lyoto Machida. Capitalizing on a slip in the early part of the first round, Rockhold battered Machida with ground and pound that left the “Dragon” on shaky legs before finishing his still wobbled opponent by rear naked choke in the second. This performance was definitely worthy of a title shot, but there’s one problem…

“Jacare” Souza vs. Chris Weidman/Vitor Belfort winner: The number one contender did exactly what a number one contender should do. “Jacare” stalked Chris Cammozi into the cage, got him to the ground, and with a touch of Jiu-Jitsu wizardry ended the fight with a beautiful arm bar. This makes the decision on whom the next middleweight title challenger will be a bit of a quandary. While Rockhold’s victory over Machida was more impressive, “Jacare” has done nothing but win since entering the UFC. He has been the number one contender for a while and through little fault of his own has not had the opportunity to cash in. There’s a tough decision to be made in the next few months.

Max Holloway vs. Chad Mendes: Max Holloway has always shown potential to be great and in his fight with Cub Swanson all of that potential came to fruition. Holloway seemed to be two steps ahead of Swanson the entire fight beating him to the punch in exchanges and countering effectively before finishing him by guillotine choke the waning moments of the third round. Though a bout with Chad Mendes may not be the right fight at this time it’s the only one that makes sense. That being said, I’m sure most expected him to lose to Swanson also. We shall see.

Paige VanZant vs. Maryna Moroz: Though she took a few shots early on in the fight, Paige VanZant controlled and mauled Felice Herrig with vicious ground and pound to earn a unanimous decision victory. VanZant appeared to be the quicker and fresher fighter throughout the bout being ahead of Herrig at every turn. A fight with surprising newcomer Maryna Moroz would put the winner on a direct path towards a title shot.

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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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