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Will Chope : I Know I Can Finish Miguel Torres





When the lots were drawn to decide the brackets of the Rebel FC featherweight tournament, all eyes were focused on the quarter-final match-up between Miguel Torres(43-8) and Takahiro Ashida(13-5). The winner of that match was highly anticipated to be the tournament champion. The former WEC champion gained a controversial split decision win to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament. Torres was still considered to be the favourite to win the tournament until he suffered a gruesome knee injury earlier this year on Legacy Kickboxing 1.

On the other end of the brackets, former UFC fighter Will Chope(24-7), breezed through a unanimous decision win over Mauricio Dos Santos Jr. He will be facing Miguel Torres this weekend in the semi-finals on Rebel FC 3. Chope has been keeping himself busy within Asia and he is on a 5 fight winning streak since August of 2014. With Torres condition still in doubt, Chope is now highly regarded to be the favourite to win the featherweight tournament.

Will Chope planting a teep on Rebel FC 2

Will Chope planting a teep on Rebel FC 2

“I will just impose my game-plan and outwork him. I know I can finish him as long as I press forward and that’s what I intend to do. I always considered myself the favourite. Most thought the winner of Ashida vs Torres would be the favorite. Having Ashida back in the tournament definitely makes things interesting.” – Will Chope

Takahiro Ashida returns to the tournament replacing injured Micahel Tobin and he will be facing fellow Japanese Kleber Koike Erbst(16-3). Despite a strong showing in his loss against Torres, Ashida went on to lose another two decisions against unknowns( (2-0) and (1-3) respectively) on the Japanese MMA scene. His opponent this weekend, have amassed a 12 fight winning streak since November of 2010 but Chope still consider Ashida as the favourite to advance to the finals.

“I consider Ashida a bigger threat and I expect to face him and want to face him as well. But we will see what happens come fight night.” – Will Chope

Rebel FC 3 : The Promised ones will feature the continuation and conclusion of the featherweight tournament. The event will take place on 27 June 2015 at the Qingdao Sports Center Stadium.

Rebel FC Featherweight Knockout Tournament
Semi-Final 1 –Kleber Koike (16-3) vs Takahiro Ashida (13-5)
Semi-Final 2 –Will Chope (24-7) vs Miguel Torres (43-8)
Co-Main Event
Grand Final – Winners of Semi-Finals 1 & 2

Photos courtesy of MMA Latest photographer Zamri Hassan.

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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:

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



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



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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