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Will we see Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 at UFC 200?

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With all of the buzz around UFC 200 and the likely new main event options, the possibilities seemed to have turned from McGregor vs. Diaz to Jones vs. Cormier 2. Last week during the press conference held in Las Vegas NV, UFC president Dana White was asked by MMA Latest news’ own Jim Edwards if there will be three title fights on the card. To this White answered that they were looking to add another title fight.  Following Jon Jones win over Ovince st. Preux on Saturday night, the rematch between him and Light Heavyweight Champ Daniel Cormier could be a perfect fit.

There were talks of finding a new opponent for Nate Diaz, in order to keep him on the card, but as of last night, Diaz had announced on twitter that he might, in fact, be off the card as well. Diaz wrote on his twitter that:

 

 

With Diaz off the card, it opens up the opportunity for a new main event. Daniel Cormier was forced to pull out of his fight with Jon Jones at UFC 197 due to a torn ligament in his leg. Ariel Helwani spoke with Daniel Cormier yesterday and was told that Cormier has been scheduled for an MRI next week, and is confident that he will be cleared to fight at UFC 200. DC took to his twitter yesterday to say this regarding headlining UFC 200:

 

 

Although this does not prove that they will be fighting, it does show that there is real interest in setting up this fight that will surely make the fans happy. There has always been bad blood between these two fighters even prior to their first fight in January 2015 at UFC 182, where Jon Jones won via unanimous decision.  Following this fight, Jones was stripped of his title for some legal troubles. Cormier then won the title with a win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. Jones now holds the interim belt following his victory over OSP at UFC 197, and had said in his post fight interview that ” there is no satisfaction winning a fake belt”. Cormier, who was in attendance for Jones last fight, said afterwards “if this is the new Jon Jones, there is no way that guy can beat me”.

With the absence of Conor McGregor at UFC 200, The UFC will certainly be looking for a fight that can fill the drama filled void, and Jones vs. Cormier 2 could definitely do the job. The UFC will be holding another press conference tomorrow in New York and could possibly be announcing this fight. Keep following MMA Latest News for more information on this fight and more.

 

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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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