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WSOF 23 Main Card Finalized



The Main card for WSOF 23 on September 18th has been completed with the addition of two new fights. Alongside dual title fights, the promotion has also added Tito Jones (11-7) vs Timur Valiev (9-1) at Bantamweight and Larue Burley (6-0) takes on UFC vet, Brian Foster (22-7) at lightweight.

Jones makes his WSOF debut on the strength of a 4-1 run, winning via a head kick knockout in his last fight. He takes on Valiev, who has not lost since 2010 and recently stopped long time Bellator vet Ed West via KO.

Burley is most well known for his win over Bubba Jenkins during his time in Bellator, but he also holds a recent win in the RFA cage. Foster was a longtime UFC vet but ran into some health problems that put him on the shelf for a while. He is 7-2 since his time in the UFC with his only losses coming to UFC vets Daniel Roberts and Jake Shields.

Ben Fodor aka “Phoenix Jones” will take on Roberto Yong in a  catchweight bout at 160 lbs. Fodor, the Seattle-based crime fighter will look to improve on his 5-1-1 professional record, while his opponent, Yong, hopes to keep his professional record of 2-2 over the .500 mark.

WSOF 23 is headlined by a rematch for the Lightweight Title between Champion Justin Gaethje (14-0) and Luis Palomino (23-10). This is an immediate rematch from their “Fight of the Year” candidate that happened at WSOF 19 back in March. The hotly contest battle saw Gaethje with his hand raised as he came away victorious via 3rd round TKO.

Filling in the co-main event will be a fight for the first ever WSOF Light Heavyweight Title between current WSOF Middleweight Champ Dave Branch (16-3) and Teddy Holder (9-1). Branch and Holder were part of a 4 man tournament to determine the new champ. Branch punched his ticket to the finals with a 2nd round TKO over Jesse McElligott at WSOF 20. Holder is a surprise finalist because he was originally scheduled for a reserve bout against Jake Heun but when Thiago Silva’s original opponent Matt Hamill pulled out the day of the fight because of sickness, Holder stepped up and scored a 1st round TKO over the UFC vet.

The WSOF 23 main card lineup:

  • *Lightweight Championship* Justin Gaethje (14-0) vs. Luis Palomino (23-10)
  • *Light Heavyweight Championship* Dave Branch (16-3) vs. Teddy Holder (9-1)
  • Ben Fodor (5-1-1) vs. Roberto Yong (2-2)
  • Brian Foster (22-7) vs. LaRue Burley (6-0)
  • Timur Valiev (9-1) vs. Tito Jones (11-7)

WSOF 23 takes place on September 18th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will be aired on NBC Sports Network.

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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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