It was something of a throwback to the earlier days of MMA to see a one-night eight-man tournament at World Series of Fighting 25 last night – and the utterly unpredictable nature of these tournaments was demonstrated with a moment that fans in attendance will remember forever. The tournament winner would earn a shot at WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje.
The quarter finals of the tournament were entertaining affairs, with 3 out of the 4 bouts being finished inside the first round. The only opening round contest that lasted the full two rounds was the first one featuring Islam Mamedov who earned a unanimous decision victory over the 42-year old 58-fight veteran Jorge Patino, although the fight could have been finished on a couple of occasions were it not for the toughness and heart of Patino.
Mike Ricci looked impressive in his first round against Joe Condon. After attempting the head kick a number of times in the opening 2 minutes, Ricci would land a thunderous one flush to the side of Condon’s head and that was all she wrote, with the referee having to jump in and save Condon from the barrage of punches that followed from Ricci.
Next, it was the turn of Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Joao Zeferino who was matched up against Brian Foster. A glance at “The Brazilian Samurai”‘s record would show that a submission battle is not recommended against him, but that is exactly what Foster got. After a brief leg-lock battle, Zeferino was able to sink in a heel hook, which Foster tapped out to almost immediately, preventing any possibility of an injury. Zeferino was declared the winner at 1:46 of round 1. Nobody knew at the time that that would not be the end of the night’s story between these two.
Luis Palomino, who has lost twice to Gaethje previously, rounded off the quarter finals against Rich Patishnock. After a round spent mostly against the cage and with just seconds remaining in the first round, Palomino went into berserker mode, unleashing a torrent of knees and punches culminating in a ferocious right hand that finished Patishnock. The official time of victory for Palomino was 4:55 of round 1.
However, only two of the victorious quarter finalists were able to take their place in the semi-final match-ups. First, Islam Mamedov revealed that he suffered a torn ACL, so his opponent, Jorge Patino took his semi-final spot. Mike Ricci was the other semi-finalist to suffer an injury so, as both Joe Condon and Rich Patishnock suffered knockout losses, Brian Foster was re-instated in Ricci’s place. His decision to tap quickly to Zeferino’s heel hook rather than try to escape and risk injury may well have saved his tournament.
To the semi-finals and, first, it was the turn of Joao Zeferino who drew the veteran Jorge Patino. Zeferino would again display his outstanding submission skills. Once he took the fight to the ground, he instantly began hunting for Patino’s leg, which he secured and locked in yet another heel hook. Much like Foster earlier, Patino quickly tapped to save his leg from damage. Zeferino moved on to the final with two heel hook wins in under two minutes. A third fight between himself and Gaethje seemed odds on at this stage.
That left Luis Palomino and Brian Foster to battle it out for the remaining place in the final. The first round was a back and forward affair, with Palomino getting the better of the exchanges on the feet and Foster dominating when the fight hit the ground. The second round was more one-sided however, much of it taking place with Foster on top. Sensing he had his opponent on the ropes, Foster landed shot after shot to a bloodied Palomino leading to the ref stopping the fight at 4:19 of round number two. Foster had set up a rematch with Joao Zeferino in the final, the man who submitted him earlier in the night.
Zeferino went into the final as the heavy favourite, and when he took Foster down early in the fight and again went for the heel hook, it seemed that it was only a matter of time before he secured his third submission win. But Foster had other ideas. He escaped and got back to his feet, which is where Zeferino did not want to be, but struggled to get the fight back into his world. There was another brief moment at the end of the round when Zeferino did get Foster down and again went for the leg, but Foster escaped again.
Both men showed some signs of fatigue in the second round, which is unsurprising given that it was their third fights of the night. The round was more competitive both on the ground and on the feet. Zeferino managed to hurt Foster, but Foster refused to give up and ended up on top of the Brazilian. With just 20 seconds remaining, and with Foster standing over Zeferino who was threatening with up-kicks, Foster threw his opponents legs to one side and dropped a huge bomb which rocked Zeferino. Foster followed up with punches to the sprawled Brazilian and stood up with his hands in the air, believing his opponent to be out. When the referee failed to stop the fight, he quickly landed two more hard shots before the referee eventually jumped in. In an incredible conclusion to the tournament, at 4:51 of the second round, Foster had avenged his first round loss to Zeferino and set up a lightweight title shot against Justin Gaethje.
The lightweight tournament was not the only action of the night at WSOF 25. Jason High made his return to MMA following a year long suspension for shoving a referee after a TKO loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 42. While the UFC severed ties with High following that action, WSOF gave him a second chance against Estevan Payan – and he certainly took advantage of it.
After completely dominating the first round and coming close to finishing the fight, High came out aggressively in the second round, landing a huge left head kick which dropped Payan to the canvas. High pounced and a landed a hammerfist followed by two further powerful left hands which knocked Payan out and the referee was there to call the fight. After such a performance, it will be interesting to see how far up the WSOF lightweight ladder High can climb.
There were three other fights on the event’s preliminary portion. Joseph Barajas earned a third round TKO victory over Erik Villalobos in the bantamweight division, Roberto Yong TKO’d Jimmy Scully after just over a minute in a catchweight contest and Ramil Mustapayev opened the event with a decision triumph over LaRue Burley.
The full results for WSOF 25 are as follows:
- Jason High def. Estevan Payan via KO (head kick and punches) at 0:47 of round 2
- Brian Foster def. Joao Zeferino via KO (punches) at 4:51 of round 2 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Final
- Brian Foster def. Luis Palomino via TKO (punches) at 4:19 of round 2 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final
- Joao Zeferino def. Jorge Patino via submission (heel hook) at 1:24 of round 1 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Semi-Final
- Luis Palomino def. Rich Patishnock via KO (punch) at 4:55 of round 1 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarter-Final
- Joao Zeferino def. Brian Foster via submission (heel hook) at 1:46 of round 1 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarter-Final
- Mike Ricci def. Joe Condon via KO (head kick) at 2:41 of round 1 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarter-Final
- Islam Mamedov def. Jorge Patino via decision (unanimous) at 5:00 of round 2 – WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarter-Final
- Joseph Barajas def. Erik Villalobos via TKO (punches) at 4:06 of round 3
- Roberto Yong def. Jimmy Scully via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round 1
- Ramil Mustapayev def. LaRue Burley via decision (unanimous) at 5:00 of round 3
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:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
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.
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*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)
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)
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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