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WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 Preview

Iain MacMillan

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The World Series of Fighting is set to host their 37th event this Saturday, July 30th, at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington. If you’re a fan of MMA this fight card is a must-see as four of the top fighters on the planet outside of the UFC will be featured in two title fights in the main and co-main events. The title-fight doubleheader airs live on NBCSN at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT. It will also be available on the FITE TV app outside of the of the U.S. for $1.99.

The main event will feature current WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes. A winner of 11-straight, which includes 6 finishes, Moraes has cemented himself as one of the very best fighters in the world and a dominant champion for the World Series of Fighting. His technical approach and ability to mix up strikes, specifically his vicious leg kicks, are the strengths of the Brazilian champion. The main event will feature a rematch between him and Canadian fighter Josh Hill, whose only loss to date (14-1) was to Moraes back in February of 2015 when he fell short, losing a Unanimous Decision. The victory would mark the first title defense for Moraes, who has successfully defended it twice more since.

The co-main event also features a rematch, as Team Alpha Male fighter Lance Palmer (10-2) attempts to reclaim his Featherweight belt from Alexandre Almeida (18-5) who defeated him in an upset victory in December of last year at WSOF 26. During the 5-round contest, Almeida was able to use his footwork and takedown defense to null the strengths of Palmer which are his over-hand right and wrestling. Palmer will look to come into this fight with a more mixed approach and a solid game plan if he wants to get his hands on Almeida, but if he does than watch out. Almeida, a winner of 5-straight, will hope to have similar success avoiding the strengths of Palmer and keeping it at his distance. His long arms and frame give him an advantage on the outside, away from both the power and the wrestling of the All-American Palmer.

The main card also features a story line that may just be even more intriguing than the title fights, as fan-favorite Ben “Pheonix Jones” Fodor will fight his adopted brother Caros “The Future” Fodor in a 162 lbs catchweight bout. Ben Fodor, who became known as “Pheonix Jones” while attempting to fight crime using his martial arts skills in Seattle, told Yahoo that the fight between the siblings had been brewing for a while and was “inevitable”. Caros boasts the more experienced history with his 15 career fights (1 in the UFC) to his brothers 8, while Ben seems to have the size advantage as he’s the bigger fighter. The main card is rounded out with top prospect Phil Hawes (4-0) as he takes on 37-year old Louis Taylor (12-3).

The preliminary card will be also be available to watch, streamed free live on WSOF.com, via the FITE TV app and on the Kiswe Mobile App beginning at 7:00 PM EST and 4:00 PM PST.

FULL CARD:

Main Card:
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill (Bantamweight Title Fight)
Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer (Featherweight Title Fight)
Caros Fodor vs. Phoenix Jones
Phil Hawes vs. Louis Taylor

Preliminary Card:
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
Rex Harris vs. Nicolai Salchow
Andrews Nakahara vs. Travis Doerge
Matt Kovacs vs. Bill Widler
Patrick Benson vs. Brett Malone
Matt Coble vs. Colt Hausauer
Justin Hugo vs. Tycen Lynn
Jon Marc Cortez vs. Joe Elzea

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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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