In what may be the biggest, bad blood grudge match the UFC has seen since the likes of Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, finally comes to a head Saturday night as reigning light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will defend his title against the undefeated Daniel Cormier. The war of words between the two has been going on since UFC 173 when Cormier declared “No matter where you go, boy, I’m coming!” to Jones, culminating in an onstage scuffle at the UFC 178 media day on August 4th leading to the infamous “Hot Mic” situation. Once the cage door closes, all of their animosity will come to a head, in what will assuredly be a fight for the ages.
The rest of the main card is being filled out by showdowns between prolific lightweight Donald Cerrone and the rising Myles Jury, middleweights Nate Marquardt and Brad Tavares, “Kid” Yamamoto flyweight protege Kyoji Horiguchi and Louis Gaudinot, with the returning Josh Burkman and welterweight monster Hector Lombard starting the show.
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones
John Michael Edwards: Anderson Silva had an aura of invincibility until Chael Sonnen laid down a blueprint on how to beat “The Spider”. Chris Weidman followed the basics of that blueprint (pressure, pressure, pressure) and is now the champion. I feel the narrative will be the same in this fight, replacing the names Silva, Sonnen, and Weidman with Jones, Gustafsson, and Cormier (TKO in the 4th).
Sam LaPoint: I think Cormier will tire himself out trying to wrestle with Jones and Jones will begin to pick him a part and get the finish in the later rounds.
Iain MacMillan: In what has been made out to be a good guy (Cormier) vs. a bad guy (Jones) matchup, many people are giving Cornier a better chance than what he has, in my opinion. Jones’s skillset, reach and athleticism will be too much for Cormier to handle. Jones via 4th round TKO.
Ethan Mudford: I have the exact same gut feeling leading into this fight that I had when Jon Jones won the title from Shogun back in 2011. I see Cormier using his strength to put immense pressure on Jones. Cormier via UD
AJ Camacho: Herb Dean has been confirmed as the referee for this bout. Therefore I give it to Jon Jones via early TKO stoppage in the 2nd Round. If Big John was the ref. then he would tell John to knock off that open handed eye poking shit and I’d be giving it to Cormier. Oh well.
Matthew Wells: Reach. Nobody uses it better than Jon Jones. This will be the determining factor of success in this fight. Can Cormier overcome the significant reach advantage? Knowing how Jon Jones thinks, he will want to wrestle Cormier to prove a point. That could be extremely dangerous, but I still see Jon Jones with his hand raised at the end of this war. Jones UD.
Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury
John Michael Edwards: Cerrone UD
Sam LaPoint: Jury UD
Iain MacMillan: Jury UD
Ethan Mudford: Jury UD
AJ Camacho: Jury UD
Matthew Wells: Cerrone TKO
Nate Marquardt vs Brad Tavares
John Michael Edwards: Tavares SD
Sam LaPoint: Tavares SD
Iain MacMillan: Tavares UD
Ethan Mudford: Marquardt TKO
AJ Camacho: Marquardt SUB
Matthew Wells: Marquardt TKO
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Louis Gaudinot
John Michael Edwards: Horiguchi UD
Sam LaPoint: Horiguchi UD
Iain MacMillan: Horiguchi TKO
Ethan Mudford: Horiguchi TKO
AJ Camacho: Horiguchi TKO
Matthew Wells: Horiguchi TKO
Josh Burkman vs. Hector Lombard
John Michael Edwards: Lombard TKO
Sam LaPoint: Lombard UD
Iain MacMillan: Lombard KO
Ethan Mudford: Lombard TKO
AJ Camacho: Lombard TKO
Matthew Wells: Lombard TKO
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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:
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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