Over the next two weekends the UFC will hold two Fight Night cards, one coming from the 1stBank Center headlined by Benson Henderson making his welterweight debut agaisnt a young up-and-coming prospect in Brandon Thatch. Next weeks card will air from the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brasil with two heavyweight veterans looking to right the ship of their careers in Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Frank Mir.
Brandon Thatch vs Benson Henderson
John Michael Edwards: I think Bendo will use his experience and cardio and wear down Thatch en route to a unanimous Decision.
Matthew Wells: Benson has a point to prove. I’d like to think he comes out and tries to get a finish, however this would play perfectly into Thatch’s style. The guy doesn’t want to see a scorecard. The only thing that concerns me about Thatch winning this fight is that he hasn’t been in the octagon since 2013. I’m taking Henderson via finding a submission.
Sam LaPoint: I see Benson Henderson winning via unanimous decision or submission. I think he’ll be able to control the fight and keep it on the ground. If I had to bet, I’d say via UD.
Vinny Craig: Henderson doesn’t have his biggest threat as a Welterweight; reach. The power of Thatch is a big problem for the smaller Benson. Unless Benson can wrestle his way out of, I see the size and strength and Thatch being too much for him. Thatch by TKO.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
John Michael Edwards: I’ll be curious to see how well “Bigfoot” has adjusted to not being able to use TRT. I think he’s a better fighter at this point and I don’t see Mir being able to take much damage before losing by TKO in the 3rd.
Matthew Wells: Mir who is on a 4 fight losing streak versus Bigfoot who’s coming off a loss, draw, loss…Not terribly excited about this one, but I think Bigfoot has more in the tank than Mir at this point. Silva via TKO.
Sam LaPoint: I could only see Frank Mir winning this via decision. I’m predicting Antonio Silva to win via technical knockout.
Vinny Craig: Frank Mir by Unanimous Decision.
Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
John Michael Edwards: Holloway SUB
Matthew Wells: Holloway Dec
Sam LaPoint: Holloway TKO
Vinny Craig: Holloway TKO
Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
John Michael Edwards: Magny UD
Matthew Wells: Magny UD
Sam LaPoint: Magny UD
Vinny Craig: Magny UD
Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson
John Michael Edwards: Barboza TKO
Matthew Wells: Barboza UD
Sam LaPoint: Johnson TKO
Vinny Craig: Johnson UD
Rustam Khabilov vs. Adriano Martins
John Michael Edwards: Khabilov TKO
Matthew Wells: Khabilov via TKO
Sam LaPoint: Khabilov via TKO
Vinny Craig: Martins 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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