Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day.
No fancy, schmancy introduction this week, way too much craziness went down. So let’s go!
Nate Landwehr vs. Viktor Kolesnik
Raul Tutarauli vs. Rubenilton Pereira
AL: One of the year’s best fights went down in Kazakhstan last Friday, as M-1 Global featherweight champion Nate Landwehr rematched Viktor Kolesnik. Landwehr has cemented his reputation as one of the most exciting fighters outside of the UFC and he more than lived up to that reputation here.
JM: This was a tremendous fight. It’s a real shame it’s gonna be completely overshadowed by the insanity that happened at Cage Warriors this weekend but such is life I suppose.
AL: If only one of these dudes had bladed!
This, to me, is a textbook example of a classic five-rounder. I love balls-to-the-wall 15-minute fights as much as anyone, but when you have that extra 10 minutes to work with I don’t mind a slower burn. Landwehr and Kolesnik feel each other out for the first two rounds and by “feel out” I mean they’re pretty much constantly engaged, with Landwehr his typically relentless self and Kolesnik showing excellent timing on his counters.
JM: And I gotta say, I know he didn’t get his hand raised here but I left super impressed with Kolesnik. It’s the second time he’s lost to Landwehr but he had the champion in all sorts of trouble a couple times in this fight. He just didn’t have the gas tank to keep up with Landweher’s ridiculous output. But at only 23 with 20 fights already under his belt, Kolesnik is a guy I’m gonna keep my eye on.
AL: In round two, Kolesnik smashed Landwehr with a clean head kick and then missed on a follow-up flying knee that may have ended things. Then he hurt Landwehr with a spinning kick to the body in an absolutely insane fourth round. Somehow, Landwehr survived all of that and just kept pouring it on. I can’t imagine many 145ers being able to keep up with Landwehr’s pace.
Great news, y’all can watch the replay of this Fight of the Year candidate for FREE on the M-1 Global app. So what are you waiting for?
JM: Since we have so much to talk about this week, I won’t wax poetic on Raul Tutarauli’s kinesio tape and instead I’ll just say that winging right hand wasn’t the best but holy hell those follow up shots were nasty.
AL: “Coffin nails,” as you would say.
But the real slaying is being done by bantamweight Sergey Morozov, who showed out after defeating Aleksandr Osetrov to capture a vacant title.
JM: What, you telling me you think that outfit is better than some generic black shorts with the Kazakhstan flag somewhere hidden on them?
Nicolas Dalby vs. Ross Houston
Samir Faiddine vs. Sam Creasey
Mads Burnell vs. Dean Trueman
AL: Cage Warriors 106 (available on UFC Fight Pass) was comprehensively covered by the main man Petesy Carroll over the weekend, but there was no way we were going to miss out on what was almost a real-life version of Jed Meshew’s Slip ‘n Slide MMA (™), the origins of which were previously discussed here.
For those who missed it, interim champion Nicolas Dalby was fighting welterweight champion Ross Houston in a unification bout on Saturday in London, and the action was called off due to both men bleeding profusely (Dalby from a cut, Houston from a busted nose) and the vinyl mat being deemed unsafe to compete on after it was drenched in plasma.
JM: Marc Goddard is officially the fun police. This was actual Slip ‘n Slide MMA—albeit a disgusting horror movie version of it—and he just had to go and kill the vibe with his “reason” and “safety.”
This is actually the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in MMA and the most disgusting. Dead serious, I bet Dalby and Houston are still finding caked-up blood on them in places. BARF.
AL: That was the headliner of a card that featured six title fights, including this flyweight title bout between Samir Faiddine and Sam Creasey. Faiddine was a huge underdog going into this one, so him catching Creasey and putting him away was great!
The celebration afterwards, not so much!
JM: I won’t lie, I forgot that other fights happened at Cage Warriors what with the main event turning into The Shining, but I’m happy to be reminded, especially given Faiddine’s tremendous post-fight celebration.
Look at that tremendous technique! I haven’t laughed so hard in ages and I needed a laugh after re-living MMA Carrie just now. Safe to say Faiddine won’t be making an Olympic gymnastics team anytime soon.
More importantly, let’s talk about the true hero of the weekend, Mads Burnell.
That was Burnell’s second straight Japanese necktie and fourth one overall. He also has a few anaconda and brabo chokes on his resume. In other words, Mads Burnell is the exact type of weirdo specialist I adore in MMA. Like Tony Ferguson without the Capital Letters To Start Every Word He Ever Tweets For Some Unknown F*cking Reason. #ChampShitOnly
AL: I always thought Burnell should have been given a longer look from the UFC. He’s been a destroyer of worlds since parting ways with them last year and he’s probably not far off from another Octagon run.
Damiano Fogliata vs. Vincenzo Muzzo
Up next, I’m over the moon with excitement to spotlight a reader submission from Matteo, who shared this clip of Damiano Fogliata cracking Vincenzo Muzzo from a Born to Fight show in Sassari, Italy.
There’s no way we would have caught this ourselves and it is a great finish, so thanks again Matteo!
JM: That’s gotta be up there with the best He Fell Funnys of the year. Muzzo topples over like a felled tree.
Would you like to see a man who should’ve just fallen funny instead of trying to tough it out so instead he fell even worse?
Rodrigo Lidio vs. Eder Gama
Daniel Santos vs. Henrique Fantini
Poor foolish Eder Gama should’ve just stayed down after eating that knee. Instead he stood back up only to get sat back down for good by a savage uppercut.
AL: I feel so bad for Gama here. His body’s safety mechanisms betrayed him.
Henrique Fantini on the other hand did the right thing by dropping and stopping here and it still did him no good.
Brutal finish by Daniel “Willycat” Santos.
JM: One, I need to know the genesis of Willycat. Someone get back to me stat on where that nickname comes from because it’s majestic.
AL: Per Guilherme Cruz, it is a Thundercats reference.
JM: Two, I mean yeah the punch was unnecessary, but it sure was clean, unlike Fantini’s shorts as, I assume, he turded himself after getting his guts rearranged like that.
Those finishes, which came from Future Fighting Championships 6 in Sao Paulo, can be seen in the free replay available on YouTube.
Rangel de Sa vs. Tamyray Lacerda
AL: Hopping over to Curitiba for MAX Fight 23, we have Rangel de Sa calling “GAME!” against Tamyray Lacerda.
JM: That was sensational and violent and poor Lacerda. He had a full life ahead of him and now that’s definitely over. Look how clean that kick landed and listen to the sickening crack and then watch Lacerda crumble like a demoed wall. That’s gotta be the KO of the week right there, especially when you consider it was a buzzer-beater.
Jake Childers vs. Jamey Simmons
JM: But if that is the best KO of the week, then this is the best KO-Sub combo of the week, courtesy of Jake Childers from LFA 70.
Jamey Simmons ducks right into that knee and is so out of it he bemusedly asks the ref what happened when the ref stops it in the middle of a D’arce choke. He still can’t even stand up after the ref tries to explain to him what happened.
AL: That knee looked like it might have caved Simmons’s chest in, not even sure the choke was necessary at that point.
AL: Over at EFC Worldwide 80 in Sibaya, South Africa, up-and-comer Brendan Lesar shocked everyone by taking out UFC vet Garreth McLellan.
Lesar, just 3-0, apparently came from a show called The Fighter, which I can only assume is like TUF: South Africa (thanks to FIGHT SPORTS for the info).
JM: Poor McLellan, relegated to being South Africa’s premier punching bag. That’s four losses in a row for him, but prior to this one at least he was getting KOed by the Paulo Costa’s of the world. No disrespect to Lesar, but he’s not quite on the same level.
AL: Lesar will have to grow up fast. He’s now an interim middleweight champion and up next he’s lined up to face KSW standout Dricus Du Plessis when he returns to the EFC cage.
Ryuichi Miki vs. Manabu Inoue
AL: Our friends over in Japan were not to be left out. At Pancrase 306 (available on UFC Fight Pass), JMMA lifers Ryuichi Miki and Manabi Inoue faced off and it was Miki who definitively triumphed.
This is madness! Ryuichi Miki (20-12-4) scores his first finish since 2013, decking fellow JMMA royalty Manabu Inoue with a murderous flying knee! The former Shooto and Pancrase champ becomes the first to KO his fellow former King, Inoue, since 2008! #Pancrase306 pic.twitter.com/oSV51Kkban
— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) June 30, 2019
JM: Good lord there was a lot of high-quality MMA action last week. Not much to say about this one other than it’s a tremendous KO of one legend from another.
Yoshiki Takei vs. Shuhei Kumura
Yoshiki Takei vs. Masashi Kumura
AL: And then we have Yoshiki Takei ending the Kumura family bloodline in one night.
To win Sunday’s K-1 bantamweight grand prix, Takei had to dispose of both Shuhei and Masashi Kumura and boy did he ever.
Watch as he mashes all of the buttons to pick up a win against Shuhei.
JM: Count it up, that’s a 10-strike combo (including the whiffed head kick) with a same side triple uppercut thrown in and punctuated by a backfist KO. You could give me 100 lifetimes and I’d never be able to pull of that series of strikes. I need a cigarette after watching that.
Fortunately, I got a metaphorical one as Takei wasn’t done there. In the finals he went on to casually murder Shuhei’s brother just moments after getting cheapshotted.
I know we always say you should cheat but maybe we should amend that to saying “cheat unless it’s against someone who will immediately and murderously take it out on you.”
AL: That segues perfectly into our closing segment, that’s right it’s everyone’s favorite game show: Who F*cked Up Better?
This week, we’re looking at a trio of disqualifications that, while certainly amusing in their own right, probably weren’t worth it for the offending fighters. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, our first entry comes from M-1 Global, here’s Alexey Ilyenk soccer kicking a seated Yoislandy Izquierdo:
That’s illegal, brother!
At EFC Worldwide, Sylvester Chipfumbu was probably trying to time something here, and rather than stopping when the window for a clean strike closed, he said,” F*ck it, I’m going in anyway:”
And last, but definitely not least, we have an LFA main event disqualification with Renan Ferreira going apeshit on Brett Martin’s head:
JM: Oooooo I like this game.
I’m inclined to say Ferreira because both of the other two are soccer kicks and I’m a big proponent of legalizing those. Moreover, Ferreira didn’t just f*ck up once, he basically blatantly and unabashedly was targeting the back of Martin’s head the entire time.
A random soccer kick DQ I can write off as a slip of excitement, repeatedly bludgeoning a man in the back of the skull feels more like bad intentions.
Who F*cked Up Better?
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AL: Cheers to two-time Missed Fists featuree Nohelin Hernandez for getting a short-notice (one week!) call-up to fight Marlon Vera at UFC 239 this Saturday. He’s been putting in work just below the UFC level for a couple of years now and he’ll be a fine addition to the often underappreciated bantamweight division.
JM: Good for Hernandez getting the call up. It’s unfortunate for him he’ll be facing Chito Vera on four days’ notice, but what’s that they always say, the best ability is availability? And considering the high action style he’s brought to bear before, his scrap with Chito could be fun while it lasts.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
Nate Landwehr vs. Viktor Kolesnik 2
The Nicolas Dalby-Ross Houston blood slide
Damiano Fogliata’s face-plant KO
Brendan Lesar upsets Garreth McLellan
Yoshiki Takei ends the Kumura brothers
Other (leave comment below)
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