This Week in Face Punching #24: Around the World in 20 MMA Shows!

This Week in Face Punching #24 – Featuring news and highlights from 20 MMA shows worldwide plus links to full fights and event videos.  Three of the four major Russian promotions were in action this past week 3/30-4/6, along with quality outings from Cage Warriors, Combate Americas, Bellator, CES, Brave CF, and many more – so what are you waiting for, join the face punching party @CombatDocket!

Around the World in 20 Shows

Major Events

Cage Warriors 82 (England)


Wood TKOs Lee

This was one of the most action-packed and fun Cage Warriors cards in recent memory, but it turned out to be a sad day for the Liverpool faithful in attendance as their hometown hero Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (13-2) had very little to offer in his Cage Warriors featherweight title defense against underdog Nad Narimani (10-2). Pimblett showed slightly better offense on the feet than he did in his highly controversial decision win over Julian Erosa in his last title defense, but his lack of evasive movement gave Narimani plenty of chances to blast him with strong right hands and kicks. Pimblett responded by forcing takedowns that Narimani defended and reversed consistently, and “The Baddy” took a ton of damage when the fight found itself on the mat. In the end the top prospect’s hype train was somewhat derailed as Narimani went home with the unanimous decision, the Cage Warriors 145 pound belt, and maybe even some of the hype that Pimblett carried heading into the fight. It will be interesting to see whether Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylon is tempted to give his prized Liverpool draw an immediate rematch, or whether he gives the youngster a few more developmental fights before throwing him back into the deep end of the 145 pound talent pool.


Romming KOs Barnes

The rest of the CW 82 card featured career-best performances for a trio of intriguing prospects. In the bantamweight co-main event Nathaniel “The Prospect” Wood (10-3) was in trouble early against quick and slick eight fight UFC veteran Vaughan Lee (14-13-1) but showed a lot of tenacity and strong jiu-jitsu defense in surviving Lee’s early positional advantages and submission attempts. Wood turned on the afterburners in round 2, as he kept the fight standing and hurt Lee with a variety of strikes before finally putting the fading big show veteran away with a salvo of punches against the cage late in the second frame. TUF 22 cast member Frantz Slioa (5-0) also scored the biggest win of his pro career as he dominated featherweight Dean Trueman (7-4) in the early grappling exchanges and efficiently wrapped up a rear naked choke just 2:53 into their featherweight contest. And flyweight prospect Molly McCann (5-1) overcame a rough first round that saw her pinned underneath Colorado-based wrestler Lacey Schuckman (11-10) to dominate the final two frames en route to a unanimous 29-28 victory in her first step up into battle against a world-ranked competitor. Plus, the action-packed prelims featured a terrific one punch knockout from French middleweight Johann Romming (10-5) at the expense of rugged UK regional vet Lee Barnes (16-17, a finish TKO finish from Romming’s countryman Konmon Deh (8-3) to cap a dominant performance over previously undefeated lightweight Elliot Jenkins (3-1), and a stunning flying knee TKO courtesy of intriguing heavyweight talent Shawn Kenny (3-0) against Cian Erraught (2-2). See below for that killer finish, and definitely check out Cage Warriors 82 if you missed the card initially and have UFC Fight Pass.


Kenny KOs Erraught

 

FNG 62 (Russia)


Matmuratov by TKO

Fight Nights Global initially had a killer main event scheduled for this one, but the scheduled showdown between top heavyweight prospect Sergey Pavlovich and top light heavyweight prospect Mikhail Mokhnatkin fell through at the last minute due to a death in Pavlovich’s family. Nonetheless FNG 62 delivered a pretty solid night of action that was capped by an FNG featherweight title fight pitting Ilya Kusrzanov (13-6) against Alexander Matmuratov (8-3). Kurzanov earned a shot at the belt by advancing to the finals of 2016 FNG featherweight tournament, in which he upset undefeated Akhmed Balkizov in the semis after defeating Matmuratov in a contested decision in the quarterfinals. Matmuratov gained a chance at redemption on this evening and cashed in, bringing a violent assault to the table that planted Kurzanov on the deck for good midway through round 2 (see video). With the win the 27 year old Matmuratov notched his second straight victory and claimed the FNG 145 Grand Prix tournament belt.


Zhamagulov TKOs Bagautinov

A potential future opponent for Matmuratov emerged in the co-main event as Georgian-American Levan Makashvili (14-2-1) once again put on a dominant performance following a shocking upset of then-undefeated elite level Russian featherweight Rasul Mirzaev in his first FNG contest. The three fight UFC veteran faced knockout artist Jack McGann (11-4) in this one, and the Wolfslair Academy rep really faced little chance other than landing the homerun punch given Makashvili’s prodigious wrestling talents. With the dominant decision win Makashvili places himself into consideration for a title shot or at the very least a headlining opportunity against whatever interesting top-level opponent FNG can round up for him.


Khizriev by TKO

Meanwhile the undercard featured a host of talented prospects finishing fights in impressive fashion. Artur Bagautinov (5-1) came into his flyweight contest against Kazakhstani local Zhalgas Zhumgalov (9-2) as the more well-known commodity thanks to the famous last name that he shares with his brother, recent FNG signee Ali Bagautinov, but his surname didn’t help him absorb a picture perfect spinning backfist from Zhumgalov that led to a second round TKO (see above for the jaw-crushing finish). Undefeated welterweight Aliaskhab Khizriev (9-0) also put in some impressive work, stopping Croatian journeyman Matej Truhan (10-7) with a decapitating punch to the body (inset video). Plus Omar Nurmagomedov (2-0) did his famous fighting family proud with a first round knockout in his undercard bantamweight fight, while bantamweight Grachik Engibaryan (7-3) also got in the act with a replay-worthy knockout punch of Moldovan Paul Marin (12-6) that made it into the highlights of the week.

 

WFCA 35 (Kazakhstan)

In terms of top-level fighter quality, Akhmat Fight Show 35 probably topped every other event on the global MMA circuit with four legit top ten Russian talents in action against quality Brazilian opposition. The main event saw lightweight whirling dervish Khusein Khaliev (17-1) show off his diverse striking arsenal, as he tossed everything that he could think of in the direction of Valmir Lazaro (15-5) and dominated the grappling game to boot. The onetime Nova Uniao top prospect was certainly game, but Khusein’s world class all-around skillset was too much for him to handle and Khaliev ended the fight with a unanimous decision victory. There are rumblings that the UFC might be the next destination for the Grozny-based standout, and given how easily he’s handled Lazaro and Shamil Zavurov in his last two outings it wouldn’t be surprising if the dynamic Khaliev made a run at the UFC lightweight top 15 within the next couple of years.


Nurmagomedov subs dos Santos

In the co-main event bantamweight Said Nurmagomedov (10-1) did his family name proud with a dominant submission victory over onetime Titan FC title contender Anderson dos Santos (16-5). Nurmagomedov looked light on his feet and dangerous from range but he absolutely slayed dos Santos once the fight hit the clinch, first landing a series of jumping knee strikes to dos Santos’ jaw and following up with a lights-out guillotine choke that had the Brazilian tapping out at the 1:52 mark. Dos Santos is absolutely no joke and Nurmagomedov made this one looks easy; add the 25 year old team DagFighter representative, whose only career loss came via decision to elite flyweight talent Magomed Bibulatov,  to the ever-expanding list of dazzling Russian prospects worth keeping your eye on.  The rest of the top-ranked Russian contingent was successful on the supporting card as Rakhman Dudaev (20-4) rebounded from a recent loss to Nurmagomedov by grappling his way to a thorough unanimous decision victory over ACB and Akhmat bantamweight vetIrmeson Oliveira (13-5); 23 year old welterweight prospect Abubakar Vagaev (14-2) earned an equally dominant win over tough but outgunned Jorge Filho (5-3); and top Kazakhstani bantamweight Ruslan Serikpulov (11-1) gave his hometown crowd something to cheer about with a first round TKO of Bulgaria’s Agshin Babaev (17-4) that was waved off with just one second left in the first round.

 

ACB 56 (Belarus)


Rozanski subs Voitov

Following a venture into Tajikistan for their last card, ACB brought the latest installment of their Young Eagles series (think a beefed-up version of the Strikeforce Challengers second tier events) to Belarus for the promotion’s debut show in that nation.  As usual the action from ACB didn’t disappoint, with intense scraps throughout the card and eight fighters scoring a decisive finish. The finishing action started at the top of the card, as Polish warrior Marcin Rozanski (9-1) went to battle with Belarussian national Dmitri Voitov (16-5) in a high octane middleweight clash. Voitov came out incredibly aggressive, backing up Rozanski with a hailstorm of hooks and uppercuts that had mean intentions but failed to score fight-changing damage. Once Voitov slowed down Rozanski slowly took over the bout, as the Berserker’s Team representative took over the lead on the feet before scoring a takedown that he rode to the round one bell. Rozanski continued to pick away with basic but effective combos in the second round, and he was happy to oblige Voitov in trading power hooks when the Belarussian renewed his aggression with the main event approaching its halfway point. Then with two minutes left in the frame Rozanski timed a perfect double leg and easily dragged his foe to the mat. From there the Polish finisher had plenty of time to work his way to the back, where he secured a solid rear naked choke for the big main event win. Great stuff from Rozanski, who shined on the road in Voitov’s home country and no doubt secured himself another tough challenge next time up in ACB’s very strong welterweight division.


Klein KOs Maltsagov

The other featured fight on this mostly prospect-filled card saw top Dagestani flyweight title Kurban Gadzhiev (12-1) take a huge step up in level in his bout against former UFC and Titan FC contender Jose Maria Tome (37-7). While Tome’s pedigree may be much stronger than any of Gadzhiev’s previoujs opponents, this looked like pretty much every fight the “Python” has been involved in early in his career. Gadzhiev took advantage of every opportunity that was presented to take Tome to the ground and deal damage from top position in round 1 and 2. Yet after two straight rounds of ground dominance Gadzhiev appeared to tire slightly, and that gave Tome the opportunity to keep the fight on the feet and score significant damage with right hands. Tome’s late burst of offense seemed to stagger the Dagestani, and when the fight hit the ground Gadzhiev found himself in serious danger when Tome wrapped up a triangle choke and blasted away with elbows from the bottom. Yet Gadzhiev managed to last until the final bell, and even though the third round very well could have been scored 10-8 for Tome the judges opted to give Gadzhiev the unanimous decision nod. Despite the late scare, Gadzhiev showed that his dominant grappling game could translate to top-level flyweight competition and he also learned a bit about the cardio and striking gaps that he’ll have to plug before he steps up to even better competition. Meanwhile, Tome looked as game as ever though at 35 he’s probably past the point where he can hope to patch up the fundamental grappling holes that have left him snakebitten against elite level competition.


Galaev KOs Syrbu

As mentioned there were also several great finishes on the ACB undercard, including a pair of pretty wicked knee knockouts. 22 year old Slovakian featherweight prospect Ludovit Klein (7-0) probably figured that he had the ACB 45 Knockout of the Night bonus sewed up after he flattened Khusein Maltsagov (2-1) with a spectacular knee KO midway through their featherweight contest (check out the highlight above). But Klein found himselfoutdone just two fights later when Fight Club Berkut bantamweight Nashko Galaev (5-3) scored an even more high-flying finish with a nuclear knee that put Romanian Mikhail Syrbu (7-3) plummeting to the canvas. While Klein may have missed out on the bonus, he did earn a strong consolation prize in the form of a short notice Bellator 177 prelim fight against Irishman Brian Moore in just two weekends. Meanwhile, the second fight of this card provided yet another strong KO of the night contender as Dzhabir Vazirkhanov (3-1) did his best vintage Rampage Jackson impersonation with a thunderous slam knockout of Vladislav Novitskiy (4-3) – see that awesome highlight below. All in all this was another great night of well-matched and exciting fights from ACB, and you can catch up with the whole card on ACB’s YouTube channel by clicking right here.


Vazirkhanov slam KO

Brave CF 4 (Abu Dhabi)

Two weeks after a very successful, nationally-televised debut effort on Brazilian soil Brave CF was back in their home stopping ground of Abu Dhabi for the fledgling promotion’s fourth event. This show packed plenty of name power for a Middle Eastern card, highlighted by an undercard clash between UFC veterans Alan Omer (20-5) and Robbie Peralta (18-8) that saw Omer triumph with a third round RNC. But this was a show that was really dominated by Middle Eastern and Northern African regional talent. Algeria’s Elias Boudegzdame (14-4) looked spectacular in his featherweight title fight against UFC vet Masio Fullen (11-7), as he immediately started attacking from his back after Fullen took him down early and managed to lock up a successful triangle choke that earned a tap at 2:24. Moroccan lightweight Ottman Azaitar (9-0) was also a big winner on the evening, as he entered his battle opposite English tough guy Charlie Leary (13-8) with a technical edge in all areas but still indulged his opponent in a rock ‘em, sock ‘em all-offense brawl before crushing his for with a punch just over two minutes into the slugfest – check out the video of that crushing finish that was definitely the knockout of the night.

Meanwhile in other action on the very worthwhile Brave 4 undercard Lebanon’s Mohammad Fakhreddine (9-1) dominated Brazilian Marcus Vinicius (8-2) in another action-packed war that was ended when offensive juggernaut Fakhreddine opened up a fight-ending cut late in round two; Jordanian welterweight ace Jarrah Al-Silawi (9-2) battled to a grueling unanimous decision victory over SBG Ireland rep Daniele Scatizzi (8-3); Brazilian light heavyweight Klidson Farias (10-2) hooked on a surprisingly easy looking first round choke to defeated Russian Artur Guseinov (19-6); and 2015 IMMAF amateur champion Frans Mlambo (3-2) got one back for SBG Ireland with a third round guillotine sub over Jalal Deaja (3-3) – see the inset video for that standing submission finish.

Bellator 175 Prelims/Postlims (Illinois)

Bellator seems to be putting more effort into their U.S. prelim cards lately, and this show was no different with a strong cast of Midwestern talents featured on the online stream. A former RFA champion was in action as bantamweight Manny Vasquez (11-2) used a stunning 10 inch height and reach advantage and a superior grappling game to stifle Nate Williams (26-16) en route to a unanimous decision, while welterweight prospect Joaquin Buckley (7-1) rebounded from his first defeat in the Bellator cage with a decision nod over hard hitting grappler Justin Patterson (9-3). Lightweight prospect Damian Norris (9-2) also looked impressive in administering a comprehensive three round beating to Tom “Your Local Ninja” Shoaff (9-4) that earned him a unanimous decision. The undercard also played host to a pair of impressive finishes. First, Ben Rothwell protégé James Bochnovic (7-1) withstood positional dominance and dangerous-looking submission attempts from 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu’s Matt Paul (2-2) for most of round one before scrambling to the back and sinking in an RNC of his own with 30 seconds left in the first frame of their light heavyweight contest.. And Army reservist Tim Cho (5-2) dominated J.D. Hardwick (2-1) with takedowns and ground-and-pound over three rounds before sealing the performance with a TKO at the 2:43 mark of round three.

 

CES 42 (Rhode Island)

The premier MMA promotion in New England returned with its second card of 2017, featuring a familiar cast of characters to anyone who has followed CES’s ascent to AXS TV staple. The main event was a real knock down, drag out slugfest as 5’6” welterweight slugger Will “The Brown Bomber” Santiago (7-4) imposed his aggressive, brawling style on technically superior defending champ Chris “The Action Man” Curtis (15-5). It looked like Santiago was in the driver’s seat to win this one after he landed a clean punch on Curtis early in round two and followed it up with a Lineker-esque assault of two dozen power hooks to the head and body Yet unlikely Santiago’s last four opponents Curtis weathered the assault and fired back with a counter hook that staggered “The Brown Bomber”. Curtis immediately sensed the end and finished things with a conclusive hail of ground strikes that forced the stoppage 1:08 into an incredibly action-packed round one. Kudos to Santiago for pushing the champ to his limits, and big props to Curtis for withstanding the attack and keeping composed in the face of that dangerous assault.


Almeida subs LaBerge

The rest of CES 42 showed off a who’s who of quality northeastern regional veterans. Proven local draw Luis “Rockstar” Felix (15-9) was successful in the co-main event, as he took at Dawond Pickney (10-8) via first round RNC in a moderate mismatch. Former WSOF featherweight contender Saul Almeida (19-8) also looked terrific, as he controlled local talent Josh LaBerge (11-6) on the ground throughout the bout before scoring an RNC finish with just 10 seconds left in the last round. The finish must have come as a relief to Almeida, who suffered two very questionable decision losses in WSOF and CES in 2016. Other notable winners on the card included former CES bantamweight title challenger Kody Nordby (9-4) who dominated David Baxter (4-2) with his wrestling game before sinking in a first round RNC to end their flyweight contest, and 35 year old Brazilian heavyweight Dirlei Broenstrop (15-4) who outlasted out-of-shape former UFC middleweight Pat Walsh (10-3) to end the burly Massachusetts native’s five fight win streak and score the biggest fight of his seven year pro career.

Combate 12 (Mexico)


Rojo KOs Flores

UFC Fight Pass subscribers were pretty sad to see Combate Americas taken off of the subscription service’s live events lineup, as basically every Combate show matches up game fighters who are sure to bring the action. Combate 12 lived up to the high standards set by the promotion’s first 11 offerings, with fight of the night probably going to the closely contested three round slugfest between Combate regular Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez (7-2) and Mexican lightweight Marco Antonio Elpidio (6-2) that saw Gonzalez earn a split decision nod on his opponent’s home turf. Knockout of the night was easy to determine, as Argentinian main eventer Marcelo Rojo (11-4) plastered Monterrey’s Ivan Hernandez-Flores (8-2-1) with an overhand right to the temple that put him down for the count just two minutes into their bantamweight contest. The other four featured bouts, included all three postlimd, saw strong wins for Mexican competitors as featherweight Alex Flores (6-1) outlasted burly Costa Rican Walter Zamora (9-3) over 15 minutes, welterweight Alex Velazco (7-1) picked up his fourth straight win with a decision against Christofer Ramirez (5-2), featherweight Levy Marroquin Salazar (8-1) advanced his stellar record with a triumph over Pablo Sabori (7-3) on the scorecards, and Irving Hernandez (4-1) upset top Mexican featherweight Jose Alday (9-3) via TKO when the fight was stopped due to cuts before the start of round 3. All-in-all another terrific outing for Combat Americas; hopefully dedicated viewers can wait until the show appears as video-on-demand on Fight Pass, or can find the live broadcast on Mexican channel Azteca TV.

 

The Best of the Rest of Regional MMA

FFL Ladies Fight Night (Montana) – Local Montana promotion Fusion Fight League drew some attention to itself with this all female card, which featured Invicta fan favorite Roxanne Modaffieri (20-13) in the main event of a card that was otherwise populated by local WMMA amateurs. Modaffieri didn’t disappoint her fans in attendance and watching on iPPV, as she dominated Brazilian veteran flyweight Priscilla de Souza (12-8) en route to an armbar victory. Look for the Fightmatrix #2 ranked flyweight to be back in action in the Invicta cage soon, as this was a one-off regional fight for Modaffieri and she’s still under contract with that promotion.

 

Unified MMA 30 (Canada) – Shaolin Muay Thai proprietary Shane Campbell (11-6) may not have quite lived up to the hype that followed his video-game quality highlight reel WSOF debut back in February 2015, but he did manage to stick around in the UFC for five fights that saw him score a decision win over Elias Silverio while losing to talented competitors in John Makdessi, James Krause, Erik Koch, and Felipe Silva. Campbell returned to the Canadian scene for the first time since his late 2016 UFC release and did so in style, as he took out Saskatchewan lightweight Jose Rodriguez (7-6) with a round three TKO that was precipitated by a nasty body kick. At 29, there’s still plenty of time for the skilled striker to make his mark on the international scene, as he has generally been dominant when faced with regional competition in his home country. Meanwhile, two new promotional champions were crowned in the event’s top two bouts as light heavyweight Jarred McComb (9-4-1) tapped out Mike Kent (11-7) for the vacant 205 pound title while Tristan Connelly (8-5) choked out defending champ Garrett Nybakken (11-8) for the 155 pound strap.


Andrews KOs Abedi

Superior Challenge 15 (Sweden) – Prior to the main event of SC 15, the last time Dylan “The Villain” Andrews (18-7) had his hands raised in victory inside the cage was when he scored a highlight reel TKO finish over Papy Abedi (10-4) on the prelims of UFC Fight Night 27 way back in 2013. In their second meeting in Saturday’s SC 15 main event Andrews finally returned to the win column with an even more impressive knockout of Abedi. Even though the Swedish middleweight got his hands up to partially block the deciding second round high kick, Andrews’  kick still struck with enough force to remove Abedi from his senses in spectacular fashion. This was quite a performance by Andrews in his first bout back after a two year layoff, and if the 37 year old wants to continue his international career he should have no trouble finding work after this attention-grabbing finish. The undercard of this iPPV event featured plenty more quality European talents battling to the finish, including former ACB and Akhmat combatant Kevin Petshi (12-3) who choked out hometown bantamweight Martin Akhtar (9-4) in the first, top Finnish welterweight Juho Valamaa (13-4) who managed to neutralize violent PXC champion Zebaztian Kadestam (8-3) and finish him on the ground via second round RNC, and Stockholm-based welterweight prospect Oliver Enkamp (7-0) who pounded out Frodi Vitalis Hansen (9-9) with ground strikes with 10 seconds left in the first round of their undercard contest.

 

Fights On 4 (Brazil) – This northeastern Brazil regional card featured a very good light heavyweight fight between two-time UFC veteran Ednaldo Oliveira (17-3-1) and top-level regional competitor Cassio de Oliveira (17-8-1). For the 6’7” Ednaldo this fight was his fifth since his 2013 UFC release, with three wins over local competition and a single loss against top-ranked Russian big man Mikhail Mokhnatkin. For Cassio, this was his first bout since an unsuccessful attempt at the KSW light heavyweight title just over a year ago, which came on the heels of an upset submission win over reigning KOTC heavyweight champion Ronny Markes.  On this evening the two talented big men went at it for the full 15 minutes, with Ednaldo Oliveira pulling out the victory via unanimous decision. Other notable regional veterans scoring finishes on the card included welterweight Edilberto de Oliveira (29-15) and bantamweight Edilson Teixeira (23-12), while stout heavyweight prospect Carols Felipe (7-0) continued to put himself on the radar of prospect watchers with a 41 second TKO over Isaias Silva (2-1).


Abylda TKOs Isabekov

Alash Pride (Kazakhstan) – In addition to the big Akhmat show in Kazakhstan, the country’s top local promotion was also in action over the weekend as several of the nation’s top prospect duked it out with imported regional competitors. Greek-Albanian lightweight Claudio Vecani (5-1) was among the successful international competitors at the event, as the 25 year old upset undefeated Almaty, Kazakhstan local Suleiman Isaev (6-1) with a rugged offensive onslaught that left Isaev TKO’d on his stool after the second round. Two of the other top hometown prospects were more successful. First, light heavyweight Evgeny Egemberdiev (6-0) kept his impressive early-career record unblemished with a third round ground-and-pound TKO of Russia’s Ivan Lukin (4-4). The 6’3”, 27 year old Egemberdiev adds Lukin’s name to a resume that already includes long-ago UFC title challenger Jeff Monson and 17-8 Camroonian talent Donald Njatah Nya. And Kazakhstani featherweight prospect Igor Zhirkov (4-0) also forced his opponent to quit on the stool, as Ratmir Tauvazhukov (6-8) bowed out after suffering a dominant first round offensive onslaught from the talented one-year veteran.  Yet the show’s highlight of the night definitely goes to debuting Kyrgystani unknown Bek Abylda (1-0), who was presumably brought in as cannon fodder for local welterweight knockout artist Zhandos Isabekov (2-1) but ended up playing spoiler with a highlight reel knockout of his own (see video).

 


Kai-France KOs Marques

Hex FS 8 (Australia) – Top prospects and a handful of proven talents from Australia descended on Melbourne this past Friday for Hex Fight Series’ impressive eighth offering. The biggest international name on the card was undoubtedly TUF25 tournament quarterfinalist Kai Kara-France (13-7), who showed off the power that earned him a KO win in the Ultimate Fighter house in his third round knockout over Rodolfo Marques (22-9) – see video to witness the explosive 24 year old flyweight’s handiwork. A pair of promotional champions were crowned in the top two fights on the marquee, as kickboxer Joshua Culibao (5-0) outworked Jordan Cameron (5-1) via split decision for the 145 pound strap while Callan Potter (14-6) earned the 155 pound belt with a triangle choke of Abel Brites (10-5). But the biggest finishes were on the undercard, particularly welterweight Lance Ettia’s (5-0) picture-perfect uppercut knockout of Raphael Scott (3-2) that earned a spot in the highlights section below, along with light heavyweight talent Jim Crute’s (4-0) bonecrunching combination that finished opponent Nathan Reddy (2-1) at the 4:59 mark of round number one – check out the video below for that terrific finish from the athletic and impressive young Melbourne native.

The Brute Jimmy Crute KO’s a bloodied Nathan Reddy with a big right hand.

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Posted by Hex Fight Series on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Crute TKOs Reddy


Piechota KOs Souza

Spartan Fight 7 (Poland) – Top Polish Middleweight prospect Oskar Piechota (8-0) had little trouble continuing his perfect finishing record in the main event of this surprisingly impressive regional card from southern Poland, as he attacked Brazilian journeyman Sergio Souza (15-13) right from the bell and put him away with a vicious head kick just 36 in. This was a particularly impressive performance from the 27 year old Piechota, who started his career by mostly relying on his strong grappling skills. Piechota’s early career wins included a knockout of Italian middleweight talent Mattias Schiavolin and a submission over Norwegian prospect Sadibou Sy, and it’s possible that we could see him perform next in KSW or on UFC’s upcoming card from Poland. Several other Polish prospects were triumphant on the undercard, including welterweight Tomas Jakubiec (8-2) who earned his third straight unanimous decision win at the expense of Marcin Mazurek (5-5), light heavyweight Adam Kowalski (9-3-1) who picked up a fouth straight win via UD over Ireneusz Cholewa (10-11-2), and middleweight Grzegorz Siwi (10-1) who scored a decision of his own over Piotr Wawrzyniak (7-4).

Thunderstrike FL 11 (Poland) – Another quality Polish prospect was on display in this Polish regional event as 22 year old Thunderstrike 205 pound champion Michal Oleksiejczuk  (11-2) defeated the most experienced opponent of his career in Brazilian journeyman Charles Andrade (31-33). “The Hummer” had little trouble defending his belt and earning an eighth straight win, as he put Andrade away with a first round TKO. Other quality prospects to win on the night included middleweight Cezary Kesik (6-0) who claimed the promotions middleweight title by punching out Mateusz Ostrowski (7-6), and featherweight Sebastian Kotwica (9-2) who earned a dominant decision victory against Guilherme Cadena (6-7).

Almighty FC 4 (England) – In the storied history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there have been exactly two twister submission finishes. So it’s pretty crazy that welterweight Rico “Bon Bon” Franco (2-1) managed to wrap up his second twister sub in just the past two weeks with his finish of Marcus Hammond (0-3). It’s definitely too early to call Franco a legit prospect, as he’s yet to beat anyone with a single win on their record, but anyone who can turn that particular trick has TWIFP’s attention as he voyages onward through the UK regional scene. While footage of the latest twister isn’t yet available, the embedded video shows Franco’s spine tingling work from CSFC 17 on March 18th.

DCS 33 (Nebraska) – Junior college wrestling All-American Chance Rencountre (10-2) has put together a strong resume of wins in the pro welterweight ranks, including a decision over UFC vet Jake Lindsey in his last outing on the untelevised Bellator 171 postlim card. Rencountre made it two straight in the Dynasty Combat Sports 33 main event, as earned the promotion’s welterweight title with a three round TKO of Nebraskan Brian Monaghan (7-4), who came into the clash on a five fight victory streak.  The 30 year old Rencountre has experience in both the Bellator and RFA cages, and maybe this impressive win will put him back on the radar of one of those major organizations.

Combat Night 2 (Florida) – MMAWizzard light heavyweight prospect Nick Roehrick (7-0) has seen success in his brief pro career thanks to his amateur wrestling pedigree and ability to finish opponents with nasty ground and pound.  It only took Roehrick one minute and 41 seconds to dispose of overmatched professional debutant Jesus Rivera (0-1) via TKO on this occasion. The 29 year old has proven that he can handle lower level regional fighters, and three year into his pro career he looks primed to take the next step up and competition and see how his game translates against winning professional competition.

FFC 26 – Sarauz vs Meza

Posted by Fight Club Perú on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Zarauz TKOs Meza

Fusion FC 26 (Peru) – Top Peruvian lightweight talent Jose Zarauz (14-3) has grown up in the Fusion FC cage, with ten of his career bouts coming inside the promotion. The Lima native showed fantastic leg kicks and strong output overall in this fight against domestic journeyman Manuel Meza (7-7), who gamely absorbed the onslaught of leg strikes along with the power shots to the body and head that Zarauz mixed in expertly. Meza was limping heavily by the end of the first round, and one minute into the second Zarauz dropped him against the cage with a vicious Muay Thai-style leg kick and followed up with a perfectly timed knee to the face that caused the slightly nervous referee to jump in and save the irate Meza from any more damage. Despite the early stoppage this was a terrific showing from Zarauz in the FFC 26 co-main event, and he’s definitely one of the more technically skilled and powerful strikers that you’ll see plying their trade outside Brazil in the South American regionals.

TWIFP Highlights of the Week

1.   Muay Thai Special:  Knee KO to the Solarplexus

2.  Soda Yasuomi with the Wicked KO at KRUSH 75

3. From Last Week: Kota Shimoishi Earns a Spot in the $1 Million Tourney in Style

4.  Russian Ref Basic Training 101:  Nut Shot First Aid

5.  More Nasty Stuff From KRUSH 75

6.  Lance Ettia with the Perfect Uppercut at Hex 8

7.  Grachik Engibaryan’s Highlight Reel Finish at FNG 62

7.  And Another Insane Knockout from Fight Nights Global 62

That’s all for another packed This Week in Face Punching.  Be sure to follow video wizards @Grabaka_Hitman, @Jolassanda, and @ZPGifs to catch all the regional highlights as they happen.  This weekend we’ll enjoy a trio of strong Russian MMA shows from FNG, ACB, and Akhmat plus a stellar Cage Warriors card and the Bellator rematch that apparently just had to happen between King Mo and the heavyweight formerly known as Rampage Jackson. We’ll be on top of it all right here @CombatDocket!

 

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