Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we spotlight fights from around the world that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day.
The theme for this week is definitely âthe moments before the disasterâ because in addition to our usual lineup of overwhelming knockouts and slick submissions, we have several fights where it seemed like a fighter was in the clear before being so shot. brutal. Mohammad Karaki, who is in the cruelest turn of the week, emphatically remembered two things: 1) fighters don’t call their own timeouts and 2) protect themselves at all times.
Gianni Melillo vs. Mohammad Karaki
Victor Nunes vs. Azizbek Satibaldiev
Daniel Skibinski vs. Acoidan Duque
Andre Fialho vs. Sang Hoon Yoo
Karaki and his opponent Gianni Melillo (whom some of you might recognize from a pair of Bellator appearances) were already involved in a madness at UAE Warriors 20 last Saturday in Abu Dhabi before the ending came to an end of a really weird way.
As Karaki rushed over to initiate a loop to the right, it appeared that he was surprised by a glance that immediately made him step back and asked the referee to pause the action. The referee did not interrupt the action. So Melillo proceeded to drive a straight line over his chin.
Looks like there was a peek for me with the replay benefit, so just a really bad break here for Karaki. The last time I can remember someone taking a net shot like this calling for the referee to intervene, it was Michael Bisping when he ate that Anderson Silva knee. It turned out to be much worse.
This next knockout is a bit of the other side of things as Victor Nunes telegraphed what was going to happen here and Azizbek Satibaldiev still stepped into it. Watch Satibaldiev casually throw a few direct punches, thinking nothing bad could happen.
If time travel becomes a reality, the first thing I do is jump to June 19, 2021, get into Satibaldiev’s locker room and say, “Hey buddy, be careful with that right.”
The second thing I do is stand in the corner of Acoidan Duque and put a whole bucket of towels to throw in the cage.
Daniel Skibinski let Acoidan Duque know exactly what was going to happen, hitting the poor guy from around 40 different angles until the referee intervened, mercifully. Make 12 now for Skibinski, who is bound to make the leap to bigger promotion soon.
A guy who’s been there before and probably hit his ticket? AndrÃ© Fialho.
The last time we saw Fialho he was breaking a large James Vick glass of water during a show in Florida. Last week he scored an 18-second TKO against Sang Hoon Yoo.
No problem with stopping here. Yoo was absolutely cracked by this jab and only his tenacity kept him from coming out completely as Fialho called.
One final note from UAE Warriors 20: Ray Borg is back!
Omeil Brown vs. Joel Downey-Cave
Matthew Bonner vs. Nathias Frederick
Coming back to the flip theme, we have these great efforts Omeil Brown and Matthew Bonner from Cage Warriors 123 (available in replay at UFC Battle Pass) last night in London.
I don’t know exactly how Brown got out of this Downey-Cave choke, other than using pure man’s strength.
Sometimes you just have to empty it. What I think is also what happened with Bonner? Or was he just the recipient of a brain fart from Nathias Frederick? I’ve watched this next clip a few times now and can’t understand how Frederick ended up in such a bad position.
Keep in mind that this was late in round four, so it’s entirely possible that Frederick’s gas tank came close to E and that a slip he would have easily recovered earlier in the fight. turned out to be more expensive at this time. Either way, Bonner’s remarkable job to capitalize on.
Not only did he fight against adversity, but he did so against the flamboyant Frederick who entered the fight on a 10-fight unbeaten streak. Bonner was also on a winning streak, but his overall professional record is a modest 10-6-1 after Thursday. He reached his peak at the right time and he is now the new middleweight champion of the Cage Warriors.
Cage Warriors 123 was the first of three consecutive events in the promotion, with another show tonight and another on Saturday. All are available to watch on UFC Battle Pass.
Aleksandr Osetrov vs. Rustambek Nurzhanov
Continuing, Rustambek Nurzhanov appeared to have Aleksandr Osetrov spotted in their bout at the Shlemenko Fighting Championship in Omsk, Russia on Sunday. Then Osetrov changed the shape of his head.
You can see that Nurzhanov is doing the right thing here, raising his hand, it’s just not high enough or tight enough. And that’s the difference between security and calamity.
Going off on a tangent, do you get the impression that there is a bit of false advertising here? There isn’t even a single Alexander Shlemenko fight on the map! If you want to give your name to the promotion, you should enter at least twice on the same night each time. Bet on yourself.
Deven Paulsen vs. Dustin Black
You can’t call your own MMA timeouts, but you can call your own timeouts. That’s what Dustin Black did judiciously here after Deven Paulsen cracked him with a kick to the body during an Alaska Fighting Championship show in Anchorage on Wednesday.
No late stops for this man. Sometimes you just have to know when you have it.
Dawid Romanski vs. Sergey Litvinov
AL: A Runda X (free replay available on Youtube) in Bialogard, Poland, David Romanski would have won the Humpty Dumpty Prize this week if he hadn’t had to team up with the mat to produce this spooky drop.
It’s a knockout with a little knockout added. Hopefully, that doesn’t give Fight Circus any idea to blow up some canvas matches or whatever, just to give those kind of finishes that extra oomph.
Zhasulan Akimzhanov vs. Roman Avdalyan
And what would Missed Fists be without a good ol ‘rule breaker, courtesy of Zhasulan Akimzhanov at Eagle Fighting Championship 37 (free replay available at Youtube) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last Friday.
Now I can’t prove it, but I’m pretty sure Akimzhanov brought a spear into the ring because I don’t have any other explanation for what he did to Roman Avdalyan here:
I think I’d rather take a crowbar in the rib cage than what Akimzhanov is up to. It was a kick to the body KO out of nowhere if I have ever seen one.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
Gianni Melillo reminds Mohammad Karaki to protect himself
Victor Nunes unloads a bomb on his right hand
Aleksandr Osetrov hits Rustambek Nurzhanov’s defenses
Deven Paulsen’s “No Mas” kick
Zhasulan Akimzhanov kicks Roman Avdalyan’s mid section
Other (leave a comment below)
53 votes in total
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