Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee 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.
Once again, we’re checking out highlights from outside North America, this time hitting up Russia’s Fight Nights Global promotion, England’s Cage Warriors, Poland’s KSW, and something called Samara MMA Federation (Russia).
Special thanks to our own Petesy Carroll for providing some recommendations this week.
Sharamazan Chupanov vs. Tomas Deak
AL: Let’s jump right into what I think was the highlight of the weekend, the main event of Fight Nights Global 84, which took place at the Hant Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia this past Friday. Slovakia’s own Tomas Deak was defending his bantamweight strap against Sharamazan Chupanov, and neither man gave less than a championship effort.
JM: Yeah buddy. This fight was the business, and much like our quick start to this article, Deak and Chupanov didn’t waste any time to get rocking and rolling. Deak dropped Chupanov within the first 30 seconds and then again later on in the first round and I’ll be honest, I thought that second knockdown was gonna be the ball game.
AL: Deak was majorly impressive here. It wasn’t just the damage he did to Chupanov, but how he adapted in the later rounds when Chupanov started to find success with the grappling. Hats off to both guys for keeping their output high throughout the bout even into round five. This is what an ideal lighter weight title fight should be.
Unfortunately, we ended up having kind of a weird stoppage with referee Marc Goddard stepping in while Deak and Chupanov looked to be in the middle of an exchange, but it was somewhat justifiable given that Chupanov was fading fast and didn’t take away at all from the overall quality of the bout.
Tomáš Deák defended FNG BW Title (def. Sharamazan Chupanov by 5R TKO) pic.twitter.com/oZ5QXa6JPv— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 2, 2018
JM: Also because Chupanov had been dropped somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 times. Seriously, I had no issue with the stoppage. Chupanov was spent and had been getting bombed on for 90 seconds without really doing much other than not falling down. Had it kept going, that would have been fine, but that’s one of those times when the corner should’ve save their guy from taking needless punishment. MMA is still 40 years behind boxing on some stuff.
JM: Now we need to talk about what is arguably the best current MMA promotion going when you factor in production and trying to be like Pride: KSW.
The Polish fighting organization — which has given us the likes of Jan Blachowicz and Karolina Kowalkiewicz — put on a banger of a show over the weekend that had FOUR title fights, including a champion losing for the first time in eight years, a champion winning with a Robbie Lawler split lip, a champion keylocking a dude, and most importantly, Scott Askham performing an appendectomy with his left foot. Long story short, KSW rules.
AL: Ah yes, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, quickly becoming a hardcore fan favorite. Friday’s show included numerous highlights as you mentioned, but we’ll focus on Askham, who had an uneven six-fight run in the Octagon, and his upset of Michal Materla.
If Materla’s name sounds familiar, it’s likely because of his recent TKO wins against UFC veterans Rousimar Palhares and Paulo Thiago. He was expected to run though Askham with the same ease, but things went awry for the Polish fighter. Askham didn’t just beat the odds, he chopped Materla down and it only took him 69 seconds to boot.
JM: Body shot KOs really are the best.
The entire event it available for replay as a FITE TV pay-per-view and frankly, it’s totally worth 12 bucks. Skip out on a month of UFC prelims if you have to, you won’t regret it.
AL: I’d be remiss if we didn’t mention sports journalist Karolina Owczarz making a successful pro debut on this card, and she needed only a minute to win by rear-naked choke. As someone who covers MMA for a living, that’s really inspired me… to ask the MMA Fighting overlords to pay to have Jed thrown into one of these overseas cage fights.
Mason Jones vs. Lawrence Tracey
AL: Cage Warriors put on another entertaining show Saturday, headlined by Belgium’s Brian Bouland stepping up in a big way to knock off Josh Reed, who was fresh off of a one-round title fight war against Nathaniel Wood last September:
But the fight I want to focus on was the third and final preliminary bout on the card, a lightweight corker between Mason Jones and Lawrence Tracey. These two brought some serious heat to the cage in Newport, Wales.
JM: Speaking of corners needing to know when to stop a fight, Tracey’s corner did him no favors by sending him back out there for the second round after being functionally KO’d by a Jones knee at the end of the first. They just let their fighter go eat a few more haymakers for no gain.
Fun five minutes though. Jones’s hands were on point and the knees when they got clinched up were fierce.
AL: Yes, fun as it was, Jones clearly outclassed Tracey here.
Mark Volkov vs. Akmaldzhon Mamurov
AL: We close with a brief - I must emphasize brief - stop over in Tolyatti, Russia, where we witnessed one of the year’s fastest knockouts at Samara MMA Federation: Battle on Volga 3.
I’m not sure what got into featherweight Mark Volkov, but he walked poor Akmaldzhon Mamurov down and went straight World Star on him:
faceplant— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 4, 2018
Mark Volkov KOs Akmaldzhon Mamurov in 7 seconds
(WFCA Battle of Volga ) pic.twitter.com/CRbmAlKAbR
JM: That was an astonishingly violent KO. Seriously, I hope Akmaldzhon is okay because he went downward dog and didn’t even kind of move when Volkov started smashing follow up punches into his skull.
Also, don’t look now but that was only Volkov’s second pro fight and his first one was a 28-second knockout. This might be a dude to keep an eye on.
If you know of a recent fight or event that you think may have been overlooked or a promotion that could use some attention, please let us know on Twitter @JedKMeshew and @AlexanderKLee using the hashtag #MissedFists.