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.
We need to step up our game when it comes to showcasing women’s MMA prospects, so this week we’re focusing on a Saturday night that was apparently more than alright for female fighting.
Special thanks to women’s combat sports devotee MarQ for helping out with this week’s suggestions!
Karolline Rosa vs. Tamara Leorde
AL: We start off with a women’s featherweight bout between promising Brazilian prospect Karolline Rosa (also referred to as just “Karol”) and Tamara Leorde, which took place at Favela Kombat 29 in Rio de Janeiro.
This was Karol’s 11th pro bout, Leorde’s second, and the disparity was obvious. Leorde is tough, but this was pretty much a highlight reel for Karol. She pieced her up standing in round one, capped off round two with a big slam, and then jiu-jitsu’d Leorde to death in round three.
The referee had to wave this one off to save the massive hematoma on Leorde’s head from getting any worse.
At Saturday's #FavelaKombat29 -— DC (@FightFan_DC) June 18, 2018
Following an extended round 3 ground clinic, Karol Rosa (9-2, #32 World Women's 145) earned the TKO stoppage when her strikes fractured Tamara Leorde's orbital and caused a wicked hematoma. Rosa took home a featherweight title belt for her work. pic.twitter.com/rXzooCXBtZ
JM: Rosa does have a win over Jessica Andrade... unfortunately it’s not that Andrade or else she’d definitely be one worth watching. As it stands, Rosa seems like a fairly competent fighter.
Even though she looks like she’s really a bantamweight, I hope she was one of the women to try out for the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter, since they were looking for female featherweights. She’s only 23, but she’s showing enough skill already that she could potentially grow into a good one.
AL: I liked a lot of what I saw from Rosa. Her most high-profile opponent so far has been fellow Brazilian Larissa Pacheco (who defeated Rosa), another 23-year-old who failed to impress in two UFC appearances, though those losses came against Germaine de Randamie and that Jessica Andrade. So let’s hope that if Karol gets the call in the near future, they’re a little more careful with the matchmaking than they were with Pacheco.
The entire Favela Kombat 29 card is free to watch on the Web Esporte TV Facebook page.
Pauline Macias vs. Brianna Smith
AL: If Pauline Macias’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s a friend and former judo training partner of one Miss Ronda Rousey. Macias, a strawweight, was making her pro debut Saturday and that grappling background was on full display at V3 Fights 69 in Memphis, Tenn.
So how excited are you for the inevitable “next Rousey” comparisons?
JM: I’m all for more judo in MMA. Throwing people around like sacks of flour is among the most fun parts of the sport to watch.
As for “the next Rousey” comparisons, I’m fine with them. Things like that are inevitable, even if they are rarely true, plus we’re gonna be in for a whole heap of them when Kayla Harrison makes her MMA debut. But more importantly, is Macias any relation to Anthony Macias of UFC 4 fame? Because if so, then she has the pedigree to excel in this sport.
AL: Unfortunately, it does not appear that she has a connection to UFC original “Mad Dog” Macias, who went on to have a 20-year pro MMA career.
This is just fight number one for Pauline Macias, so let’s see where she goes from here. Shouting out UFC president Dana White is definitely a good place to start.
Marisa Chavez vs. Amber Jones
AL: This KO from Shamrock FC 306 in Kansas City, Mo., was one of the most talked-about finishes on social media over the weekend, and not just because of the fact that it took all of nine seconds. Marisa Chavez’s punch and follow-up strikes were absolutely ferocious and after watching this clip I’m glad that Amber Jones looked to be mostly fine afterwards.
What did you think of Chavez going nuts at the end there?
JM: Uhhhhh, that was super illegal. It didn’t affect the outcome in anyway — Jones got planted — but that was a straight up Donkey Kong ground smash on the back of Jones’s head.
Honestly, that’s one of those fouls that’s so egregious I almost wouldn’t even mind her getting DQ’ed over it. It isn’t like she was trying to follow up to the side of the head and Jones fell funny. Chavez kneeled down on Jones’s back and smacked her head like a set of bongos. Completely indefensible and deserving of some kind of punishment.
AL: Let it be shown for the record that even the typically bloodthirsty Jed Meshew is capable of mercy.
If you’d like to watch V3 Fights 69 (which also included impressive performances from Tracy Cortez and Jamie Milanowski) or Shamrock FC 306, the events should be available for replay through FloCombat’s subscription service.
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.