clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Missed Fists: Two must-see bouts of absolute madness from Road FC and LFA, more

New, comments
Michel Pereira does a mid-match backflip in his bout opposite Hae Jun Yang at Road FC 48 on Saturday in Wonju, South Korea

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’re a day late, but we couldn’t pass on writing about a weekend that featured two of the craziest fights in recent memory. Even without our usual insights, these clips easily speak for themselves.

Michel Pereira vs. Hae Jun Yang

AL: The first fight we’re looking at this week, a middleweight bout between Michel Pereira and Hae Jun Yang from Saturday’s Road FC 48 show in Wonju, South Korea, features one fighter pulling out all the stops to get a win.

It’s not a stretch to say that Pereira put forth one of the most bizarre and spectacular performances in recent memory here. Just check out these highlights:

JM: I had never heard of Pereira until this weekend and I can now confidently say he is my favorite fighter. He’s like if Anthony Pettis had half the talent but double the “zero f**ks” freewheeling fight attitude. Rolling front kick? Check. Spring-loaded cage Superman punch? Check. Ali Shuffle? Check. Standing backflip kick? Check. Pereira took the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink” to its furthest possible MMA extent and I could not possibly love him more.

AL: I’m glad you identified that as an “Ali Shuffle” because in my notes I have it as “Riverdance feet thing”. The standing backflip kick (if that’s what it was even supposed to be) might be the greatest move I’ve ever seen, right up there with the Mark Hunt “Atomic Butt Drop”.

And it’s not all just flash from Pereira either. Whatever his strategy was, it legitimately wore Yang down and Pereira dusted him with knees to close this one out.

If you’d like to watch Pereira’s full performance (I’m not sure how much more of it I could handle) and the rest of Road FC 48, head on over to their YouTube channel for a full replay.

Mumia Abu Dey Ali vs. Mitch Aguiar

JM: Moving on, it was a wild weekend of fights all around as Periera’s absurd button-mashing style was not even the most thrilling thing to happen since Friday. Mumia Abu Dey Ali and Mitch Aguiar put on an absolute show Friday at Legacy Fight Alliance 46 in Newport News, Va.

Honestly, I want to give this fight a proper intro but I’m not sure we have the words to do it justice. Just see for yourself:

AL: I’m convinced that Ali not only knocks Aguiar down in the first three seconds, but actually knocks him out. The rest is just auto-pilot. How else to explain Aguiar’s erratic movement and counter-striking for the remainder of this extremely short bout? Counter-striking that leads to Aguiar getting a knockdown of his own, naturally.

He then dumps himself on his own head before Ali mercifully puts him away with a left hook and a hammerfist from hell. If Aguiar remembers any of this fight, I would be astonished.

JM: It’s pretty rare that any MMA highlight makes it on to SportsCenter (Anthony Pettis’ Showtime kick was SECOND to some standard-issue regular season game dunk, after all) so when an LFA highlight makes it, you just know something incredible happened.


Which fight was crazier?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Michel Pereira vs. Hae Jun Yang
    (160 votes)
  • 62%
    Mumia Abu Dey Ali vs. Mitch Aguiar
    (268 votes)
428 votes total Vote Now

Michal Martinek vs. Daniel Dittrich

AL: There’s no topping those two clips, so we’re going to cool things down with some prospect talk or as I’m calling it this time around, a “prospect check”.

That’s right, this week’s one to watch hails from the Czech Republic (see what I did there?). The main event of Oktagon 7 in Prague saw undefeated heavyweight Michal Martinek challenge Daniel Dittrich for a championship belt. It’s worth noting that both guys look like natural 205ers, but for now at least, Martinek sits on the heavyweight prospect list.

Martinek shows some solid grappling in this bout and while it takes him a while to get the finish, when he does it is a nasty one.

JM: While sitting atop the heavyweight prospect list is not a huge accomplishment considering the depth of the division, colding somebody with punches from side control certainly is. That takes some serious power.

AL: It’s not difficult to imagine Martinek building up his resume overseas for another year and perhaps taking part in the second season of the Professional Fight League when that rolls around.

The rest of the Oktagon 7 fights can be viewed over on the promotion’s YouTube channel.

Joshua Pacio vs. Pongsiri Mitsatit

JM: We end this week’s edition of Missed Fists with a bona fide Submission of the Year frontrunner. Joshua Pacio pulled off an inverted kimura from back mount against the previously unbeaten Pongsiri Mitsatit at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings in Manila, Philippines, on Friday.

Tapping an undefeated prospect is always a good resume booster and doing it with an old school chicken wing is even more impressive.

AL: I’m sure there are reasons why this isn’t attempted more often, but it’s definitely one of those moments that makes you wonder why we haven’t seen this pulled off before. The best part is how poor Mitsatit just lays on the mat after, as if he’d been rendered unconscious by a rear-naked choke, but he’s probably just in disbelief that he fell victim to a submission that nobody could have seen coming.

The latest ONE event is available for replay via YouTube and all future ONE shows can also be watched via their app.

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.