Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we 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.
Believe it or not, COVID-19 did not stop several promotions (including the UFC, at least for one weekend) from conducting their business, though there are a few fighters who probably would have been a lot better off if their bouts were canceled.
(A reminder: This feature isn’t possible without folks like @Grabaka_Hitman and @Jolassanda1 continuing to scour the ends of the earth for fight footage, so do give them a follow and some much-deserved love.)
Erick Viscondi vs. Tiago Souza
Felipe Gheno vs. Giliarde da Silva
AL: Suplexes are great, nobody is arguing this. They take strength, technique, and excellent timing, and it’s that last element that seemed to be just a bit off here for Tiago Souza. There are so many variables in an actual fight and so much can go wrong even when it seems like you’re in control as Souza found out in his fight with Erick Viscondi at Taura MMA 9 in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, this past Sunday.
Erick Visconde def. Thiago Souza in the 2nd after Souza injures himself attempting a suplex. 1,000 ways to lose. #TauraMMA9 pic.twitter.com/p7hD8RQ86o— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 15, 2020
It’s hard to tell exactly how Souza injured himself, but it’s probably never good when you deliver a full-force slam with your opponent landing on top of you. My first guess was that something happened to Souza’s shoulder. It’s also possible that he may have injured a rib. So either way, fun times.
JM: Suplexes (or “Suplei” if you’re Jeff Blatnick) are great. This was not a suplex. It was a failed suplex. This was like when I say I can totally bench 200 and then when I get under the bar have to immediately call for help. Gotta know your limits Tiago or else you’ll lose a fight in embarrassing fashion.
AL: Much cleaner is this Superman punch finish by Felipe Gheno.
Felipe Gheno (9-1) def. Giliarde "Wolverine" by 1st round TKO (Superman punch) #TauraMMA9 pic.twitter.com/Iqt7anG9fA— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 16, 2020
JM: Man, poor GDS. He turned his head just slightly wrong and let that shot crack him in the temple. If he’d have kept his head straight Gheno may well have broken his hand smacking off the top of da Silva’s dome. Instead, Gheno has a highlight win and da Silva is left wanting. It’s a game of inches.
AL: That sniper shot improved Gheno’s record to 9-1 and, according to Tapology, earned him something called the Circuito Team Nogueira Flyweight Championship, which sounds pretty great. Speaking of Tapology, I don’t know what’s going on in Gheno’s profile picture, but again, pretty great.
Nemanja Uveric vs. Stanislav Krofak
Junior Albini vs. Adnan Alic
Goran Reljic vs. Pedro Brum
Bojan Velickovic vs. Danillo Santos
AL: UFC Brasilia wasn’t the only game in town on Saturday. Serbian Battle Championship (subtitled Revenge) went down in Vrbas and you can watch that whole event for free on Facebook.
There were several former UFC fighters on the card, but relative unknown Nemanja Uveric may have outshined them all with this gorgeous counter-punch KO.
stiff :O— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) March 14, 2020
what a KO by Nemanja Uveric !
I’m giving Uveric credit and style points for the walkoff here as I think he was going to pull back before the referee even got in there.
JM: I’ve never really thought about it until right now but starching-KOs are super weird. Like, Krofak is clearly out of it but why does his body arch his head up? Is that just muscle contraction? Is it his soul’s way of showing unhappiness with Krofak’s life choices? I need a doctor to answer this for me.
AL: And all this time I thought you were a doctor!
As for the ex-UFCers, it was a good day for them as Junior Albini scored an extremely nonchalant KO of Adnan Alic, who fell to 13-23 in his career.
Júnior Albini !!! :)— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) March 14, 2020
1R KO (SBC27) pic.twitter.com/3UHbIxmDC5
JM: Big Baby Albini getting back on the board! (Alliteration +100). Also, I’m sure I’m just forgetting but I can’t recall seeing dudes being allowed to wear shirts until recently. SBC very progressive with their rules.
AL: Remember Goran Reljic? He looked like a serious prospect after taking out Wilson Gouveia over a decade ago, but his UFC career never took off. Still, he’s done well enough since, even capturing a KSW light heavyweight title in 2015. Here he is taking out Pedro Brum with the precision.
Goran Reljić TKOd Pedro Brum in 2R (SBC27) pic.twitter.com/vhdB3ndAXd— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) March 14, 2020
JM: Considering the speed of those punches, can’t say I’m shocked Goran didn’t make much of a UFC run, even in the anemic light heavyweight division.
AL: And Bojan Velickovic snapped a four-fight winless streak in the SBC 27 main event, handing young Danillo Santos his first loss with a guillotine choke in the second round.
in The Main Event of SBC27 Bojan Velickovic guillotined Danillo Santos in 2R pic.twitter.com/Lumph1xZGK— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) March 14, 2020
Even though Velickovic hasn’t thrived against the highest caliber of competition, he still showed Santos that there are levels to this.
JM: Velickovic will always be an enigma to me. He’s not a bad fighter, but for whatever reason he seems deadset on proving that he is by continually not winning fights. I’m glad he’s decided to stop doing that because, I think we can all agree, winning fights is better than not winning them.
AL: Solid assessment. Maybe you are a doctor after all.
JM: Hopefully now the Serbian Niko Price will start putting things together.
Sang Won Kim vs. Kuya Ito
Joseph Camacho vs. Masato Nakamura
AL: First of all, let me just say I love dining room MMA shows. There’s nothing like a meal and a melee, am I right?
At a Brawl show in Tamuning, Guam, last Friday, Sang Won Kim absolutely detonated Kuya Ito with a short left hand.
KO by Sang Won Kim (Brawl International 1) pic.twitter.com/Op3ggk7gfd— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) March 13, 2020
JM: See, I find them strange. I know, it’s weird that I’d say that but I’m not a big eater while watching violence. If I get too excited and start yelling when someone gets stoned in front of me, that’s just gonna ruin the meal. Let’s keep it simple and just go full liquid diet for fights.
AL: I’d love to leave it there, but unfortunately there was another clip from the show that made the rounds on social media, this one for the same reasons as poor Tiago Souza.
Warning: This slam finish features a nasty, nasty arm break.
I am in pain from watching :(— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) March 13, 2020
Masato Nakamura broke his elbow
TKO for Seay Camacho (Brawl International 1) pic.twitter.com/nQRP3cAKfd
JM: MY POINT EXACTLY. Anyone who was eating before that, is not eating now. Whereas if all you’re doing is drinking, you both probably care much less about what happened, and you can just have another drink to forget about it.
AL: Congrats to Joseph “Seay Seay” Camacho for improving to 3-0, though I’m sure both he and his opponent would have preferred this one to go differently.
Dexter Suisse vs. Miroslav Vujovic
AL: We weren’t going to leave you without some kickboxing goodness this week, especially with the Taftnet Cup going down in Kazan, Russia last Sunday.
Bask in the glory of Dexter Suisse’s relentless knee assault.
Heavyweight knees. Dexter Suisse KO's Miroslav Vujovic in R3 at Tatneft Cup in Russia. Empty arena = clear corner advice. pic.twitter.com/Hl3kS7l2iB— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 15, 2020
JM: Listening to events in empty arenas is so weird. And getting obliterated in an empty arena has to be even weirder. On the one hand, Vujovic can take solace knowing that not that many people saw his loss (until now!) but on the other hand, it’s gotta feel so pointless to get got in front of zero people.
Tshilomba Mikixi vs. August Kayambala
AL: Now let’s leave off with a thrilling finishing sequence from EFC Worldwide 84.
March 14, 2020
That’s lightweights Tshilomba Mikixi and August Kayambala going at it. Both men showed great heart, neither willing to give an inch, but anytime you have a firefight like that, someone is going to get scorched and in this case it was Kayambala after eating all of Mikixi’s uppercut.
If you squint, you can see a hint of Ngannou-Overeem, though perhaps that’s just my MMA-starved brain talking.
JM: First, let me just say that Tshilomba Mikixi is an incredible name. I hope this kid makes it to the top because with a name like that, he deserves it.
Second, I love that Mikixi made absolutely no bones about what he was trying to do in that finishing sequence. He just kept spamming uppercuts into the ducking Kayambala until one of them connected, Mortal Kombat-style.
JM: Not a bad way to end what could potentially be a long layoff for us.
AL: Let’s hope everything gets back to normal sooner rather than later. Be safe, everyone.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
This poll is closed
Tiago Souza’s disastrous suplex
Nemanja Uveric’s counter-punch KO
Sang Won Kim’s explosive left
Masato Nakamura’s poor arm
Tshilomba Mikixi’s furious uppercuts
Other (leave comment below)
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