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.
As the saying goes, “Talk sh*t, get hit.” But what if you’re the one talking sh*t AND delivering the hit? This is the philosophical question that leads this week’s episode.
We don’t know much about this “Get Up & Hit” event, which has the barest listing on Tapology, other than that it took place in Irkutsk, Russia on Aug. 29, and that this hero is Kyrgyz fighter Bayaman Nurmamat (credit to RT Sport for the info).
Based on this footage, it’s safe to draw a few conclusions. This was the first event in a year for Fight Club Cherdak, and its first in the COVID-19 era, so understandably it sounds like there were about eight people at this venue. Nurmamat was good enough to get a look from M-1 Global in the past and I’m wagering that this mystery opponent was not, so this was probably a classic mismatch.
Lastly, Nurmamat was having way too much fun in there and isn’t that what MMA is supposed to be about? Sportsmanship be damned, this head kick ruled.
This next head kick, not so much.
Adrian Polanski vs. Amadeusz Roslik
Pawel Mikolajuw vs. Damian Zdunczyk
Marta Linkiewicz vs. Marta Rentel
They say that MMA is all about the fame these days. Who can provide the juiciest soundbites, talk the most trash on Twitter, accumulate the most Instagram followers. If that last metric is of any significance, then no promotion packs more star power than Poland’s Fame MMA. We’d wondered if this organization was a short-term gimmick, but here they are with their seventh event, which took place in Warsaw.
And just like a real MMA organization, they have fighters who are willing to cheat their asses off to win.
Amadeusz “Ferrari” Roslik (222,000 Instagram followers) didn’t exactly avenge a decision loss to Adrian “Polak” Polanski (357K) here, but he’s probably going to be satisfied with the outcome even though this will officially go down as a disqualification against him on his record.
Were rules not a thing, this would actually be one of the best KOs of the year, but Fame MMA is not some outlaw organization that allows for fighters to kick people willy-nilly and Polanski was clearly grounded there. In the end, Ferrari got to kick his rival in the face super hard and Polak “improved” to 3-2 as a pro fighter with his third straight “victory.”
Polish hip-hop star Pawel Mikolajuw (705K), better known as “Popek Monster,” made the jump from KSW to Fame MMA at this show and he flashed his jitz in the evening’s main event. He needed less than a round to armbar MTV star and fellow promotional newcomer Damian “Stifler” Zdunczyk (454K).
Popek Monster just won by armbar, so all bets are off tonight. MMA is operating at peak performance. pic.twitter.com/OOGlfgDnv6— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 5, 2020
Stifler weighed in at 212 pounds for this fight, about 40 pounds lighter than Popek Monster. I’m not a doctor or a professional fight analyst, but I think it made a difference. This was the first submission win for Mikolajuw, who at 41 is still clearly adding new facets to his celebrity fighting game.
And then there’s Marta Linkiewicz.
Marta Linkiewicz is the 15th ranked of 119 active Poland women (pound for pound). pic.twitter.com/9L17nEipTf— Muniek (@MuniekMMA) September 8, 2020
“Linkimaster” (1.2M) has been featured in the hallowed halls of Missed Fists before and it’s great to see her sticking with this whole fighting schtick even if it is just a side hobby for her. She finished fitness model Marta “Martirenti” Rentel (500K) with strikes and then proceeded with a celebration that would make Valerie Loureda say, “Hey lady, settle it down.”
According to @MuniekMMA, Linkimaster is “the 15th ranked of 119 active Poland women (pound-for-pound),” which has to be true because I read it on the internet.
Long live Fame MMA.
Damian Olszewski vs. Erko Jun
Kasim Aras vs. Sasa Milinkovic
Speaking of Polish Instagram stars, KSW favorite Erko Jun (1.1M) was in action at Elite MMA Championship 5 in Dusseldorf, Germany this past Saturday. Unfortunately, he became the leading candidate for this week’s “Humpty Dumpty” award after getting straight dropped by the considerably less famous Damian Olszewski.
Olszewski landed a hammer that banged across the front of Jun’s forehead leading to an excellent stoppage by the referee.
That was one of three heavyweight fights on the card, the other two being the heavyweight main event between Satoshi Ishii and Stuart Austin that ended in a controversial decision win for Austin, and Kasim Aras taking a unanimous decision over Sasa Milinkovic.
A major part of Aras’s was this swangin’ and bangin’ sequence:
How do you say “swangin’ and bangin’” in German? I tossed it into Google Translate, which came back with “schwingen und schlagen.” That can’t possibly be close to correct, but it sounds awesome.
EMC 5 is available for pay-per-view replay on FITE TV.
Roman Silagadze vs. David Lobanov
Fight Nights Global and Gorilla Fighting Championships teamed up for a Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov memorial show in Moscow on Wednesday and it featured a gorgeous submission by Roman Silagadze that would undoubtedly have made Khabib’s pop proud.
We’re going to go with “shoulder lock” in this one, but it’s more accurate to say that David Lobanov tapped out to “being in a world of hurt,” I think.
Over in Novosibirsk, Russia, this past Saturday, Islam Sadirbekov showed off his submission skills with a textbook Suloev stretch.
Suloev stretch de Islam Sadirbekov en Hall of Fame: Cup of Truth! pic.twitter.com/0CA8KJyhSQ— Barrele la pierna (@Barrelelapierna) September 5, 2020
Sadribekov’s opponent was a ferocious wrestler and he capitalized on that, biding his time beautifully until he could catch his prey with a hold that he didn’t even see coming.
Yosuke vs. Azusa Kaneko
Koki Osaki vs. Kazuya Okuwaki
Denkongrah vs. Hatyai
Kongklai vs. Seksan
As much as we love our subs, we’re going to end with some standup bangers this week. First, here’s a couple of highlights from RISE 142, which took place last Friday in Tokyo.
Yosoke squared up Azusa Kaneko and silenced him with two surgical shots to the dome.
Koki Osaki topped that by slipping in this beautiful shin-to-the-chin head kick against Kazuya Okuwaki.
That finish was equalled by Denkongrah at a muay Thai event at Rajadamnern Stadium in Thailand.
Denkongrah with a huge headkick knockout against Hatyai in the third round. pic.twitter.com/74NSB2v1yR— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) September 9, 2020
Denkongrah’s kick was just as accurate and based on the results, maybe twice as powerful given that it just threw Hatyai down to the mat.
As great as those finishes were, your true must-see highlight of the week is a brutal fight between Kongklai and Seksan, dubbed by @Grabaka_Hitman as a Fight of the Year candidate.
Seksan is an absolute beast here, marching forward and throwing hands to try and decapitate Kongklai. But Kongklai starts breaking him down with leg kicks in the second round, taking Seksan’s best shots and countering. Even with Seksan opening up a lovely cut over Kongklai’s left eye, you get the sense that the worm had turned.
Sure enough, Kongklai catches Seksan with a right hook off of a break that leaves Seksan flat on the mat.
It’s a brilliant fight and while I don’t normally like to assign homework, you owe yourself to take 20 minutes out of your day and check it out.
What was the most memorable Missed Fist moment this week?
This poll is closed
Bayaman Nurmamat’s middle finger-head kick combo
Ferrari’s absurdly illegal kick
Damian Olszewski faceplants Erko Jun
Roman Silagadze’s shoulder lock
Kongklai vs. Seksan
Other (leave comment below)
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