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.
We had two amazing highlights to lead off the week and while either makes for a worthy Missed Fists headliner, unsurprisingly we went with the more hilarious option.
Isaac Thomson vs. Jaime Garcia
AL: In Biloxi, Miss., at Empire FC 11 on Saturday, we had an equipment malfunction that won’t be topped anytime soon. Sure, we see mouthpieces fall out all the time and yes, we’ve seen a cup cracked in a fight before, but how about a cup just straight-up falling out of a dude’s shorts?
Oh regional MMA. Just everything about this— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 9, 2021
Isaac Thompson vs. Jaime Garcia at Empire FC last night pic.twitter.com/co9RqBUfYz
This may surprise you, but Jaime Garcia, the guy who lost the cup, also lost the fight shortly after.
JM: Absolutely shocking to me that a man who doesn’t know how to wear a cup also was not very good at fighting. Never could have seen that one coming.
Deante Brown vs. Nathan Altland
Also from the “never seen this before” department, we have an amazing knockout from a regional show in Panama City Beach, Fla., which is only made more compelling by the fact that the highlight was posted by the guy on the receiving end of the knockout.
That’s Nathan Altland taking an insane 360 spin kick from Deante Brown in the second round of their fight at Beatdown at the Beach 18: Beatdowns-N-Beats this past Saturday. I had to double check to see if he actually was the Nathan in the clip and sure enough, he shared the whole scene on Facebook.
JM: Ahhhh, PCB. I’m surprised these dudes weren’t fighting in jorts. Cracks about the panhandle aside though, and that was a sick KO so of course Altland shared it. North Florida passes a very specific vibe check and “posting videos of you getting got in spectacular fashion” in a location where you shouldn’t eat much less have an actual medical issue occur definitely fits the bill.
Mikhail Doroshenko vs. David Khachatryan
Diego Bandu vs. Stefan Pretorius
AL: Now I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of poorly timed hammerfists, one by Mikhail Doroshenko at AMC Fight Nights 101 in Russia and one by Diego Bandu at EFC 85 in South Africa.
In both instances, the fighters author a sweet faceplant KO before throwing a follow-up hammerfist that is wholly unnecessary. In Doroshenko’s case, I think it nearly caused a post-fight brawl.
JM: I have no problem with that hammerfist. Was it unnecessary? Probably. But given the fact that the dude then got up and tried to fight him I think it’s hard to argue it was egregious. That’s on the referee. Gotta be closer to the action to make the save, buddy.
AL: And for David Khachatryan, my guy, when you fall face down, butt up like that, you don’t have too much room to protest the stoppage.
Bandu’s opponent Stefan Pretorius wasn’t protesting anything after walking right into a one-punch KO, so on his behalf I will give Bandu a wag of the finger for this unnecessary hammerfist.
JM: Okay, now that one was egregious. Bandu stopped, stared at the clearly unconscious dude, thought about it for a moment and then still popped him one. Takes away from an otherwise great KO. Bad form.
Svyatoslav Dutka vs. Oleg Yakushev
AL: And over in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, we have a unique “He Fell Funny” winner as Svyatoslav Dutka kicked the absolute dookie out of Oleg Yakushev’s leg.
Svyatoslav Dutka TKO1 Oleg Yakushev at Hazard Fight Night in Ukraine. That finishing low kick, sheesh. pic.twitter.com/itRMkEDILU— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 9, 2021
Again, I don’t think the ref is going to lose any sleep over stopping this one when he did.
JM: That was like a movie leg kick where Jason Bourne turns some dude’s knee inside out. Ouchie, bro.
Jacek Bednorz vs. Kamil Szymuszowski
Alan Dominguez vs. Javier Rodriguez
James Brown vs. Keyon Wilkins
This next trio of knockouts was supposed to lead into the readers participating in America’s favorite game show Who Knee’d It Better? but I think by the time we get to the last one the answer will be clear.
Our first would-be contestant is Jacek Bednorz from Armia Fight Night Special Edition in Lodz, Poland:
Jacek Bednorz KO's Kamil Szymuszowski pic.twitter.com/XsiuSj2G5e— Streetfight Banned-cho (@streetfitebncho) May 8, 2021
I really like this one because I didn’t even catch the knee landing at first glance.
JM: Crouching Fighter, Hidden Knee right into your friggin’ face.
AL: And next Alan Dominguez from Lux Fight League 13 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico:
Two knees, right up the middle. Dominguez’s opponent Javier Rodriguez was 0-3 heading into this fight and hadn’t been knocked out before, so at least he got to cross that off of his list.
JM: Perhaps he should cross “being an MMA fighter” off the list. It does not seem to be a good career choice for him.
AL: Last, but most certainly not least, here’s James Brown absolutely smoking an over-aggressive Keyon Wilkins.
I bet after that, Wilkins was like, “OOWWWWW, I DO NOT FEEL GOOD!”
JM: The thing you have to understand when fighting James Brown is that Papa Don’t Take No Mess so you better not Try Me because It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World and James Brown is Super Bad. So if you’re going to accept the fight, you better Get Up Offa That Thing and Get On The Good Foot or J.B. will leave you in a Cold Sweat like he did to Mr. Wilkins there.
Montrell James vs. Mikey England
Joseph Luciano vs. Blake Sheppeard
Gor Chilingoryan vs. Rasul Yakhyaev
Let’s close out with a tip of the cap to these three heroes, who all scored amazing submissions that did not come easy, but were certainly worth the trouble.
Here’s Montrell James going all out for a choke at Fight Alliance Championship 8, Joseph Luciano saying “Look ma, no hooks” at Eternal MMA 59, and Gor Chilingoryan being an absolute wild man on the ground at WCC: Natural Selection.
Gor Chilingaryan subs Rasul Yakhyaev. Wanted the leglock, settled for the guillotine. pic.twitter.com/QIfrC6Trpa— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 13, 2021
How’s their technique?
JM: Gotta give bottom billing to James, who I don’t think would have been able to finish that RNC had he not knocked Mikey England’s brain into next week with that shot that dropped him.
Middle of the pack goes to my man Luciano who got a weird RNC that maybe was more the result of Blake Sheppeard not knowing what he’s doing? Still, it ended up being an RNC that somehow looked like a reverse bulldog choke so that’s kinda cool.
But the top spot for sure goes to Chilingoryan if for no other reason than that roll-through with the leg lock was sick. Man just stayed spinning with him. Sure, he didn’t get that but that right there is a man who can grapple and moments later he proved it with the guillotine. The lesson as always, is always jump the gilly.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
This poll is closed
Jaime Garcia loses his cup
Deante Brown’s tornado kick
Svyatoslav Dutka bends a knee
James Brown’s super bad knee
Gor Chilingoryan rollin’ and winnin’
Other (leave comment below)
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