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.
The last week of July reminded us that combat sports will always be there to bring us entertainment in its purest and often unpredictable form, come rain or shine. And in the case of this first set of highlights, lots and lots of rain.
First, some mood music:
Sofiia Bagishvili vs. Aybuke Imanci
Misha Goriashvili vs. Otari Khachiuridze
Akhmed Akhriev vs. Giorgi Tsamalaidze
AL: Georgian Fighting Championship 13 (free replay available on YouTube) took place on Wednesday in scenic Kazbegi, Georgia, and while the outdoor locale undoubtedly made for a gorgeous setting, it also allowed Mother Nature to wreak havoc on the event.
The first victim of the rain-soaked mats was Aybuke Imanci, who suffered an embarrassing slip during her entrance and was then armbarred in under 20 seconds by Sofiia Bagishvili.
JM: This is my everything. For years we’ve talked about Slip ‘N Slide MMA and we finally got one (don’t come at me with Rumble on the Rock, that was 36 years ago). Just try and tell me this wasn’t stupidly fun. Go ahead, just try.
AL: It’s all fun and games until someone blows an ACL on a slippery canvas. But I’m not gonna hate on Bagishvili’s submission skills, that was slick (no pun intended).
Still, the finish to that fight was nothing compared to this “TKO” by Misha Goriashvili.
If the camera wasn’t so steady, you’d swear the cage was on a slope and gravity was simply working its magic. Somewhere the referee decided he’d seen enough and called, which I choose to believe is because he didn’t want to see either fighter further endanger themselves.
JM: THIS IS THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WATCHING FIGHTS.
AL: Then there was Akhmed Akhriev’s submission of Giorgi Tsamalaidze.
Good luck executing a proper sprawl on this mat.
JM: If the next iteration of this doesn’t include drenching all the fighters in baby oil and/or soap, we’re doing everyone a disservice here. The only downside is the fast submissions. Let’s grease these people up and really let chaos ensue.
AL: As Caposa noted, every losing fighter on this card should be eligible to have their results overturned to a no contest.
Nikos Gidakos vs. Gilmarcos de Bastos
Logan Urban vs. Antoine Blassingame
Next up, we have a pair of beautiful counter KOs to appreciate, starting with Nikos Gidakos slipping and clipping at Karate Combat (full episode available on YouTube).
! WOW! Perfect Punch Nikos Gidakos with precision KO-power. This is #KarateCombat— Karate Combat (@KarateCombat) July 30, 2021
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JM: I’ll give Karate Combat one thing, the pit has really grown on me. Now if they could just grease the whole thing down like Georgian Fighting Championships, we might have something.
AL: Then at Ohio Combat league 14 in Newark, Ohio, Logan Urban landed a truly insane counter knee on Antoine Blassingame. Shout-out to George, for this reader suggestion:
JM: Really nice timing there as that knee wasn’t much more than Urban raising his leg up. Still, it caught Blassingame ducking and on the chin and that’s all it takes.
Rinya Nakamura vs. Akuri Ronda
Irapuaci Souza vs. Luan Soares
AL: There was some friendly competition between Shooto Japan and Shooto Brazil for the best head kick knockout of the past weekend.
DAMN! He got him with the shin! pic.twitter.com/vaquJ1E3tx— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) July 25, 2021
Or is it Irapuaci Souza barely needing 10 seconds to turn Luan Sores into an accordion?
JM: You’ve got to go with Nakamura. No disrespect to Souza’s professionalism. He recognized that time is money and we’d all be better served for this to be over with, but the sheer force of Nakamura’s blow carries the day. I’m shocked Ronda’s head stayed on his shoulders.
Joey Elzea vs. Ramiro Ruiz Castillo
Jonathan Davis vs. Mason Iacobellis
AL: Fury FC’s Joey Elzea’s head kick would have been the best any other week, but even compared to Nakamura and Souza’s efforts, it holds up just fine.
JM: When that’s the third-best head kick KO of the week, it was a bad week for brain cells.
AL: And after all that, our last submission of the week STILL ended up with someone being left limp.
Twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Davis snatched up Mason Iacobellis’s neck early in this one and put him out before dropping him to the mat unceremoniously. Come on, Jon, go get some fans!
JM: That guillotine was nasty. Shades of Jon Jones dropping Lyoto Machida right there, for sure. That’s why I’ve never been a fan of jumping the gilly (well, for many reasons) because if they go out, then you’re celebrating with a limp body on top of you. It’s WAY cooler to sleep someone with a standing gilly and then dismissively walk away.
AL: This is something I hope they’re teaching in jiu-jitsu classes across America.
Fury FC 48 is available for replay on UFC Fight Pass.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
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A rainy day in Georgia
Logan Urban’s counter-knee knockout
Rinya Nakamura puts shin to chin
Irapuaci Souza drops Luan Sores in 10 seconds
Jonathan Davis’ walk-off guillotine
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