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.
Starting us off this week, we have an Adventure in Ring Announcing that can only be described as epic. Let’s go on a journey, friends.
Hector Valenzuela vs. Martin Navarro
To recap:— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 3, 2021
-Ref raises the wrong fighter's hand
-Ref corrects himself, only for the announcer to retract
-Announcer declares the wrong guy the winner
-Retracts again, and once again declares the blue corner the winner
Just a comedy of errors by all involved. https://t.co/RoIf3LwyYB
AL: Budo Sento Championship ran shows on three consecutive nights this past weekend, with submission grappling on the first night, muay Thai with MMA gloves on the second night, and then traditional MMA on Saturday (these events are available for replay on Facebook).
It’s only fitting that this fight between Hector Valenzuela and Martin Navarro also went through multiple stages before it was sorted, with both men at one point believing they’d won the fight thanks to a minor slip-up from the referee and then a couple of befuddling calls by the ring announcer.
Seriously, what the hell happened here?
JM: MMA is what happened here. Beautiful, stupid, wonderful MMA.
Have you ever watched any show or documentary about early U.S. spaceflight where you realize that yes, these people were all extremely brave and smart, but they were also total idiots and just winging it and really, it’s astonishing that things mostly worked out and more people weren’t seriously injured? MMA is basically like that, all the time. Even at the very peak of the sport, MMA is still a bit of a clown show and at the lower levels? Forget about it. This is the most perfect encapsulation of that.
AL: The commentators did their best to correct the situation, but eventually gave up, which is what I would have done in this situation. And bless both fighters for taking this all in stride with a smile on their faces. You get the feeling they just wanted to get the hell out of the cage at that point.
The real winner is the friends we made along the way pic.twitter.com/0mOJEZbjuX— Jack Wannan (@JackWannan) July 3, 2021
JM: Wouldn’t you? I’d rather be stuck in a car with my friends’ fighting parents. That would be less awkward than this comedy of errors.
Jaqueline Amorim vs. Megan Owen
Talita Alencar vs. Staci Vega
Solomon Renfro vs. Lee Henry Lilly
Santo Curatolo vs. Dilshod Zaripov
Joseph Schick vs. Zachary Burhans
AL: Let’s head over to UFC Fight Pass for some prospect watching.
Last Friday, you were spoiled for choice if you wanted to catch a glimpse of a breakthrough Brazilian strawweight. Jaqueline Amorim (4-0) continued her hot streak at LFA 110, while jiu-jitsu ace Talita Alencar made a successful MMA debut at Titan FC 70.
Amorim, 26, is the more intriguing prospect at the moment. None of her opponents have made it past the two-minute mark so far and she’s won both of her LFA fights in a combined 43 seconds.
Following a 33-second submission win in her debut this past March, Amorim followed up with this 10-second blitz:
FREE FIGHT! Didn't take long, so you get the whole thing!— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) July 3, 2021
Amorim must have had somewhere to be. pic.twitter.com/TXuk8we5pk
JM: Ehhhhhh. That stoppage felt a wee bit premature. But hey, at least it saved everyone some time.
AL: And probably saved Megan Owen from further damage even if she could have recovered from that opening pop.
In a perfect and just world, Amorim would get the chance to stay on the regional and international scene for another year or of seasoning, but in all likelihood we see her on Dana White’s Contender Series by the end of the year.
Over in Miami, Alencar lived up to her promise that she would “f*ck somebody up,” needing less than a round to submit Staci Vega.
It's over! The Unicorn only needs one round for the submission pic.twitter.com/zfBdh9H4wK— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) July 3, 2021
JM: Yeah, not much to see here. That should have been the expected outcome for Vega who is a solid prospect on pedigree alone. Still, breaking the seal can come with complications and she got through cleanly enough.
AL: Though Alencar has an even longer way to go before she gets a look from a larger promotion, her extensive grappling background probably already has her on the radar of the major players.
More likely to book a ticket to the big show next? Welterweight Solomon Renfro (8-1).
Renfro, 24, has grown up with Cage Fury Fighting Championship in Philadelphia and based on his latest performance, it looks like it might soon be time to graduate.
That is a ridiculous counter jab.
JM: Get my boy in the show, stat. Aside from being a decent prospect, which he is, Solomon Renfro is just an incredible name. That’s the name of a man who is going to do something in this world. That’s a name you can believe in. Solomon Renfro for president.
AL: Afterwards, Renfro challenged Dana White to a round of golf, which I have to say is a novel approach to getting signed.
JM: There is absolutely zero chance that Dana White is good at golf and as such, I bet he friggin’ HATES it. I cannot think of something that would infuriate him more than going Tom Shanks off the tee and dropping in the mulch. Conversely, Renfro is probably amazing at golf and would need to gift White a stroke a hole to keep things even remotely competitive.
AL: CFFC 98 also featured a couple of fantastic knockouts that were born out of brawls, courtesy of Santo Curatolo and Joseph Schick.
Curatolo looked to simply be accommodating opponent Dilshod Zaripov’s request for him to “bring it,” as it were, while Schick was in berzerker mode from second one.
JM: These are my favorite highlights. A wise man once said, “It doesn’t cost a thing to not be a jackass,” and so every time I see someone pass up this great deal only to then get stretchered out, that’s when the world is working in harmony.
Nikolay Zagrebelny vs. Nikoloz Shervashidze
Artur Galiullin vs. Manas Abdakim Uulu
AL: A lot of readers check out these features for the wackiness, and we had some of that at an OCE Professional event in Kursk, Russia (available for free replay on VK).
Love this jumping knee-punch combo thingie (technical term) by Nikolay Zagrebelny. I just feel like he covered all the bases with this maneuver.
AL: Unfortunately for Manas Abdakim Uulu, his technique left something to be desired and Artur Galiullin made him pay for it.
Insane KO to start OCE Professional. Artur Galiullin catches his opponent mid-spin and knocks him out cold. pic.twitter.com/BqPXhlta6a— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 3, 2021
Put this one in the “spinning and not winning” file.
JM: I’ve watched that clip 10 times and I’m still not entirely sure what happened, other than that Uulu got got. Maybe it’s better this way. Leave something to the imagination.
AL: Well, as @_Yodsanan reminds us, these things happen in MMA:
JM: Nevermind. Now I know.
Vince Bembe vs. Given Majuba
AL: Over at Extreme Fighting Championship 87 in South Africa, Vince Bembe was essentially given a win in his pro debut as opponent Given Majuba (get it?) made about every mistake you can make before getting Von Flue’d.
JM: He did not get Von Flue’d, he got “Saint Preuxed.” Or “OSP’ed.” I’m sorry but submitting Alex Karalexis one time doesn’t mean you get lifetime rights to a submission name when someone else locks up FOUR of them in the UFC. I don’t care that just lost to Tanner Boser, give the man his due.
Dmitriy Lazurin vs. Manas Imarov
Viktor Kolesnik vs. Wanderson Silva
At Open Fighting Championship 6 (free fights available on YouTube) in Krasnodar, Russia, Dmitriy Lazurin wasn’t given anything easy, but boy did he take something when he saw an opening.
JM: My man on the bottom clearly thought he was safe. He was wrong. Don’t leave your legs just hanging around out there, my guy.
AL: And if we could end mention one more fighter destined to compete in a larger promotion, let’s check in on how former M-1 Global featherweight championship contender Viktor Kolesnik is doing:
JM: That was excellent. Kolesnik deserves a shot in the big leagues. After all, to the Viktor go the spoils.
Kolesnik (19-6-1) has already proven he can shine under the bright lights (check out his two-fight M-1 series with Nate Landwehr in which he put in spirited efforts in defeat), and at 25, he still has plenty of upside.
Hopefully, when travel restrictions eventually ease up again, we’ll see him get the chance to fight on another continent.
That brings us to the end of this week’s round, but just to be sure, let’s wait for the official signal.
Ok, is the gong really necessary?— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 3, 2021
(May wanna turn the volume down) pic.twitter.com/pcv5fUKQmd
You got no idea how much pressure there is on gong duty mate. pic.twitter.com/qb8TwyZ5Tj— Ben Cartlidge (@BenCartlidge80) July 3, 2021
A gong doesn’t quite match this bellowing horn, but it will do.
JM: Remember at the top of this when I said the ref/announcer snafu was the perfect embodiment of MMA? I was wrong. This is it. A literal gong show.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
This poll is closed
Fighters left bewildered by result announcement
Solomon Renfro’s sizzling jab
Santo Curatolo is told to bring it, brings it
Artur Galiullin says "you spin, you don’t win"
Dmitriy Lazurin catches a tiger by the toe
Other (leave comment below)
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