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.
Leading off this week, we have an incredible comeback, the kind that happens all too often in lesser known MMA promotions. And that’s why we love them.
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Cameron Smotherman vs. Dylan King
There is no doubt in my mind that Cameron Smotherman was staring into the abyss for a full second there after eating a clean right hand from Dylan King. His body hitting the mat had to have jostled him back to consciousness. You can’t convince me otherwise.
Regardless of how Smotherman survived that knockdown, he went on to thrive and trade haymakers with King before eventually ending up on the right side of this highlight clip. This was a big win for Smotherman who entered Sunday on a two-fight losing streak, with one of those losses coming by way of a 13-second TKO.
Fury FC 50 is available for replay on UFC Fight Pass.
Rahmads Stromanis vs. Karar Al-Jaberi
Alexander Loof vs. Amir Malekpour
Also on UFC Fight Pass, Sweden’s Fight Club Rush promotion featured a pair of awesome knockouts courtesy of Rahmads Stromanis and Alexander Loof.
Stromanis landed one of the best strikes of the weekend, sniping Karar Al-Jaberi with a Superman punch.
Major bonus points for the walkoff, the mouthpiece spit, and the primal scream. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Loof’s finish of Amir Malekpour wasn’t quite as tidy. The bantamweights almost went the full 15, which means they had to have picked up on each other’s tendencies. That was definitely the case with just seconds left in the fight as Malekpour went to the body kick well one too many times and left himself open to the perfect counter.
Kevin Cordero vs. Ricky Bandejas
Yup, that’s former Bellator standout Ricky Bandejas making his second appearance for Combate Global and unfortunately suffering his first loss in the promotion. Bandejas hasn’t been able to recapture the hype he garnered for himself after smoking James Gallagher three years ago, though that’s not really his fault. His next two fights after Gallagher were Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix. Yikes.
Last Friday, he ran into white hot 21-year-old prospect Kevin Cordero. The Spaniard was making his Combate debut and he submitted Banderas with a second remaining in Round 1 to improve to 12-2 and win his sixth straight fight by finish. Combate might have a new star on its hands.
Abdugalim Nuritdinov vs. Soyibzhon Abdunazarov
Suloev stretches are rarely described as a blink-and-you-missed-it submission, but that’s what happened when Abdugalim Nuritdinov got his hooks in against Soyibzhon Abdunazarov at Kingdom Professional Fight: Selection 6 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Maybe it was inexperience or very reasonable concerns about having his lower extremities torn asunder, but Abdunazarov tapped out to this one fast. Incredible finishing instincts shown by Nuritdinov here.
Watch a free replay of this event on VK.
Vitor Petrino vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Checking in another veteran of a major North American promotion, former UFC light heavyweight Gadzhimurad Antigulov saw his struggles continue as he was blasted in the second round by Vitor Petrino at UAE Warriors 22 in Abu Dhabi.
Make that five straight losses for Antigulov. Like Bandejas, he may have just run into a hot prospect here. Petrino, 24, is now 6-0 with five wins by KO/TKO.
A replay of UAE Warriors 22 is available by registering for their app.
Zaur Gadzhibabayev vs. Mahmoud Mohamed
The second-best knockout of the weekend was executed by Zaur Gadzhibabayev at MMA Series 30 in Moscow.
That’s pretty much a walk-off KO, though the referee took his sweet time actually waving it off. Perhaps he was trying to get that perfect ref cam shot. Hey Soderbergh, how about focusing on protecting the fighter next time?
Amin Ergashev vs. Alan Makitov
From Eagle Fighting Championship 40 (full fights available on YouTube), Amin Ergashev wins this week’s Swangin’ and Bangin’ award.
I’m no Teddy Atlas when it comes to breaking down hands, but did Ergashev has his feet set on a single one of those punches? Does it matter?
Je Woo Yeo vs. Shoiatbek Bazarbaev
Jae Nam Yoo vs. Dong Hyuk Ko
Jung Hyun Lee vs. Young Han Kim
Gi Won Go vs. Dae Young Jang
Road FC is one of MMA’s most reliable sources for brutal knockouts and that was certainly the case this past Saturday in Wonju, South Korea.
I know this is just his arm flopping around, but I like the visual of Shoiatbek Bazarbaev eating this shot from Je Woo Yeo and waving off his own fight just before his lights shut off completely.
If that was the case, Bazarbaev showed much more situational awareness than Dong Hyuk Ko, who was like a statue as he just stood there and ate an overhand right from Jae Nam Yoo.
I guess that’s the kind of defense you should expect to see from a fighter with a 1-9 record.
Jung Hyun Lee showed some fantastic swagger here, landing a two-piece and then calmly sauntering forward to finish Young Han Kim with a couple more good ones.
That’s a 5-0 fighter beating an 0-5 fighter. I’m not a doctor, but it’s probably time for Lee to get a step-up in competition.
We close out this week with what I have to consider a classy tribute to the recently retired Artem Lobov, as Gi Won Go broke out a mid-flurry hammerfist that I’m pretty sure would have been a disqualification had it landed square on the back of his opponent’s head as intended.
Either way, that’s the kind of gusto that would make “The Russian Hammer” proud.
That’s it for this time, folks. As always, this is the part of Sprockets where we dance.
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?
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Cameron Smotherman comes back from the abyss
Rahmads Stromanis’ stylish Superman punch KO
Abdugalim Nuritdinov’s speedy Suloev stretch
Zaur Gadzhibabayev’s walk-off KO
Gi Won Go’s hammerfist combo
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