Mariusz Pudzianowski and James Thompson weight in at KSW 17. Photo by Jumana Totongi for Sherdog.com
There may not have been any UFC action this weekend, but that doesn't mean the MMA world was quiet. Lots of fights from all around the world, featuring a variety of controversial moments and wild finishes. Here, we'll wrap up the weekend's results.
KSW 17: Revenge - Lodz, Poland
Results: Mamed Khalidov def. Jesse Taylor (Sub via kneebar, R1); Mariusz Pudzianowski def. James Thompson (Maj. Decision, R2); Jan Blachowicz def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Un. Decision, R3); Michal Materla def. Matt Horwich (Un. Decision, R3); Artur Sowinski def. Maciej Jewtuszko (KO, R1); Antoni Chmielewski def. James Zikic (Split Decision, R3); Aslambek Saidov def. Rafal Moks (Maj. Decision, R2)
This show will probably go down primarily as the site of James Thompson's profanity laced tirade against the KSW promoters. After dropping a very questionable decision to local star Pudzianowski, Thompson went off on the promoter, accusing him of fixing the fight. It wasn't the only controversial decision on the show, as other local names seemed to benefit from hometown judging.
The big winner on the night was Mamed Khalidov. The Middleweight fighter faced Jesse Taylor on short notice after Khalidov's original opponent, Paulo Filho, cancelled. Khalidov's record now stands at 24-4-2, with wins over Jorge Santiago and Matt Lindland among others. I'd like to see him get a shot in the US soon.
Bellator 59 - Atlantic City, NJ
Results: Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos (No Contest, R1); Patricky Freire def. Kurt Pellegrino (TKO, R1); Eduardo Dantas def. Alexis Vila (Un. Decision, R3); Marcin Held def. Phillipe Nover (Split Decision, R3); Karl Amoussou def. Jesus Martinez (TKO, R1); Levon Maynard def. Christopher Wing (Un. Decision, R3); Lucas Borges def. Doug Gordon (KO, R1); Scott Heckman def. Brylan Van Artsdalen (Sub, R1); Gregory Milliard def. Brandon Saling (Un. Decision, R3)
Like KSW, Bellator found themselves hosting a very odd night of action. In the main event, an inadvertent low blow from Santos brought the Heavyweight tournament final to an unexpected conclusion, as Prindle could not recover from the blow. The two will rematch to determine the tournament winner and next challenger to champion Cole Konrad.
The other big news was Kurt Pellegrino retiring from MMA. After his last fight, a loss to Gleison Tibau at UFC 128, the 32 year old fighter decided not to renew his UFC contract and take some time off from the sport. This was his return fight, and he was stopped in under a minute, announcing his retirement in his post-fight speech. If this is indeed the end of Batman's run, he will retire with a 16-7 record, including a very respectable 5 year run in the UFC. Pellegrino may never have made it to the very top of the division, but he was always a tough challenge, and should be proud of his career.
Ultimate Warrior Fighting - Pharr, TX
Results: War Machine def. Roger Huerta (TKO, R3); Dave Menne def. Eric Davila (Sub, R1); David Fuentes def. Nick Gonzalez (TKO, R3); Scott Cleve def. Derek Campos (Split Dec., R3); Carlos Ferreira def. Clinton Roberts (Sub, R2); Christopher Brooks def. Victor Hernandez (Split Dec, R3)
Big fight here was of course Roger Huerta vs. War Machine, in what was Machine's first fight after serving his jail sentence. In what has to be considered an upset, War Machine stopped Huerta in the 3rd round after Huerta suffered a rib injury. This makes 3 straight loses to Huerta, and 5 loses in his last 6. He's fallen far since being on the verge of a UFC Lightweight title shot in 2007.
Also on the card was Dave Menne, the forgotten first ever UFC Middleweight champion. He's been in the sport for nearly 15 years with roughly 60 pro fights, which you have to be impressed by.
Rumble of the Kings 6 - Stockholm, Sweden
MMA Results: Marius Zaromskis def. Bruno Carvalho (TKO, R1); Jorgen Kruth def. Yusuke Kawaguchi (TKO, R1); Hanna Silen def. Katrina Teer (Un. Decision, R3)
Kickboxing/Muay Thai Results: Artur Kyshenko def. Yodsaenklai Fairtex (Un. Decision); Alex Tobiasson def. Yoshihiro Sato (Un. Decision); Sanny Dahlbeck def. Martin Akhtar (Un. Decision); Dzhabar Askerov def. Chahid Oulad El Hadj (TKO); Abbe Joof def. David Onufer (Un. Decision); Sanny Dahlbeck def. Paso Luukanen (KO); Martin Akhtar def. Rassan Muhareb (Un. Decision); Meran Zangana def. Petter Juuhl (KO)
For MMA fans, Rumble of the Kings is all about Marius Zaromskis. The former Strikeforce and Dream fighter halted Bruno Carvalho's rise with a crazy rolling kick that has to be seen. Watch it here. Zaromskis may not be a top 10 fighter, but he's definitely an entertaining one.
The show also had some great kickboxing fights, capped off by Artur Kyshenko defeating Thai legend Yodsaenklai Fairtex. In other kickboxing results, K-1 MAX veteran Yoshihiro Sato was upset by Sweden's Alex Tobiasson.