We’ve got another non-UFC fight weekend in the books, which means it’s a good time to take a tour of the rest of the combat sports world. RIZIN took the slot for major events this weekend, but there was plenty of boxing, kickboxing, and other small show MMA action as well.
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The heir apparent to Pride returned with a 16-fight card featuring a mix of MMA, kickboxing, and even some competitive grappling. While the card was short on the kind of ‘freak’ matchmaking the promotion has been known for in the past, it paid off with plenty of fun action.
Manel Kape (7-1) catches Erson Yamamoto (2-3) cold with a left high kick to the dome.
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European prospects got a great chance to shine with another deep Cage Warriors card that delivered some dramatic finishes.
Roberto Soldic (12-2) has Lewis Long (15-5) doing the Flair flop off a head kick.
Jack Shore (6-0) picks up a late fight KO over Mattia Galbiati (3-3) with a perfect standing high knee.
And stateside, Legacy Fighting Alliance provided a beautiful highlight from a former Bellator talent.
Curtis Millender KOs Matthew Frincu with beatifull head kick in 1R Walk off KO (LFA) pic.twitter.com/GvWNBtveem— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 14, 2017
Glen Baker (4-2) with the 9 second KO over Kevin Natividad (4-1) off a wild left hook.
Bakary Sakho (1-0) hits the wheel kick KO over Blake Nash (3-3) for one hell of a pro debut in Absolute Championship Berkut 72.
Nikita Krylov KOs Emanuel Newton cold in 42 seconds (FNG) pic.twitter.com/qgJbABkUbu— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 13, 2017
Jermell Charlo KO’s Erickson Lubin with a short right hand.
George Groves stops Jamie Cox with a hard body shot.
George Groves floors Jamie Cox in R4 with a savage body shot. pic.twitter.com/YSURdghmp5— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 14, 2017
John Ryder with right hook, left hand, right uppercut to KO Patrick Nielsen on the Groves/Cox undercard.
Where Louis Adolphe got himself DQ’d for KOing Nathan McIntosh after the ref had instructed both men to stop.
Naughty from Adolphe. Was DQd. pic.twitter.com/fBRXxDmmV5— Templeton Peck (@MrTempletonPeck) October 14, 2017
Tun Naing Oo with the head kick combo to TKO Ba Htoo Maung at GTG-5.
Good combo by Tun Naing Oo results in time-out for Ba Htoo Maung, and when it resumes, three headkicks do the job. Canvas became ice. pic.twitter.com/v0VSrJq7BH— inxxane (@inxxane) October 8, 2017
Genki Adachi with the head kick KO on Hiroki Kokubo at Khaos kickboxing.
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Genki Adachi KOs Hiroki Kokubo (Khaos) pic.twitter.com/rexikEHvNe
And Yuto Shinohara lands a bomb of a right hand in a wild exchange with Fumiya.
Yuto Shinohara KOs Fumiya (Khaos) pic.twitter.com/NABGYCkbXy— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 14, 2017
Pawel Biszczak KOs Igor Danis at Fight Exclusive Night 19 with a huge overhand right.
drama, heavy KO by Biszczak at FEN (vs. Igor Danis) pic.twitter.com/bT7QCGI8c3— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 14, 2017
And Arkadiusz Wrzosek hits the knee-punch combo on Nikolaj Falin.
Arkadiusz Wrzosek KOs Nikolaj Falin in 1R (HW K-1 FEN Title Fight) pic.twitter.com/R5MoFMyyoI— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 14, 2017
GLORY 46 featured a nasty KO from Hongxing Kong over Yang Sun in its first ever Sanda bout.
And finally Masaya Kubo picked up a highlight finish over Chenchen Li at GLORY 46.