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This Week in Knockouts: Rena, Charlo, Krylov and more

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Check out all the best knockouts from this past October 8-14 week of fights, including MMA, kickboxing, and boxing.

Bakary Sakho def. Blake Nash at ACB 72 screenshot

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.

As always, Caposa, Jolassanda, and Jonnyboy are out on MMA Twitter making sure no fight goes un-watched, no moment un-captured (with some help from a few other gif-ers out there).

*NOTE: This post is gif heavy and may have trouble loading on smart phones.

RIZIN WGP 2017 AUTUMN

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.

Rena Kubota (5-0) def. Andy Nguyen (5-5) with a brutal left hook body shot to the liver in the main event.

Gabriel Oliveira (10-0) gives Tatsuya Kawajiri (36-12-2) his first KO loss since Gilbert Melendez back in Strikeforce.

Manel Kape (7-1) catches Erson Yamamoto (2-3) cold with a left high kick to the dome.

CAGE WARRIORS 87

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.

LFA 24

And stateside, Legacy Fighting Alliance provided a beautiful highlight from a former Bellator talent.

Curtis Millender (13-3) knocks Matthew Frincu (11-3) cold with a walk-off head kick.

Glen Baker (4-2) with the 9 second KO over Kevin Natividad (4-1) off a wild left hook.

OTHER MMA

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 (23-5) demolishes Emanuel Newton (26-13) in round 1 at Fight Nights Global 77.

BOXING

Jermell Charlo KO’s Erickson Lubin with a short right hand.

George Groves stops Jamie Cox with a hard body shot.

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.

KICKBOXING

Tun Naing Oo with the head kick combo to TKO Ba Htoo Maung at GTG-5.

Genki Adachi with the head kick KO on Hiroki Kokubo at Khaos kickboxing.

And Yuto Shinohara lands a bomb of a right hand in a wild exchange with Fumiya.

Pawel Biszczak KOs Igor Danis at Fight Exclusive Night 19 with a huge overhand right.

And Arkadiusz Wrzosek hits the knee-punch combo on Nikolaj Falin.

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.