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This Week in Knockouts: Takeru, Wood, & Whyte + lots and lots of K-1

The combat sports world turned the violence up to 11 this week, thanks in large part to the K-1 World Grand Prix, along with some highly violent Cage Warriors and LFA action.

The amount of violence in the combat sports world this week was, in a word, shocking. With the UFC on a short hiatus - as the promotion gears up for their big UFC 223 PPV - the rest of the MMA world more than did their part to fill the entertainment gap. Cage Warriors put on a huge card featuring three title fights. K-1 put on an unbelievable Featherweight Grand Prix, along with six title bouts, and LFA brought some serious violence.

It’s enough to make a grown man cry.

As always, bringing the murks to the masses are the stars of combat sports highlight twitter. This week Caposa & Jolassanda were responsible for the bulk of the action, so give them a follow on Twitter and you’ll never miss a moment.

Legacy Fighting Alliance 36: Simon vs. Zani

LFA champion Ricky Simon put his title on offer at last week’s event in Cabazon, CA. The thirteen fight card featured eleven stoppages, with eight coming by way of KO/TKO.

Heavyweight Drew Chatman may not have made the official broadcast in his post-lim pro-debut against Irvins Ayala, but he earned a highlight real DQ for unsportsman like conduct after Ayala KO’d himself jumping into guard.

Bantamweight Ricky Simon (12-1) officially punched his ticket to the UFC with a body head left hook combo on Vinicius Zani (11-5), wrapped up by a kill right hand.

Featherweight Jamall Emmers took his record to 13-3 with a laser right hand to the chin of now 15-7 Guilherme Faria.

Welterweight Christian Aguilera (11-4) put the breaks on undefeated prospect Ricardo Seixas’ (7-1) hype train with a perfect right uppercut.

Bantamweight Andre Ewell moved to 12-4, finishing a flurry of shots with a lunging right hand to put away now 6-5 Trent Meaux.

Cage Warriors 92: Super Saturday

The aforementioned CWFC event featured not only title fights in the flyweight, heavyweight, and bantamweight divisions, but nine stoppages on a thirteen fight card. Nathaniel Wood retained his belt, as did Mauro Cerilli - who defended the heavyweight title against light heavyweight champ Karl Moore - and Nathan Greyson captured the 125 lb strap.

Bantamweight Nathaniel Wood moved to 13-3 with behind a long left hook to the jaw of now 12-2 Luca Iovine.

Heavyweight Mauro Cerilli (12-2) put the brakes on Karl Moore’s (8-2) bid to become the second CWFC 2-div. champ with a pair of winging right hands.

Welterweight Mehrdad Janzemini stepped up to 9-2 with a gorgeous left uppercut to the jaw of Brad Wheeler, who fell to 16-12.

ONE Championship: Iron Will

Cage Warriors wasn’t the only promotion working the champion vs. champion superfight angle this week. Singapore’s ONE FC saw Bibiano Fernandes defend his bantamweight belt with a split decision win over featherweight & lightweight champion Martin Nguyen. Seven of the bouts on the twelve fight card ended inside the distance.

Strawweight Jeremy Miado hit 7-2 as a pro, dropping now 8-4 Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke with an uppercut-to-hooks combo.

Lightweight Shannon Wiratchai (9-2) picked up a faceplant KO over Rahul Raju (5-2) behind a series of right hooks.

Strawweight Kritsada Kongsrichai bumped his record to 7-3 and picked up the highlight of the card with a slam TKO on Robin Catalan, who fell to 5-5.

Other MMA

Light heavyweight CJ Blackman (1-2) picked himself up one hell of a highlight DQ at Dragon House 28 with the soccer kick KO of Favian Gutierrez (1-0). Rough way to get your first pro win.

Bantamweight Aleksandr Lunga moved to 25-10 with a back kick body shot KO on now 6-2 Alexandru Ynsuratsel in Ukraine’s World Warriors Fighting Championships 10.

Lightweight Pieter Buist (13-4) followed a slick headkick with body shots to put away Brian Lo-A-Njoe at World Fighting League MMA 2 in the Netherlands.

Lightweight Hubert Szymajda dropped to 6-2 after taking a page from CJ Blackman’s book with a really pretty soccer kick to get DQ’d against Guilherme Cadena, who rises to 13-10.

Lightweight Koshi Matsumoto (19-7) defended his lightweight Shooto title with about six unanswered right hands to the temple of Yuki Okano (13-10).

Flyweight Milana Dudieva moved to 12-7, ending her four fight losing streak with hard right hands on fellow UFC vet Christina Marks at Invicta FC 28, dropping Marks to 8-10.

Bantamweight Darwin Sagurit hit 9-3 with a series of hard right hands to Jung Hyun Ahn, who dropped to 5-4 at HEX Fight Series 12.

Lightweight Sean Le Gourrierec (3-2) caught Thomas David (1-1) walking right in on him with an overhand right to end their fight early in round 1.


There’s almost too many highlights out of K-1’s K’Festa 1 fight card this week. So dig in and enjoy.

Takeru took the K-1 Super Featherweight Grand Prix with a trio of scintillating performances in one night, beating Stauros Exakoustidis, Masanobu Goshyu, and Kosuke Komiyama.

Yoshiki Takei went body head to put away Kubo Kenji in the first round for the K-1 Super Bantamweight title.

Koya Urabe took the K-1 Lightweight title with a brutal left hand to knock out Wei Rui.

Hiramoto Ren poured on the offense against Kaew Fairtex for the second round stoppage.

Minoru Kimura took Hirayama Jin shot for shot and came out on top with the KO win.

Chingiz Allazov with the picture perfect left hook to finish Hinata for the Super Welterweight Championship.

Kosuke Komiyama may have lost to Takeru in the finals, but he put a stunning left high kick on Suarek Rukkukamui in the Grand Prix quarter-final round.

Kaisei Kondo delivered a fantastic series of hooks to put away Shota Hara on the K’Festa early prelims.

Daniil Shatalov took extreme advantage of Alisher Yuldashev’s terrible posture for a quick KO at ACB Kickboxing 14: Diamonds.

Rolan Guliev landed a big overhand right to stop Artem Akimov on ACB Kickboxing 14.

Muay Thai

Kongsuek Sitbunmee caught Sif El Islam leaning down for a perfect high knee at Thai Fight.

Saensatham P.K. Saenchai Muaythai Gym faceplanted Long Sovandoeun with a pair of right elbows to the side of the head at Thai Fight.

Pakorn went old school with wraps only to overwhelm Noe Montiero with right hands at Thai Fight.

Nong O Sor. Yingyaroenkanchang with a series of hard body knees to stop So Pheap Phang at MX Muay Xtreme.

Gary Baveta chased down Phadam Kela Sport with a long left hand at MX Muay Xtreme.

Liu Motun overwhelmed Komkrit with body head combos at MAX Muay Thai.

Petchmai Jaiaenmuatthai hit the prefect stepping body knee to put away Pichitchai Sp Hongyenmaptaphut at Max Muay Thai.

Tienthong Banraimonta nailed the rare leg kick TKO at Max Muay Thai.

Serhii Snytiuk with the clipping left hook to KO Pitakchai Sor. Kittichai at Max Muay Thai.

Fahmongkhol Bor. Jongjaroen crushed Kaitkongayutthaya with a stepping left elbow to the jaw at Max Muay Thai.


Dillian Whyte (23-1) landed a murderous left hook on Lucas Browne to retain the WBC Silver heavyweight title in the 6th round.

Ryan Garcia moved to 14-0 with a left hook KO over Fernando Vargas in their super featherwight bout.

Eddie Gomez (21-3) bounced back from a loss to Alejandro Barrera, stopping Keandre Gibson with an overhand right in the second round of their welterweight bout.

Raul Curiel took his young welterweight career to 3-0 with a body shot KO over Quantavious Green.

Josean Serra moved to 12-1 in his super flyweight career, stopping Marco Antonio Sanchez with shots to the body.

That’s all for this week, but we’ll be back in just seven days with another round up of all the best fight stopping action from around the combat sports world. So, stay tuned!