A quiet week in MMA gave way to a big weekend for kickboxing. The K-1 World Grand Prix returned with a mountain of action. Muay Thai provided one of the best KO’s of the year so far, and boxing picked up any remaining slack. On the MMA front, ACB put on the most high profile event, with M-1 and Cage Warriors both putting together solid shows as well. But, it was CES 50, stateside, that brought the highest concentration of violence.
As always, the credit for keeping fans posted on the world of top-shelf combat sports knockouts goes to the stars of highlight Twitter. This week Caposa, Jolassanda, Zombie Prophet, and Kyle Johnson were responsible for the bulk of the action. So, give them a follow, and that way you’ll be sure to never miss a moment week in and week out.
Cage Warriors 94
Cage Warriors was one of the few regional promotions running larger events this week in the MMA sphere, with an event headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Ilia Topuria and Brian Bouland. Their thirteen bout card featured eight stoppages with four coming by way of knockout.
Welterweight Angelo Rubino took his record to 8-3 with the liver kick KO over Maarten Wouters, who fell to 10-6 with the loss.
Angelo Rubino picks up the TKO win with a liver shot Somewhere, Bas Rutten is smiling #CW94 pic.twitter.com/yf8yQ8I0TI— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) June 16, 2018
Welterweight Tomek Langowski got his professional debut win picking Tonny Van Dijk (2-2) out of the air with a left hook.
Tomek Łangowski snatches Tonny van Dijk out of the air, finishing via TKO in the second round of his pro debut! Congrats to the Pole. #CW94 pic.twitter.com/N1m99eCEgY— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 16, 2018
CES 50: Paiva vs. Ewell
North East regional MMA promotion CES returned this weekend, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, with their own bantamweight title fight. Their eleven fight card featured nine stoppages, with five coming by way of KO.
Middleweight Reginaldo Felix upped his record to 5-2 with a prolonged flurry on Pat McCrohan, eventually dropping him to 3-2 behind a hard left hook.
Reginaldo Felix VS Pat McCrohan #CES50 OMG! pic.twitter.com/ZVdwwfC6O0— ZombieProphet (@GIFsByZP) June 16, 2018
Bantamweight Kris Moutinho (5-2) put a stamp on his fight with Al Jones (3-4), flooring him with a hard right-left-right combo.
KO by Kris Moutinho pic.twitter.com/DVJtsZNdMH— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 16, 2018
Bantamweight Adam Acquaviva climbed to 6-3, while showing off all the value of the crucifix position. He delivered a volume elbow TKO to John Douma, who dropped to 3-1.
John Doumavs Adam Acquaviva #CES50 WOW pic.twitter.com/9xMI9acFsr— ZombieProphet (@GIFsByZP) June 16, 2018
Featherweight Akira Takano (7-1-2) crushed Jung Min Lim (1-2) with a massive right hook and a leaping left behind it to finish their fight in the third round at Shooto in Osaka 2018.
ウエイよー！！！！ @AbemaTV で視聴中 https://t.co/6DfN3fI4lB pic.twitter.com/QxTBRR0oyp— 川平 英寿 (@buonasera8) June 17, 2018
Lightweight Reinaldo Mudo broke a four-fight losing skid to hit 3-4 with a spectacular flying knee KO of Alex Olivera at Favela Kombat 29.
that knee !— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 17, 2018
Reinaldo Mudo KOs Alex Olivera (Favela Kombat) pic.twitter.com/Gh4TjQCyH7
Light heavyweight Roman Dolidze (5-0) captured the World Warriors Fighting Championships title in Kiev, Ukraine, with a walk-off right hand to the jaw of Eder de Souza (15-5)
dead— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 16, 2018
Roman Dolidze KOs Eder de Souza (WWFC 11) pic.twitter.com/etds6l7c7W
Featherweight Jesus Pinedo took his record to 15-4-1 at 300 Sparta 26: Soncora vs. Pimenta, where he put it all together to finish Carlos Alexandre with heavy ground and pound. Alexandre dropped to 5-1 with his first pro loss.
Flying head kick? ☑️— DC (@FightFan_DC) June 17, 2018
Liver kick? ☑️
Vicious ground strikes? ☑️
21 year old Peruvian featherweight prospect Jesus Pinedo (15-4-1, #403 World) dished out all sorts of violence at Friday's #300SpartaMMA26 versus previously undefeated Brazilian Carlos Alexandre (5-1) pic.twitter.com/CgQBMbWAj4
Middleweight Punahele Soriano (4-0) found his right hand in the middle of a brawl to drop James Horne (4-2) and finish the bout.
Puna Soriano is a bad, bad man. #V3Fights69 (@V3Fights) pic.twitter.com/W7KUd5jV4w— FloCombat (@FloCombat) June 17, 2018
Kickboxing & Muay Thai
K-1 returned this last week with a featherweight Grand Prix tournament that provided a ton of high level action and some beautiful finishes.
Lightweight Koya Urabe delivered the second round high kick KO against Arthur Sorsor in the co-main event.
卜部功也vsブラックドラゴン １R終了 @AbemaTV で視聴中 https://t.co/FTP1fdlOXn #k1_wgp pic.twitter.com/qdnksCldtZ— K-1/Krush/KHAOS【公式】 (@k1wgp_pr) June 17, 2018
Super Lightweight Masaaki Noiri picked up the liver shot KO over Vincent Forschiani.
Masaaki Noiri liver shot KO's Vincent Foschiani #k1_wgp pic.twitter.com/IZOkbwBrLU— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 17, 2018
Minoru Kimura put a stamp on Kazuki Yamagiwa with a big left hook in the first round.
Minoru Kimura with 1R KO pic.twitter.com/kNORnXMkk9— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 17, 2018
Bantamweight Gonnapar Weerasakreck landed a stunning left cross on Rukiya Anpo to knock him cold in the second round.
Gonnapar Weerasakreck adds Rukiya Anpo to his highlight reel, stiffening the wildman with a powerful left cross in the second! #k1_wgp pic.twitter.com/e96yjoTFee— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 17, 2018
Featherweight tournament competitor Ryusei Ashizawa stopped Silviu Vitez with a left hook to straight right combination in round 1.
Ryusei Ashizawa TKO's Silviu Vitez #k1_wgp pic.twitter.com/cuyUewAz6t— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 17, 2018
Kaito ended his bout with an absurd flurry of knees and hooks to put away Toshiki Watanabe early in the event.
Kaito > Toshiki Watanabe – 1R KO (K-1)pic.twitter.com/dOJLYrxKPt— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 17, 2018
Yuki hit a devastating series of low kicks to finish off Kodai Nobe at RISE 125.
"Mr. RISE" himself, Yuki, lumberjacks Kodai Nobe's legs in the sudden victory round! What a finish! #RISE125 pic.twitter.com/fQIKkmnbRI— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 17, 2018
Chalawan Por Onnut landed a top contender for KO of the year with a shocking front kick knockout of Rambong Leesorkanka at an event in China.
Muay Thai KO of the Year Contender just happened at Rajadamnern. pic.twitter.com/EkUlOqlKmS— Yodsanan (@_Yodsanan) June 14, 2018
Troy Jones landed a crushing right elbow over the top on Ariel Abreu to finish their fight on UFC Fight Pass’ Friday Night Fights Muay Thai.
OHH! Troy Jones lands a NASTY elbow to put Ariel Abreu away in the 1st! @FridaysFights #UFCFIGHTPASS pic.twitter.com/VpZrCeGM2V— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) June 16, 2018
Yodwicha KEM Muay Thai Gym put Georges Solomon on dream street with a pair of right elbows to the temple at TOPKING Muay Thai.
Hellbow !— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 16, 2018
Yodwicha KEM Muay Thai Gym T/KOs Georges Solomon in 1R
Walter Goncalves folded Christian Hyatt in half with a front kick right to the liver at MX Muay Xtreme.
excellent 1R liver kick T/KO by Walter Goncalves (vs. Christian Hyatt)— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 15, 2018
Walter is 60 kg MX champion now pic.twitter.com/dOjzum22Ls
Singyai Sor.Kullavong showed the value of pad-kick drills in his bout at MX Muay Xtreme.
muay thai referee in work— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 15, 2018
KO by Singyai Sor.Kullavong (MX) pic.twitter.com/oIbvaSnRoh
Hummer Jakkrayan Muay Thai landed a beautiful stepping lead elbow to get the KO at MX Muay Xtreme.
good morning— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 15, 2018
mortal hellbow KO by Hummer Jakkrayan Muay Thai (MX) pic.twitter.com/tJHVjKS58S
IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (24-0) made short work of Carlos Ocampo (22-1) to retain his title, stopping him with a solid body shot combo in round 1.
Errol Spence Jr vs Carlos Ocampo #SpenceOcampo #Boxing Multiple Angles pic.twitter.com/IH66LC6QNY— ZombieProphet (@GIFsByZP) June 17, 2018
Super Flyweight Charlie Edwards moved to 13-1 in his career, stopping Anthony Nelson with a right hook. Nelson dropped to 12-2 on the loss.
Charlie Edwards KO3 Anthony Nelson pic.twitter.com/HqHbrP4s5Q— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 16, 2018
That’s all for now, but This Week in Knockouts will return on July 1st, with another gap in the UFC schedule, and another round of jaw dropping combat sports action. Until then!