The UFC may have been off this week, but their Tuesday Night Contender Series is still delivering a whole heap of MMA violence for fans looking to get a fix. And of course, that’s buoyed by the rest of the combat sports world that never stops ticking. Bellator 201 went down last Friday with Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending her flyweight title, and ONE Championship returned with a middleweight title fight for the ages Aung La Nsang defending his belt.
As always, keeping the rest of the us abreast of all this violence are the stalwarts of combat sports highlight Twitter. Day in and day out, they watch every bit of face punching that crosses that flows through a TV set or computer screen and pick out the best moments. This week Caposa, Kyle Johnson, and Jolassanda are providing the bulk of the definitive moments. So, give them a follow and you’ll stay up to date on the best that fighting has to offer.
BELLATOR 201: MACFARLANE vs. LARA
It may not have provided the most singular moments of the week, but Bellator was still the biggest name event in MMA. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defended her title and a twelve fight card saw eight bouts end inside the distance, with four coming by KO.
Featherweight Juan Archuleta hit an impressive 19-1, posterizing UFC vet Robbie Peralta with an overhand right and followup hammerfists. Peralta fell to 19-9 on the loss.
Woah, Juan Archuleta cracks Robbie Peralta with a right early in round two! The rapid-fire KO extends his winning streak to an astounding 15. #Bellator201 pic.twitter.com/VighcEZCxi— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 30, 2018
DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES
In terms of pure violence per-fight, DWTNCS continues to impress. The potential to earn a UFC contract and immediately become a promotional favorite in the world’s largest MMA organization has brought non-stop violence to the UFC’s Tuesday night fights.
Flyweight Antonina Shevchenko (6-0) made the Octagon family friendly, joining her sister with a UFC contract, having polished off Jaymee Nievara (7-4) with a brutal series of knees.
That's a wrap, Shevy smashed her. #DWTNCS #ContenderSeries pic.twitter.com/HRJPBTsWII— Ongo Gablogian (@_FrankReynolds) June 27, 2018
Lightweight Te Edwards bumped up to 6-1 and earned his own UFC contract, after sending Austin Tweedy down to 10-2 with a walk-off right hand.
Tre Edwards Wins KO R1#DWTNCS #ContenderSeries pic.twitter.com/B7M9Ce05u3— Ongo Gablogian (@_FrankReynolds) June 27, 2018
Heavyweight Josh Parisian (7-2) picked up a spot on a future TUF roster with a spinning backfist upside the head of Greg Rebello (24-9).
Wow. Josh Parisian make a statement today. pic.twitter.com/K6MjUUSA4R— Bruno Massami (Бруно Массами) (@BrMassami) June 27, 2018
Featherweight Julian Erosa got to 22-5, but failed to earn his UFC return, despite a slick headkick KO of Jamall Emmers, who dropped to 13-4 on the loss.
Julian Erosa is one step closer to making his UFC return, as the big show vet and TUF 22 semifinalist finishes Jamall Emmers with a nifty head kick and punches! "Juicy J" is 7-2 since his UFC release; he has finished 19 of his 22 victories. #DWTNCS pic.twitter.com/7LAQNowPPt— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 27, 2018
ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR
One of Asia’s largest MMA promotions returned to action this week with a middleweight title fight. Aung La Nsang defended his title and five of the night’s seven bouts ended inside the distance.
Middleweight Aung La Nsang (23-10) put the stamp on a potential Fight of the Year contender against longtime DEEP vet Ken Hasegawa (16-3) with a short right uppercut late in round five.
Aung La Nsang knocks out Ken Hasegawa in R5 of an incredible FOTY contender in Myanmar, defending his MW title. One of the best brawls in recent memory. #OneChampionship pic.twitter.com/7xxPXcQrz5— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 29, 2018
SHOOTO BRASIL 85
Shooto Brasil was the other promotion to bring a glut of entertaining violence last week, with eight stoppages in twelve bouts.
Bantamweight Kaique Modesto took his record to 4-1 behind one the prettiest short right elbows you’ll ever see, dropping Vinicius Salvardor to 9-2 in the process.
DAMN. Disgusting standing elbow KO by Kaique Modesto at Shooto Brasil 85 pic.twitter.com/YovbmZC6qZ— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 30, 2018
Featherweight Andrey Augusto (4-1) caught Diego Borges (3-1) leaping in with a quick flurry of straight punches and some followup GnP in the frist round for a quality win.
Andrey Augusto SLEEPS Diego Borges in R1. They getting started early at Shooto. #ShootoBrasil85 pic.twitter.com/ZMkghyCoZx— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 29, 2018
Bantamweight Lucas Sousa also fought his way to 4-1 with a right leg to the top of the head of Jaciel Lima, who’s record dropped to 4-4 on the loss.
Shin to the dome. Lucas "Chocolate" Sousa KO's Jaciel Lima at Shooto Brasil 85 pic.twitter.com/yeoeBLcs60— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 29, 2018
Featherweight Landon Quinones (2-0) took out Reinaldo Inocencio (1-1) at Titan FC 50: Manfio vs. Outlaw, with a bevy of right hands and two big knees behind them.
Your winner via TKO..Landon Quinones! #TitanFC50 #UFCFIGHTPASS pic.twitter.com/m6mT2LUD6l— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) June 30, 2018
Flyweight Yuya Wakamatsu beat longtime regional vet Mamoru Yamaguchi with an extended flurry of punches at Pancrase 297, to take his record to 9-2. Yamaguchi fell to 31-12-5 with the loss.
Fresh off of a FOTY contender with Senzo Ikeda, Yuya Wakamatsu becomes the first man to finish lighter-weight legend Mamoru Yamaguchi! Ryo Chonan's prized pupil, "Little Piranha" moves to 10-2 with nine KO/TKOs. #Pancrase297 pic.twitter.com/xvrdweIZCm— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) July 1, 2018
Bantamweight Kenta Takizawa (9-4) landed a combination right body kick to right hook to get the KO over Toshinori Tsunemura (13-8-4) at Pancrase 297.
In a clash of Reversal Gym stablemates from different branches, Kenta Takizawa takes out Toshinori Tsunemura with a lovely right hand off a knee attempt! Moving to 9-4 with seven KOs, the 23-year-old has won four of his last five. #Pancrase297 pic.twitter.com/VHLplXbSPS— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) July 1, 2018
Heavyweight Ryo Sakai climbed back up to 7-8 at DEEP 84 Impact, after walking a dazed Yusuke Kawaguchi onto a short left hand. Yusuke is now at 19-13 after the loss.
Deep HW are on fire - Kawaguchi x Sakai pic.twitter.com/4ulG8jhyCp— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 30, 2018
Bantamweight Masato Kobayashi (9-7) got Takuya Hasegawa (1-2) stanky legged behind a left hook and a right hand, even if the stoppage was a touch early at DEEP 84 Impact.
stoppages at Deep are very early – T/KO by Kobayashi pic.twitter.com/9ptv6T06c5— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 30, 2018
KICKBOXING & MUAY THAI
Konstantin Gluhov landed a perfect spinning wheel kick to the head of Maxim Bolotov, earning a fourth round knockout for his troubles at Tatneft Cup.
This was pretty nasty KO - yesterday at Tatneft Cup https://t.co/QjgsfnVA96— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 28, 2018
Vladimir Kuzmin picked up the 4th round KO over Diogo Neves with a shocking spinning backfist at Tatneft Cup.
Ouch. Brutal spinning back fist KO just now at Tatneft Cup by Vladimir Kuzmin #Tatneft pic.twitter.com/zB20zkgQKm— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 27, 2018
Super Lightweight Hasumi Hikari landed a bombing right hand and a left uppercut to follow, putting away Nobu Makoto in round 1 at Krush Kickboxing 89.
Hasumi Hikari - 1R KO (Krush) - The main card starts now pic.twitter.com/3LYuFvbvie— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 30, 2018
Sankom Sangmanee Gym landed a perfect step knee to the body to stop his opponent at MX Muay Xtreme.
vicious knee by Sankom Sangmanee Gym (MX) pic.twitter.com/qNkm7nzA87— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 29, 2018
Chamnansuek Nor. Narissorn with a pair of left hooks to get the KO win at MX Muay Xtreme.
dead— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 29, 2018
nice KO by Chamnansuek Nor.Narissorn (MX) pic.twitter.com/kOnCjShG9V
Kaneko Daiki flattened his opponent at the latest Lethwei in Japan event, with a clubbing overhand right.
Kaneko Daiki is a killer pic.twitter.com/NwnNW60p2s— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 29, 2018
Super featherweight Robson Conceicao (8-0) has been following up on his amateur success, including an Olympic gold medal, with a slick body-head knockout combo on Gavino Guaman (5-3).
Robson Conceicao Wins TKO R3#TopRankBoxing pic.twitter.com/xrb3dAsXLj— Jonnyboy (@JBNeverDies) July 1, 2018
Heavyweight Trey Morrison (15-0) picked up a KO over journeyman Byron Polley (30-22-1) with a leaping left hook in round 3.
It took 5 knockdowns to get the finish but Trey Morrison dropped and finished Byron Polley R3 #Boxing pic.twitter.com/Qro1KTNkZV— LORD HONKY HUMUNGUS (@Mr_Honky) July 1, 2018
That’s all for now. But, This Week in Knockouts will return in mid-August to pick up the slack once again, when the UFC is kind enough to give us another break in their seemingly non-stop schedule. Until then!