It feels like a rare thing to get a week without a UFC, Bellator, or even a PFL event, but even with most of the world’s largest MMA promotions taking a break, there’s still been plenty of action to go around. LFA 47 brought heat, as did RIZIN.12, and a run of quality kickboxing and Muay Thai events meant no shortage of men getting separated from their senses.
Capturing all the action from around the moments from around the combat sports world are, as always, those brave souls who comprise MMA highlight Twitter. This week familiar faces Caposa, Jolassanda, Bestrafer7, and Kyle Johnson provided the bulk of the best in KO gifs and videos. So be sure to give each of them a follow, and you’ll never miss a moment.
Now, let’s get to the senses-separating violence...
Japan’s largest MMA promotion had center stage for big MMA events this week, with a kickboxing heavy card in Nagoya.
Lightweight Luiz Gustavo shocked Yusuke Yachi with a right hook in the second round, pushing his record to 9-0 and Yachi’s down to 20-7.
Let me introduce you undefeated Luiz Gustavo Killer pic.twitter.com/NkJhbyR2op— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 12, 2018
Taiki Naito made Shootboxing proud with a 2nd round leg kick destruction of Hannya Hashimoto in their kickboxing bout.
Featherweight Mikuru Asakura is 7-1 after picking up the biggest win of his young career. He starched UFC vet Hatsu Hioki with a beautiful headkick in the first round. Hioki is now 29-12-2 on the loss.
Shintaro Matsukara devastated Takahiro Okuyama with two knockdowns off right hooks to pick up the KO in the second round of their kickboxing bout.
LFA 47: Jackson vs. Jennerman
Former UFC featherweight Damon Jackson headlined LFA 47, in a bout for the promotion’s interim title at 145 lbs. While he was joined by UFC vets William Patolino and Sean Spencer, Jackson was the only one of the three to pick up a win.
Featherweight Damon Jackson improved to 16-2 with a huge overhand right to the jaw of Nate Jennerman, dropping his opponent to 12-4 on the loss.
Shooto Brasil 86
Welterweight Edson Pancio (7-0) followed a huge flying knee with a knee right to the liver to put away Wilker Lemos (5-1) in the second round.
Edson Panico TKOs Wilker Lemos in 2R (Shooto Brasil) pic.twitter.com/Ku9aX2ba0f— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 6, 2018
Featherweight Joaquim Polonia is 7-5 as a pro after hitting Alan Alves Vieira with every right hand in the book, sending Vieira’s record to 2-3 in the process.
Joaquim Indio TKOs Alan Alves in 1R (Shooto Brasil) pic.twitter.com/BdKixreVIA— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 6, 2018
Light heavyweight Joao Paulo (3-0) landed a clipping high kick to the jaw of Vanderson Barbosa (1-1), sending the man sprawling.
Flyweight Taiki Akiba climbed to 9-6-1 with a sneaky right uppercut to right hook combo off the sprawl, putting Yusuke Ogikubo down to 10-8.
Taiki Akiba (9-6-1) picks up a huge win, knocking out seventh-ranked flyweight Yusuke Ogikubo in the first round! Capitalizing on a stuffed takedown, Akiba moves to 5-1 in his last six. He has five finishes, four in the first round. #Pancrase298 pic.twitter.com/eVKsMjSOmU— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 5, 2018
Featherweight Yojiro Uchimura (16-12-3) put a career highlight on Vitor Toffanelli (15-9) with a left leg high kick that couldn’t have landed cleaner.
Holy cow! Yojiro Uchimura devastates Vitor Toffanelli with a first-round head kick! The 33-year-old (16-12-3) has 15 finishes, 12 by knockout, and 11 in the first round. Oh, and he just called out Hiroyuki Takaya. #Pancrase298 pic.twitter.com/MPpfHrOG1V— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 5, 2018
Welterweight Hiroyuki Tetsuka made it to 5-3 as a pro behind a left hook-right cross combo and some followup GnP that sent Toshikazu Suzuki to 8-7 on the loss.
Top-ranked Hiroyuki Tetsuka (5-3) rudely welcomes back "Kazz" Suzuki, showing some new dimensions to his game en route to a third-round drubbing with his signature hands. Tetsuka is 3-1 in his last four; he has finished all wins by knockout. #Pancrase298 pic.twitter.com/vI9noZAoDD— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 5, 2018
Strawweight Takafumi Ato (8-8) showed big power for a small fighter, sticking Yuta Miyazawa (4-1) on the end of a perfect left hook.
Heavyweight Alexander Soldatkin clubbed his way to 3-2 at Battle on Volga 5, behind a knee and a right hand that had Ilyas Khanov, now 1-2, trying to figure out what hit him.
Alexander Soldatkin TKOs Ilyas Khanov in the Main Event of Battle on Volga— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 11, 2018
It was a nice show from Russia pic.twitter.com/fZFexost8j
Light Heavyweight Vladimir Seliverstov (5-1) found the wild right hand to KO Evgeniy Yalukov (2-3) early in round 1 at Battle on Volga 5.
Vladimir Seliverstov KOs Evgeniy Yalukov in 1R (Battle on Volga) pic.twitter.com/3JLaVjRX3z— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 11, 2018
Welterweight Vinicius Cruz hit 9-2-1 at Skull FC 2, even if he didn’t seem all that happy about following the ref’s orders to put away an already verbally submitted Eduardo Rufino with a crushing uppercut, sending Rufino to 7-4.
Vinicius Cruz TKOs Eduardo Rufino in the Main Event of SkullFC2 pic.twitter.com/iP5vgPoa9D— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 12, 2018
Bantamweight Rudney Carvalho (6-0) landed a power jab right to the jaw of Wallace Portela (4-1) for Portela’s first loss at Skull FC 2.
Lightweight Devonte Smith moved to 8-1 and earned himself a UFC contract at DWTNCS 2018: Week 8, delivering some classic Travis Browne elbows to the temple of Joseph Lowry. Lowry fell to 8-1 on his first career loss.
"King Kage" Devonte Smith (8-1) rocks the house, shorting CFFC champ Joseph Lowry with a series of nasty elbows! Capitalizing perfectly on his foe's takedown attempt, the Ohioan scores his seventh knockout in eight wins. #DWTNCS pic.twitter.com/i7CbBHN6Ss— Tanuki Usman (@Hamderlei) August 8, 2018
Welterweight Justin Smith (2-0) kept finding a home for his left hook, eventually putting Giovanni Pretorius (2-1) away in the first round at EFC 72.
Justin Smith and Giovanni Pretorius just brawled it out at #EFC72. Nice display of heart by Pretorius, but Smith completely swarmed him and closed the curtain with a left hook. pic.twitter.com/E50X2oCzPS— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 11, 2018
Bantamweight Achmad Eko Priandono hit 4-1 at ONE PRIDE 21: Battle of Courage after getting far and away the better end of trading left hooks with Saepul Anwar, who fell to 3-1.
KO by Eko Priandono (One Pride) pic.twitter.com/G5Txmbl0PJ— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 11, 2018
Welterweight Joel Champion (5-1) landed a winging right hand to the temple of Matthew Frincu (13-4) to send him toppling to the floor at RUF MMA 27.
Massive upset in today's #RUFMMA27 main event as Joel Champion (5-1) took @LFAFighting contender Matthew Frincu's head off with a huge right hand@Grabaka_Hitman @Jolassanda @fraymous pic.twitter.com/AekNcP7rhK— DC Howard (@FightFan_DC) August 12, 2018
Kickboxing & Muay Thai
Ryot Waller picked up the highlight of the night at Glory 56, knocking out Zack Wells with a right hand that sent his head spinning.
Welterweight Minoru Kimura won himself a belt by absolutely bulldozing Hitoshi Tsukakoshi for three knockdowns in under two minutes at Krush 91.
Kenta Hayashi couldn’t help but find a home for his right hand at Krush 91 against Hiroshi Mizumachi on the way to a first round KO.
Kenta Hayashi > Hiroshi Mizumachi (Krush) pic.twitter.com/7oFejp2LaK— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2018
Heavyweight Ryo Aitaka landed a tight little right hook to the side of the head of Toshio for the 2nd round KO at Krush 91.
Heavyweight Jhonata Diniz sat Mikhail Tuterev down with a perfect right hand in their ACB Kickboxing 17 bout.
Jhonata Diniz TKOs Mikhail Tuterev in 1R (ACB KB) pic.twitter.com/bXE2Qa5NTh— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2018
Jonatan Oliveira caught Vitaly Gurkov brawling at ACB KB 17 and put him away with a winging right hook.
Jonatan Oliveira TKOs Vitaly Gurkov in 2R (ACB KB) pic.twitter.com/NdPva7X4hm— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 5, 2018
Soe Lin Oo took on Muay Thai’s Iquezang in a Lethwei bout and won an unbelievable war behind clinch uppercuts and knees to the body late in the third round.
Ending of Soe Lin Oo vs. Iquezang deserves to be a clip. pic.twitter.com/lIGWS46osC— inxxane (@inxxane) August 5, 2018
San Thu Oo landed a snap front kick right to the nose of Kyal Sin Phyo to stop their bout and pick up a Lethwei title.
San Thu Oo gets rid of Kyal Sin Phyo in round one with a filthy upkick to the nose to win the Lethwei Nation Championship 67-71kg title. pic.twitter.com/rGIsWOjOXN— inxxane (@inxxane) August 5, 2018
That’s all there is for now. But This Week in Knockouts will be back again next Sunday for another trip through the world of combat sports highlights. So stay tuned!