Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists, where we highlight fights from around the world. In these hectic times when it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day, we’ve rounded up all the highlights that may have been overlooked.
Hey, Polish combat sports … CHILL.
Marek Samociuk vs. Damian Majewski
AL: They gave us KSW, arguably the biggest MMA promotion on the planet. They gave us MMA fame. And now Poland has blessed us with what appears to be the final form of the evolution of moat fighting: Wotore.
JM: You don’t need the qualifier “moat”. This is only the final and most perfect form of combat.
AL: Available for purchase at their website, Wotore 1 appeared to be a combination of MMA, unarmed boxing, vale tudo, moat fight and Blood sport. Here is @ Jolassanda1 with their vision of the situation:
in about 4 hours we have a real vale tudo event in poland
– 8 man one night tournament;
– open arena as on Bloody Sport;
– bare fists;
– authorized head shots;
– one turn until their death;
– no time limit, no weight limit: O
PPV is here – https://t.co/LAI0sICOVv
– Jolassanda (@ Jolassanda1) January 18, 2020
If you’re not ready to take the plunge – heh heh heh – the opening ceremony and a full fight can be watched for free on YouTube.
JM: Let me just say that any YouTube video that begins with the age restriction warning “This content may not be suitable for all viewers” is already off to a good start, as is Wotore. Of Artur Sowinski‘s Looney Tunes hat, to the opening sequence of the choreographed fight, in the most perfect MMA format of all time, Wotore is here to fill the void left by CamSoda Legends MMA. (I love you forever CSL!)
AL: Don’t give up on CamSoda’s comeback.
If you’re just looking to dip your toes – heh heh heh – MMA Twitter is backing you up like always. Here are some of the scenes from last Saturday’s inaugural Wotore event in Katowice, Poland.
The opening ceremony begins around 11:00 p.m. from the above clip, and it’s bonkers. You have a full drum ceremony, a martial arts exhibit, and then the “girls of the ring” participate in an arcane ritual that seems to seal the fate of the doomed warriors who signed up for this barbaric spectacle.
Then there’s the opening fight itself:
As far as I know, the first man to score two points wins, which is actually quite human. You know, if you ignore all the other things you’re allowed to do before you drop your opponent into the smoky depths.
JM: I say it with the absolute conviction of all my heart: Wotore is what I have been waiting for all my life.
AL: I’m still not quite sure it wasn’t just a feverish dream. I know I will speak to our editor immediately to get us a flight and media passes for the next show.
JM: I arrive at my 1000th report in the morning. I deserve it, boss!
AL: Peter Aerts and Jerome Le Banner were both in action at a show called Heat 46 in Tokyo last Saturday.
Aerts and Le Banner are together 96 years old.
No, we didn’t have another epic chapter in their K-1 rivalry (The Banner was actually competing in an MMA fight). But they added to their rich careers – in their own way – with victories over opponents which I’m sure have been carefully vetted and approved by a responsible athletics commission.
First up, here is Aerts with a knockout, uh, “explosive” knockout of Jairo Kusunoki.
サ ー ビ ス 精神 旺盛 な 僕 は も う 一 丁!
右 ス ト レ ー ト で ダ ウ ン と り, フ ニ ッ シ ュ は 上 か ら 落 と す ヒ ネ リ 効 か せ た ロ ー キ ッ ク.試 合 後 ピ ー タ ー の 右 脛 は パ ッ ク リ 割 れ て た.大丈夫 か な?
50 歳！ お 見 事 で す。# 格 闘 技 # キ ッ ク # HEAT46 pic.twitter.com/fCDCvoCtvf
– (@ishiikazuyoshi) January 19, 2020
And then Le Banner pushed his career MMA record to 4-3-1 by finishing Chang Hee Kim.
JM: Are we sure Aerts was not competing in MMA? Because that kind of nonsense makes it seem like it was made for a fight without limits.
Plus, after watching those two incredibly depressing clips, I think it’s safe to say that JLB would tear the shit out of Aerts at this point in their careers. Don’t get me wrong, this is an indictment against JLB that took that long to complete, but Aerts looked 49+.
AL: When I previewed this event last week Fun fights, I apologized to America for not being able to find any broadcast information for HEAT 46. I assumed some netizens would have covered this, but no, I was right, this thing was not available N ‘IMPORT O. We’re talking about real dark websites, hence the choppy nature of the clips above.
In other words, just like Wotore, HEAT is exactly what combat sports are meant to be.
Benoit Saint-Denis vs. Ivica Truscek
Phil hawes against Yuri Fraga
Zach Makovsky against Velimurad Alkhasov
Mochamed Machaev v Matjaz Vicaire
Marko Drmonjic vs. Matej Plavec
Enough with the quirks and legends (as much as we love them), we’ve got some awesome quick hits to check out this week of Brave CF’s very first show in Slovenia (available on replay at FITE TV PPV). A joint show with the promotion of the country’s World Freefight Challenge, Brave CF 34 has proven to be a great show for several young talents.
In the main co-event, 24-year-old French welterweight Benoit Saint-Denis completed a submission that would make Fred Durst proud as he just kept Rollin ‘Rollin’ Rollin ‘Rollin’ until he locks himself in a kneepad ending the fight.
JM: It was a bit awesome against grappling. But if you’re looking for something a little less technically brilliant and a little more run down, Brave has you covered as well.
AL: Look, it’s Phil Hawes, longtime Tristar blue-chipper!
If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Hawes, 31, made “The Ultimate Fighter“ and Dana White‘s Contender Series, fought for the World Series of Fighting and Bellator, and hasn’t found a promotional home yet – 2020 has to be the year, right?
JM: Nothing wrong with being a nomad fighter. It’s a dying breed.
AL: The next clip features a fun post-fight exchange between former bantamweight champion Bellator Zach Makovsky and Velimurad Alkhasov, who suffered his first professional loss after losing a split decision to Makovsky.
JM: It was delicious, and I honestly thought they were going to continue after the first round. That hip throw from Alkhasov was gorgeous, by the way.
AL: I’m glad everyone from fighters in their corners, to the referee and the fans seemed to know they were messing around. Just imagine someone wearing double leggings, like, Mike perry after a fight then get a straight right to the back of the head afterwards.
Speaking of double legs, there was nothing playful about this incredible slam from Austrian lightweight Mochamed Machaev, 20:
It’s kind of a cliché comparison at this point, but that top-down angle really makes it look like a UFC video game glitch.
JM: The only problem here is that Matjaz Vicar is trying to break his own arm in half trying to prepare. Some guys just don’t know how to crush the Hulk.
AL: Machaev then won a unanimous decision and improved his record to 8-0.
Our latest Brave clip can be dropped off in the Fatal kicks category, as well as Adventures in arbitration:
Marko Drmonjic clearly wins the leg kicking battle and then lands another while Matej Plavec falls mostly in the fetal position. Either way, it’s not enough for the ref to intervene, and poor Plavec eats a few punches to the head for good measure.
JM: I love when a fighter drops someone with leg kicks and then has the common sense to keep kicking their opponent’s leg to the ground. Soften them up for punishing punches. Excellent work from Drmonjic, who ABSOLUTELY should have the fighting nickname Dr. Magic.
The referee’s nickname should be Dr. Kevorkian.
Jordan Wright vs. Gabriel Checco
Jerome Rivera vs. Kendrick Latchman
AL: We can’t say it enough, but it’s so great that LFA ended up on UFC Fight Pass. The promotion is definitely in a rebuilding phase, having sent so many talent to the UFC over the past two years. He could lose another with Jordan Wright’s performance last Friday.
It’s Gabriel Checco at the reception of the dreaded “shoot in a shin to the head” streak. Accidentally kicked in the head affects one in four MMA fighter; call your doctor today if you or someone you know has this affliction.
JM: Checco? More like Checked-the-F-out. I’m sorry, but there are very few things as funny to me as watching a fighter with a mohawk get KTFO, especially when it’s by a kid who seems to be the calmest in the world. back of chemistry that happens to be strong on the farm.
AL: Wright is now 10-0 and his only loss in the Contender series was erased when his opponent Anthony Hernandez popped for the wacky tobacky. “The Beverly Hills Ninja” has won all of his fights by knockout or submission, so he’s set to sign with a big North American promotion this year.
Flyweight Jerome Rivera, 24, might have another year off, but he certainly looked Octagon-ready with that mounted triangle that conjured up memories of Poirier-Holloway 1.
JM: The mounted triangles seem to be the worst. Not only are you in a deep triangle and have an exposed arm, but your opponent can also just pop the still-loving ass out of your head. Remind me to never be a fighter.
Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Adrian Estrella
AL: The most unpleasant end of the weekend comes from the boxing world, as Shohjahon Ergashev recorded a cover of “No Mas” in 2020 by punching Adrian Estrella’s internal organs.
JM: Oh no. No thanks.
Estrella was rightfully hit with a creepy taser. His whole body jumps back and then convulses. And it was also in the first round! Imagine being Estrella, dedicating your heart and soul to training for weeks, then getting your powder on in three minutes. And not just sprinkled, but “urinate blood for weeks” sprinkled. Ouch.
AL: I can’t say exactly what Estralla is saying here, but I’ll go with “NO NO NO NONONONONONONONONO”, or something along the same lines.
Really, words to live on.
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