Your Weekend in Combat Sports

As always, live fights are in BOLD.

Live/premiere programming is in ITALICS.

MMA programming is in ORANGE.

Boxing programming is in RED.

Kickboxing/Muay Thai/Karate programming is in BLUE.

Wrestling/grappling/Jiu-Jitsu programming is in PURPLE.

Movies are in AQUA.

Misc./multiple programming is in GREEN.

 

Friday April 18

12:00am: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
2:00am: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
3:00am: The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1)
4:00am: The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1)
5:00am: Best of WEC (Fox Sports 1)
6:00am: Best of Pride (Fox Sports 2)
7:00am: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox Sports 1)
8:00am: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
9:00am: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox Sports 2)
12:00pm: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox Sports 1)
12:40pm: 24/7 Bradley vs. Pacquiao (HBO)
1:00pm: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
2:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
2:00pm: Cage Warriors Fight Night 11 (MMAJunkie.com)
3:00pm: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox Sports 2)
4:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2)
6:30pm: UFC Ultimate Insider (Fox Sports 2)
7:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
7:00pm: Bellator 117 Prelims (Spike.com)
8:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2)
9:00pm: Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica/Vitaliy Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (ESPN2)
9:00pm: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
9:00pm: Bellator 117 (Spike)
9:00pm: Fight To Win: Animals ($14.99 GoFightLive)
10:00pm: Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva/Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales (Fox Sports 1)
10:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
10:30pm: Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica/Vitaliy Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (ESPN Deportes)
10:45pm: Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka/Emmanuel Lartei Lartey vs. Felix Diaz (Showtime)
11:00pm: UFC Fight Flashback (Fox Sports 2)
11:00pm: Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz (HBO)

 

Saturday April 19

12:30am: Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz (HBO)
2:00am: 24/7 Bradley vs. Pacquiao (HBO)
2:00am: Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka/Emmanuel Lartei Lartey vs. Felix Diaz (Showtime Extreme)
2:30am: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
4:25am: 24/7 Bradley vs. Pacquiao (HBO Latino)
8:00am: SportsCentury: Evander Holyfield (ESPN Classic)
8:30am: UFC Ultimate Insider (Fox Sports 2)
9:00am: SportsCentury: Marvin Hagler (ESPN Classic)
9:00am: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
10:00am: UFC Reloaded (Fox Sports 2)
10:00am: 24/7 Bradley vs. Pacquiao (HBO)
11:00am: SportsCentury: George Foreman (ESPN Classic)
1:00pm: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox Sports 2)
2:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2)
2:00pm: World Series of Fighting 9 (NBC Sports)
3:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
3:30pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)
4:00pm: Heavy Hitters (ESPN Deportes)
4:00pm: UFC on FOX Prefight Show (Fox Sports 1)
5:00pm: 30 For 30: No Mas (ESPN Classic)
5:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Prelims (Fox Sports 1)
7:00pm: Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins Prelims (Showtime Extreme)
7:00pm: Cage Fury Fighting Championship 34 ($16.99 GoFightLive)
8:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum (Fox)
8:00pm: Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva/Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales (Fox Sports 2)
8:00pm: Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz (HBO2)
9:00pm: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (Showtime)
9:00pm: Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 4 ($14.99 GoFightLive)
9:30pm: Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins/Paulie Malignaggi vs. Shawn Porter (Showtime)
10:00pm: UFC on FOX Postfight Show (Fox Sports 2)
11:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Prelims (Fox Sports 2)
11:00pm: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (CBS Sports)

 

Sunday April 20

12:10am: The Fight Game With Jim Lampley (HBO)
12:40am: Road to Marquez/Alvarado (HBO)
1:00am: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (Showtime)
2:00am: Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins/Paulie Malignaggi vs. Shawn Porter (Showtime Extreme)
2:30am: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (CBS Sports)
2:30am: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (Showtime Extreme)
3:00am: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Prelims (Fox Sports 1)
3:40am: Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz (HBO)
6:00am: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
7:00am: Best of Pride (Fox Sports 2)
8:00am: The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 2)
9:00am: Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins/Paulie Malignaggi vs. Shawn Porter (Showtime)
10:00am: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum Prelims (Fox Sports 2)
10:10am: The Fight Game With Jim Lampley (HBO)
10:40am: Road to Marquez vs. Alvarado (HBO)
12:30pm: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (Showtime)
2:00pm: UFC Reloaded (Fox Sports 2)
3:00pm: 30 For 30: No Mas (ESPN Classic)
4:00pm: Best of Boxcino 2014 (ESPN Deportes)
5:00pm: The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1)
7:00pm: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum (Fox Sports 1)
10:00pm: UFC Countdown (Fox Sports 1)
10:00pm: All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana (CBS Sports)
11:00pm: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: A man who, in his mind, it’s always Blazing Saddles week attempts to provide you with your own programming week.

fox  1. UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum: Juuuuust nudges out Showtime’s card, PUT DOS ANJOS AND KHABIB ON THE MAIN CARD!

showtime  2. Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins/Paulie Malignaggi vs. Shawn Porter: An absolutely loaded tripleheader with Peter Quillan manning the other spot.  Just a stacked card, but Fox’s card is on free TV and could be phenomenal if they stop being idiotic and put RDA-Khabib on the main card like they should.

spike_hd  3. Bellator 117: A damned good effort from Bellator here.  Hawn vs. Lima should be fantastic, Held gets to twist someone’s limb off, Pitbull gets to crush someone, and time left for Karl Amoussou.

espn_2_hd  4. Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica/Vitaliy Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr.: The Boxcino tourneys roll on, as we have the middleweight semis this week.  BOXCINO NEVER DIE!

espn_deportes_hd  5. Best of Boxcino 2014: Check out the highlights of the fun Boxcino tourney that has been on Friday Night Fights this year.

fox_sports1_au  6. Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva/Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales: I really like that FS1 is delving into other combat sports on the weekend, but just wish they had a little more oomph in their cards.  They had Antonio Tarver and Victor Ortiz fighting on weekdays for Christ’s sakes.  Unless that’s their goal, in which case, I admire their creativity.

fox_sports1_au  7. UFC on FOX Prefight Show: The UFC doesn’t do a whole hell of a lot right these days, but their studio coverage is pretty great.

fox  8. UFC 172 Road to the Octagon: “Will Jon Jones call Travis Browne a fag??!  TUNE IN AND FIND OUT!”

hbo  9. All-Access: Marquez vs. Alvarado: Part of me wants this to be a good fight, part of me thinks that Marquez is just going to humiliate Alvarado.

showtime  10. Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka/Emmanuel Lartei Lartey vs. Felix Diaz:  Rod Salka is an interesting guy, but besides that? Nah.

 

Under The Radar: Name fighters in action over the weekend that won’t be available on your magic television box.

  • Scott Quigg [vs. Tshifhiwa Munyai, April 19, Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom]
  • John Murray [vs. Anthony Crolla, April 19, Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom]
  • Orlando Cruz [vs. Gamalier Rodriguez, April 19, Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida]
  • Anthony Smith [vs. Victor Moreno, April 18, Bellator 117, Mid-American Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa]
  • Joe Vedepo [vs. Ben Crowder, April 18, Bellator 117, Mid-American Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa]
  • Houston Alexander [vs. Matt Uhde, April 18, Bellator 117, Mid-American Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa]
  • Edwin Dewees [vs. Dan Huber, April 18, Rage in the Cage 171, Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona]
  • Dustin Ortiz [vs. Ray Borg, April 19, UFC on Fox: Browne vs. Werdum, Amway Center, Orlando, Florida]
  • Derrick Lewis [vs. Jack May, April 19, UFC on Fox: Browne vs. Werdum, Amway Center, Orlando, Florida]

 

Bold, Yet Ultimately Fruitless Predictions: A man who’s got plenty of time to be idiotically swayed into picking Marcos Maidana attempts to fend off humiliation for another week.

Best Fight of the Weekend: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Douglas Lima vs. Rick Hawn
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: UFC on FOX: Browne vs. Werdum
Upset of the Weekend: Donald Cerrone over Edson Barbova
If My Life Depended on One Pick: John Murray over Anthony Crolla

Fighters of the Week

Luke Irwin:

1. Manny Pacquiao: Got sweet, sweet revenge after putting on a hell of a fight with Timothy Bradley.
2. Gokhan Saki: As we discussed ad nauseum regarding Silva and Weidman, there IS skill in the strategy, awareness, and timing of checking a leg kick, but you hate to see a fight end like that. Two oddball victories for Saki, but he is at the top of the heap of the Glory Light Heavyweight division. Would LOVE to see what Ilunga could do.
3. Roy Nelson: We knew the massive overhand right was a possibility, but I thought Nog would be savvy enough to avoid it. I was wrong.
4. Clay Guida: Surprised many people, myself included with a firefight with Crusher Kawajiri and came out on top.
5. Danyo Ilunga: Showed why he should have been included in the Light Heavyweight tournament with a crushing stanky leg KO of Andrei Stoica and is now ready for a showdown with Gokhan Saki.
6. Blagoy Ivanov: Moves in to the Bellator tournament finals with a first-round submission finish of Lavar Johnson.
7. Adam McDonough: Pulled an upset, and especially with a nasty elbow finish of Nathan Coy to move on in the Bellator welterweight tournament.
8. Alexander Volkov: The former champ is one step closer to his rematch with Vitaly Minakov after beating the kickboxing pro, Mighty Mo, at his own game.
9. Robin van Roosmalen: In a tight, tight scrap against a vibrant underdog, RVR kept his pace and put on a hell of a fight to earn a very, very close decision win in the headline bout at Glory 15.
10. Jessie Vargas: Vargas is now the WBA and IBO Junior Welterweight champion with a tight, sharp win over Khabib Allakhverdiev.
11. Raymundo Beltran: The game veteran punched his way right through Arash Usmanee and battered his way to a fight against champion Terence Crawford.
12. Dawid Kasperski: Took home the SuperKombat Light Heavyweight tournament crown at the World Grand Prix in Riesta.
13. Ramsey Nijem: Well, none of us quite saw THAT happening, as Nijem looked ferocius in a stoppage win at UFC Fight Night.
14. Maximo Suarez: In the main event of K-1 Battle of Spain, the hometown boy took a UD over Sergio Sanchez in a spirited bout.
15. Thales Leites: Fourty-five seconds was all it took for the former UFC Middleweight #1 contender to dispell Trevor Smith, and hopefully next time he gets on a freaking Fight Pass main card like he deserves.

Honorable Mention:

Matt Manzanares
Raul Catinas
Bryan Vasquez
Brett Johns
Joey Beltran
Hesdy Gerges
Karo Parisyan
Saulo Cavalari

 

Nolan Howell:

1. Pacquiao
2. Saki
3. Nelson
4. Guida
5. Van Roosmalen
6. Ivanov
7. Volkov
8. Laflare
9. Nijem
10. Joey Beltran

 

Daniel Galvan:

1. Manny Pacquiao – Pacquiao’s fight with Timothy Bradley was really something special. Between Pacman’s controlling performance, the entertaining back-and-forth sequences, and the atmosphere of a “big money” fight, Saturday night served as just another reminder as to why combat sports are awesome. Also, shout-out to Pacquiao’s mother. I wish my mom would have gone to my middle school basketball games and casted spells on the opposing team.
2. Supreme Master of the Universe Clay Guida – I would never compare myself to Babe Ruth, but I called my shot. On the Undercard Supercast, I said that Guida/Kawajiri would be all kinds of awesome, and the doubters *cough* Josh Hall *cough* ridiculed myself and the long-haired prophet Clay Guida. But lo an behold, what fight won fight of the night? Guida vs Kawajiri. Boom.
3. Gohkan Saki – The way Saki beat both Nathan Corbett and Tyrone Spong was unfortunate, but the Light Heavyweight champ showed a great deal of class in both instances.
4. Roy Nelson – Mixed Martial Arts can be depressing at times. One of those instances took place this past Friday with 37-year-old Big Nog being left unconscious on the canvas after a big right from Roy Nelson. It’s always terrible to see a real legend of the sport on the back-end of his career. With that being said, Nelson did win a UFC main event (whatever that means at this point), and he did it with a highlight-reel knockout (granted, the majority of knockouts are highlight-reel worthy).
5. Alexander Volkov – A win over Mighty Mo isn’t going to raise one’s stock dramatically, but Volkov did have my personal favorite knockout of the weekend.
6. Ray Beltran – Although the prelims on the Pacquiao card were relatively underwhelming, Beltran looked sharp against Arash Usmanee. He got a solid win that probably puts him back in the lightweight title mix.
7. Danyo Ilungo – It was a short day in the office at Glory for Ilungo, but it was an impressive one.
8. Adam McDonough – Nathan Coy was my pick to win the season ten Bellator welterweight tournament, and well, Adam McDonough made me look like a idiot. Coy did have his moments when he brought the fight to the ground, but McDonough had “the” moment, knocking Coy out in the second.
9. Karo Parisyan – KARO!!!!!!!!
10. Ryan LaFlare – Ryan LaFlare has won four fights in a row in the UFC.
11. Ramsey Nijem – The victory over Beneil Dariush was one of the Nijem’s best in the UFC. Hurray for hyperbole!
12. Thales Leites – For the first time in nearly ten years, the Brazilian won a fight in under a minute. Sure, the win came against Trevor Smith, but it’s still real to me dammit!
13. Matt Manzanares – What happened in between the fourth and fifth rounds of Mazanares’ RFA 14 main event with Junior Maranhao was a disgusting example of incompetence. What happened in the four rounds prior to that was a great display from Matt Manzanares that he is a talented flyweight who is right on the cusp of a call-out to the UFC.
14. Blagoi Ivanov – Ivanov’s fight against Lavar Johnson was really ugly, yet Ivanov did advance to the heavyweight finals. So, hurray.
15 and 16. Robin Van Roosmalen and Marat Grigorian – While Roosmalen got his hand raised, I actually had the fight scored for Grigorian. Regardless, the decision was close, and both men had a fun fight.
17. Brandon Halsey – I love Brandon Halsey, he was fantastic prospect at 205 pounds, and he’s now a fantastic prospect at middleweight. Still, it’s weird to think that the 6-0 fighter is one win away from fighting Alexander Shlemenko for the middleweight title, and he might actually top Shlemenko. By no means, is Halsey the better overall fighter, but he possesses the wrestling acumen to take a guy like Shlemenko out of the fight and outpoint him.
18. Joey Beltran – THE MEXICUTIONER RETURNS!!!!!!!!!
19. Mark Dickman – In the co-main event of RFA 14, Mark Dickman increased his stock at featherweight by taking over his fight with Raoni Barcelos in the second round and getting a submission win.
20. Marina Shafir – [Ed. Note: Mr. Galvan's sarcastic assumption that I find any of Ronda Rousey and her cronies tolerable was redacted and Dan was executed with extreme prejudice. RIP.]

 

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Blagoi Ivanov [defeated Lavar Johnson, R1 Submission, Bellator 116]

 

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Alexander Volkov [defeated Mighty Mo, R1 KO, Bellator 116]

 

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Clay Guida [defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri, UD, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]

 

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Roy Nelson [defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, R1 KO, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]

 

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Gokhan Saki [defeated Nathan Corbett, R1 TKO, defeated Tyrone Spong, R1 TKO, Glory 15]

 

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Manny Pacquiao [defeated Timothy Bradley, UD]

Around the Combat World

 

(Welcome to another installment of Around the Combat World, where we take a look at name fighters who performed over the weekend away from your TV.)

  • Christian Hammer defeated Konstantin Airich [UD]
  • Shannon Briggs defeated Maurenzo Smith [R1 KO]
  • David Price defeated Ondrej Pala [R3 KO]
  • Andy Lee defeated Frank Haroche Horta [MD]
  • Eddie Chambers defeated Moses Matovu [R1 TKO]
  • Maximo Suarez defeated Sergio Sanchez [UD, K-1 Battle of Spain]
  • Filip Verlinden defeated Israel Adesanya [Decision, Glory 15]
  • Randy Blake lost to Mourad Bouzidi [Decision, Glory 15]
  • Hesdy Gerges defeated Jhonata Diniz [R2 TKO, Glory 15]
  • Brice Guidon lost to Raul Catinas [R2 KO, SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Riesta]
  • Catalin Morosanu defeated Mohamed Karim [UD, SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Riesta]
  • Johnny Bedford NC Rani Yahya [UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Thales Leites defeated Trevor Smith [R1 TKO, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Jared Rosholt defeated Daniel Omielanczuk [UD, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Ramsey Nijem defeated Beneil Dariush [R1 TKO, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Ryan LaFlare defeated John Howard [UD, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Clay Guida defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri [UD, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Roy Nelson defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira [R1 KO, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira]
  • Poppies Martinez defeated Josh Smith [R1 Submission, Bellator 116]
  • Rodney Wallace defeated Carlos Eduardo [UD, Bellator 116]
  • Rob Emerson defeated Joe Taimanglo [UD, Bellator 116]
  • Karo Parisyan defeated Ron Keslar [R2 KO, Bellator 116]
  • Marina Shafir defeated Chandra Engel [R1 Submission, Lights Out Promotions: Chaos at the Casino 4]
  • Brad Imes defeated Josh Christensen [R1 Submission, Midwest Cage Championship 53]

Bradley vs. Pacquiao II Staff Picks

 

WBO Welterweight Championship: Timothy Bradley (c)(31-0) vs. Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2)

Luke Irwin: If we start the analysis the second after their first fight ended, then Pacman certainly has some ups and downs. He tried too hard to prove a point against Marquez and was punished violently for it, but it seemed he learned his lesson against Brandon Rios, and systematically destroyed him without conceding a round. It was as dominant a performance I’ve seen him put on. Bradley got in an absolute war with Ruslan Provodnikov and showed everyone an astouding toughness nobody really knew he had, then pretty much beat Marquez all over the ring and I didn’t have it nearly as close as the judges did. Bradley outbrawled Provodnikov and outboxed Marquez, while Manny came out of his Marquez fight as sharp and focused as I’ve ever seen him. Still, as improved as Bradley is, I still think Manny’s best beats his best, and I have no reason to think Manny won’t have his. Pacquiao via SD.

Nolan Howell: While he was simply outclassed in their last outing, Timothy Bradley has shown some great improvement. However, has he improved enough to cover that immensive gulf? Manny Pacquiao still seems to have the speed and footwork to give Bradley fits here. Though Bradley was slick enough for a man who wanted a brawl in Juan Manuel Marquez, I think Pacquiao will be too mobile for him to get a handle on here. Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

TC Engel: While I’d rather have Ben Kohn’s BJJ acumen over either of their boxing skills, I think they are both damn good at what they do. Bradley was outclassed in their first fight, and even if Manny’s lost a step, I still think he grits out a late finish over Bradley. Pacquiao, TKO 10.

 

WBA Junior Welterweight Championship: Khabib Allakhverdiev (c)(19-0) vs. Jessie Vargas (23-0)

Nolan Howell: Khabib Allakhverdiev by unanimous decision.

Luke Irwin: This certainly doesn’t have the sex appeal of many Mayweather/Golden Boy co-mains, but it’s still a quality world title fight. Allakhverdiev has knocked out a string of challengers to his belt and this fight will both be the toughest either man has fought name-wise. Khabib obviously prefers to slug things out, while Vargas is more of a smooth operator. This is the first twelve-round fight of Vargas’s career, and Allakhverdiev has only seen the eleventh round once. I think that we get a great bout, with Khabib’s power finally wearing down Vargas in his less-experienced championship rounds. Allakhverdiev via R12 TKO.

TC Engel: Vargas by UD.

 

NABO Lightweight Championship: Arash Usmanee (20-1-1) vs. Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1)

Nolan Howell: Raymundo Beltran by tenth-round TKO.

Luke Irwin: Winner gets a world title shot against WBO Lightweight champ Terence Crawford. Beltran is a fighter I’m very familiar with, as he’s been televised a good amount over his career and should have already won the WBO title from Ricky Burns. Arash is winless in his last two fights, and Beltran is going to be hungry to go after the belt that he felt should have been rightfully his. Beltran via R5 KO.

TC Engel: Usmanee by UD.

 

WBA Junior Lightweight Championship: Bryan Vasquez (32-1) vs. Jose Felix Jr. (26-0-1)

Nolan Howell: Jose Felix Jr. by unanimous decision.

Luke Irwin: Vasquez’s only loss is to perhaps the best junior lightweight in the world, Takashi Uchiyama, so there’s no shame in that. Felix is a good fighter, but Vasquez has lots more experience against much better competition. Vasquez via R9 TKO.

TC Engel: Felix by UD.

Glory 15 In-Depth Preview

 

Contributor: Lucas Bourdon

 Last year, Glory made a trip to Istanbul that produced one of their finest cards of the year. This saturday, they’re coming back with another card that looks like it might top Glory 6. The highlight of the card is the lightheavyweight tournament featuring local favorite Gokhan Saki coming down from heavyweight and top P4P talent and winner of the previous LHW tournament Tyrone Spong.  Rounding out the card is the debut of Superkombat cruiserweight champion Andrei Stoica against Danyo Ilunga and the meeting betwwen 22 year old Marat Grigorian and established top lightweight Robin Van Roosmalen.

In the first semi final, meeting Tyrone Spong is 28-2 Brazilian fighter, Saulo Cavalari. Cavalari made a name for himself by brutally knocking out Mourad Bouzidi at Glory 12. He’s a powerful puncher with some devastating low kicks, his power makes him a dangerous opponent but he tends to throw single strikes and this lack of combination striking doesn’t bode well against a brilliant technician like Spong and I expect the King of the Ring to advance to the finals.

On the other side of the bracket, Nathan “Carnage” Corbett meets Gokhan Saki, after facing Spong in his Glory debut, the Muay Thai fighter keeps getting tough fights, especially as elbows, by far his best weapons, are illegal in Glory. Corbett brings a brutal, no-nonsense style and some serious toughness to the ring but speed, power, familiarity with the rules and hometown advantage are all on Saki’s side. I expect Corbett to put up a valiant effort but to ultimately get stopped by the local hero, setting up Spong vs Saki final in a rematch of their 2009 fight in K-1. Their first fight, Spong’s first real test as a heavyweight, ended with knocking out Spong in the extra round after 3 extremely close rounds. I think the fight will be close once again, but Spong has grown as a fighter since their first encounter and should be able to take his revenge and the light heavyweight crown.

In the tournament’s reserve fight, last year’s finalist Danyo Ilunga will welcome Andrei Stoica to Glory. Both are fine technicians and the fight seems like a toss up to me but Stoica likely has an edge in punching power that makes me lean towards him in this match up.

And lastly in the main event, Robin Van Roosmalen takes on Marat Grigorian in what promises to be an excellent fight. Glory fans should be well acquainted to Van Roosmalen as he holds a 7-2 record in the promotion overwhelming everyone he faced apart from Petrosyan and Ristie in tournament finals. On the other hand, at just 22, Grigorian already has some solid experience on the European circuit and just handed top prospect Chingiz Allazov his first loss. Stylistically both are aggressive fighters but where Grigorian favors a volume striking approach, Van Roosmalen is more looking to land power punches. Van Roosmalen edge in high level and power should give him the advantage here, but don’t count out Marat Grigorian who should have an excellent career in Glory regardless of the outcome of tonight’s fight.

The card should be excellent and the usual Superfight Series should provide some interesting fights too, most notably a featherweight clash between Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai, a Thai fighter whose aggressive style focused more on punching than what is usually expected from Thai fighters should be very well suited to kickboxing rules and Raz Sarkisjan, a very exciting pressure fighter who holds a previous win over top featherweight Masaaki Noiri (an excellent fight that I encourage you to watch here.

-Lucas can be reached @lucas_bourdon.

Glory 15 Staff Picks

 

Staff Standings:

Ben Kohn: 33-13 .717
TC Engel: 40-19 .678
Josh Hall: 15-8 .652
Luke Irwin: 53-33 .616
Nolan Howell: 21-15 .583
Earl Montclair: 32-27 .542
Dan Galvan: 5-6 .455

 Lightweight Bout: Marat Grigorian (35-4-1) vs. Robin van Roosmalen (42-14-3)

Luke Irwin: I’m trying not to let RVR’s knockout at the hands of Andy Ristie cloud my judgement because Ristie was in another galaxy that night. If I put that to the side, the facts are that RVR has beaten a who’s who in the division. Kyshenko, Ngimbi, Kiria, Beqiri, Groenhart. Grigorian is a good prospect, but it’s too much too soon. van Roosmalen via UD.

Nolan Howell: Though he ran into the wonderous run of Andy Ristie in the lightweight tournament, Robin van Roosmalen still should be able to take this. Robin van Roosmalen by unanimous decision.

TC Engel: van Roosmalen by UD.

Josh Hall: Grigorian is a solid up and coming fighter, but the difference in level of competition could be huge here. This is a massive step up for Grigorian, and I think it might be a little too soon for him here. Van Roosmalen via unanimous decision.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout: Andrei Stoica (32-5) vs. Danyo Ilunga (47-5)

Luke Irwin: I like Ilunga a lot and thought the Glory 9 Light Heavyweight tournament did a lot of good for his confidence, and I’d really, really like to see a rematch with Spong after that bullshit finish. His KO of a vet like Michael Duut was great to see and I think Ilunga is headed for big things, probably against the tourney winner. Ilunga via UD.

Nolan Howell: Danyo Ilunga just seems to be more tested after his previous light heavyweight tournament run. Danyo Illunga by second-round TKO.

TC Engel: I don’t know who Danyo Ilunga is. Danyo Ilunga by UD.

Josh Hall: It could be a very bad night for Mr. Stoica here. Ilunga via 1st round KO.

 

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout: Saulo Cavalari (11-2) vs. Tyrone Spong (73-6-1)

Luke Irwin: This….this should probably not be happening. Spong via R1 KO.

Nolan Howell: The young Brazilian kickboxers Glory is cultivating are impressive, but this is too much too soon. Tyrone Spong by first-round TKO.

TC Engel: Warren Spahn by TKO.

Josh Hall: Speaking of bad nights… Spong via 1st round destruction.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout: Gokhan Saki (79-16) vs. Nathan Corbett (59-4)

Luke Irwin: Muay Thai Corbett >> Kickboxing Corbett. Corbett was able to stay out of the spotlight and away from dangerous fighters for years, but he got fed by Spong in his last outing, and a dropped-down Gokhan Saki isn’t going to go any better for him. Saki via R2 TKO.

Nolan Howell: From a casual perspective, Nathan Corbett seems to accel more under pure Thai rules and benefits from homeland bouts in Australia. Gokhan Saki will simply be too much. Gokhan Saki by second-round KO.

TC Engel: Corbett by UD.

Josh Hall: I wouldn’t consider picking anyone over Saki except Rico Verhoeven at this point. Saki via 2nd round KO.

 

Glory Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner:

Luke Irwin: While Spong doesn’t have the length of a Rico Verhoeven, he does have enough to where he can keep the compact, bullheaded Saki at bay. Saki can bumrush just about everyone he’s put in front of him, but I think Spong moves too well and can keep Saki from charging in. Spong via SD.

Nolan Howell: Gokhan Saki has shown that he can be frustrated and Tyrone Spong can do that with a good gameplan here. Tyrone Spong by unanimous decision.

TC Engel: Nathan Corbett.

Josh Hall: Saki via unanimous decision over Spong.

Your Weekend in Combat Sports

As always, live fights are in BOLD.

Premiere/live programming is in ITALICS.

MMA programming is in ORANGE.

Boxing programming is in RED.

Kickboxing/Karate/Muay Thai programming is in BLUE.

Wrestling/Grappling/Jiu Jitsu programming is in PURPLE.

Movies are in AQUA.

Misc./Multiple combat sports programming is in GREEN.

 

Friday April 11

12:00am: UFC Reloaded (Fox Sports 2)
12:00am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
1:00am: 2014 National Collegiate Boxing Championships (CBS Sports)
6:00am: UFC Reloaded (Fox Sports 2)
8:00am: Reno Worlds 2014 (Flowrestling.com)
9:00am: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
10:00am: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
10:30am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
12:00pm: Eric Bones vs. Francisco Figueroa/Louis Cruz vs. Tony Walker ($9.99 GoFightLive)
12:15pm: UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)
2:00pm: UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira (UFC Fight Pass)
3:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
5:30pm: Fantastic Finishes (Fox Sports 2)
5:30pm: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (Toprank.tv)
5:45pm: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO Latino)
6:00pm: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (HBO)
6:45pm: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
7:00pm: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
7:00pm: Bellator 116 Prelims (Spike.com)
7:30pm: UFC Reloaded (Fox Sports 2)
7:30pm: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
8:00pm: The Voice Versus Alistair Overeem (AXS)
8:00pm: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
8:30pm: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (HBO)
9:00pm: Inside MMA w/Jon Jones, Michael Schiavello, Pat Miletich (AXS)
9:00pm: Bellator 116 (Spike)
9:30pm: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (HBO Latino)
10:00pm: Giberto Ramirez Sanchez vs. Giovanni Lorenzo/Jesse Hart vs. Samuel Clarkson (ESPN2)
10:00pm: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 14 (AXS)
10:00pm: Tuff-N-Uff April 11 ($9.99 GoFightLive)
10:30pm: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
11:15pm: Countdown to Glory 15 (Spike)

 

Saturday April 12

12:00am: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (HBO2)
12:30am: Inside MMA w/Jon Jones, Michael Schiavello, Pat Miletich (AXS)
12:30am: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
12:45am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
1:15am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
1:30am: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 14 (AXS)
1:45am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
2:15am: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
2:30am: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports 2)
3:30am: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
4:00am: Pride and Glory 7 ($9.99 GoFightLive)
4:30am: Best of Pride (Fox Sports 2)
8:00am: Reno Worlds 2014 (Flowrestling.com)
8:30am: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
8:30am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
9:00am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
9:00am: 2014 Nuway Nationals (Flowrestling.com)
9:30am: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis: Showtime (Fox Sports 2)
9:30am: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
10:00am: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (HBO)
10:00am: XFE 40 ($16.99 GoFightLive)
10:30am: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
10:30am: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO)
11:00am: SportsCentury: Joe Frazier (ESPN Classic)
2:30pm: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
3:00pm: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
3:00pm: Glory 15 ($20 Epicentre.tv)
3:00pm: K-1 The Battle of Spain (FREE topbetta.com)
3:15pm: Fightville (Showtime Extreme)
3:40pm: Cage Warriors 67 Prelims (Facebook)
4:00pm: Heavy Hitters: Champions Week (ESPN Deportes)
4:00pm: Bradley vs. Pacquiao Weigh-Ins (HBO2)
4:00pm: Cage Warriors 67 (MMAjunkie.com)
4:30pm: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO2)
5:00pm: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox)
6:00pm: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley (ESPN Deportes)
6:00pm: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis: Showtime (Fox Sports 2)
6:45pm: Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO Latino)
7:00pm: Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Timothy Bradley (ESPN Deportes)
7:00pm: XFE 39 ($16.99 GoFightLive)
7:00pm: Off The Chain: The Storm is Coming ($14.99 GoFightLive)
7:00pm: Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao Prelims (Toprank.tv)
7:30pm: Jason Sosa vs. Michael Brooks/Ashandi Gibbs vs. Thomas Lamanna ($9.99 GoFightLive)
8:00pm: Heavy Hitters: Champions Week (ESPN Deportes)
8:00pm: Glory 15 (Spike)
8:30pm: Best of WEC (Fox Sports 2)
8:30pm: 24/7 Pacquiao vs. Bradley (HBO Latino)
9:00pm: Battle for The Border III: Nations Collide ($9.99 GoFight Live)
9:00pm: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley/Khabib Allakhverdiev vs. Jessie Vargas ($69.95 Pay-Per-View)
9:30pm: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
11:00pm: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis: Showtime (Fox Sports 2)

 

Sunday April 13

12:00am: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
2:00am: Heavy Hitters: Champions Week (ESPN Deportes)
2:00am: Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao Postfight Press Conference (Toprank.tv)
5:00am: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
5:30am: EA Sports Game Time (Fox)
6:00am: UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga (Fox Sports 2)
8:00am: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
8:00am: Reno Worlds 2014 (Flowrestling.com)
9:00am: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
9:30am: 2014 Nuway Nationals (Flowrestling.com)
10:15am: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO)
12:00pm: The Ultimate Fighter Nations (Fox Sports 2)
1:00pm: UFC Reloaded (Fox Sports 2)
4:00pm: UFC Presents Anthony Pettis: Showtime (Fox Sports 2)
5:00pm: UFC Unleashed (Fox Sports 2)
6:00pm: UFC Ultimate Insider (Fox Sports 2)
7:00pm: World Class Kickboxing Championship ($14.99 GoFightLive)
10:00pm: UFC 172 Road to the Octagon (Fox Sports 1)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: A man who’s shivering and soiling himself in the corner over Xbox 360 new release withdrawl attempts to deal with the spiders under his skin and focus his attention to the TV.

dish_us  1. Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley/Khabib Allakhverdiev vs. Jessie Vargas: Give Floyd and Golden Boy some credit, their undercards blow Top Rank’s out of the water.

epi  2. Glory 15: Ahh shit, it’s a on tape-delay again.  That doesn’t help, but it’s still must-see TV.  SPONG VS. SAKI MAYBE!

fightpass  3. UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira: An eight-fight card on a weekday at 2 headlined by two heavyweights on a losing streak on a subscription service nobody likes.  HOORAY!

spike_hd  4. Bellator 116: Decent card, although the heavyweight bouts could be ass-ugly.

axs_tv  5. Resurrection Fighting Alliance 14: Nice offering from AXS, pretty much exactly what I want from a Friday showing from them.

topbetta  6. K-1 The Battle of Spain: While getting ready for a huuuuuge Saturday night, have some free K-1 to tide you over.

spike_hd  7. Countdown to Glory 15: Attaway, Spike, keep that promotional train a’rollin.

espn_2_hd  8. Giberto Ramirez Sanchez vs. Giovanni Lorenzo/Jesse Hart vs. Samuel Clarkson: The ol’ strikeout of no-name fighters, no rising prospect, and no tournament bouts.  Yikes.

axs_tv  9. Inside MMA: Required viewing.

fox  t10. UFC 172 Road to the Octagon: Hey!  Fox remembered they’re allowed to air UFC programming on the big station!

fox  t10. EA Sports Game Time: Cool feature on FOX where they go behind-the-scenes at EA to look at upcoming releases including EA UFC hopefully.

 

Around the Combat World: Name fighters who will be in action this weekend away from your magic television box.

  • Christian Hammer [vs. Konstantin Airich, April 11, Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany]
  • David Price [vs. Ondrej Pala, April 12, Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark]
  • Andy Lee [vs. Frank Haroche Horta, April 12, Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark]
  • Maximo Suarez [vs. Sergio Sanchez, April 12, K-1 The Battle for Spain, Pabellon, Polideportiva Arena, Majorca, Spain]
  • Miodrag Olar [vs. Alejandro Rodriguex, April 12, K-1 The Battle for Spain, Pabellon, Polideportiva Arena, Majorca, Spain]
  • Catalin Morosanu [vs. Mohamed Karim, April 12, SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Resita, Polyvalent Hall, Resita, Romania]
  • Brice Guidon [vs. Raul Catinas, April 12, SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Resita, Polyvalent Hall, Resita, Romania]
  • Hesdy Gerges [vs. Jhonata Diniz, April 12, Glory 15, Ulker Sports Arena, Istanbul, Turkey]
  • Randy Blake [vs. Mourad Bouzidi, April 12, Glory 15, Ulker Sports Arena, Istanbul, Turkey]
  • Filip Verlinden [vs. Israel Adesanya, April 12, Glory 15, Ulker Sports Arena, Istanbul, Turkey]
  • Rob Emerson [vs. Joe Taimanglo, April 11, Bellator 116, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California]
  • Karo Parisyan vs. Ron Keslar [April 11, Bellator 116, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California]
  • Virgil Zwicker [vs. Carlos Eduardo, April 11, Bellator 116, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California]
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson [April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri [April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare [April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • Ramsey Nijem [vs. Beneil Dariush, April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jared Rosholt [April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith [April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya [April 11, UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Nogueira, Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates]
  • Brad Imes [vs. Josh Christensen, April 11, Midwest Cage Championship 53, Hyvee Hall, Des Moines, Iowa]
  • Tony Lopez [vs. Smealinho Rama, April 12, Battle For the Border 3: Rama vs. Lopez, Cranbrook, British Columbia]
  • Marina Shafir [vs. Chandra Engel, April 12, Lights Out Promotions: Chaos At The Casino 4, Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California]

 

Bold, Yet Fearless Predictions: A man who is so disappointing, even that front row Sting guy on Monday Night Raw last week feels bad for me.

Best Fight of the Weekend: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Maximo Suarez vs. Sergio Sanchez
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Tyrone Spong over Saulo Cavalari
Best Card of the Weekend: Glory 15
Upset of the Weekend: Ron Keslar over Karo Parisyan

Fighters of the Week

Luke Irwin:

1. Steve Cunningham: Had it for Mansour, but Cunningham was certainly impressive and that fight was fantastic. USS now establishes his footing in the heavyweight division.
2. Vitaly Minakov: It wouldn’t be a Cheick Kongo fight without some groin issues, but Minakov controlled the entire fight and put a deep, dark, and violent beatdown on Cheick Kongo to retain his Bellator Heavyweight Championship.
3. Murthel Groenhart: In the main event of Legend 3, Groenhart put Dzhabar Askreov on his ass and made sure he knew that he’s right in the mix of the best lightweight in kickboxing.
4. Gzim Selmani: Eighteen seconds was all it took in the main event of BAMMA 15 for Selmani to put away the veteran and UFC vet Oli Thompson with a guillotine choke.
5. Luis Ortiz: The Cuban heavyweight advanced his record to 21-0 and 18 KOs as he TKO’d over-the-hill veteran Monte Barrett in the main event of Fox Sports 1′s Thursday card.
6. Holly Holm: Yes, it took five rounds, but it was good to see Holm compete in the championship rounds, as she dominated Juliana Warner en route to finally putting her out of her misery in the fifth round with a head kick TKO.
7. Satoshi Ishii: Ishii continues to put on great showings against top-level competition, as he soundly defeated UFC vet Phili De Fries in the main event of Inoki Genome Fight 1.
8. Dominic Breazeale: The heavyweight prospect kept his record perfect at 10-0, battering veteran Nagy Aguilera over an eight-round decision on Fox Sports 1′s rare Thursday card.
9. Flavio Alvaro: The journeyman pulled off a pretty decent upset of KOTC Lightweight Champion Donald Sanchez at Legacy Fighting 30 in the co-main event.
10. Paul Daley: In a surprisingly tame Legend 3 card, Daley was one of the only fighters to manage to get a knockout, thus hopefully cementing himself in the kickboxing world even more.
11. A Sol Kown: Brazil may have won the series 2-1, but in the main event, A Sol Swon choked out Giovanni Diniz for Korea in Korea for RoadFC 3: Korea vs. Brazil.
12. Alim Nabiev: Pulled a minor upset with a win over little Petro at Legend 3.
13. Giovani Segura: In a thrilling bout with overmatched Felipe Salguaro, Segura once again put on a fantastic showing and scored a 10th-round TKO.
14. Mohammed Jaraya: In the main event, Jaraya took home his Enfusion 67kg title with a second-round TKO of Mohamed Galaoui.
15. Larissa Moreire Pacheco: It was the ladies who got the main event spot at Jungle Fight 68, and it was Pacheco who advanced her record to 10-0 with a triangle choke over Lizianne Silveira da Conceicao.

Honorable Mention:

Mike Lee: After a nineteen-month absense due to medical issues, the Subway spokesperson picked right off where he belonged with a sixth-round TK of Peter Lewison on the NBC Sports undercard.
Brett Rogers: Only thirteen seconds for Rogers to KO Yusuke Kawaguchi at Inoki Genome Fight 1 is certainly impressive to regain some credibility back.
Carl Frampton: Well, that was weird. A second-round KO…sort of…for Frampton to set him up for Leo Santa Cruz in a bizarre bout.

 

Lucas Bourdon:

1.  Murthel Groenhart: Picked up his biggest win since winning the 2012 K­1 Max tournament with his first round KO over Dzhabar Askerov.
2.  Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong: Looked great defeating the returning Mohamed Khamal.
3.  Andy Souwer: Picked up a convincing win over a game Yuri Bessmertny.
4.  Saiyok Pumpanmuang: Had a good, tough fight that he finished with a beautiful elbow KO at Thai Fight.
5.  Enriko Gogokhia: Nice first round KO of Alessandro Campagna.
6.  Yodsanklai Fairtex: Smashed an overmatched opponent in Thai Fight.
7.  Yuri Bessmertny: Despite the loss to Souwer, he fought his heart out as usual and never takes an easy fight. That deserves some recognition.
8.  Mohamed Khamal: Like Bessmertny, taking a fight with someone like Sitthichai in your comeback after being retired for 2 years takes some balls. He clearly lost but can be proud of his performance. It’s good to have him back in the sport.

 

6th_Place_Ribbon  

Saiyok Pumpanmuang [defeated Chanajon, KO, Thai Fight]

 

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Gzim Selmani [defeated Oli Thompson, R1 Submission, BAMMA 15]

 

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Andy Souwer [defeated Yuri Bessmertny, UD, Legend 3]

 

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Sittichai Sitsongpeenong [defeated Mohamed Khamal, UD, Legend 3]

 

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Vitaly Minakov [defeated Cheick Kongo, UD, Bellator 115]

 

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Steve Cunningham [defeated Amir Mansour, UD]

 

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Murthel Groenhart [defeated Dzhabar Askerov, R1 KO, Legend 3]

Around the Combat World

 

(Welcome to another installment of Around the Combat World, where we look back at fighters you know who performed over the weekend away from the magic of television.)

  • Carl Frampton defeated Hugo Cazares [R2 KO]
  • Mike Lee defeated Peter Lewison [R6 TKO]
  • Giovani Segura defeated Felipe Salguero [R10 TKO]
  • Marco Antonio Rubio defeated Domenico Spada [R10 KO]
  • Paul Daley defeated Alexander Surjko [R3 KO, Legend 3]
  • Andy Souwer defeated Yuri Bessmertny [UD, Legend 3]
  • Pavel Zhuravlev defeated Michal Turynski [MD, Legend 3]
  • Armen Petrosyan lost to Alim Nabiev [UD, Legend 3]
  • Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong defeated Mohamed Khamal [UD, Legend 3]
  • Murthel Groenhart defeated Dzhabar Askreov [R1 KO, Legend 3]
  • Jeff Monson lost to Chaban Ka [R1 TKO, M-1 Challenge 47]
  • James Terry lost to Rick Reeves [SD, Bellator 115]
  • Brett Rogers defeated Yusuke Kawaguchi [R1 KO, Inoki Genome Fight 1]
  • Guram Gugenishivili defeated Tony Bonello [R1 TKO, Inoki Genome Fight 1]
  • Ikuhisa Minowa defeated Goran Jettingstad [R1 Submission, Inoki Genome Fight 1]
  • Satoshi Ishii defeated Phili De Fries [UD, Inoki Genome Fight 1]
  • Colin Fletcher defeated Tony Hervey [SD, BAMMA 15]
  • Oli Thompson lost to Gzim Semani [R1 Submission, BAMMA 15]
  • Jeremy Horn defeated Dan McGlasson [R1 Submission, American Predator Fighting Championship 16]
  • Carson Beebe defeated DeAndrew Jones [R2 TKO, American Predator Fighting Championship 16]
  • Louis Taylor defeated Robert Gotreau [R1 Submission, American Predator Fighting Championship 16]
  • Corey Hill lost to Eric Calderon [SD, US Freedom Fighter Championship 17]
  • A Sol Kwon defeated Giovanni Diniz [R3 Submission, RoadFC Korea 3]
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