Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we spotlight fights from around the world that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day.
As crazy as professional fights can be, some results give the impression that they can only take place among amateurs. Let’s start this week by showing some love to those people who do it just for the love of the game.
Carlos Mejia vs. Fernando Romero
Ricardo Espinoza vs. Julio Mejia
AL: This Nicaraguan Fighting Championship 55 clip features a finish that would make Vince McMahon proud as Carlos Mejia clinches a victory in the most cheeky way possible.
The first thing we have to realize here is that Mejia’s opponent Fernando Romero is only 17 years old, so one can imagine he could be somewhat temperamental. Maybe Mejia knew this because he drags Romero into a glaring foul by mocking Romero and his corner until the young shooter decides to fight back.
The result? A DQ victory for Mejia and our most MMA clip of the week.
JM: It’s just crazy. How the hell did he get a DQ for that? A talking stern? Absolutely. A point deduction? Of course, although that seems a bit high given the complete lack of damage inflicted on Mejia. But a DQ?
AL: We live in society!
JM: Yes, but it is MMA – the most marginal possible periphery of society. A slap is basically “Hello”.
Maybe the referee is from the future and felt bad for Mejia’s other fights in the main event.
AL: I don’t know what was in the water at this show, but this fight between Ricardo Espinoza and Julio Mejia also seemed personal to me. They throw everything from the hip until one of them falls; in this case, it was Julio Mejia.
NFC 55 can be replayed for free on Youtube.
AL: And now, healthy, family-friendly amateur kickboxing! Come, come all, women and children, put on gloves and a helmet and try …
… Oh dear.
I have no idea who this poor soul is. Imagine how horrible it would be to see someone get knocked out like this in a laid back, laid back setting like this. To the kicker, we salute you; to the kicks, we wish you a speedy recovery.
JM: Is it just like a “Try Kickboxing” event at a random Gold’s Gym? Is that what’s going on here? I did something like this in Thailand and won a free bucket of Jack and Coke and only made one decision at home. I hope this kid at least understood Taaka.
AL: For the degenerates who want to watch eight hours of amateur kickboxing of all ages, you can find the full stream at Youtube.
JM: Hey! Don’t you talk about Caposa like that. It is an international treasure.
Carlos “Kaique” Henrique vs. Max Gandra
Daniel Henrique Santos vs. Rafael Biata
Rafael Souza vs. Herculano Gomes Filho
AL: Moving on to the pros, we stop with a show from one of Brazil’s most esteemed organizations, Jungle Fight 101.
It’s Carlos “Kaique” Henrique who gives us the Fall of the Week Humpty Dumpty, shaking Max Gandra with a head butt and watching his system slowly shut down. It would have made a nice exit if the referee had paid the slightest attention.
JM: To be fair, Gandra didn’t pay much attention to it before it happened either. He was clearly completely exhausted, with the gaze of a thousand yards. His tragic attempt to slip the kick only reinforces that. Henrique could have finished this as he chose, and that’s why we support Kaique King: because he went above and beyond what was required and gave us a butt we deserve.
AL: In featherweight action, Daniel Henrique Santos threw all the technique out the window for this frantic knockout of Rafael Biata.
There is no discussion with the results!
JM: It’s been a good week for Jungle Fighters named Henrique.
AL: Further up the map we got the output we were looking for, although this one had some issues.
It’s Rafael Souza with the “I got it… no, now I have it! Alright, this time I really got it! Knock out. Not something you see too often.
JM: I don’t really know why I like this knockout as much as I do, but damn it, I really like it. Maybe this is the dollar store Anderson silva getting run over or maybe it’s just the full determination of every Cabeca swing. The guy ends up like he’s hitting a punching machine.
Seb Eubank vs. Emad Handbali
Mohamed yahya vs Ramadan Noaman
Maciej Sosnowski vs. Ibrahim El Sawi
AL: In Abu Dhabi, UAE Warriors 10 (free to watch on MMATV.fr) was down last Friday and featured Seb Eubank’s debut. If the name sounds familiar to you, he is the son of famous boxer / poet warrior Chris Eubank Sr. and brother of successful boxer Chris Eubank Jr.
Seb has boxed several times himself, but he is now embarking on MMA and his debut has gone well given the circumstances.
These hands are as advertised. Through The National, it was supposed to be Eubank’s pro MMA debut, but it was changed to an exhibition after Emad Handbali had to step in as a last-minute substitute. I guess we’ll have to wait until Eubank’s next fight to see if he has any ground play.
JM: So like, not being the guy to put that in there, but it feels like Chris Eubank Jr. has his dad’s last name and goes boxing and Seb Eubank doesn’t have his dad’s last name. and get into MMA… it looks like they’re not unrelated.
AL: Check out Dr. Phil here.
JM: All I’m saying is my guy could have dabbled in poetry instead. Right-to-left hell out there though.
AL: You are the jiu-jitsu guy. How would you describe the effectiveness of Ramadan Noaman’s guard here.
JM: Well, as you know, I’m actually a real doctor, and in my professional doctor’s opinion, I have to say, very ineffective.
AL: In other unfortunate short-term circumstances, Ibrahim El Sawi stepped in to fight Maciej Sosnowski when Sosnowski’s original opponent bowed due to high blood pressure (per Tapology). There was no Cinderella story here as Maciej turned her on at the end of the first round and has just maimed El Sawi.
JM: Dr. Jed’s diagnosis: “You choked. “
AL: I really regret that I started this doctor thing.
Christian Aguilera vs. Glaucio Eliziario
LFA 81 (available on UFC Battle Pass) didn’t have the same abundance of spectacular finishes that we’re used to seeing in the promotion, but we weren’t going to leave out this wonderful “Showtime hammerfist” by Christian Aguilera.
I am going to tell you something, is not no other man that I can imagine attempting a move like this.
Aguilera won a unanimous decision to improve to 13-6.
JM: Since we are already deep in Dr Jed’s territory, we might as well let this dog hunt: do you think Christian Aguilera has latent anger issues resulting from the fact that he grew up with the same name as one of the biggest sensations? female pop in the world?
AL: We cannot rule it out.
JM: Is that why he turned to fighting? Also, how many times have his friends called him “Lady Marmalade?” 5,000?
All that being said, if “The Beast” (C’MON DUDE !!) does not use genie in a bottle like her walkout song, what are we even doing here?
Mihail Nica against Francesco Cosmi
Reda Ougdou vs. Alexandru Negrea
AL: As is so often the case, our best knockouts of the week came from the world of kickboxing. Last Saturday, Milan hosted PetrosyanMania: 2020 Gold Edition, and Mihail Nica and Reda Ougdou rang the festivities with mind-blowing legwork.
JM: Fuck man. No Dr Jed here. Just a good old school appreciation for some quality kicking fights.
We might have to become a kickboxing column from now on because these were really sick. Of course, MMA provides us with the weird things that I personally can’t do without (RIP CamSoda Captions – gone but never forgotten) but I’m not sure we’ve seen anything in MMA this year as spectacularly skillful and violent as these two knockouts.
This backlash is unbelievably incredible. What about the knee? Gorgeous.
AL: And let’s not forget that kickboxing is also about love.
Take us out, Petchdam!
What was the most memorable Missed Fists moment of the week?
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Carlos Mejia shoots an Eddie Guerrero
Amateur kickboxing goes wrong
Kaique King Slow Motion KO Kick
“Showtime hammerfist” by Christian Aguilera
The coup de grace to the knee of Reda Ougdou
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