Yet again we just went through a weekend full of fantastic fights. Here’s the break down of what happened in MMA over the past few days.
The main event of One Championship: Unbreakable Warriors, between Ev Ting and Rob Lisita was absolute madness. If you haven’t caught this one yet, you should definitely check it out. The fight went three rounds, to the judges score cards. By the end of the bout it was clear who the winner was going to be, as the fight is judged as a whole in One Championship, not round by round. Ting took home the win, whilst Lisita surely earned the respect of MMA fans the world over.
Australia’s Lisita showed tremendous heart taking Ting to a decision. Lisita managed to take Ting down to the ground multiple times, winning most of the scrambles. Pre fight Lisita said he wanted to show off his underrated ground game and he did, to an extent. While he was able to stay ahead of Ting on the ground, he failed to do much damage from superior positions.
Both men landed hard shots on the feet but Ting was landing cleanly more often, opening scar tissue on Lisita’s face. By the early stages of the second round it looked as though fatigue was becoming a factor for Lisita. Regardless Lisita continued to push forward, still managing to get power behind his strikes.
The fight was close to being finished by Ting at the end of the second round. However, Lisita was able to survive the barrage and make it to the third, where the chaos continued. The back and forth battle was eventually halted by the buzzer and both men looked absolutely exhausted. Ev Ting walked away with the unanimous decision.
Post fight Ting congratulated his opponent and claimed it’s time for a title shot.
Full results from One Championship: Unbreakable Warriors…
|Ev Ting||Robert Lisita||Decision (unanimous)||Round 3 – 5:00||Featherweight|
|Shannon Wiratchai||Peter Davis||KO||Round 2 – 3:32||Featherweight|
|April Osenio||Ann Osman||Submission (guillotine choke)||Round 1 – 4:09||Women’s Flyweight|
|Gilberto Galvao||Tatsuya Mizuno||Decision (unanimous)||Round 3 – 5:00||Middleweight|
|Gianni Subba||Yago Bryan||Decision (unanimous)||Round 3 – 5:00||Flyweight|
|Agilan Thangalapani||Trestle Tan||Submission (rear naked choke)||Round 1 – 2:24||Welterweight|
|Keanu Subba||Waqar Umar||Submission (strikes)||Round 1 – 4:31||Featherweight|
|Musu Nuertiebieke||Bruno Pucci||KO||Round 1 – 0:08||Featherweight|
|Jenny Huang||Jeet Toshi||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Round 1 – 3:21||Women’s Atomweight|
|Muhammad Aiman||Hisyam Sams||Decision (unanimous)||Round 3 – 5:00||Featherweight|
|Rene Catalan||You Liang Zhang||Decision (unanimous)||Round 3 – 5:00||Flyweight|
UFC Fight Night: Arvolski vs Barnett
In the main card fight between two skilled heavy weights, Josh Barnett managed to submit Andrei Arlovski in the third round. Both men landed hard shots throughout the fight and within the first 30 seconds it was clear that this one was going to live up to expectations.
Both men exchanged hard shots early in the fight with Barnett staggering Arlovski early. Shortly thereafter Arlovski took Barnett down with a trip. Arlovski attempted to use the same take down in the second round. Being the high level grappler that he is, Barnett saw it coming and was able to reverse the attempt, landing in top mount. From here Barnett rode out the rest of the second round, softening Arlovski up with ground and pound. With 20 seconds to go in the round Arlovski gave up his back and it looked as though the fight was about to be stopped. Arlovski was saved by the bell.
In the third round Arlovski tried to take Barnett’s back whilst standing up against the cage. Barnett secured a double wrist-lock (kimura) and dragged his opponent to the mat. Barnett tried to finish the double wrist-lock from top half guard, but settled for transitioning to mount. From here it was evident that Barnett was closing in on victory. Barnett landed some brutal ground and pound, eventually putting on a quick rear naked choke to ensure the fight was finished.
As always Barnett was classy and sportsmanlike post fight, showing respect to the legend Arlovski. This match received fight of the night honours, the win taking Barnett to 35 – 8.
In the other fights on the card Alexander Gustafsson got his first victory in over two years, besting Jan Blachowicz. This fight went all three rounds, Gustafsson taking home the victory by a unanimous decision. Ryan Bader decisively beat Ilir Latifi with a perfectly timed knee to the face, which sent Latifi flying back to the mat in dramatic fashion. A shot like that is both beautiful and absolutely terrifying to watch. Hopefully Latifi is ok. At the start of the main card the former German police officer, Nick Hein, managed to etch out a decision win over Tae Hyun Bang.
Here are the full results for UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs Barnett…
|Josh Barnett||Andrei Arlovski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Round 3 – 2:53||Heavyweight|
|Alexander Gustafsson||Jan Błachowicz||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||Rund 3 – 5:00||Light Heavyweight|
|Ryan Bader||Ilir Latifi||KO||Round 2 – 2:06||Light Heavyweight|
|Nick Hein||Tae Hyun Bang||Decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Jessin Ayari||Jim Wallhead||Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
|Peter Sobotta||Nicolas Dalby||Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
|Ashlee Evans-Smith||Veronica Macedo||TKO||Round 3 – 3:14||Women’s Bantamweight|
|Taylor Lapilus||Leandro Issa||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Bantamweight|
|Christian Colombo||Jarjis Danho||Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Heavyweight|
|Jack Hermansson||Scott Askham||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Middleweight|
|Rustam Khabilov||Leandro Silva||Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
Until next time…