The Week That Was In Combat Sports
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2017
- The UFC did a wonderful job in what was a horrible and tragic week for Las Vegas – the home of the biggest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC will donate $1 million to charity for victims and their families. They will also give all proceeds to charity from purchases of these Vegas Strong t-shirts!
- Bellator 184 delivered a main card worthy of all mixed martial arts viewers eyes. Darrion Caldwell defeated champion Eduardo Dantas in a back-and-forth thrilling matchup for the Bantamweight strap. Caldwell showed why he is ready to take the reigns of the division on his back. While Dantas took a step backward by holding onto the cage numerous times with his fingers and toes.
- Bellator needs to do a better job promoting their Kickboxing brand. The promotion held a kickboxing event following Bellator 183 in San Jose, CA on September 23. The even didn’t air until October 3rd – 2 weeks later. In this day and age with technology, the way it is a tape delay is horrible, it makes zero sense. On top of that, they didn’t promote some of their biggest stars fighting that night; Joe Schilling, Malaipet Sasiprapa, and the only woman to beat Cris Cyborg in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jorina Baars, PLUS 2 championship fights. For Bellator Kickboxing to do well they need to promote, they failed for this event.
- WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has a new opponent. Wilder will now defend his title against the man he took the strap from in 2015, Bermane Stiverne. Wilder was supposed to fight Luis Ortiz but he failed a drug test for 2 banned diuretics. The Wilder-Stiverne fight will still take place on November 4’th from the Barclays Center in New York City.
- UFC 216 had 2 championship fights, an Interim Lightweight fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, and a Flyweight title fight between the best Pound-For-Pound fighter in the world Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg. Both were great fights with terrific finishes (more on that later). The total attendance for the Pay-Per-View card was only 10,638 and drew a live gate of $677,999. Not good considering the show had the promotions best fighter on the card.
- Last week we showed you a fight that ended via Boston Crab, this week there’s this beauty:
He KOed this guy from his back… pic.twitter.com/ldUTPs83mO
— MMA mania (@mmamania) October 7, 2017
- Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) will hold its 72nd show on Saturday, October 14’th from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Not surprising at all, the card is really good and has up-and-coming stars along with veterans of the sport. If you still have yet to watch an ACB event, do so this Saturday, as the fights will start at a normal time for us here in the United States and Canada, 3 PM PST and 6 PM PST on Fite TV for free!
- WBO Welterweight title holder, Jeff Horn will not defend his title against Manny Pacquiao. Yet. Instead, Horn will defend against the 26-year-old native of England Gary Corcoran on a date to be announced. The fight will take place in Brisbane, Australia.
- Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr scored a beautiful third-round knockout to defeat Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in the super-middleweight World Boxing Super Series. The 28-year-old will now face a semi-final against WBA champion George Groves or fellow Briton Jamie Cox, who meet at Wembley Arena on 14 October.
Chris Eubank Jr KO's Avni Yildirim pic.twitter.com/4TTkH3FvcC
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 7, 2017
- Flyweight champion and Pound-For-Pound best fighter in the world Demetrious Johnson defended his title at UFC 216 against a game Ray Borg and won by a savage armbar that we’ve never seen before. If you’re on the side of thinking that Johnson isn’t the Pound-For-Pound best ever, I’m not even sure how to start a conversation with you on that topic, so I won’t. Just watch the video below and think if you’ll ever see anything or anyone other than DJ that can finish a fight like this.
— Cody Kwiatkowski (@Cdkwiatkowski) October 8, 2017
- This is probably the most accurate thing we will see said about DJ
It's actually unfair how good Demetrious Johnson is at MMA. He's like a maxed out create-a-fighter.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 8, 2017
- More truth
That's the greatest fighter in MMA history. Go ahead and disagree if you want; Demetrious Johnson will just go on being the best. #UFC216
— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) October 8, 2017
- And a little bit more
If you don't think Demetrious Johnson is the best fighter in the world ever you are wrong. Simple as that. #UFC216
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) October 8, 2017
- 11’th successful title defense, breaking Anderson Silva’s 10
Still the champ! Demetrious Johnson defeats Ray Borg for his record 11th successful title defense, surpassing Anderson Silva's mark. pic.twitter.com/faM0ghTnVb
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 8, 2017
- If the DJ vs. Borg fight wasn’t enough, there was still a bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight title to be seen. This fight was an absolute thrill to watch. Both fighters brought everything they could, especially Lee, who we would later learn had fought with a staph infection. In the end, El Cucuy would win and give us an amazing series of events.
In case you missed it… Tony Ferguson submits Kevin Lee to become the UFC interim lightweight champion. pic.twitter.com/iSWldasmKb
— Sophia Helwani (@SophiaHelwani) October 8, 2017
- Ferguson would win by triangle choke. Then shit got fun.
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2017
- And the new Interim Lightweight champion left us with this:
Oh sure, Tony Ferguson does this and it's cool. I do it and I get kicked out of Olive Garden. pic.twitter.com/RlnohPmZfZ
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) October 8, 2017