The Week That Was In Combat Sports
The Week That Was In Combat Sports is a weekly column that catches you up on the week that was in the crazy world of combat sports!
- The biggest news of the week came from the UFC Gdansk event where an unranked fighter beat an MMA legend. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone went into the fight against Darren Till ranked #6 in the Welterweight rankings. Cowboy came out of the fight with a broken nose, a loss and now ranked #9. Is this the beginning of the end for a legend or just a hiccup? Either way, Till showed he is legit and was ready for a big fight. The sky is the limit for Till. Read more about UFC Gdansk HERE!
— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017
- According to TMZ Sports, UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping choked a man at a 24 Hour Fitness gym for “taking his weights” and is now getting sued for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress amongst other things. The incident occurred in July and is barely coming to light just two weeks before the biggest fight in Bisping’s career against former champion Georges St Pierre at UFC 217.
UFC's Michael Bisping Sued Over Alleged Gym Attack https://t.co/FMxkfLhSjM
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) October 25, 2017
- Michael “Venom” Page made his boxing debut over the weekend against a can in Jonathan Castano. “MVP” is undefeated in MMA (12-0) with 10 of his wins coming from KO, TKO or submission victories. Page is no doubt entertaining but wasn’t he supposed to be a future champion just a few years ago? He’s 30 now and still has a ton of talent – but is he a mixed martial artist or is he a boxer?
3rd round knockdown
by MVP. Michael Page
wins in his boxing
— World of MMA (@CM_fights) October 20, 2017
- In his Bellator debut, Gegard Mousasi beat former champion Alexander Shlemenko by unanimous decision in an unpopular decision to many fans in attendance and watching on television. Mousasi may have won the fight but his eye got fucked up in the first round via a Shlemneko punch. As for all of the fans who thought he lost, Mousasi has two words for you, “Suck it”!
- UFC President said on The Wall Street Journal’s “The Unnamed Podvideocast” that the Floyd Mayweather Jr versus Conor McGregor boxing match did 6.7 million Pay-Per-View buys. If this number is indeed correct, it would be the most purchased PPV event in boxing history. Showtime hasn’t responded to these numbers nor have they said anything lately regarding the fight. We all know Dana White is a little dramatic and spouts random shit out at times but if he is right, those are some big numbers for a fight featuring a retired champion and an MMA superstar with zero boxing experience.
- KSW remains to be one of the best MMA promotions at putting on exciting shows and great fights. KSW 40 didn’t disappoint. Flyweight champion, “The Violence Queen” Ariane Lipski won her match via submission in the first round. Don’t be surprised if we see more violence from Lipski in the UFC or Invicta FC soon.
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) October 22, 2017
- Also from KSW 40, Norman Parke and Mateusz Gamrot fought for the second time. This time, Gamrot would poke Parke’s eye and hit him with a low blow in the 1’st round. In the 2nd round, Gamrot would eye poke Parke again and the fight would be called off ending in a no-contest. But that wasn’t the end to the drama, Parke would then go to Gamrot’s corner and the craziness ensued…
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 22, 2017
- Heather Hardy took to the cage at Bellator 185 but got served a punishing beat down from her opponent Kristina Williams, who made her MMA debut. Be warned, the images below are bloody and gruesome and you might not even recognize Hardy.
The kick that would end the fight and break Hardy’s nose open
— The 112 (@_THE112) October 21, 2017
Heather Hardy After Being Kicked In The Nose
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 21, 2017
— MMA GIFS (@mma_gifs_) October 21, 2017
- The UFC released their fight poster for UFC 218 in which Max Holloway defends his Featherweight strap against Frankie Edgar. Also on the card is a Heavyweight bout pitting Alistair Overeem against Francis Ngannou. The UFC posters have been dull and lackluster in the past, this one is decent at best. Hopefully the two fights bring more than the poster that is promoting them does.
UFC 218 official poster pic.twitter.com/2jeVLjedeb
— MMA Bros (@TheMMABros) October 20, 2017
- Like most fighters, “Platinum” Mike Perry thinks highly of himself and thinks he will become Welterweight champion then go on to beat Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for the Pound-For-Pound championship. Somewhere Demetrious Johnson is laughing while on Twitch.
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) October 23, 2017
- Conor McGregor showed up to UFC Gdansk to help corner his training partner and buddy Artem Lobov in his fight against Andre Fili. Lobos would end up losing the fight and McGregor would be under fire for calling Fili a homophobic slur.
Conor McGregor Attempting To Corner Lobov Even Though He Wasn’t Really In His Corner
— Rina 🏀 (@RinaAnthony) October 21, 2017
McGregor Has Done A Lot For The LGBT Community In Ireland
Remembering Conor McGregor's Tireless Campaign For Gay Rights & Marriage Equality https://t.co/kvIS8N1QxI
— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) October 23, 2017
Well Said By Dave Doyle
Conor McGregor used his star power to help get gay marriage legalized in Ireland. Disappointed he used slur, but let's put pitchforks away.
— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) October 21, 2017
- Hockey fights are sometimes fun and sometimes they are terrible. There are some hockey players that would probably fare well in MMA but it isn’t very often we see a Superman Punch on the ice. The other night it happened and it was sweet.
— MMA Madness (@madness_mma) October 26, 2017
- Dustin Poirier will be selling his fight kit for his upcoming bout against Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night 120. All proceeds from the sales of his fight kits will go to the family of Corporal Michael Middlebrook of the Lafayette, Louisiana Police Department who lost his life in the line of duty. If you want to help, this is a fantastic way of doing so.
Thank you all for the support! pic.twitter.com/7xAkjmreI7
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 23, 2017
- For Combat Sports fans who want to watch a Heavyweight boxer with loads of talent, the WBA and IBF Heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua will be fighting challenger Carlos Takam this coming Saturday from Cardiff, Wales, U.K. If you have yet to see an Anthony Joshua fight, he is a special talent that could one day be one of the best Pound-For-Pound boxers in the world. Before the fight this weekend, i suggest watching Joshua’s last fight against former champion Wladimir Klitschko HERE
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