10 points to remember from a weekend of fighting
Fans of combat sports enjoyed a busy weekend with events across the world. There are dozens of things to say, but here are just 10 takeaways for every chew fight fan.
10 takeaways from the weekend of fights
Clay Collard is quietly very good
PFL 4 (held on Thursday, but quite close) saw a light co-main event between Collard clay “Cassius” and Joilton lutterbach. Boxing and MMA veteran Collard earned his fourth straight win in the cage with a split decision victory. Currently leads the PFL lightweight elimination race, Collard dropped Anthony Pettis less than two months ago.
Claressa Shields is here to fight
The 2x Olympic boxing gold medalist, Claressa Shields, headlining PFL 4 in a women’s lightweight competition against Brittney elkin. The international boxing superstar survived a chilling ground and pound attack from Elkin in the first round and rebounded with a ground and pound attack in the third round to win his mixed martial arts debut. It will be interesting to see what “T-Rex” has next.
Jason Jackson has the IQ of a champion
On Friday the Bellator 260 saw Paul “Semtex” Daley take charge Jason jackson in a 175-lb. catch weight contest that had serious implications for the welterweight division. Jackson, understanding Daley’s dangerous punching ability. managed to defeat the Englishman and lead his fight. This performance, although little appreciated by live fans of the Mohegan Sun Arena, earned him a unanimous decision victory (30-27, x3). Jackson, ranked No. 3 in the division as of May 26, has made an offer for a chance at the Bellator gold.
Yaroslav Amosov is a problem
In the main event of the Bellator 260, Douglas lima put his welterweight title on the line against the undefeated Ukrainian, Yaroslav Amosov. Lima, a 15-year veteran, sought to test the legitimacy of Amosov’s perfect 25-0 record. In the 5 round contest, Lima struggled to find any success on the feet and was beaten on the mat. With all said and done, Amosov clinched a unanimous decision victory (50-45, x3) and won the welterweight title. With such a dominant performance, it’s hard to see “Dynamo” slowing down any time soon.
Jose Pedraza is a legitimate 140-pounder.
High ranking boxing saw a 140-lb. correspondence between Jose pedraza and Julien rodriguez. Pedraza made his 140-lb. debut in 2019 after winning titles in the 130 and 135 pound divisions. In his early days, he lost to Jose zepeda in a ten-round decision. However, Pedraza had been blocked twice in a row since the loss and made it three in a row with the TKO finish on Saturday night.
Bryce Hall doesn’t need to box.
If it wasn’t obvious already, Bryce Room doesn’t need to box, ever again. At a boxing event with a social media star (if that’s a thing?), Hall fought a ‘rival’ social media star Austin mcbroom. The fight didn’t go too well for the TIC Tac star as the fight was called off in the third round in favor of McBroom.
Deji (Also) doesn’t need to box
YouTube “star” Deji also stepped into the ring on Saturday night, where he faced Vinnie Hacker. Deji, who looked out of shape, was stopped in the third round and is never expected to fight again.
Drew Dober has a chin of steel
Even if Drew dober did not see his hand raised at the end of his fight with Brad riddell, he proved one thing: he can certainly shoot. The featured preliminary bout of UFC 263 won the Night fight reward after three hard-hitting rounds. Riddell landed 89 strikes, most of which ended up knocking Dober’s header back.
Figueiredo vs. Moreno 3 may not happen (soon anyway)
Even before the fight started, it was hard not to think about a possible trilogy fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon moreno for the UFC flyweight title. While a trilogy fight may still be underway, Moreno’s definitive victory over Figueiredo could block such a reservation. The fight posed some new questions: Who is Moreno defending his title against for the first time? Where does Figueiredo go from here?
Robert Whittaker must be next for Adesanya
With Marvin vettori offering very little in his main event rematch against Israel Adesanya for the UFC Middleweight Championship, Robert whittaker Quickly applied for a rematch of their 2019 showdown. Adesanya, thinking the same, also called for combat in his post-fight interview. This fight makes the most sense for the division as Whittaker has pieced together three straight wins since the loss.
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