It was a night of fast finishes and career-defining victories, as Combat Zone packed Rockingham Park to the gills. If you couldn’t make the trip to Salem to catch the area’s best amateur and professional talent, allow me to paint you the picture of Combat Zone 48.
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I'm a 20+ year veteran of martial arts and a fan of MMA since UFC 1, when my world was thrown on its head by the budding sport. I'm obsessive in the pursuit of martial abilities and have competed across the country in everything from Vale Tudo to archery to Scottish broadsword. Once my body broke down, I picked up a pen and went in the direction of writing. I specialize in betting advice, predictions, and I'm a walking encyclopedia of MMA trivia. I own a cafe in Exeter, NH called Hammersmith Sandwich Company and write out of my office between customers.
A duel title bout made for an important night at WSOF 9 for the promotion. While the card suffered in terms of pacing on the prelims, the main card was fairly solid all around, showing the best of what WSOF offers.
One and a half tournament finals were set and a title stayed affixed to a dominant champion’s waist in Utah, as the curtain closed on Bellator 114. It was a great night all around, without a weak performance on the card.
It’s been awhile since WSOF held a proper event, and while the star power isn’t here, the WSOF 9 fights should prove to be competitive and entertaining. The WSOF 9 main event features a surprising champion in Steve Carl facing a well-known crippler in Rousimar Palhares.
Bellator goes high altitude for a title fight, as well as the semi-finals of their Featherweight and Middleweight tournaments at Bellator 114. While this is going down in Utah, the vibe is decidedly New England, with Brennan Ward, contesting for the Middleweight strap, and Desmond Green and Matt Bessette fighting on opposite sides of the Featherweight bracket.
Last night’s UFC Fight Night 38 was a very bizarre night of fights in Brazil. Nearly every underdog took home the win while points were being deducted against non-Brazilian’s left and right. With an arena that doesn’t have air conditioning; the fights inside the cage were horrifically exhausting, making for some awful performances, sprinkled with spectacular finishes.
A night of crushing knockouts made way for the next group of Lightweights in this round of the tournament, while our Bellator 113 main event finally unified the needlessly fragmented title to its former glory. In the fray, we had four lightweight victors and one undisputed champion, so let’s check out how they pulled it off.
A title that’s long been gumming up the works will come loose at Bellator 113, as Attila Vegh returns to Bellator to face Emmanuel Newton. We’ve also got the beginnings of the Lightweight tournament, which is often the best in terms of quality for Bellator. The tourney features a few familiar faces, as well as some gritty new comers looking to make a mark.