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.
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.
If you know me and what I'm about, you understand my begrudging acceptance of today's MMA. Once the headbutts were taken away and you couldn't grind the heel of your sneaker on a man's face, the sport began to take a turn towards main stream acceptance, yet lost the grit of reality combat. While the changes to the rules allowed the sport to reach larger audiences and become an international phenomenon, the original purpose was cast aside as it became a sport focused around manipulating rules, cutting weight and huge corporate sponsorships.