Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ONE Championship Conquest of Champions, UFC Beijing, Crazy Max Muay Thai KO

Earlier today I was on the Tiny Sumo daily drops on his IG channel talking about Asian MMA and everything going on in the scene. Be sure to check him out @Tiny_Sumo 

I need to start out by highlighting ONE Championship Conquest of Champions that took place in Manila, Philippines over the weekend. This event saw Edward Folayang defeat Amir Khan via unanimous decision to reclaim the lightweight championship. That is going to make things interesting with Eddie Alverez joining the ONE Championship roster and the upcoming Grand Prix.

The main event of the same card saw ONE Championship Heavyweight champion Brandon Vera make quick work of Mauro Cerilli to retain the strap after two years away from the cage.

In other news on that card Bangkok based fighter, Rockie Bactol was dealt his first loss against Akihiro Fujisawa being stopped with elbows in round 3. Rockie came up through the amateur circuits around Asia and was recently part of the ONE Warrior Series. While this is clearly a setback for Rockie, I am sure he will bounce back and be better than ever.

On a side note to this ONE Championship event, I want to point out that while I was slacking off for Thanksgiving Anthony Engelen won back to back fights a week apart on short notice both times. Fist with a first round KO against an always game Meas Meul out of Cambodia, and the very next week a first round sub against Jimmy Yabo.

Anthony is a fighter's fighter who is always willing to step up. That's why we love to watch him work.

Next up we switch it up to UFC Beijing which took place over the weekend and was headlined by a heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes, which saw Ngannou get back in the win column with a 45 second TKO victory over Blaydes.

The co-main for the card was long time Asian MMA standout Alistair Overeem against Sergey Pavlovich which saw The Reem force a stoppage towards the end of round 1 with some very nasty ground and pound.

Also on this card, we had woman’s strawweight standout Zhang Weili, who has been on an 18 fight win streak with 16 finishes stop Jessica Aguilar with an armbar in the first round… Take notice women’s strawweight.

In non-MMA news, there was an interesting result in Max Muay Thai that saw fighter Gou Dakui knock out both his opponent and the ref. You can check that out here.

Next weekend Lions Head Boxing Gym in Bangkok will be playing host to AMC Fight Night. They will have both pro and amateur boxing, kickboxing and MMA on the card.

We are going to get to see Mostafa Ibrahim Radi make his pro-MMA debut at this event. He has a deep amateur record from Malaysia so I am going to be excited to see him stepping up to the pros.

It looks like we also have Greg McGanja Edwards on the card who is based out of Team Quest Thailand up in Chaingmai. He is always game and comes to bang.

But the real gem on this card is the main who comes right out of the Street Fighter video game, Stan Tskitishvili vs the local Bangkok legend Tangmo! I’ve talked about Stan on other episodes, he looked crisp at the last FMD and Tangmo is the guy who will take any fight and always has a punchers chance.

This event is just 500 baht per head, so if you are in Bangkok make your way to Lions Head and check it out.

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