MMA: The Sunday review – LFA 23, UFC Japan, ACB 70 and Bellator 183

MMA: The Sunday review – LFA 23, UFC Japan, ACB 70 and Bellator 183

It’s been a great weekend full of our beautiful sports of MMA. From UFC Japan all the way to Bellator 183 it was a weekend full of drama and violence.

It’s not very often that we are treated to multiple world-class MMA events in one weekend but that is what we got. It all started on Friday night with Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 23 where two female fights stole the show and ended on Saturday night with Bellator 183.

From the UFC event in Japan to the ACB card in Sheffield, England we were truly treated to some outstanding contests. In today’s Sunday review we will go over all the results and standout performances.

LFA 23

From knockouts to submissions, LFA delivered in all aspects.

The main event was the only disappointing fight. Nakashima and Krantz engaged in a lacklustre fight that lacked any real forms of action which left a bad taste in some peoples mouths especially after the previous five fights ended in exciting fashion.

The night well and truly belonged to two people in particular. Andrea Lee and Sabina Mazo were spectacular in their respective fights. Lee retained her flyweight title with a second-round submission (kimura) of Jamie Thorton where as Mazo ended her fight with a spectacular head kick knockout of Linsey Williams.

Full card results are here.

James Nakashima def. Derrick Krantz via split decision (49-46,47-48,50-45).Andrea Lee def. Jamie Thorton via submission (Kimura).Ryan Spann def. LeMarcus Tucker via submission (rear-naked choke).Bryan Billiot def. Brandon Shavers via submission (heel hook).Sabina Mazo def. Linsey Williams via knockout (head kick).Peter Stanonik def. Kendrick Williams via knockout (punches).

UFC Japan

The gate was dismal and only around 8,000 fans were in attendance, far from the glory days of Pride FC.

Saint Preux made quick work of the former middleweight challenger thanks to his superior takedown defence and the now very well known Von Flu Choke or now better known as the Von Preux Choke. The submission win was his second straight victory, snapping Okami’s four-fight winning streak.

The co-main event of the night between Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade stole the show. Bar a good first round from Gadleha it was the Andrade show, leaving the Japanese fans very happy. Jessica slammed and punched her way to a unanimous decision victory that will set her back on the path to title contention.

A lot of eyes were on the MMA debut of former kickboxing champion and knockout King Gokhan Saki. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Saki who had to weather a brief storm from Henrique da Silva but once the former kickboxer landed the 4oz gloves on the Brazilian, it was bedtime. The contest ended in the first round thanks to vicious counter punches that sent da Silva to the mat.

Full card results are here.

Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami via submissionJessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)Dong Hyun Kim def. Takanori Gomi via first-round TKO (1:30)Gokhan Saki def. Henrique da Silva via first-round KO (4:45)Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via unanimous decision (28-27 x2, 29-27)Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke)Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Syuri Kondo def. Chan-Mi Jeon via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)Shinsho Anzai def. Luke Jumeau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ACB 70

Hailed as “The Battle of Britain”, ACB 70 took place inside the Sheffield arena in Sheffield, England.

Scott Askham would take out his rival, Luke Barnatt via unanimous decision on the judge’s scorecards. Askham was in control from the first seconds of the fight all the way to the final buzzer and never really looked to be in any trouble.

The promotion brought a cracker of a card to England with some current and future talent featured. Bubba Jenkins, Cheya Saleem and Luke Shanks were among the talent on show in Sheffield.

Full card results are here.

Scott Askham def. Luke Barnatt via Unanimous DecisionKane Mousah def. Alex Enlund via Split DecisionAshley Reece def. Sam Boult via Unanimous DecisionAaron Aby def. Danny Missin via Unanimous DecisionCheya Saleem def. Aaron Robinson via Submission (standing guillotine)Danny Tombs def. Gavin Sterritt via TKO (punches)Luke Shanks def. Adam Bramhald via Submission (guillotine)Jordan Barton def. Richard Herbert via Split Decision

Bellator 183

The weekend of excitement came to an end in San Jose, California at Bellator 183. The event was headlined by a top-notch lightweight fight between former UFC champion Benson Henderson and Patricky Freire.

His lone win was against Patricky’s brother Patricio at Bellator 160.

Before the Englishman did what he does best, Pico uncorked an absolutely devastating left hook that sent Justin Linn crashing to the canvas already unconscious.

Daley would add former UFC standout Lorenz Larkin to the list of names that he has put to sleep. It all started with a big-time left hook to the temple that made Larkin do the Skanky leg and ended with some ground and pound.

Full card results are here.

Patricky Freire def. Benson Henderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Paul Daley def. Lorenz Larkin via KO (punches)Roy Nelson def. Javy Ayala via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn via KO (punch)Goiti Yamauchi def. Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) Tony Johnson def. Mike Ortega via KO (punch)Kaytlin Neil def. Brooke Mayo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Brandon Laroco def. Gaston Bolanos via technical submission (triangle)Corina Herrera vs. Jaymee Nievara via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)Ricardo Vasquez def. Justin Tenedora via submission (guillotine)J.J. Okanovich def. Luis Jauregui via submission (armbar)Daniel Gonzalez def. Anthony Castrejon via KOFive fighters we want Mike Perry to face

What a weekend it was for the fighters and fans who love MMA. Four cards with an array of different finishes and excitement that left us feeling a little hungover on Sunday. It was a great way to start off the hype train for the upcoming UFC 216 event.

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