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Lady Violence 2013: Holly Holm

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When it comes to violent finishes, no one did it better than Holly Holm in 2013. Holm went 4-0 for the year with 3 TKO/KO’s in her first three fights.That made her perfect, with five TKO/KO finishes in five fights to start her career. In her last fight of 2013, the gritty veteran Angela Hayes became the first woman to go the distance with Holm inside of the cage when their fight in early December went to the judges. No matter, because the first three finishes were enough to earn her this award, as each one was a violent masterpiece. She combines beautiful technique, radar like accuracy, and super sonic speed with explosive catastrophic power.

Holm is an equal opportunity knockout artist. She will use her fists, knees, and shins to your legs, body or head to end your night. Almost everything she throws is a part of a combination and she does not just throw two or three punch combos. She will string together six, seven or even more strike sequences that almost always include kicks, knees and punches. Her combinations flow together and are like a river raining down upon her opponents. It is a dangerous place for her opponents when they are caught up in the rapids of her destruction. She brings the blows from all angles and levels battering you from all sides as she rapidly strikes. The first knockout for Holm was all about the body work.

In that fight against Katie Merrill at Bellator MMA 91, it was a right hand that was the start and then a kick to the body on the ground that ended it. There were a couple of shots to the head, in particular a lead left hook to kick it off, but it was the two body shots that ended this fight. The kick to the body while Merrill was down is rarely utilized in MMA. It was also Usain Bolt fast. That speed is another factor that makes her so dangerous, as we learned in her second knockout of the year.

The fight against Allanna Jones was at Legacy Fighting Championship 21. The knockout was sudden, fast and folded Jones forward like a jack knife as she crashed to the ground. Jones did a good job of avoiding the big clean shots in the first round but could not keep it up in the second. About seven seconds after just missing with a left head kick she landed the next one flush, shin on temple. It was one of the KO’s of the year in MMA.

She followed that up with her fight against one against Nikki Knudsen. Knudsen was tough and took a lot of punishment from Holm and was still coming forward. That was until the second round when Holm landed a side kick to the stomach. It caused Knudsen to yell out in pain and sent her across the cage. Holm methodically and quickly followed Knudsen, immediately launching some rapid knees and then hands before the ref stepped in. While it was punches and knees that ended the fight, it was the kick that was the most devastating strike in the sequence.

It was the kind of year that propelled Holm into the forefront of WMMA and even had Ronda Rousey expressing a desire to fight her. Until that fight, or her next one you can enjoy her handiwork from this year.

HM – Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Miriam Nakamoto, Claudia Gadelha, Bec Hyatt, Cat Zingano, Ronda Rousey, Ashlee Evans-Smith and Veronica Rothenhausler.

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Watch John Gotti III Knock Out Eddie Haws At CES New York

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CES MMA, which is already known for their shows in Rhode Island, made their debut in New York on Friday night. The event was streamed on YouTube and took place at The Space in Westbury, and one of the more interesting fighters on the card was John Gotti III. Yes, he’s the grandson of that John Gotti, the infamous New York gangster and Gambino crime family leader. CES didn’t just put Gotti on this card because his last name is notable, either.

He showed up in a big way by knocking out his opponent, Eddie Haws, inside of the first minute of the first round. Haws charged in recklessly and walked right into Gotti’s right hand, dropping him to the mat where he would eat a few more blows before the referee officially stopped the fight.

Gotti’s record as a pro is 2-0 right now after he went 5-1 as an amateur, and both CES victories were first round finishes.  If he continues to take the fight to his opponents and get highlight reel finishes like this, CES might just have a star on their hands, especially with the memorable name that Gotti has.

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LFA 39 ‘Heinisch vs. Checco’ quick results and highlights

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LFA 39

May 4, 2018
Dobson Arena
Vail, Colorado
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Featherweight Bout
Youseff Zalal (5-0) defeats Daniel Soto (3-2) via submission (RNC) – Round 2, 1:38

Catchweight Bout (140 lbs)
Ahmet Kayretli (7-2) defeats Turrell Galloway (8-7) via TKO (referee stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00

Lightweight Bout
Austin Hubbard (9-2) defeats Harvey Park (9-2) via UD

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Maycee Barber (4-0) defeats Audrey Perkins (1-2) via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:54

Flyweight Bout
Brandon Royval (7-3) defeats Jerome Rivera (7-2) via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 0:40

Middleweight Bout
Hayward Charles (16-10) defeats Christiano Frohlich (9-4) via UD (29-28 x 3)

Middleweight Interim Championship Main Event
Ian Heinisch (10-1) defeats Gabriel Checco (10-3) via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:44

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Video: Drew Chatman does a flip off unconscious opponent after scoring accidental KO

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It may be time to change that nickname.

“The Honorable” Drew Chatman scored one of the luckier KO’s in recent memory last night after LFA 36 went off the air on AXS TV. Unfortunately for him, his next move would get that win taken away in an instant—and rightfully so.

In a very strange sequence that took place just past the halfway marker of the first stanza, Chatman’s opponent, Irvins Ayala, would virtually knock himself out by jamming his own face into the knee of Chatman, who was on his back in guard, as he connected with a hammerfist. Crazy, right? You have to watch it at least a few times to even begin to understand what happened. And that wasn’t even the strangest thing that happened during Chatman and Ayala’s time together inside of the cage.

Following the KO, “The Honorable” one would then proceed to plant both of his feet into Ayala’s back — remember, this man was unconscious at the time — before doing a front flip onto the mat of the cage. Chatman would end up being disqualified for jumping off his opponent’s back to celebrate his short lived victory.

Chatman is currently scheduled to fight again next Thursday night on the main card of Tachi Palace Fights 34.

image credit – Tapology

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