I’ve been lazy in my recent attempts to keep this Five Round Review consistent in the month of June. With several vacations looming I regretfully have to say that trend will continue. But, I couldn’t resist getting one out early for this weekends three big events.
At ONE Championship 28 two single night tournament winners were crowned. Ze Wu won the Flyweight tournament by defeating both Hui Qiang Wu and Jianbing Yang. Di Yuan Huang won the Featherweight tournament by defeating both Jian She Tian and Jia Wen Ma. In the main event Featherweight Timofey Nastyukhin won his second straight fight by soccer kicks. The TKO over Yusuke Kawanago came at 1:32 of round 1.
Bellator 138 was an awkward, yet stacked fight card that went down on Friday. Heavyweight Bobby Lashley remained undefeated in the promotion with a second round TKO over Dan Charles at 4:14. Patricio Freire successfully defended his Featherweight belt in dramatic fashion after Daniel Weichel nearly finished him in round 1. Freire came back with a KO finish at :32 of round 2. The bad blood was settled in the main event as Kimbo Slice defeated Ken Shamrock via TKO at 2:22 of round 1. Former champions Michael Chandler and Daniel Straus also picked up wins at Bellator 138.
UFC Fight Night 69 saw Peter Sobotta earn his second win in his second stint with the promotion. Sobotta defeated Steve Kennedy via rear naked choke at 2:57 of round 1. Featherweight legend Tatsuya Kawajiri did just enough to defeat Dennis Siver by way of unanimous decision. Finally, Women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk dominated challenger Jessica Penne, severely cutting her nose in the process. Jedrzejczyk’s TKO win came at 4:22 of round 3.
Titan Fighting Championship events will now be exclusively aired on UFC Fight Pass. Their first event under the streaming service has been set for July 18 and will be headlined by a Lightweight title fight between UFC veterans Mike Ricci and Pat Healy.
Bellator once again is changing things up with “Bellator 141: Dynamite.” The promotion has partnered up with GLORY Kickboxing and will feature two (possibly three) kickboxing contests alongside the MMA fights. Also on the fight card will be a one night Light Heavyweight tournament featuring notable fighters “King Mo”, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell and Phil Davis. Not only that but the night will be capped off by a Light Heavyweight title fight between challenger Tito Ortiz and champion Liam McGeary.