The month of September went out with a BANG in regards to MMA. Out of the five major events this past weekend, we saw: A champion losing his title, an inaugural title being won dramatically and two fighters returning from long layoffs.
Titan Fighting Championship 30 kicked things off in a great way. The co-main event saw Bantamweight Walel Watson come from behind and submit Anthony Gutierrez via triangle choke. The sub came at 3:02 of round 1 after Watson survived a barrage of punches from Gutierrez. The main event saw Vinny Magalhaes claim the inaugural Light Heavyweight title from Jason Brilz after he secured an arm triangle at :36 of round 4.
Bellator 126 featured a fight in the season 10 Lightweight tournament final. Marcin Held won that title by grinding out a hard fought decision win over Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. In the main event Alexander Shlemenko lost his Middleweight belt in just :35. He lost it to Brandon Halsey by rear naked choke in round 1.
A Light Heavyweight championship was on the line at Legacy FC 35. Leonardo Leite won that championship by earning a TKO over Myron Dennis at 4:50 of round 4.
The XFC returned with XFC International 6. The main event saw Deivison Ribeiro retain his Featherweight belt against Waylon Lowe by getting a TKO at :11 of round 4.
UFC 178 easily lived up to its hype. Featherweight Conor McGregor defeated Dustin Poirier at just 1:46 of round 1 by TKO. Lightweight veteran Donald Cerrone successfully came back from a slow start to beat former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez by unanimous decision. The main event saw Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defend his belt yet again, this time against Chris Cariaso. Johnson won via kimura at 2:29 of round 2. Other winners included Dominick Cruz and Cat Zingano, both of which were returning from long layoffs.
With Chris Weidman hurt, the Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler Welterweight title rematch will now headline UFC 181.