Artem Lobov has called it a day on his fighting career last night, following a fifth round TKO defeat to Denys Berinchyk. ”The Russian Hammer” threw down with Berinchyk in the main event of bareknuckle promotion Mahatch FC.
During the bout Lobov showed immense heart and durability, weathering the storm from boxing Olympic silver medallist Berinchyk and surviving two counts. Spending most of the brawl against the sandbags (yes, sandbags!), the Ukrainian athlete poured it on Lobov before the fight was called off between the fourth and fifth round.
Speaking post-fight, Artem would give his last interview in a ring (sandbags) and announce his retirement. Declaring ”there is no fire in the heart”.
“I knew that Denys is a high-class fighter, So I wanted to fight him. Why go out [against who] knows who? If I go out, then I try against the strongest and aim for the stars. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll be close to the moon. Congratulations, Denys – it was a great honour for me to perform here. Most likely, I will [retire]. There is no fire in the heart that there used to be.”
Artem Lobov retires from combat sports with a 13-15 record in mixed martial arts and a 2-2 record in bareknuckle boxing. Lobov was riding a 3 fight losing streak in the UFC before being released and signing a three-fight deal with BKFC.
It was in BKFC Lobov would defeat Jason Knight via unanimous decision in his debut, before going on to embarrass former boxing welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. He would lose a rematch to Knight before a period of inactivity which finally resulted in last nights bout in Mahatch FC.
Levi Escobar throws down with Daniel Sanchez at Combate Global
Combate Global today announced a complete, eight-bout Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card, live on Paramount+ on Friday, Oct. 29 from Miami, Fla. In the lightweight (155 pounds) main event on Friday, undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Levi Escobar (2-0) of Tucson, Ariz. will take on Daniel Sanchez (2-1) of Mexico City, Mexico.
A featured welterweight (170 pounds) contest will pit Erick “Perry” Montano (8-6) of Mexico City against Mark “Showtime” Martin (6-1) of Phoenix, Ariz.
Leading off the main card will be a bantamweight (135 pounds) battle between unbeaten Ismael “Kraken” Zamora (1-0) of Mexico City and Saul Tijerina Estrada (0-0) of Monterrey, N.L., Mexico.
The five-fight preliminary bout card will be highlighted by a lightweight (155 pounds) tilt between unbeaten Chris Renteria (1-0) of Tempe, Ariz. and Alexander Sanchez (2-2) of San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico.
Rodrigo Garcia (2-1) of Monterrey will face off with Richard Pabon (0-0) of Mastic, N.Y. at flyweight (125 pounds).
A featherweight (145 pounds) scrap will pit Justin “Slick J” Vasquez (6-2) of Miami against Gego “No Mercy” Kelly (2-2) of San Nicolas, Aruba.
Wascar “La Avispa” Cruz (12-7) of Miami will take on Shojin Miki (7-8) of Honolulu, Hawaii. Whilst Unbeaten lightweight Sam Kilmer (1-0) of Miami will meet Alex Quirasco (0-0) of Veracruz, V.E.R., Mexico.
Paramount+ live coverage will begin with a Combate Global pre-show at 10:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. CT, and will continue with the live fight action, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. CT. In addition, coverage of Combate Global will be complemented this week by back-to-back, one-hour recap programs on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, respectively.
UAE Warriors 23 & 24 Fight Cards
UAE Warriors returns this week with another exciting double-header of events with UAE Warriors 23: Arabia 5 and UAE Warriors 24 taking place at the Jiu Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, respectively.
These two events will lead into UFC 267 which takes place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 30.
UAE Warriors 24 – Friday, October 29
Brazil’s Vinicius de Oliveira (16-2) defends his bantamweight title against EFC champion Sylvester Chipfumbu (7-2) in the main event of while South Korea’s Do Gyeom Lee (8-3) defends his featherweight crown against Titan FC champ Ali AlQaisi (10-5).
Elsewhere on the card, PFL & Bellator veteran Andre Fialho (13-3) will be aiming to extend his recent winning streak as he faces UFC veteran Stefan Sekulic (14-4), top Polish fighter Daniel Skibinski (18-5) takes on Tahir ‘Tank’ Abdullaev (11-1), and Brazilian veteran Handesson Ferreira (16-3) meets EFC champion Themba Gorimbo (9-2).
UAE Warriors 23: Arabia 5 – Thursday, October 28
In continuation of UAE Warriors’ goal to help grow the sport in this part of the world, UAE Warriors 23: Arabia 5 will provide a platform for fighters of Arabian heritage. In the main event Iraq’s Hussein Salem (7-3) clashes with ‘The Widow Maker’ Yousif Ghrairi (8-2) and Mohamed ‘King John’ Juma (8-1) collides with the returning Sofiane Boukichou (6-4) in the co-main event.
In addition to the above the card will feature a mixture of fan favourites and rising prospects including Youssef Wehbe (8-7) vs. Yassin Najid (8-3), Lina Fayyad (2-0), Omran Chabaan (1-1), and an exciting match-up between Ahmed Raouf (4-1) & Fouad Al Shami (3-0).
See below for the full fight cards.
UAE Warriors 24 Fight Card
UAE Warriors Bantamweight Title
Champion Vinicius de Oliveira (16-2) vs. Sylvester Chipfumbu (7-2)
UAE Warriors Featherweight Title
Champion Do Gyeom Lee (8-3) vs. Ali AlQaisi (10-5)
Andre Fialho (13-3) vs. Stefan Sekulic (11-4)
Daniel Skibinski (18-5) vs. Tahir Abdullaev (11-1)
Catchweight 194 lb
Tarek Suleiman (11-7) vs. KB Bhullar (9-2)
Mahir Mamedov (19-1) vs. Magomed Magomedov (5-0)
Soo Young Yoo (7-1) vs. Sarvadzhon Hamidov (11-0)
Handesson Ferreira (16-3) vs. Themba Gorimbo (9-2)
John Mitchell (3-0) vs. Konstantinos Ntelis (6-1)
Imamshafi Aliev (6-0) vs. Naglis Kanisauskas (4-0)
Victor Nunes (7-4) vs. Ali Taleb (4-0)
Zaakir Badat (3-0) vs. Jonathan Wernz (1-0)
Loveth Young (3-1) vs. Larissa Carvalho (3-1)
Catchweight 159 lb
Amru Magomedov (3-0) vs. Ruslan Bolkvadze (2-2)
UAE Warriors 23: Arabia 5 Fight Card
Hussein Salem (7-3) vs. Youssef Ghairi (8-2)
Mohamed Juma (8-1) vs. Sofiane Boukichou (6-4)
Nawras Abzakh (7-4) vs. Mohamed Gamal (7-3)
Youssef Wehbe (8-7) vs. Yassin Najid (8-3)
Nart Abida (1-0) vs. Nabil Igli (0-0)
Hadi Omar Al Hussaini (2-0) vs. Hasan Abdelhafez (6-4)
Catchweight 121 lb
Lina Fayyad (2-0) vs. Mona Ftouhi (0-1)
Kher Khalifa Eshoushan (1-0) vs. Omran Chabaan (1-1)
Ahmed Raouf (4-1) vs. Fouad Al Shami (3-0)
Mohamed Al Katheeri (1-0) vs. Mahmoud Atef (1-0)
Hassan Elmir (0-0) vs. Ferhat Abkari (0-0)
Yoshinari Nadaka: J-Kick’s Newest Starlet
The history of kickboxing in Japan is long and storied, and names like Tenshin Nasukawa and Takeru Segawa carry on that legacy today. There’s a new name on the J-Kick scene though that could soon be emerging as the next big thing out of the Land of the Rising Sun. He comes in the form of 5’4, 105-pound Yoshinari Nadaka. Nadaka is only 20 years old and already holds an impressive professional record of 43-5-1(Muay Thai and kickboxing combined), is on a 10 fight win streak, is the current Battle of MuayThai flyweight champion, and has 6 more Muay Thai titles to his name.
His latest masterclass came on Sunday night at RIZIN 31 in a kickboxing bout, where he made quick work of his opponent, Naoki Ishikawa. The fight was stopped 2:30 into round one after he managed to knock down Ishikawa three times, something that NadakaManiacs (unofficial name of the Yoshinari Nadaka fan club, subject to change) have grown accustomed to since he burst onto the scene.
Nadaka has made a big breakthrough in RIZIN over the past year where he’s gone 4-0 in his first four fights, ending each one by KO/TKO before the third round. In between bouts with RIZIN he’s been fighting in Battle of MuayThai (BOM), a Muay Thai promotion in Japan. In BOM he continued to stay scorching hot with three more KO/TKO’s in the first two rounds, retaining his BOM flyweight title spectacularly.
As you can see, Nadaka’s finishing ability is phenomenal and he’s hit his stride in this insane run of wins. It’s not like this is anything new to him though. Throughout his young career, Nadaka has 22 KO/TKO’s in 37 wins, equating to a 59.4% finishing rate. A percentage that points to a finishing ability that isn’t commonly seen in lighter weight classes, and especially at a weight where the maximum is 105 pounds.
How he finishes fights is further proof that Nadaka is one of the most exciting young strikers in the sport. Many fighters have a go-to weapon when it comes to finishing fights, a signature punch, kick, elbow or knee that they frequently use or set up to put opponents away. For example, Giga Chikadze has his “Giga-Kick”, or in technical terms a left-kick to the body that’s more detrimental to one’s liver than downing a bottle of Jack Daniel’s every night. Just take a look at Nadaka’s record and you’ll see a wide variety of finishes. The results in his 10-fight win streak are as follows; Decision, KO (liver kick, Round 1), KO (left high kick, Round 1), Decision, TKO (knees and Elbows, Round 2, KO (elbow, Round 2), KO (three knockdowns, Round 1), KO (left Elbow, Round 1), TKO (doctor stoppage, Round 1), KO (knee to the body, Round 1), TKO (three knockdowns, Round 1). From these stoppages, you can see that the left side of Nadaka’s body is where most of his power comes from, but just look at the diversity in finishes with punches, kicks, elbows, and knees!
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention his trips and throws. In his fight against Yuushin at RIZIN 22, Nadaka throws his opponent all over the ring for the full duration of the bout. Seriously, go watch it on YouTube – it was like he was allergic to not throwing Yuushin on the ground.
At the age of 20 years old, Yoshinari Nadaka has plenty of time to get better. A sentence that should strike fear into any 105-pound kickboxer on the planet because he’s already damn good. You can see plenty of evidence of his ability in his fights uploaded to YouTube, check them out!
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