UK standout, Dean Garnett, was crowned HEXAGONE MMA’s latest featherweight champion following a thrilling display at Hexagone MMA 8 just over a week ago.
A week after packing out the Roman Theatre of Orange, HEXAGONE MMA provided another sensational show on Friday 4 August at Béziers Arena, France’s original home to bullfighting. Before more than 5000 spectators, eight professional fights delivered non-stop action, starting with the very first match of the night. Here, Adel Khaldoune broke the record for the fastest finish in HEXAGONE MMA history, inflicting a superb K-O on Georges Ngoma in less than 15 seconds.
But HEXAGONE MMA 8’s main event was the world championship clash between Brit Dean Garnett and Argentinian Lucas Corbage for the featherweight belt (-66 kg). Author of an express K-O in his last fight, Garnett once again showcased sharp boxing skills to win by K-O in the third, after dominating through the earlier rounds. Still in the cage, the Liverpudlian called out Frenchman Anthony Dizy to challenge him in his first title defence.
“I want to face him. He is one of the best French fighters of all time. This is the kind of top-level fight I need to move forward!” said Dean Garnett. “Since the start of my contract with HEXAGONE MMA, I have had the goal of winning the belt, and now it’s done. Lucas Corbage is a strong fighter, but I want better.“
In the run up to the main card, HEXAGONE MMA 8 gave platform to upcoming talent, such as Shekibulah Waris and Lazaro Maza Blanco, both winners of their professional debuts, respectively against Boualem Sahraoui (submission) and Gyorgy Komuves (K-O). Former wrestler Jack Claffey, who previously competed for US wrestling leage WWE, also delivered to defeat Kevin Simon Cesari by submission in the first round.
Local fighters Mathieu Rakotondrazanany and Allan Taibi equally put on a performance to the excitement of a noisy home crowd.
Wrapping up a successful summer season, HEXAGONE MMA now looks ahead to its next outing on September 7 in Nantes for yet another action-heavy fight night, co-promoted with BRAVE CF
HEXAGONE MMA 8: RESULTS
World Featherweight CHAMPIONSHIP – Men’s 65.8kg / 145 lbs:
Dean Garnett (UK, 10-2-1) def. Lucas Corbage (11-1, Argentina) via KO in Round 3
Strawweight Bout – Women’s 52.2 kg / 115lbs:
Ielo Page (7-5, France) def. Karla Benitez (19-16-1, Venezuela) via unanimous decision
Featherweight Bout – Men’s 65.8 kg / 145 lbs:
Jack Claffey (0-1, England) def. Kevin Simon Césari (1-0, France) via submission in Round 1
Middleweight Bout – Men’s 83.9 kg / 185 lbs:
Lazaro Maza Blanco (0-0, Spain) def. Gyorgy Komuves (1-1, Hungary) via submission in Round 1
Welterweight Bout – Men’s -77.1 kg/ 170 lbs :
Mathieu Rakotondrazanany (2-3, France) def. Faudel Bentaieb (2-3, France) via unanimous decision
Catchweight Bout – Men’s 80 kg:
Allan Taibi (2-5, France) def. Frankie Rollandt (4-6, France) via unanimous decision
Catchweight Bout – Men’s -59kg:
Shekibulah Waris (0-0, Afghanistan) def. Boualem Sahraoui (2-2, France) via submission in round 3
Bantamweight Bout – Men’s -61kg /135 lbs:
Adel Khaldoune (0-1, France) def. Georges Ngoma (0-1, France) via KO in Round 1
UFC Austin – Weigh-In Results
With UFC Austin just a day away, all fighters competing tomorrow night have taken to the scales.
Let’s see who weighed in!
Main card (12am GMT – TNT Sports)
(#4) Beneil Dariush (156lbs) vs (#8) Arman Tsarukyan (155.5lbs) – lightweight bout
(#12) Jalin Turner (156lbs) vs (#13) Bobby Green (155lbs) – lightweight bout
(#8) Rob Font (135lbs) vs (#2 – FLW) Deiveson Figueiredo (135lbs) – bantamweight bout
(#9) Sean Brady (170lbs) vs (#11 – MW) Kelvin Gastelum (170lbs) – welterweight bout
Joaquim Silva (156lbs) vs Clay Guida (156lbs) – lightweight bout
Punahele Soriano (185.5lbs) vs Dustin Stoltzfus (185.5lbs) – middleweight bout
Prelims (9pm GMT – TNT Sports/UFC Fight Pass)
(#12) Miesha Tate (135.5lbs) vs (#13) Julia Avila (135.5lbs) – bantamweight bout
Zach Reese (185lbs) vs Cody Brundage (185lbs) – middleweight bout
Drakkar Klose (155.5lbs) vs Joe Solecki (155lbs) – lightweight bout
Rodolfo Bellato (205.5lbs) vs Ihor Potieira (204lbs) – light-heavyweight bout
Wellington Turman (171lbs) vs Jared Gooden (171lbs) – welterweight bout
Veronica Hardy (125lbs) vs Jamey-Lyn Horth (125lbs) – flyweight bout
ONE Championship To Spotlight MMA In 2024 With 60 Events Scheduled
ONE Championship’s goal for 2023 saw them place a spotlight on the greatest fighters in Muay Thai fighters on its roster through its weekly ONE Friday Fights series. But 2024 will see the organization adjust its focus back to MMA.
In an interview with South China Morning Post this week, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong discussed the outcomes of the martial arts giant’s commitment to Muay Thai over the last 12 months, and he spoke of the exciting plans ONE has for 2024 & for MMA.
“You’re going to see MMA back in full force. We have our US stadium shows, we have Qatar, Japan. In the Philippines, we have one or two shows,” Sityodtong announced to the South China Morning Post.
“ONE Friday Fights and the Muay Thai product are very much on a firm footing now. We’ve laid the groundwork and feel very comfortable it’s running on autopilot, and now we’re able to scale up. We’ve firmly established we have the No. 1 striking property on the planet. The focus will be sharply back onto mixed martial arts.”
Arguably, the most-anticipated date on ONE’s calendar next year is its debut event in the Middle East.
The organization was scheduled to put on an event in Qatar in December 2023, but plans were rearranged when conflict broke out nearby.
But with 2024 looming, Sityodtong has confirmed that the show will go on in mid-spring.
“First and foremost, it is the right decision, given the sensitive circumstances in the region. Also, the war broke out right in the middle of our execution,” the ONE co-founder said.
“The good news for fans and athletes is that March 1st is 100 percent happening in Doha. Thank you to all of the stakeholders in Qatar for making it possible.”
Along with confirming the news of ONE’s first-ever show in the Middle East, Sityodtong also hinted at an event in Europe in the coming 12 months.
While the location is still under wraps, it would make sense for the promotion to bring its exciting live show to a European country, given the amount of talent from the continent that ONE has on its roster.
“Yeah, knock on wood, I think in the next couple of weeks I will be making a major announcement for Europe, our biggest for Europe in our history,” Sityodtong teased.
“It’s very exciting.”
Roberto Soldic, Stephen Irvine, and Nico Carrillo have all been introduced to the global fanbase this past year. And with Jonathan Haggerty’s rise to two-sport stardom in the bantamweight division, there is a seemingly endless amount of firepower from the region that could feature on ONE’s debut card there.
Can Abdisalam Kubanychbek end the curse of BRAVE CF’s Lightweight world title?
One of the most devastating fighters to ever grace the BRAVE CF arena, Abdisalam Kubanychbek has finally earned the world title he worked hard for: he`s the undisputed BRAVE CF Lightweight champion of the world. But ahead of his first defense against Lucas ‘’Mineiro’’ Martins at BRAVE CF 77, on December 5, a curse rears its ugly head once again. In total, BRAVE CF has had seven titleholders, and none of them have been able to defend their belt.
The Lightweight world title has traveled the world, being contested in Bahrain (3 times), Brazil (2 times), Jordan, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Serbia. Each time, the champion failed to defend, losing the fight – and the belt- immediately after winning it.
The belt has been in possession of Ottman Azaitar (Morocco), Lucas Martins (Brazil), Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady (Jordan), Luan Santiago (Brazil), Cleiton Silva (Brazil), Amin Ayoub (France), Ahmed Amir (Egypt), and is now with Kubanychbek, widely regarded as the number one fighter from Kyrgyzstan.
On December 5, he will have a golden opportunity to break one of the biggest curses in MMA today. In front of him, lies a former victim of the curse, who’s now eager to keep it alive – Lucas ‘’Mineiro’’ is more determined than ever to regain the belt, and make history as the first-ever BRAVE CF two-time Lightweight champion of the world, and only one of two men to hold the same belt twice, after Jarrah Al-Silawi at Super Welterweight.
For Abdisalam Kubanychbek, this is a chance to stake his claim as the most feared man on the roster and keep his undefeated BRAVE CF record alive. A chance Omok is eager to take and has prepared his whole life to achieve – from the boogeyman of the Lightweight division to its king and destroyer of curses. On December 5, it’s all to play – and fight – for.
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