Missed Fists: The fighter knocks his opponent down with a monstrous right hand knockout.

Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists, where we shine a light on fights from around the world that may have been overlooked in these troubled times when it seems like there's an MMA show every other day.

The women's side of MMA has blessed us with some incredible moments over the years, often in the form of dramatic fights such as Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko 1&2, and Xiong Jing. Nan vs. Angela Lee, not to mention the occasional shocking championship finish (Holly Holm and Julianna Pena, we see you!).

It's less common to see a female fighter celebrating a one-punch knockout, but there's something in the air in 2024 because women have landed some of the most incredible punches this year. From Tina Black winning the title to Eun Bi Cho taking her opponent's soul to Tatiana Aguiar repeating Anderson Silva's infamous front kick, it was a banner year for women's knockouts in MMA.

And they are not finished.

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Leydiana Fernandez vs Julia Ariana
Lincon Santos vs. Renildo Monteiro
Vinicius Pires vs. Marlon Basilio
Marcelo Marquez vs Gustavo Enrique
Talisson Teixeira vs Matheus Fonseca

Stop me if you've heard this before: Legacy Fighting Alliance is holding a show in Rio de Janeiro and bodies are starting to fall.

The latest fighter to put her name in the race for the best female knockout of the year? Leydiana Fernandez.

With just over a minute left in the first round of their bantamweight bout, Fernandez realized that Julia Ariana's punches were getting her nowhere and she stepped forward and hit Ariana in the face first. The instant light when Ariana's limbs are just spread out in all directions and Fernandez is roaring over her is quite a sight to behold.

At 5-foot-4, Fernandez has competed in weight classes from 125 to 145 pounds, so I wouldn't get too excited about the possibility of an opportunity in the women's bantamweight division, but we can hope.

Flyweights Lincon Santos and Renildo Monteiro brought all the heat to Rio, mocking each other for nearly 15 minutes before Santos scored an incredible goal.

I'm very impressed that referee João Claudio Soares didn't even flinch when Monteiro was sent to his ass by the teapot in the second round. I can think of at least a half dozen officials we see regularly in the UFC who would at least step in to get a closer look at the action. Soares just saunters over there and says, “Damn, this is getting good!”

As for the finish, who knows what caused Santos to take that final shot, but we can be grateful.

Vinicius Pires scored the first knockout of his career at LFA 183 and celebrated like he'd been there before.

That uppercut was useful, and the 9-1 (1 NC) Pires had to feel good about finally getting the finish with his striking.

Lightweight Marcelo Marquez stayed true to form, earning his second straight first-round finish with a beautiful armbar from Gustavo Henrique.

Make the score 10-0 in Marquez's favor and it's a safe bet that he'll get a Contender Series call-up in the near future.

Right next to him in that line? Huge heavyweight Talisson Teixeira.

Teixeira, just 24, shouldn't be in a rush to make the jump to a bigger show, but six wins and six finishes will attract plenty of attention. The 6-foot-8 Teixeira hasn't even seen the second round yet, though that's likely because he's yet to be seriously tested since his 2021 debut.

It wouldn't shock me if Teixeira gets called up from somewhere because we know how much the promotion loves its strong heavyweights.

LFA 183 is available for replay on UFC Fight Pass.

Oliver Schmid vs. Dane Edge
Sean Gauci vs. Nobuyoshi Nakatsukasa
Raymart Quintana Vs. Blood Diamond

At the HEX Fight Series event in Auckland, New Zealand, Oliver Schmid gave us a one-of-a-kind finish by not only turning around and winning, but also counter rotation and victory.

Schmid zig-zagged and zagged and somehow caught Dane Edge with a perfect back kick. He was the MMA equivalent of Magic Johnson. “hee hee” clip. Edge probably still doesn't know what direction he's going in right now.

Does the name Sean Gauci sound familiar? Perhaps if you pay close attention to the early days of Steve Erceg's career, as Gauci is the only red player on his record. Erceg headlined UFC 301 in Brazil this past weekend, and Gauci continues to work hard on the regional scene. He knocked out Nobuyoshi Nakatsukasa to claim his sixth win in a row.

Speaking of UFC names, City Kickboxing fighter Blood Diamond has booked his first fight since parting ways with the promotion. I would like to tell you that he has returned triumphantly to New Zealand. But that would be a lie.

Raymart Quintana continued to fire right hands until he found an uppercut that knocked Diamond unconscious. That's four wins in a row for Quintana, while Diamond is still looking for his first win since 2020 after going 0-3 in the UFC.

Jayden Martin vs Christian Tremaine

We've seen some great ground strikes this week with Lincon Santos' Hail Mary and Sean Gauci finishing his win with heavy strikes, but never forget how dangerous your opponent can be off his back.

Point to point:

Christian Tremaine was in a good position to do some damage, but he left himself open to a kick and Jayden Martin capitalized with a heel to the side of Tremaine's head. I'm guessing the blow may have resulted in a fractured eye socket because Tremaine wasn't just shaking, he seemed to be in incredible pain.

Battlefield Fight League 80 from Vancouver, British Columbia is available to replay on UFC Fight Pass.

Senbati Tasitanbike vs. Zhou Nianle

I'm not sure what makes a man throw a jumping knee in close combat when his opponent is closing in on him, but then again, I'm not a fighter.

Senbati Tasitanbike, however.

At the Jue Cheng King competition in Shanxi, China, Tasitanbike fearlessly knocked down, caught Zhou Nianle with his knee, and then knocked him down with a pair of absolute haymakers. This was Tashitanbike's professional debut, so I'm going to categorize this unconventional final scene as “youthful exuberance.”

Patrick Ochem vs Glody Canzeco
Zaakir Badat vs Jailson Souza
Vince Bembe vs Adrian Sanchez

However, I will need help describing the next knockout clip.

So Patrich Ocheme's head kick first sends Glody Canzeko in two different directions, then Canzeko quickly gets up, only to nearly eat a knee, but still gets tripped up when Ocheme kicks him, and then Ocheme throws some unprotected hammer blows, to end the fight?

Next step: Profit???

If you want to talk about the types of finishes you'll only see in the regional arena, Ocheme is Exhibit A.

There's nothing disconcerting about the finish of the main event, which saw Zaakir Badat capture the vacant welterweight title after defeating Jailson Souza.

Badat showed off some sharp kickboxing to set up for the finish, starting with a counter left and then landing a series of clean shots. Fantastic instincts.

As for Vince Bembre, he skipped all the tuning and went straight to detonation.

In 10 professional fights, Adrian Sanchez has never been knocked out, so he will definitely remember his first fight. Scratch it, he almost certainly won't. Straight up Matuaad.

Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide events are available to watch with a subscription to EFCWorldwide TV.


What was your most memorable Missed Fists moment this week?

  • 40%

    Leydiana Fernandez freezes Julia Ariana

    (2 votes)

  • 20%

    Powerful ground kick from Lincoln Santos

    (1 vote)

  • 20%

    Oliver Schmid spins, spins and wins

    (1 vote)

  • 20%

    13-second knockout of Vince Bembe

    (1 vote)

  • 0%

    Other (leave a comment below)

    (0 votes)

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