There was a lot going on the realm of combat sports this weekend, and since none of it involved the UFC, there’s a distinct possibility you missed it. But fear not! Here’s a quick roundup of the somewhat important, somewhat relevant stuff you missed.
1. On Friday, Legacy Fighting Championship 32 went down in Louisiana. Sure, it’s a regional promotion full of fighters working their way up to the major leagues, but sometimes the best time to learn about hot prospects is while they’re still ripening on the vine – and main eventer Thomas Almeida is at this very moment the ripest one of all. Watch the clip below and see his handiwork. The new LFC bantamweight champ will be fighting in the Octagon in no time.
2. GLORY 17 brought high-level kickboxing to SpikeTV and pay-per-view on Saturday night, and though the stand-up striking sport may not be everyone’s cup of tea, many enjoy it. Noteworthy fight results include former PRIDE FC and UFC star Mirko CroCop earning a decision over the younger Jarrell Miller and Strikeforce vet Melvin Manhoef losing the decision to Filip Verlinden.
3. Saturday also saw the 10th installment of the World Series of Fighting go down on the NBCSports network. Women’s strawweight champ Jessica Aguilar pretty much had her way with the over-matched Emi Fujino, Rick Glenn survived featherweight champ Georgi Karakhanyan’s best to break the Armenian’s ribs and snatch his belt, and Renzo Gracie-trained David Branch tapped out Jesse Taylor with a pretty quick D’Arce choke. Branch took home the middleweight belt for his efforts.
4. Last but not least, former Bellator champ Lyman Good stepped back into action at Northeast regional promotion Cage Fury Fighting Championships and crushed his opponent via KO in the first round. When we last saw Good, he was getting laid upon by a wrestler while trying to fight his way into the TUF House for the current season. Hopefully this win signals that he’s back on track.