Fight News: Figueiredo's weight issues, Todd gets nod over Stamp and MORE
All the latest combat news from around the fight world.
Deiveson Figueiredo beat Joseph Benavidez in their flyweight championship fight over the weekend, but the title remained vacant. The Brazilian weighed in two and a half pounds over the flyweight limit and was ineligible to win the belt.
Weight issues aside, the stoppage was uncontroversial. A head clash opened a gruesome cut over the eye of Benavidez and some clean striking by Figueiredo put the perennial challenger out of the running in the second round.
What happens now with the title and the division is anyone’s guess.
One Championship’s atomweight kickboxing title changed hands in front of a closed area at King of the Jungle in Singapore. Janet Todd beat Champ Stamp Fairtex in a high paced and entertaining split decision. The rematch played out much like their first fight with both women happy to find their way to the pocket and trade combination work.
Todd had the better of the exchanges early and was able to stay competitive as the Thai champ rallied in the later rounds.
The judges could easily have gone either way but this time it was the American who got the nod. Don’t be surprised if we see a third episode of this series in the near future.
Sam A Gaiyanghadao’s pursuit of the inaugural strawweight muay thai title was less close as he treated opponent Rocky Ogden to a lesson in hard, clean striking to capture the new belt.
The former flyweight muay thai and current strawweight kickboxing champ worked his Australian practice dummy over in emphatic fashion. The textbook head/body barrage was just too much for Ogden to handle and he was repeatedly left reeling from the Thai champion’s onslaught.
Gaiyanghadao now holds both the kickboxing and muay thai titles at strawweight.
Earlier in the night MMA celebrity Yoshihiro Akiyama put on a vintage display, knocking Sherif Mohamed out cold with a back stepping right reminiscent of peak Anderson Silva. No-one is saying the 44 year old sexy Yama is back, but it was nice to see the charismatic Japanese athlete get a classy victory.
And Kimihiro Eto locked in a savage rear-naked choke on Amir Khan to reinforce the former star prospect’s mid-career slump. After a bright start, Khan has now fallen to four losses from his last five fights.
In the boxing, after waiting over a year for the Fury Wilder rematch, it appears we’ll be getting the trilogy in next to no time.
Surprising nobody, Deontay Wilder officially triggered his rematch clause with new champion Tyson Fury this week. What is more surprising is that the fight may happen in mere months. Fury’s US manager, Bob Arum, told ESPN on Sunday that the plan was to have the fight on July the 18th.
"We realized that date was the favourite of both ESPN and Fox because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight," Arum said.
That puts the third fight less than a month after Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev throw down at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
AJ took to Twitter to announce that he and the Bulgarian challenger have confirmed a June 20th date. This means that the heavyweight belt cycles would be in sync for an Undisputed fight in time for Christmas. It feels good to dream.
And Total Combat’s latest hero is teenage wrestler Heaven Fitch. Fitch has become the first female in North Carolina’s history to win the individual wrestling state championships. She beat out 54 boys to take the number one spot at 106 pounds with an 11-3 major decision in the final.
“I just wrestled my best, and I kind of dominated the match, if I’m being honest,” Fitch said of the win. Because she’s a legend.
Megan Anderson took a performance bonus at UFC Fight Night 169 for her nose flattening right hand on Norma Dumont. Fight of the night went to Kyler Phillips and Gabriel Silva while the other fifty grand went to Jordan Griffin for his kooky guillotine finish.
Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao crushed Serhiy Adamchuk’s championship dreams again at Glory 75 in Utrecht. The doctor stepped in to give Yousri Belgaroui the win in the co-main.
In the boxing, Mikey Garcia picked up his first win at 147 with a decision over Jesse Vargas. Roman Gonzalez became a champion again, handing Kal Yafai his first loss with a 9th round stoppage. And Julio Cesar Martinez decisioned Jay Harris to defend his flyweight belt.