PFL 2019, Week 2 results/video: 10-second flying knee KO!

While the main card didn’t offer a ton of action, an incredible undercard KO excited fans at the PFL show tonight. Professional Fighters League put on the second event of their 2019 season in the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island tonight, an…

While the main card didn’t offer a ton of action, an incredible undercard KO excited fans at the PFL show tonight.

Professional Fighters League put on the second event of their 2019 season in the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island tonight, and surprisingly enough, the highlight of the whole event came on the undercard.

Two tournament winners from last year started their repeat campaigns with strong wins, while two other hometown fighters kept the crowd happy with wins of their own.

Here’s how it all went down.

Lance Palmer def. Alex Gilpin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Palmer dropped Gilpin with a left hook in the first round, but couldn’t get the sub finish in the aftermath. He spent the next two rounds toying with Gilpin on the ground, but only got three points with a decision win.

Here’s the video of the knockdown:

Chris Wade def. Nate Andrews via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Like the main event, this fight was grappling-heavy, with Wade getting a bunch of takedowns over the first two rounds. Andrews did threaten with an armbar near the end of the fight, but Wade pulled out the decision win for three points.

Andre Harrison def. Peter Petties via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Another fight, another wrestle-fest. That might be a little bit harsh as Harrison only landed three takedowns and looked for a bunch of submission attempts, but was never really close to putting Petties away. Three points to Harrison, who bounced back from his first career loss in good fashion.

Akhmed Aliev def. Carlao Silva via KO (punches) at 2:24 of round 1

In the only main card finish of the night, Aliev crushed Silva with an overhand right and followed it up with enough damage on the ground to get the stoppage halfway through the first round. 6 big points for Aliev.

Here’s the video:

Islam Mamedov def. Ylies Djiroun via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

The closest fight of the main card was how you judge striking vs. grappling. Dijroun was more effective on the feet. Mamedov was more effective on the mat. In the end, control time arguably took it for Mamedov, who took a split decision.

Preliminary Card results

Rashid Magomedov def. Loik Radzhabov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Natan Schulte def. Bao Yincang via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:03 of round 1

Luis Rafael Laurentino def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO at :23 of round 1

Movlid Khaybulaev def. Damon Jackson via KO (flying knee) at :10 of round 1

Check out this video. My word.

Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Midnight Mania! Looks Like Khabib Is Now A … Fight Promoter?

Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Last night, we discussed the relative pros and cons of athletic commissions vs. promotional oversight. Continuing on the topic of fight promotion and conflicts of interest, news has emerged that UFC Lightweight k…

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Last night, we discussed the relative pros and cons of athletic commissions vs. promotional oversight. Continuing on the topic of fight promotion and conflicts of interest, news has emerged that UFC Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is the latest fighter to make the move from combatant to promoter. Oh, and Nurmagomedov happens to currently be suspended by one of those pesky commissions.

While the exact extent of his involvement is still unclear, there are plenty of examples of fighters working the other side of the table. Perhaps the best example right now is the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL), which was founded by Ray Sefo. Sefo was a decorated K-1 veteran with nearly 80 professional bouts. He also competed a few times in mixed martial arts (MMA), even stepping into the cage of his own promotion at one point!

The relationship between promoter and athlete is generally a difficult one. It is one of boss and employee (or technically, independent contractor). The promoter wants to spend as little as possible on fighter salary to keep overhead from swelling to unmanageable levels, while most fighters competing are scraping by with second jobs or supportive families.

I’ll be blunt: dealing with promoters is generally a pain in the ass. Despite their best attempts to act friendly, promoters are not to be trusted! In general, however, promoters/managers/agents who have a combat sports background themselves are more likely to earn the trust of their athletes. At the very least, they have some first-hand knowledge of what goes into a fight camp, causing them to be more understanding towards injuries and other complications.

Unfortunately, that trust can be abused. Bas Rutten is a former champion and legend of the sport. He was also the president of the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF). Though not the same bare knuckle promotion of all the recent Malignaggi-Lobov drama, WBKFF is currently being sued by Chris Leben for stiffing him and failing to honor their contracts.

Fight promotion is an ugly game. Hopefully, Nurmagomedov can help strike the right balance for the both fighters and company.

Insomnia

More fight promotion news! With a bit of luck, this announcement may give us better insight into UFC’s profitability and finances.

Speaking of PFL, I appreciate the promotion’s self-awareness and hope more fight fans tune into its events this season. There are some killer highlights from tonight’s events in the section below!

Body conditioning drills can be fun. When I’ve done the same drill, we tend to go more for volume and extended rib smacks than such big shots, but it looks cooler this way!

Who did this to my boy? Honestly, Sage memes only get better when you’ve experienced his constant joy and enthusiasm in person.

I tend to think the video looks sped up, but it could just be an odd angle.

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Slips, Rips, and KO clips

What did I just say about the Southpaw left kick? Aiming at the head rather than liver means the kick is less likely to land, but the results are spectacular if it does!

One of the most common complaints regarding MMA technique is the general lack of head movement. Below is a clear explanation as to why very few roll like Mike Tyson inside the cage.

Watch Aliev step his right leg all the way forward through his knockout blow: that right hand had the weight transfer of a baseball pitch behind it.

Random Land

Fans tend to be bothered by fouls more than fighters (unless it directly affects one of our buddies). “If the ref doesn’t see it, it’s legal!” is definitely something of a mantra for active competitors … but also F*** Jon Jones!

When helping me with my jab, my first boxing coach once told me to strike the bag as if you were touching a hot pan. This guy took it to a whole new level!

Music from the making of Midnight Mania! I listened to two albums in the making of this article: Nina Simone’s Pastel Blues and Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills, a pair of pretty incredible albums from the ‘60s. Fun fact: the original title of the latter was Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills before Columbia Records declined that option.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

PFL 2 Season 2 Results: Palmer vs. Gilpin

The PFL 2 Season 2 results are coming at you tonight (May 23). In the main event, season one featherweight winner Lance Palmer will take on Alex Gilpin. The co-main event will see Chris Wade do battle with Nate Andrews. Former World Series of Fighting …

The PFL 2 Season 2 results are coming at you tonight (May 23). In the main event, season one featherweight winner Lance Palmer will take on Alex Gilpin. The co-main event will see Chris Wade do battle with Nate Andrews. Former World Series of Fighting featherweight champion Andre Harrison will collide with Peter Petties. We’ll […]

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Highlights: Akhmet Aliev Bombards Carlao Silva With Fists

Akhmet Aliev Bombarded Carlao Silva with a flurry of fists in the first round of their lightweight match up tonight at the Professional Fighters League event. The end came at just 2:24 of the first round. It was the latest in what has been an eventful second event of the PFL’s 2019 season (via PFL […]

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Akhmet Aliev Bombarded Carlao Silva with a flurry of fists in the first round of their lightweight match up tonight at the Professional Fighters League event.

The end came at just 2:24 of the first round. It was the latest in what has been an eventful second event of the PFL’s 2019 season (via PFL MMA Twitter).

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Bisping: Malignaggi ‘deserves to die’ for wearing fedora

Michael Bisping wasn’t a fan of Paulie Malignaggi’s fedora hat at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 press conference. Michael Bisping shared his thoughts on Paulie Malignaggi’s fedora hat he wore to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Champio…

Michael Bisping wasn’t a fan of Paulie Malignaggi’s fedora hat at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 press conference.

Michael Bisping shared his thoughts on Paulie Malignaggi’s fedora hat he wore to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 press conference, and it’s safe to say ‘The Count’ is not a fan of it.

Malignaggi wore the hat to press conference for BKFC 6, ahead of his fight with former UFC veteran Artem Lobov. Things at the press conference started to spiral out of control when Malignaggi hit Lobov over the head with a microphone, and then threatened to break Lobov’s teeth and urinate in his mouth.

Speaking earlier this week on his ‘Believe You Me’ podcast, the worst part about the press conference for Bisping was Malignaggi’s fedora hat.

“Don’t get me started on spitting on him,” Bisping said. “Any motherf—ker that shows up wearing a hat like that deserves to die. It’s as simple as that. I’m sorry. You look like an absolute tit. He looks like a villain out of the Dick Tracy movie. You know what I mean? He might as well have had a pinstripe suit on, that big stupid gangsta hat. Oh my god, it did not look good.” (Transcription via MMA News)

Malignaggi’s fight with Lobov will be his first in over two years, having retired from professional boxing after his last fight in March 2017. Meanwhile Lobov made his BKFC debut last month, when he won a decision after a five-round war with fellow former UFC featherweight, Jason Knight.

“I’m sorry, maybe I don’t get it,” Bisping said. “Maybe I’m not Italian from Brooklyn, or whatever the f—k you say Paulie. Maybe that’s their thing, but I’m telling you, you look like a tw-t. And any man that runs around, I don’t care if you’re at the beach, I don’t care if you’re, whatever past time you are taking part in. If you go out wearing a fedora, you are a c—k. Plain and simple.”

BKFC 6: Malignaggi vs. Lobov will take place on June 22nd at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall in Tampa, Florida.

Faber: TJ Will Return To UFC A Beast Because…

Urijah Faber hasn’t really spoken out about T.J. Dillashaw’s failed drug tests, which prompted “Viper” to vacate his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title and subsequently forced United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) t…

Urijah Faber hasn’t really spoken out about T.J. Dillashaw’s failed drug tests, which prompted “Viper” to vacate his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title and subsequently forced United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) to suspend him for two years.

Now, the leader of Team Alpha Male (TAM) – Dillashaw’s former training grounds – gives his take on T.J.’s situation. And much like how Dominick Cruz feels, Faber says Dillashaw will return to the cage a better version of himself. Urijah, however, doesn’t mean it as a compliment, saying his old protégé will simply figure out a way to cheat the system again.

“He’s going to be a beast,” Faber said during an interview with MMA Tonight (via MMA Fighting). “He’ll put the scientist’s cap back on and figure out how he can have an advantage. That’s the way he plays. It’s one thing if people just cheat. It’s another thing if they cheat and they’re really intelligent about it and they work really hard and they have natural gifts and that’s the scenario here. If you’re going to be a cheat, you may as well be a cheat like that,” he added.

“Now, do I think he’ll be clean? Will there be after effects from whatever he’s been doing all these years? Probably, he’ll have made some gains on that. There’s no doubt that he’ll be a tough guy and people will forget about it like all the other guys who’ve been caught cheating.”

What makes it more personal for Faber – other than their past bitter history – is the fact that Dillashaw used his underhandedness to score two knockout wins over Cody Garbrandt, a TAM loyalist.

“When you have somebody that cheats in a sport like this, not only is it dangerous, especially when they have a temper in practice, it’s unfair,” Faber said. “They’re also lying because they know they are doing something deliberately underhanded. They’re also stealing from people that don’t do it, like myself, [or] a guy like Cody Garbrandt. That’s millions of dollars, massive opportunities, that’s physical health,” he said.

“T.J.’s a master of turning himself into the victim. Like when he kind of got bought off to go and fight for Team Elevation originally – which is cool, go ahead and do that. Then when Conor called him out and called him a snake . . . somehow he turned that around to where he was a victim. . . He became the victim there and now he’s ‘facing the adversity of getting caught doing EPO’ which is like the height of PED use.

Despite T.J.’s apology, Faber says he could’ve owned up to it a bit more.

“There’s no remorse or anything, so that’s kind of hard to see, to be honest. I wish he would just come out and say, ‘Look, this is what I had. I stole, I cheated, I lied.’”

Dillashaw will be able to return to action in 2021, and will return to a vastly different division than when he left it. Aside from having a new champion, it will likely be a bit more stacked if the latest official UFC rankings are any indication of what the future holds for the Flyweight division.