Sanabul Fight News: Week 2
In the world of Bare Knuckle Boxing, Mike Perry took a big decision win in an absolute war over former TUF competitor Julian Lane. Not going to lie, Bare Knuckle is probably the Peanut Butter to Mike Perry’s jelly, it’s perfect for him. Not only is BKFC perfect for Mike Perry, but we saw a new version of jacked Chad Mendes last night as well, getting a fourth round knockout over Josh Alvarez in the co-main event.
Chas Skelly started the excitement with an incredible knockout over Mark Striegl during the prelims. Chas is honestly an amazing fighter, he has very slick grappling, like a wet towel, but this time out he showed some great standup and finished the fight with a knockout in the second round. Chas got on the mic and announced that he may be retiring from the sport, and making the real money with his roofing business, hopefully we get to see him compete again, but if not we wish him the best of luck in his second career!
There was a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding Jessica Rose-Clark and Stephanie Eggars bout during the prelims, and we got to see Stephanie show some very slick grappling and expose Jessica’s weaknesses to take a quick first round submission via armbar. Not sure what’s next for Jessica, but it looks like there is work to be done when it comes to grappling.
After almost a full round of getting rocked by Gabriel Benitez, David Onama stepped up in the featured prelim and got a sweet knockout at the end of the first. David Onama is an amazing prospect to watch in the Featherweight division, and he showed how good his chin is on Saturday night. Assuming he doesn’t want to rely solely on his chin holding up every fight, it looks like there’s some work to be done when it comes to striking defense, but all in all David performed very well and will likely end up in the Featherweight rankings in his next two fights.
Joaquin Buckley and Abdul Razak Alhassan didn’t completely disappoint, but there weren't many that expected this fight to go the distance. There were moments of explosiveness at certain points, but for almost the whole second round Abdul looked as though he was in defense mode, and Joaquin ended up winning the split decision.
The highlight of the night for me was Jim Miller getting a second round knockout over UFC newcomer Nikolas Motta in Jim's 40th UFC fight! Jim tied Donal “Cowboy” Cerrone for second most UFC wins ever, and did it in style. Jim can always be relied on to be a solid opponent, and he isn’t an easy fight for anyone in the division. Jim has incredible grappling and showed some great improvements in his striking on Saturday night. I'm very interested to see how many more wins he can notch under his belt before he hangs the gloves up.
Kyle Daukus impressed as always with a quite easy win over Jamie Pickett, not much to talk about here but Kyle needs some better competition for sure, he is extremely calm and technical, and if his opponents doesn’t have the octagon awareness that he has, it will always be an easy night.
Jamahal Hill is a different type of animal in the Light Heavyweight division, showing yet again how easy it is for him to put your lights out, it definitely proves how power comes from being loose, relaxed, and technical, rather than from “power” and muscles like many think. Jamahal has one-punch power and some amazing range awareness in the octagon, next up for Jamahal could be Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, or maybe a Magomed Ankalaev as he gets closer to the title shot.