April 27 was a busy night for combat sports for both MMA and boxing.
Daniel Dubois and Richard Lartey fought out an absolute thriller that has got social media buzzing.
Being a quick finisher, Dubois came out of the gates swinging, however, Lartey didn’t go anywhere and weather the early storm.
The heavyweight contest was an absolute thriller, both men showed their technical skills and boxing IQ but each punch was banged through the target with knockout spite.
Dubois was the better fighter but for the first time in his meteoric rise, he had to show guts.
There were some phone booth fighting moments with both men taking the other’s best shot and throwing their own. Ultimately though, Dubois’ aggression and superior fitness overwhelmed Lartey, stopping him in round 4.
Dubois has a bright future ahead of him with a massive domestic clash in the works against fellow rising British star, Joe Joyce.
Sunny Edwards defended his WBO European super flyweight title in stylish fashion.
The Sutton native showed classy boxing. He was so confident that he was able to showboat mid combination, whilst walking his man down. Edwards stopped Pedro Matos 28 seconds into round 8.
Nonito Donaire demonstrated why he is the biggest puncher at the lighter weights in a semi-final bout of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.
The pound-for-pound topper launched a vicious right hand-left hook combo for the walk-off KO. He defends his WBA world title and takes another step to The Muhammad Ali trophy.
In the mixed martial arts world, Mike Perry dominated Alex Oliveira on route to a points decision. During round 5, the exciting fan favorite muscled Oliveira into the air, flipped him upside down and dropped him on his head. Perry is never in a dull fight.
The explosive ex-NFL player Greg Hardy demolished Dmitrii Smoliakov in the first round before a middleweight main event.
Sweden’s Jack Hermansson out-pointed Jacare Souza to pick up the biggest win of his career on points.
Bellator 220 was a fraught night of fights. A high level 205 pound bout saw two former foes and previous world champions face-off. England’s Liam McGeary and American Phil Davis rematched.
It was a grinding performance from Davis who broke McGeary’s jaw, forcing him to tap-out in round 3.
The ferocious Ilima – Lei MacFarlane forced a doctor’s stoppage over Veta Artega, opening a massive cut with a vicious ground-and-pound elbow. She remains undefeated as the inaugural Bellator women’s flyweight world champ.
The main event was a welterweight world title fight between veteran Jon Fitch and ‘The Red King’ Rory MacDonald.
Both men played to their individual strengths, Fitch scoring on the ground and MacDonald hurting his man in the stand-up.
This led to a majority draw with the title staying around MacDonald’s waist, however, in the fallout the champion questioned his own desire.
Despite making his name as one of the most game fighters out there and being involved in one of the most brutal title fights ever against Robbie Lawler; MacDonald admitted that he doesn’t have that killer instinct anymore.
In other combat sports news, former UFC lightweight Ross Pearson has announced a move into professional boxing.
It is a great time to be a fan of combat sports.