Friday night was a hell of a night for one-punch KO’s.
Bellator 157 – Dynamite 2 was one of the promotion’s hybrid MMA/kickboxing shows and it featured brutal one-shot finishes in each of the disciplines. First, Michael Chandler scooped the Bellator lightweight title by starching Patricky Freire a little over two minutes into their MMA bout. Then, in a kickboxing match, Hisaki Kato caused a major upset, destroying Joe Schilling with a brutal spinning back-fist in the second round.
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While those two finishes dominated the headlines, there was another spectacular KO on the night that went a little under the radar.
At Victory Fighting Championship 51, which was aired on UFC Fight Pass, Iowa’s Mike Plazola put himself in the knockout of the year discussion by all-but liquefying poor Anthony Baccam.
A single counter-right-hand completed the job and left Baccam in an awkwardly folded heap on the canvas doing his best impression of Mirko Cro Cop against Gabriel Gonzaga in 2007.
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Plazola’s 10-6 record doesn’t look so pretty on paper, but five of his six career defeats came in his first eight professional bouts and his form as of late has been much better. He has now won seven of his last eight, and each of those wins has come inside the distance.