Missed Fists: Game of Thrones ‘Mountain’ wins boxing match, Pavel Pinzul scores 4-second knockout, more

Devon Larratt and Hafthor Bjornsson at a boxing match in Dubai on Sept. 18, 2021. | iFL TV, YouTubeWelcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day. This week we check in on some old Missed Fists friends, but before we get to that, let’s see how boxing has been going for the most dangerous man in the Seven Kingdoms. (Big thanks as always to @Grabaka_Hitman for uploading many of the clips you see here. Give them a follow and chip in on Patreon if you can.) Hafthor Bjornsson vs. Devon Larratt Hafthor Bjornsson’s combat sports destiny was locked in years ago when he stood toe-to-toe with Conor McGregor and while we shouldn’t expect to see the Game of Thrones star step inside the cage anytime soon, he’s working on getting comfortable between the ropes. “The Mountain” was featured in a showcase boxing bout this past Saturday in Dubai, where he ended up fighting 46-year-old arm wrestling champion Devon Larratt after Bjornsson’s originally scheduled opponent Eddie Hall withdrew from the event (h/t Bloody Elbow) last month. That was a bad break for Bjornsson as he’d been building up to a fight with his fellow Strongman champion for a while. There’s not much to see in this one as Larratt is clearly just trying not to get hurt here, which is smart, and Bjornsson is just looking to get some ring time in. This one doesn’t get past the first round though, so I’m not sure how much anyone learned from this. Afterwards, Bjornsson called for the Hall fight to be re-booked, which could happen early next year. Pavel Pinzul vs. Roman Belogurov Now for the highlight of the week, Pavel Pinzul’s four-second (FOUR SECONDS) knockout of Roman Belogurov: FOUR SECOND KO by Pavel Pinzul over Roman Belogurov. Holy shit #MixFight pic.twitter.com/X2MnZhphnv— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 18, 2021 Pinzul’s mind-blowing KO took place at a Ukraine Mix Fight Promotions, which I only know because of information from MMA On Point’s Caposa’s Corner feature as a cursory search for the promotion provides little more to work with. This is some dark web stuff here, folks. And some dark matchmaking, as Belogurov was clearly brought in to take a hit here. Belogurov suffered his 15th straight loss, dropping to 7-18 with all of his losses coming by way of knockout (6) or submission (12). Pinzul, on the other hand, has already been featured in Missed Fists, which makes him a certified assassin. A full replay of the Ukraine Mix Fight Promotions event is available on YouTube (h/t @CollisonMMA). Asa Ten Pow vs. Earnest WallsRoy Echeverria vs. Kenneth SabinoNate Williams vs. Christian YnastrillaVictor Dias vs. Ryskulbek Ibraimov At Titan FC 72 in Miami (available for replay on UFC Fight Pass), Asa Ten Pow made an impressive and hilarious pro debut with this first-round TKO of professional enhancement talent Earnest Walls. Dominant finish in his pro debut... #TitanFC72 Asa Ten Pow via TKO Round 1 (2:53)[ @TitanFighting | LIVE NOW | on UFC FIGHT PASS ] pic.twitter.com/9drJGPa0yJ— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) September 18, 2021 Lopsided wins like this are usually not something to laugh at, but you have to at least smile at Ten Pow knowing that he’d already scored the finishing combination and then doing the bare minimum ground-and-pound to prompt the stoppage. Walls has now lost 16 straight fights, staying a step ahead of Belogurov’s streak. His record fell to 2-19 and according to Tapology he’s scheduled for a boxing match on Saturday. Bad. If Walls’ name sounds familiar at all, he was also on the wrong end of a highlight-reel spinning heel kick KO two months ago, courtesy of Roy Echeverria. Titan FC lined up another overwhelmed opponent for him, 0-2 Kenneth Sabino, and Echevarria continued to what he does best. ᴜɴʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ. ᴜɴᴅᴇꜰᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ. On 2⃣ days notice! #TitanFC72 Roy Echeverria via KO Round 1 (1:07)[ @TitanFighting | LIVE NOW | on UFC FIGHT PASS ] pic.twitter.com/pbyFCDlFui— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) September 18, 2021 Echeverria improved to 6-0 as a pro, but when you consider that two of those wins came against Walls, you have to believe it’s time for him to seek tougher competition. Also at Titan FC 72, Nate Williams had Christian Ynastrilla verbally tapping to a submission hold that was announced as a “spine twister” and Victor Dias showed off some gorgeous jiu-jitsu to break down and submit Ryskulbek Ibraimov. ️ VERBAL TAP! #TitanFC72 [ @TitanFighting| LIVE NOW | on UFC FIGHT PASS ] pic.twitter.com/vSlsAyxC2p— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) September 18, 2021 Victor “Paçoca” Dias armbars Ryskulbek Ibraimov to retain his Titan FC flyweight belt. Look at these insane transitions that led to the finish. pic.twitter.com/jSSENYsRRh— Will (@ChillemDafoe) September 18, 2021 With his win, Dias recorded his first successful defense of his Titan FC flyweight title.

Missed Fists: Game of Thrones ‘Mountain’ wins boxing match, Pavel Pinzul scores 4-second knockout, more
Devon Larratt and Hafthor Bjornsson at a boxing match in Dubai on Sept. 18, 2021. | iFL TV, YouTube

Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day.

This week we check in on some old Missed Fists friends, but before we get to that, let’s see how boxing has been going for the most dangerous man in the Seven Kingdoms.

(Big thanks as always to @Grabaka_Hitman for uploading many of the clips you see here. Give them a follow and chip in on Patreon if you can.)

Hafthor Bjornsson vs. Devon Larratt

Hafthor Bjornsson’s combat sports destiny was locked in years ago when he stood toe-to-toe with Conor McGregor and while we shouldn’t expect to see the Game of Thrones star step inside the cage anytime soon, he’s working on getting comfortable between the ropes.

“The Mountain” was featured in a showcase boxing bout this past Saturday in Dubai, where he ended up fighting 46-year-old arm wrestling champion Devon Larratt after Bjornsson’s originally scheduled opponent Eddie Hall withdrew from the event (h/t Bloody Elbow) last month. That was a bad break for Bjornsson as he’d been building up to a fight with his fellow Strongman champion for a while.

There’s not much to see in this one as Larratt is clearly just trying not to get hurt here, which is smart, and Bjornsson is just looking to get some ring time in. This one doesn’t get past the first round though, so I’m not sure how much anyone learned from this. Afterwards, Bjornsson called for the Hall fight to be re-booked, which could happen early next year.

Pavel Pinzul vs. Roman Belogurov

Now for the highlight of the week, Pavel Pinzul’s four-second (FOUR SECONDS) knockout of Roman Belogurov:

Pinzul’s mind-blowing KO took place at a Ukraine Mix Fight Promotions, which I only know because of information from MMA On Point’s Caposa’s Corner feature as a cursory search for the promotion provides little more to work with. This is some dark web stuff here, folks.

And some dark matchmaking, as Belogurov was clearly brought in to take a hit here. Belogurov suffered his 15th straight loss, dropping to 7-18 with all of his losses coming by way of knockout (6) or submission (12). Pinzul, on the other hand, has already been featured in Missed Fists, which makes him a certified assassin.

A full replay of the Ukraine Mix Fight Promotions event is available on YouTube (h/t @CollisonMMA).

Asa Ten Pow vs. Earnest Walls
Roy Echeverria vs. Kenneth Sabino
vs. Christian Ynastrilla
Victor Dias vs. Ryskulbek Ibraimov

At Titan FC 72 in Miami (available for replay on UFC Fight Pass), Asa Ten Pow made an impressive and hilarious pro debut with this first-round TKO of professional enhancement talent Earnest Walls.

Lopsided wins like this are usually not something to laugh at, but you have to at least smile at Ten Pow knowing that he’d already scored the finishing combination and then doing the bare minimum ground-and-pound to prompt the stoppage.

Walls has now lost 16 straight fights, staying a step ahead of Belogurov’s streak. His record fell to 2-19 and according to Tapology he’s scheduled for a boxing match on Saturday. Bad.

If Walls’ name sounds familiar at all, he was also on the wrong end of a highlight-reel spinning heel kick KO two months ago, courtesy of Roy Echeverria. Titan FC lined up another overwhelmed opponent for him, 0-2 Kenneth Sabino, and Echevarria continued to what he does best.

Echeverria improved to 6-0 as a pro, but when you consider that two of those wins came against Walls, you have to believe it’s time for him to seek tougher competition.

Also at Titan FC 72, Nate Williams had Christian Ynastrilla verbally tapping to a submission hold that was announced as a “spine twister” and Victor Dias showed off some gorgeous jiu-jitsu to break down and submit Ryskulbek Ibraimov.

With his win, Dias recorded his first successful defense of his Titan FC flyweight title.

Jad Alkhatib vs. Joseph Rhodes

Coming in a close second for Submission of the Week is amateur flyweight Jad Alkhatib.

From World Class Fight League 30 in Tampa, Fla.:

Von Flue’s are always great, but what I like about this one is that it doesn’t seem like one of those situations where the victim was caught off guard. Joseph Rhodes knew he was in trouble, but Alhatib had his arm completely trapped and it was just a matter of finishing the hold from there. The only real mistake Rhodes made was not tapping out.

Viktor Kolesnik vs. William Dias
Yakov Ekimov vs. Cleuber Cabral
Nikola Drljaca vs. Aleksandar Milovanovic

Over at Serbian Battle Championship 35: MMA Series 40, Viktor Kolesnik, Yakov Ekimov, and Nikola Drljaca brought the pain.

Kolesnik, a former M-1 Global standout who’s always good for an exciting scrap, blasted William Dias with a nasty knee in the second round to capture a vacant featherweight title.

Watch that clip again. Does Dias avoid a single strike thrown his way? Bold strategy, it did not pay off.

Bantamweight Yakov Ekimov also turned a man’s lights out, clobbering Cleuber Cabral with elbows.

Great finish, dinged slightly by the referee being out of position at first. What was he looking at?

And yes, you’ve read Ekimov’s name in these parts before as just two months ago we saw him knee Douglas Felipe into oblivion. Ekimov is 11-0 now and big show-bound any day now.

Nikola Drljaca (5-2) is probably more than a few fights away from a call-up, but how can you not appreciate this kind of creativity?

You might scoff and ask, “How could someone be caught by a backhand like that? Haven’t they ever been in a fight?” The answer would be no. This was Aleksandar Milovanovic’s pro debut and what a debut it was.

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Let’s head back to UFC Fight Pass to wish a fond farewell to 36-fight veteran Matt Bessette, who went out on a high note at Classic Entertainment & Sports 64 in his hometown of Hartford, Conn.

Bessette defeated Ryan Dela Cruz by third-round submission to capture a vacant lightweight belt and afterwards he announced his retirement.

Bessette went 0-2 in his UFC run, but otherwise put together a solid career that also included several appearances for Bellator. He retires with a 25-10 (1 NC) record.

For more, make sure to check out Mike Heck’s , which features an extensive interview with Bessette.

Lastly this week, bit shout-out to RIZIN for putting all of its fights from this past weekend on YouTube. With both UFC and Bellator going down on Saturday, it’s understandable if you missed out on the action, but now is your chance to catch up.


If you know of a recent fight or event that you think may have been overlooked, or a promotion that could use some attention, please let us know on Twitter – and – using the hashtag #MissedFists.

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JOHN BAER/NETFLIX © 2021In order to prepare Halle Berry for their fight scenes in the upcoming Netflix movie Bruised, UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko had to put the Oscar-winning actress through the wringer. Because mixed martial arts is such a skilled sport that requires nothing less than grueling physicality, Shevchenko and Berry had to endure a training camp together that wasn’t all that different from the kind of preparation that goes into a fight in the UFC. While Berry is a longtime fan of the UFC, watching and doing are two totally different things, which is why Shevchenko poured hour after hour into their training sessions ahead of filming. “If you are speaking about training, she went not only like just a few months for this movie. She went all of this training for a couple of years,” Shevchenko explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “She was training like three or four years. She was training muay Thai. She was training jiu-jitsu. She did a lot of preparation before the movie started. “That’s why about her toughness, I can say a lot. We were training leading into the [filming]. Filming days, we were training in New York for about two months and every single day we were working five hours straight, no rest. We were working different combinations, striking, punching, everything. She was doing this same every month. No resting, no saying anything, just doing it.” In previous interviews, Berry has talked about the punishment she endured to not only get ready for the movie but then actually going through the fight scenes once production was underway. The 55-year-old actress said she actually suffered broken ribs from one particularly tough scene that happened during filming but despite the injury, she found a way to keep pushing through until the movie was completed. “You have to make it not only look real, you have to actually do it real,” Shevchenko explained. “The tiny line between a real fight and a movie fight, you have to work with your partner to feel each other. You have to feel each other to make her confident that it looks like you are throwing with your whole power but you have to know that you’re never going to damage her. But definitely when it’s filming days, we were working for like 12 hours straight doing all the sequences and everyone was tired and definitely it was a lot of pressure. Physical pressure. “When you are tired, this is when injuries happen because you are kind of like defending the same way that you have to and it’s the same everywhere. When you’re tired, very tired, it’s more chances you’re going to get injured. We did real sparring. We did real training for the fight scenes in the movie. It was an amazing experience working with her.” While nobody was actually getting beat up during production, Shevchenko and Berry definitely had to orchestrate a fight that would look real enough on camera to then be convincing to an audience. That means there were at least a few errant punches or kicks that landed despite everybody’s best efforts to make it look good without really exchanging strikes. In those moments, Shevchenko admits she was really impressed with Berry and wondered if maybe in another life the actress could have actually pursued a career in mixed martial arts. “I’m honest. She has a lot of power,” Shevchenko said about Berry. “She has a lot of flexibility. She catches techniques very quick, very fast. She has everything. She has everything for being a fighter.” Because Berry also served as the director on the film, she was involved in every facet of production, which made the hands on approach to the fight scenes that much better. Despite it being her first film role, Shevchenko is more excited than nervous to see the finished product once Bruised lands on Netflix on Nov. 24. “Nervous? Definitely no,” Shevchenko said. “I saw myself on screen how I look there, it’s kind of angry. A lot of fury in there. I’m very excited. I’m very excited to see the full movie. “I know what it’s about but I’ve never seen it completed since it’s already edited and ready to see. Yeah definitely, I’m excited to see it.”

Video: Valentina Shevchenko praises Halle Berry after training together for upcoming film: ‘She has a lot of power’
JOHN BAER/NETFLIX © 2021

In order to prepare Halle Berry for their fight scenes in the upcoming Netflix movie Bruised, UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko had to put the Oscar-winning actress through the wringer.

Because mixed martial arts is such a skilled sport that requires nothing less than grueling physicality, Shevchenko and Berry had to endure a training camp together that wasn’t all that different from the kind of preparation that goes into a fight in the UFC.

While Berry is a longtime fan of the UFC, watching and doing are two totally different things, which is why Shevchenko poured hour after hour into their training sessions ahead of filming.

“If you are speaking about training, she went not only like just a few months for this movie. She went all of this training for a couple of years,” Shevchenko explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “She was training like three or four years. She was training muay Thai. She was training jiu-jitsu. She did a lot of preparation before the movie started.

“That’s why about her toughness, I can say a lot. We were training leading into the [filming]. Filming days, we were training in New York for about two months and every single day we were working five hours straight, no rest. We were working different combinations, striking, punching, everything. She was doing this same every month. No resting, no saying anything, just doing it.”

In previous interviews, Berry has talked about the punishment she endured to not only get ready for the movie but then actually going through the fight scenes once production was underway.

The 55-year-old actress said she actually suffered broken ribs from one particularly tough scene that happened during filming but despite the injury, she found a way to keep pushing through until the movie was completed.

“You have to make it not only look real, you have to actually do it real,” Shevchenko explained. “The tiny line between a real fight and a movie fight, you have to work with your partner to feel each other. You have to feel each other to make her confident that it looks like you are throwing with your whole power but you have to know that you’re never going to damage her. But definitely when it’s filming days, we were working for like 12 hours straight doing all the sequences and everyone was tired and definitely it was a lot of pressure. Physical pressure.

“When you are tired, this is when injuries happen because you are kind of like defending the same way that you have to and it’s the same everywhere. When you’re tired, very tired, it’s more chances you’re going to get injured. We did real sparring. We did real training for the fight scenes in the movie. It was an amazing experience working with her.”

While nobody was actually getting beat up during production, Shevchenko and Berry definitely had to orchestrate a fight that would look real enough on camera to then be convincing to an audience.

That means there were at least a few errant punches or kicks that landed despite everybody’s best efforts to make it look good without really exchanging strikes.

In those moments, Shevchenko admits she was really impressed with Berry and wondered if maybe in another life the actress could have actually pursued a career in mixed martial arts.

“I’m honest. She has a lot of power,” Shevchenko said about Berry. “She has a lot of flexibility. She catches techniques very quick, very fast. She has everything. She has everything for being a fighter.”

Because Berry also served as the director on the film, she was involved in every facet of production, which made the hands on approach to the fight scenes that much better.

Despite it being her first film role, Shevchenko is more excited than nervous to see the finished product once Bruised lands on Netflix on Nov. 24.

“Nervous? Definitely no,” Shevchenko said. “I saw myself on screen how I look there, it’s kind of angry. A lot of fury in there. I’m very excited. I’m very excited to see the full movie.

“I know what it’s about but I’ve never seen it completed since it’s already edited and ready to see. Yeah definitely, I’m excited to see it.”

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