Holly Holm was arguably the best female boxer in the world when she retired from the sport to pursue a (hopefully) more lucrative career in mixed martial arts. Last night she moved up to 5-0 (all KOs) with a a methodical picking apart of overmatched opponent Nikki Knudsen. At this point it’s not about if but when the UFC signs her – the fine people at Team Jackson’s seem to be building her up slowly but surely and may want another fight or two before Holm hits the big leagues and kicks off a run at Ronda Rousey.
Ready the Roo-simar Paul Harris jokes, here’s an oldie but a goodie from our friends down under. Mixed martial arts in the animal kingdom is a beautiful thing, and if there’s one country that’s going to produce an animal contender capable of Sobral/Palhares hijinks, it’s Australia.
Thighs like Cro Cop, master of the Seagal front leg kick, and giving no fucks in regard to eye poking or the downed opponent rule, this kangaroo is also a not-so-humble submission expert:
“Shhhhhh, shhh… go to sleep, now.”
Note: Fear not, animal lovers! Our loser here doesn’t take a permanent nap.
If the thought of waiting another week to see elite heavyweights punch each other in the effin’ face is just too much to bear, GLORY 11’s got your fix tomorrow with a 4-man tournament for their vacant title, featuring an all top-10 staff of Saki, Ghita, Braddock Silva, and Verhoeven. And they’re now on Spike TV, so you won’t be reduced to a pirate video of a Russian rebroadcast like I was last time.
Headlining the show is a light heavyweight rematch between Tyrone Spong and Australia’s Nathan “Carnage” Corbett. Spong is GLORY’s top dog at 95kg, but Corbett is a multiple time Muay Thai champ who flattened Spong back in 2009, but then NC’d himself by re-attacking just after the ref waved it off. That’s the sole blemish on his record in 28 fights stretching back to 2006, so he should be a serious threat for the surging Spong.
In the co-main event, Canada’s top welterweight prospect Joseph Valtellini (#6) takes on France’s Karim Ghajji (#5), who has literally 10 times as many fights on his resume (!). Also on the card, Errol Zimmerman looks to break his losing streak in the tourney reserve bout, Sergei Kharitonov fights the gigantic Daniel Sam, and the former #1 LHW Danyo Ilunga takes on #6 ranked Michael Duut.
Check out the full card HERE, and Spong and Corbett’s first fight after the jump:
We’re getting a bit gif crazy, even for Fightlinker. But I would be remiss in my duties as a relayer of sweet MMA content if I didn’t share both Dong Hyun Kim’s knockout of Erick Silva and UFC matchmaker Joe (no relation) Silva’s reaction to it.
Bonus gif after the jump: Erick Silva crying blood.
This is why Fox Sports loves Chael Sonnen – they get something like an 11:1 ratio of amusing antics to domestic abuse scandals with him around.