Marcin Wrzosek’s arm is broken instead of falling: Missed fists


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 times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day.

As regular readers know, one of the most important kudos we give out every week is the coveted (well, coveted by one half of the matchup) Humpty Dumpty Award that goes to the fighter who caused the most impressive and often darkly hilarious knockout reaction. That’s certainly the theme of this week as several winners left their losing opponents sprawled out in a way that defied anatomical convention.

Before getting to them, however, it is important to start with something that is not funny.

(Big thanks as always to @Barrelelapierna for their weekly lists of the best KOs and submissions, and to @Grabaka_Hitman for uploading many of the clips you see here. If you have the time, give them a like and join ‘s Patreon . )

Piotr Szeliga vs. Marcin Wrzosek

Quick warning: Broken arm incoming.

You may proceed.

From a Fame MMA show in Krakow, Poland, this past Friday, that’s KSW veteran and The Ultimate Fighter 22 cast member Marcin Wrzosek suffering a nasty injury as he attempted to break his fall in a kickboxing match (with MMA gloves). You would think a man who is well-versed in the mixing of the martial arts would know better than to post like that during a fall, but these things happen in combat sports.

Instant recognition from Wrzosek and the referee fortunately, so this bout was waved off soon after.

Fortunately, Wrzosek appears to be in good spirits and looking forward to running it back with Szeliga.

Now, on to the week’s real Humpty Dumpty winners.

Cameron Smotherman vs. Peter Caballero
Abdul Kamara vs. Shane Torres

UFC Fight Pass brings us our first proper set of knockouts, with Fury FC’s Cameron Smotherman leading the way.

This was just so beautiful, that we took it to multiple places.

Peter Caballero worked hard on the right hook, before going right in Smotherman’s power left. You can be knocked stiff or you can do what Smotherman did Caballero.

Smotherman has been absolutely cooking in Fury FC’s bantamweight division, going 4-1 in 2022 and now breaking out this stunner to open his 2023 campaign. The Texas-based talent will soon be leaving the promotion because of its size and power.

The only man to beat Smotherman last year? Shane Torres was also fighting on the card. Unfortunately for Torres, his luck has since turned as he’s been knocked out in back-to-back fights, including in this setback against Abdul Kamara.

With just seconds remaining in the first round, Torres threw a kick that he was just a touch slow to retract, and Kamara didn’t miss the window given to him. Kamara appears to have started unloading just before Torres released his kick. Kamara might just be on the right side for a coin flip.

Kleberson Tavares vs. Andre Vieira
Guilherme Doin vs. Samuel Silva
Jose Enrique Silva vs. Alan Silva
Marcel Adur vs. Rodrigo de Moura

Also on UFC Fight Pass, we had finishes galore at Shooto Brasil 115 in Rio de Janeiro.

Kleberson Tavares was straight windmilling in this sequence, and while it looked a little silly, he’s a heavyweight, and that means he only has to land one big shot.

I’m not going to lie. There’s quite a bit of gray in Tavares beard. That’s how I would expect him to fight.

Speaking of windmilling: Samuel Silva was drooling in Guilherme Donin’s loss to Guilherme. He got rocked to death by a quick kick to the dome.

The “bring it On” gesture, which was the classic sign of a moment that would lead to disaster, was

. Doin smelled blood and uncorked a right that had Silva kissing canvas.

Next, Jose Enrique Souza (welterweight) will be taking down an amazing knee knockout of Alan Silva.

Souza is listed at 6-foot-4 and, again, competes at 170 pounds. Although he’s not Wally Herndon, it’s a good measurement and something that his potential opponents will worry about.

Knee awareness is an important part of defense, regardless of what weight class you’re in, though I’m not sure that would have mattered in this next clip.

Rodrigo de Moura was unable to stop Marcel Adur from getting going. If the front kick and the clean combination that followed didn’t do it, then Adur made sure he had a flying knee up his sleeve to finish the job.

Temirkhan Temirkhanov vs. Viktor Azatyan

Love this progression of strikes from Temirkhan Temirkhanov.

Watch as Temirkhanov performs his highlight reel head kick at an RCC event held in Yekaterinburg (Russia). A right lands on the button, making Viktor Azatyan’s knees wobble. Temirkhanov waits a beat then lands a left hook. Azatyan is dazed and instinctively does a counterpunch to Temirkhanov’s next move. However, he was beaten quickly by a head kick.

Make that five straight wins for “Tank.”

Yousri Belgaroui vs. Bogdan Kotlovyanov

It wasn’t just face-plants or mummifications that took place this weekend. At Levels Fight League 7 in Amsterdam, Yousri Belgaroui broke out the crossbow and sniped Bogdan Kotlovyanov with a bolt right to the ribcage.

This is the low-key Humpty Dumpty frontrunner. Kotlovyanov has called for the ref before he even touches the ground. That makes it stand out from the rest.

Viskhan Kurkaev vs. Finn Larsson

At German MMA Championship 32 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Viskhan Kurkaev went Full Phenom with this incredible rush of strikes.

Kind of impossible for Finn Larsson to be saved by a ref, which is why he ended up on the floor in a pile.

Jean Silva vs. Valdemir Cardoso

Jean Silva caught his opponent in a tough spot as he did not give Valdemir cardoso a moment to breath in the main bout of a Spartacus MMA show in Sao Paulo.

Cardoso got his hands entangled in the fence. It looked as if he had lost his senses.

Damian Fernandez vs. Carlos Marquez

You may noticed a theme with the finishes this week, that most of them are the result of a fighter getting rocked first as opposed to just getting one-shot KOd. This continues with Damian Fernandez noticing that Carlos Marquez had been hurt and giving him whiplash.

Almanbet Abdyvasy Uulu vs. Arturbek Mamyrov

Closing out the Humpty Dumpty Awards — and please remember there are no losers here (uh, other than the poor guys on the receiving end of these hammer blows) — is Almanbet Abdyvasy Uulu at Octagon League 40 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Credit to his opponent Arturbek Mamyrov, who appeared to have a plan, that plan being to roll with the punches and counter. At some point, you have to actually fire back, though, which Mamyrov did not. With free reign to go off, Abdyvasy Uulu reduced Mamyrov to a training dummy with a right hand straight across the chin.

What do you think?

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