Missed Fists – Fighter wins Car Jitsu fight with literal seat belt choke


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.

War… war never changes.

But what about combat sports? Yeah, it changes all the time. Including Car Jitsu. Particularly Car Jitsu.

(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. Give them a follow and chip in on Patreon if you can. )

Car Jitsu

No. This is not a fancy Eddie Bravo move. That’s a literal seat-belt choke submission.

Listen, we would never encourage the use of foreign objects in a sanctioned fight, but when the apparatus you’re competing on is a foreign object itself, everything is fair game. We won’t be shaming guys or do anything similar.

If anything, that kind of innovation should be applauded. Think of it as the 2022 version of a young Royce Gracie choking people out with the gi. Except it’s a car seatbelt. Pretty much the same thing, really.

Besides, as always, when offensive maneuvers are developed, defensive counters are soon to arrive:

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Joao Dantas vs. Carlos Bazan

Then again, there’s no substitute for traditional face-punchery, as evidenced by Joao Dantas and Carlos Bazan just throwing hammers at each other at Jungle Fight 112 in Sao Paulo this past weekend.

Dantas pulls away in the first round before Bazan regains control. This was a middleweighty middleweight fight worthy of the UFC octagon.

Admiring this super cut from @Grabaka_Hitman, I’m reminded that if Twitter truly does go away forever, the end of the Caposa account will be our biggest loss by far. No one on the bird site provides a more comprehensive look at the MMA landscape as a whole from week to week and, just as importantly, a history of this absurd business that we all love so much.

So click that link and pay your respects while you can and even if Twitter ends up sticking around for another 50 years, it’s never a bad time to tell someone you appreciate them.

And now, I dry my tears with this sick flying knee knockout by Marcos Degli.

You can watch a free replay of Jungle Fight 112 on YouTube.

Mitch Raposo vs. Flavio Carvalho
Nathan Ghareeb vs. Antonio Castillo Jr.

CES MMA has been such a reliable feeder promotion for the top leagues that its titles are often up for grabs and the most recent beneficiaries of these circumstances are Mitch Raposo and Nathan Ghareeb, both of whom won belts on Thursday.

Raposo hasn’t had much luck pursuing his UFC dreams just yet as he picked up losses on The Ultimate Fighter and Dana White‘s Contender Series. Raposo suffered in both cases as the natural flyweight was competing in an TUF tournament. His Contender Series opponent Jake Hadley lost weight.

Back in a no-nonsense flyweight bout, Raposo took care of business, becoming the new CES flyweight champion with this one-shot bomb of Flavio Carvalho.

Raposo has the talent to fight in the UFC, but it’s not a good idea for him to let his talents develop.

Ghareeb is a winner of six CES fights. He lost a split-decision loss to Dan Dubuque in September. But he went to the title fight with gusto and defeated Antonio Castillo Jr. by a Suloev stretch.

CES 71 is available for replay on UFC Fight Pass.

Talita Bernardo vs. Katharina Lehner

Speaking of fighters who had some bumps in the road in their UFC journey, Talita Bernardo has bounced back from an uneventful octagon run to go 3-0 since parting ways with the promotion. She beat current UFC fighter Lucie Pudilova and has been a standout with Invicta, recording back-to-back submissions including this sweet kimura of Katharina Lehner on Wednesday at Invicta FC 50.

Bernardo lost her first career battle and was outthrown to the wolves by Irene Aldana and Viviane Araujo. It’s not surprising that she wins Invicta Gold and keeps this surge going.

Kaua Fernandes vs. Felipe Pereira
Erik Kelso vs. Donovan Karaffa
Rae Run Lee vs. Micah Lopez

Now, we will be discussing the Humpty Dumpty Falls of the Week segment of the evening.

It will be tough to top Kaua Fernandes’ effort from Shooto Brasil 112 (also available on UFC Fight Pass) as he left Felipe Pereira slumped against the cage.

This is what Israel Adesanya would have been if Marc Goddard had not intervened. This is just an example.

Speaking of Alex Pereira, at Midwest Championship Fighting 23 in North Platte, Neb., Erik Kelso showed off a left hand that would make the new UFC middleweight champion jealous.

OK, maybe not. It’s not terrible for amateur fighting!

Also in amateur action, lightweight Rae Run Lee smoked Micah Lopez with a knee up the middle that left Lopez in an awkward pose afterwards.

That event, Brawl International 2 from Tumon, Guam, is available for free replay on YouTube.

Christian Leroy Duncan vs. Marian Dimitrov
Jim Wallhead vs. Mateusz Figlak

Going back to UFC Fight Pass, let’s check in with Cage Warriors 146 for some good news and then some more good news.

First in the main-event, Christian Leroy Duncan was undefeated. He broke the Cage Warriors middleweight champion curse with an impressive defense against Mateusz Figlak.

That is a sweet finishing combo.

With the win, Duncan became the first fighter to successfully defend the title since Nathias Frederick defeated Jamie Richardson in December 2020, a span of four different champions. Let’s see if Duncan can keep the good times rolling or possibly parlay his success into a call-up from one of the major North American promotions.

In the second fight for the title, an unorthodox champion was crowned.

Remember “Judo” Jim Wallhead? He’s back! In POG — I mean, Cage Warriors form!

You probably remember Wallhead, 38, from a few Bellator appearances at the start and end of the 2010s. He made a successful comeback with Cage Warriors this past July after a three-year hiatus and now he has an interim welterweight title around his waist.

This past weekend saw some tough times for notable fighters. Frankie Edgar lost his shield and Dominick Reyes continued to struggle. But stories such as Wallhead remind us that there is still a lot to enjoy when watching MMA.

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 — @AlexanderKLee — using the hashtag #MissedFists.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/11/18/23466092/missed-fists-fighter-wins-car-jitsu-battle-with-literal-seat-belt-choke-more?rand=96749