Hello and welcome to the first episode of Laying Down Leather to be hosted on Knockdown News! I can’t wait for what the future holds here. For anyone joining us for the first time, Laying Down Leather is the casual blog post discussing my thoughts on events throughout the past week. As usual, there’s a lot to discuss so let’s begin.
As there was no Bellator or UFC on this weekend, the biggest event was ONE Championship’s “Fire & Fury.” I thought their last event was more fun to watch, although this one was good too.
First star: Shoko Sato
The ever-so-experienced Shoko Sato locked in a deep rear naked choke on Kwon Won Il to get a first round win.
Second Star: Lito Adiwang
In what was one of the most brutal fights of the evening, Lito Adiwang was the definition of pressure against Pongsiri Mitsatit, stopping him in the first round with a kimura. But to just talk about the kimura would be a robbery, as he gave Mitsatit quite a beating before then as well.
Third Star: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym
Early in the evening, Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym put on a great Muay Thai performance against Chris Shaw. He strung together great striking combinations, and landed two hard hooks in the final round to secure a knockdown. I look forward to his next pairing.
Fight of the Night: Joshua Pacio vs. Alex Silva
While Joshua Pacio retained his ONE Strawweight Championship, there’s no doubt that Alex Silva put up a good fight against him. Going to the ground many times, Silva matched the pace of Pacio and threatened with a submission many times. Pacio prevailed with a split decision win, although both fighters should be proud of their performance.
Other notes about the event:
- Tatsumitsu Wada bounced back from his loss to Demetrious Johnson in the fall.
- Momotaro had a really close battle with “Baby Shark” Petchdam.
- The show had a lot of decisions on it.
This weekend I’m quite interested in the Jon Jones versus Dominick Reyes pairing. I personally think it should make for an entertaining fight. Besides that however, this card is very weak. Two very top-heavy PPV cards to start UFC’s 2020. Luckily, UFC 248 in March looks like a pretty stacked card.
Late to the party, but Bellator 238 top-to-bottom was a really good card.
Invicta is an underrated card this weekend. Jinh Yu Frey will make her return fight after losing to Ayaka Hamasaki at RIZIN 16 back in June, defending her Atomweight Championship against Ashley Cummins.
Looking to the week ahead
This week will feature late scouting reports of UFC and LFA from last weekend. Surprisingly, this weekend will also feature LIVE coverage of UFC 247! Please look forward to that. If my schedule permits, I’ll be covering ONE Championship’s “Warrior’s Code” show live too.
I can’t cover Invicta live, but I’ll have a report later on.
For anyone who follows my music writing, I should have some stuff out in this hectic week too.
Thanks to everyone joining on this site for the first time. I’m very, very excited about what will happen in the future.