Nate Richardson was crowned the new Fury FC Featherweight Champion on Sunday, defeating “Dana White’s Contender Series” alum Diego Lopes via split decision after a close five-round battle (48-47 Richardson, 48-47 Lopes & 48-47 Richardson). Their fight headlined Fury FC 52, which took place at the Escapade 2001 in Houston, Texas, USA.
Richardson’s best moments of the fight were on the feet, where he provided a high volume of shots that landed at a high rate. Lopes was able to compete in these positions, and was also able to get Richardson to the mat numerous times.
Lopes took Richardson down early in the first round, taking his back and notching numerous minutes of control time from that position. Richardson escaped the position later in the frame, although he was threatened by an armbar attempt on the way out.
Both featherweights connected with a high volume of punches in the second round. Richardson seemingly got hurt halfway through the round, looking rocked and backing up after consuming a shot.
Lopes had a blast of momentum in the third round after the fight paused due to a suspected groin shot. He pressed forward with a series of punches that hurt Richardson. Lopes then got the fight back to the ground, scoring a takedown and taking the back of Richardson again.
The fourth round was mostly on the feet, where Richardson had a good showing with his striking.
Much like the first and third rounds, Lopes scored a takedown early in the fifth round and got on the back of Richardson. Richardson escaped the position quite quickly this time, moving into full guard before getting back to the feet.
Lopes scored a hard shot to start the final minute of the fight, leaving a clinch to land a spinning back elbow.
Richardson was making his Fury FC debut after a four-fight run in LFA. He took a loss in his previous showing, dropping a split decision to now-UFC fighter Fernando Padilla in February.
Lopes appeared on the UFC program “Dana White’s Contender Series” just two months back, losing a technical decision to Joanderson Brito. The defeat snapped a seven-fight winning streak that Lopes had developed from 2018 to 2021.
Richardson Dubbed ‘TMF’ Following Win Over Macario
Shakeem Richardson avenged a loss in the co-main event, submitting Gabriel Macario in the second round with a triangle choke.
Macario scored a takedown halfway through the second round. Richardson was able to quickly apply a triangle choke from his back, causing Macario to tap out after half a minute of the choke being applied.
Richardson was able to hurt Macario in the first round as well, dropping him with an overhand right. Macario recovered from this moment quickly and unloaded with his own strong shots in the next round.
The victory earned Richardson a novelty “Toughest Motherf*****” belt, which the promotion was using for the first time ever. Notable Texas-based artist Trae tha Truth was in attendance for the fight and handed Richardson the belt afterward.
The featherweights had previously met in 2019, where Richardson walked away with a split decision win.
Mowles Dominates Against Campbell, Continues Strong Campaign
Levi Mowles continued his dominant run on Sunday’s co-main event, sweeping scorecards against Bellator alum Johnny Campbell.
Mowles dominated the fight by using his wrestling and grappling skills in all rounds. He got Campbell down early in each frame, allowing him to take controlling positions and look for submissions.
The fight had hectic striking exchanges on the feet for moments, although those clashes were few and far in-between minutes of grappling.
Mowles now has an impressive six-fight winning streak on the regional scene, including wins in LFA and CFFC.
Campbell was coming off an upset win on a Bellator card earlier this year, submitting Henry Corrales in May.
Ishihara Ends Losing Streak, Takes Draw Against Zani
Former UFC fighter Teruto Ishihara settled with a majority draw against Vinicius Zani on Sunday. The results came after two judges scored the fight a draw, with the other scoring the fight as a three-round-to-none win to Zani.
Ishihara had the better striking throughout, often backing Zani up with combinations. Zani succeeded with takedowns in every round, finishing almost every attempt he made.
Zani was deducted a point in the second round after landing his third accidental groin strike. He had a good round despite the setback, scoring a knockdown at one point with an overhand right.
Despite not getting a win, the fight ended a five-fight losing streak that Ishihara had developed since 2018. The streak included his final three UFC appearances and a bout in Fury FC three months back.
Zani was on a three-fight losing streak that included two bouts in Bellator.
Former Fury FC Champ Echeverry Picks Up Win
Fury FC veteran Nico Echeverry picked up a unanimous decision win, defeating Eddie Hoch after three rounds. The clinch and grappling-heavy contest saw Echeverry control most of the fight, clearing scorecards for him.
The former Fury FC Lightweight Champion is now on a two-fight winning streak, including a win he had in June.
Hoch was competing in MMA for the first time since 2014. He had been active in combat sports recently, picking up two wins in bare-knuckle boxing promotion BKFC over the past year.
Moniz Submits Undefeated Walker
Kale Moniz handed Josh Walker his first pro loss on Sunday, finishing him in the second round via rear naked choke.
Moniz showed his grappling skills throughout the two-round bout, often taking dominant positions and attempting submissions before he was later able to end the fight.
Walker had a flawless record of four wins before Sunday, including a win on a Fury FC card in July.
Moniz is now on a three-fight streak of finish wins.
Silva Stops Bialecki With Wild Submission Sequence
Jacob Silva had a wild victory on Sunday, defeating the returning Tyler Bialecki in the first round with a kimura combined with an inverted triangle choke.
The finishing sequence started when Bialecki was dropped and cut open from an upkick from Silva.
Silva then attempted two submissions at once, trying an inverted triangle choke while going for a kimura. Once the kimura was fully applied, Bialecki tapped to end the fight.
Bialecki was making his first appearance in three years. He ended a four-fight losing streak in his previous fight, defeating Adam Acquaviva in 2018.
Silva took a decision loss three months prior, losing to Randy Villarreal on a Fury FC card.
Sadykhov Puts Away Tough Herrera Late
Nazim Sadykhov submitted a tough John Herrera in the final minute of their bout, catching him with a rear naked choke. The win for Sadkyhov came after a long, dominant performance that saw him do damage to Herrera.
Sadykhov was able to flatten Herrera out numerous times, using those positions to unload with punches and submission attempts.
Sadykhov now has a four-fight winning streak. Two of his previous wins happened in notable regional promotion CFFC.
The fight was Herrera’s first pro loss. He had won his Fury FC debut earlier in the year, stopping Paul Garza with strikes.
Main Card (5:30PM EDT / 4:30PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 12: Nate Richardson def. Diego Lopes via Decision, Unanimous (Vacant Fury FC Featherweight Championship)
Bout 11: Shakeem Richardson def. Gabriel Macado via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 3:04) (Vacant Fury FC TMF Championship)
Bout 10: Levi Mowles def. Johnny Campbell via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: Teruto Ishihara vs. Vinicius Zani via Decision, Majority Draw
Bout 8: Nico Echeverry def. Eddie Hoch via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 7: Kale Moniz def. Josh Walker via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 2:16)
Bout 6: Jacob Silva def. Tyler Bialecki via Submission, Kimura (RD 1, 3:49)
Bout 5: Nazim Sadykhov def. John Herrera via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 3, 4:38)
Preliminary Card (Youtube)
Bout 4: Manny Lozoya def. Jonathan Eiland via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 3: Santiago Guzman def. Scotty Juarez via Decision, Split
Bout 2: Josh Thawng def. Tonatiuh Esquivel via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 2:14)
Bout 1: Kaleo Meheula def. Andrew Slater via Decision, Unanimous