Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like theres an MMA show every other day.
This time around, were stopping off at scenic Anchorage, Alaska for a five-round title fight, as well as uncovering notable one-round thrillers from Legacy Fighting Alliance, ONE Championship, and Bellator.
Vincent Fricilone vs. Johnavan Vistante
AL: Our first fight of the week sees lightweight titleholder Vincent Fricilone fighting Johnavan Vistante in the co-main event of Alaska Fighting Championship 136, which took place on Jan. 17 and would have been a championship defense were it not for Vistante missing weight. Vistante came into this bout with an unimpressive 8-9 record, though one of those wins came against the ubiquitous Charles Bennett aka Krazy Horse aka Felony. That has to count for something, right?
JM: Who doesnt have a win over Krazy Horse these days?
AL: Vistante is one of the illustrious 36 to beat him!
JM: This is supposed to be a fun, cheery column and youve already made me profoundly sad just a few seconds in. Fortunately, this fight is entertaining enough to distract me from the clawing guilt of MMA fandom you just reminded me of. Yay violence!
Fricilone vs. Vistante is definitely worthy of Missed Fists status. Its a five round, back-and-forth battle that looks a lot like a poor mans version of MacDonald-Lima. After Fricilone grinds on him for the first two rounds, Vistante finally starts getting his hands going midway through the fight and probably would have swept the final three rounds if he didnt Weidman himself after hurting Fricilone in the fifth. I guess theres a reason Vistantes a sub-500 fighter.
AL: Just to clarify, Weidman-ing is when a fighter throws an ill-advised kick that results in them getting taken down back en route to losing what could probably have been a win with better decision making. Its a word with a very specific usage.
Id be remiss if I didnt mention that AFC 136 is taking place in a gym at the Alaska Airlines Center with some of the audience seated at ballroom tables surrounding the cage. The cage announcer is also a boisterous fellow who has a habit of getting on the mic to pump up the crowd in the middle of the fight. This probably isnt new to anyone thats ever attended a regional MMA show.
Lots of great fights last night at @AlaskaFighting #136.Patrick Enslow (@Enslow_P) January 19, 2018
Heres some sights and sounds from Uros Medic, Johnavan Vistante, and Terrence Mitchell tilts. @afc_sarah @KTUUSports Thanks to photographer Michael Nederbrock for the video. pic.twitter.com/gvHLaLKVbd