So there’s this featherweight from Santa Catarina named Julio Cesar Neves, and he’s an absolute monster. In less than two years of professional competition, Neves has racked up a record of 26-0 (!), with 24 of those wins by stoppage. On Saturday, he picked up his 13th win of the year (!!), and we have a feeling this one will get him noticed by the big leagues.
The fight you see above went down at Watch Out Combat Show 28, where Neves faced Dener Dos Santos. Less than two minutes into the first round, Neves fires a capoeira-style cartwheel kick that immediately sends Dos Santos into falling-tree mode. Your move, Lelo.
And now, in the women’s division, we have a knockout that’s less flashy, more smashy…
On July 27th, atomweight prospect Jinh Yu Frey produced a strong front-runner for WMMA Knockout of the Year at Sugar Creek Showdown 18 in Hinton, Oklahoma, when she put Darla Harris to sleep in the first round. Frey stunned Harris with a hard head kick, then knocked her clean out with a brutal straight-left. As Harris began to topple over in the familiar falling-tree style, Frey fired off another straight left, helping to speed up her opponent’s descent to the mat. The win bumped Frey’s pro record to 2-0. An injury and grad school might postpone her return to the cage, but we hope to see Frey on a bigger stage in the future.