It was the kind of weekend fight fans look forward to for weeks: multiple events showcasing a high-quality fill of mixed martial arts.
On Friday, in Lemoore, Calif., Palace Fighting Championship 13 featured the return of
In short, there was plenty of talent-rich MMA to go around. Here were a few of the highlights:
• I had a nice chat with
About the brewing war of words between his trainer
When I asked him whether he was
He needs to be honest with himself about what's left to accomplish. Liddell always said he fought with the UFC belt on his mind. After decisive losses to three of the best in the division, he can't be sure winning a championship is realistic. And if it's not, why risk stepping back into the Octagon?
• PFC matchmaker
Reis stood as the odds-on favorite to advance, but Soto, a PFC veteran who hadn't needed more than four minutes to win any of his five fights coming in, stifled the crafty Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. A unanimous decision earned Soto $50,000 and a chance in the finals against
(That makes consecutive weeks Bellator has promoted award-worthy fights. If you haven't seen it, check out this come-from-behind gem from
With Soto-Reyes determining the featherweight title, and Imada meeting highly regarded
• It really is great to watch a motivated
When he's not enjoying a few too many beers, Gomi can be downright sizzling. In his time away from Shooto, much of which was spent anchoring Pride's 160-pound division, Gomi veered from a safe, grappling-first approach to one that relied on a sturdy chin, heavy hands and aggression.
He put those skills on display against
This was an important effort from Gomi, who seemed more excited by the win than usual judging by his attitude after the fight. At the age of 30, "The Fireball Kid" appears to be in no rush to get anywhere in particular. Buy if he can rekindle the magic that put him neck and neck with