Triller FC’s experimental Triad Combat debuted on Saturday night in Arlington, TX.
The hybrid boxing-MMA “team” combat sport was set to answer (probably not once and for all) which was superior, boxing or MMA, by having fighters compete in a triangle shaped ring over two-minute rounds, with clinching allowed — but not wrestling, jiu-jitsu, knees, elbows, foot stomps or kicks.
So boxing with clinches, and spinning back fists and superman punches, basically. A more complete breakdown of the rules can be found in this video breakdown:
Saturday’s first-ever Triad Combat event was headlined by former UFC champion and Bellator MMA athlete Frank Mir, taking on Kubrat Pulev — who was coming off a title fight loss to Anthony Joshua.
Also on the Triad Combat card, some familiar names in UFC/Bellator heavyweight Matt Mitrione, former UFC bad boy Mike Perry, and Bellator mainstay Derek Campos.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson served as coach of Team MMA, while Team Boxing was headed up by Shannon Briggs.
Full results from Saturday’s Triad Combat can be found below. The event kicks off at 8PM ET, live from the Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX, and includes a live performance from metal legends Metallica. The card can be streamed live via Fite.tv
Triad Combat: Mir vs. Pulev Results
Kubrat Pulev def. Frank Mir by TKO, Round 1, 1:59 – 3 points Team Boxing
Alexander Flores def. Matt Mitrione by unanimous decision (68-64, 67-65, 68-64) – 3 points Team Boxing
Mike Perry def. Michael Seals by split decision (65-67, 67-65, 67-65) – 3 points Team MMA
Derek Campos def. Brian Vera by majority decision (65-65, 67-63, 66-64) – 3 points Team MMA
Albert Tumenov def. Scott Sigmon by unanimous decision (70-63, 70-63, 70-63) – 3 points Team MMA
Alexa Culp def. Angelila Hoffschneider by TKO, Round 1, 0:46 – 5 points Team MMA
Harry Gigliotti def. Jacob Thrall by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – 3 points Team Boxing
Team MMA: 14 Team Boxing: 11