Talking Points | Power Slap 6: KO Chris vs Muniz

See Which Strikers And Storylines We Are Paying Close Attention To After Power Slap 6: KO Chris v Muniz

Power Slap 6 is in the rearview mirror, and it was a star-studded event, featuring just about everything. Here’s which strikers and storylines we are talking about after what happened at Durango Casino & Resort.

Lightweight Dominance

As soon as the Power Slap team can field a full slate of ranked lightweights, Robert Trujillo is going to be the go-to guy when they introduce a belt at 155 pounds. Trujillo has been building on performance after performance, knocking out each of his last four opponents.

His latest win by KO came against Dallas Marron at Power Slap 6. “The Real Deal” ate a first-round strike from Marron and closed the show on his second strike. Trujillo is 4-1 in Power Slap competition, and he clearly has the power and the defense to live up to his nickname.

Vern Cathey Gets Back To Business

Once considered the most feared striker in the light heavyweight division, it’s been tough sledding for Vern Cathey as of late. He put all that behind him at Power Slap 6 when he knocked out newcomer Delvin Hamlett with a tremendous second-round strike.

Cathey admitted that he needed that win in a big way, and it will likely give him a confidence boost heading into his next match.

The win pushed Cathey up three ranking spots to No. 4 and gets him back on track to getting a shot at the Power Slap light heavyweight title.

“The King Of Kings” Backs Up The Talk

Ryan Phillips is one of the most entertaining strikers in the sport. The heavyweight contender has been on the sidelines waiting his chance to get to the podium and make some noise – and he did just that at Power Slap 6.

Phillips went toe-to-toe with former heavyweight title challenger Nate Burnard, and after dropping Burnard in the first (Phillips was called for a stepping foul), he went back to the well with an equally devastating strike in the second round. The strike was all she wrote and likely puts Phillips in the driver’s seat for a chance at a heavyweight title shot when champion Damien Dibbell is ready to go.

Controversy In The Co-Main Event

Sheena Bathory has quickly become one of the biggest stars in the sport thanks to viral moments at the striker’s podium. “The Hungarian Hurricane” knocked out her first two opponents, setting up a match with professional MMA fighter Jackie Cataline.

Cataline won the coin toss and elected to strike first. Sheena was smiling the whole time that Cataline measured, then “The Hybrid” landed an earth-shattering strike that knocked Bathory out cold. Everyone in the arena was losing their mind, and while Cataline was celebrating her moment, the strike went under review. It was deemed that Cataline committed a clubbing foul on the strike – therefore giving Bathory the win due to disqualification.

Cataline took off and went to the back once she found out, only to return after the final decision was read. She got a resounding ovation from the Power Slap fans.

Despite losing the match, it really felt like Cataline won the night, and it’ll be interesting to see what Power Slap does with her and Bathory going forward.

A New Welterweight Champion

Up until Power Slap 6, Christapher “KO Chris” Thomas had looked invincible. He was 5-0, winning each time he stepped onto the Power Slap stage by knockout. Emanuel Muniz, who started out as a middleweight but moved down a weight class, didn’t have the kind of wins that Thomas had on tape, but the California native knew that wouldn’t matter once they met at the striker’s podium.

Much was made about the beef between Thomas and Muniz, making the Power Slap welterweight title match even more high stakes.

Muniz embraced the pressure, winning each round and putting an exclamation point on the match by knocking Thomas out in the fifth and final round. It was an incredible way to become the champion and sets Muniz up for a handful of fun matches as he looks to make 2024 the year of “No Love.”

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