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Every Monday, MMA DieHards takes a look at the upcoming week’s schedule of small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans as well as consensus-ranked fighters. Here’s what’s going down between Jan. 24 and Jan. 30:
Spotlight Event: Titan Fighting Championships 16 (Kansas City, Kan.; Jan. 28)
UFC veteran and No. 23-ranked heavyweight Tim Sylvia (28-6) goes up against TUF 10 alum Abe Wagner (7-3) in a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching…UFC and Dream veteran Jason High (12-3) fights Strikeforce and Bellator vet Rudy Bears (12-6)…UFC veteran Drew McFedries (8-6) meets Strikeforce vet Gary Tapasua (4-1)…UFC and Bellator veteran Rich Clementi (39-17-1) battles Aaron Derrow (4-2)…The event airs live at 10 p.m. ET on HDNet.
Legend Fighting Championship 4 (Hong Kong; Jan. 27)
Legend’s Australian lightweight champion Adrian Pang (17-7-2) defends his title against Yui Chul Nam (10-2-1) in a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching.
Showdown Fights: New Blood (Orem, Utah; Jan. 28)
WEC and Dream veteran Cole Escovedo (16-6) takes on Steven Siler (18-8)…Sengoku and ShoXC vet Brian Cobb (17-6) tangles with Radley Martinez (8-1).
SportFight 29: All In (Grand Ronde, Ore.; Jan. 28)
In a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 January Tussles Worth Watching, EliteXC veteran Tyson Nam (8-3) locks horns with ShoXC vet Jesse Brock (12-5).
Wreck MMA: Strong and Proud (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; Jan. 28)
UFC and Strikeforce veteran Joe Riggs (34-11) squares off with Jordan Mein (18-7) in the evening’s main event…UFC veteran Mark Holst (8-3) takes on Markhaile Wedderburn (9-8)…UFC veteran Kalib Starnes (11-5-1) is slated to face Matt MacGrath (9-4)…The event will air via tape delay on The Score in Canada and live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.
C3 MMA Championship Fights: Rosholt vs. Sursa (Newkirk, Okla.; Jan. 29)
UFC and WEC veteran Jake Rosholt (7-3) scraps with Bellator vet Marcus Sursa (10-6).
Capital City Cage Wars VI (Springfield, Ill.; Jan. 29)
UFC veteran Matt Veach (14-2) goes up against Donavon Winters (5-1).
Elite-1 MMA: Moncton (Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; Jan. 29)
UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn (96-16-7) fights Scott Fraser (3-1).
Full Force Fighting Vol. 1 (Denver, Colo.; Jan. 29)
UFC veteran Rob Emerson (11-9) meets Justin Salas (7-3) in a lightweight championship bout.
Gladiator Challenge: Young Guns 4 (Elko, Nev.; Jan. 29)
UFC and Strikeforce veteran James Irvin (15-8) battles Mike Crisman (9-19).
KSW Extra 2: President Cup (Elk, Poland; Jan. 29)
In a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching, Antoni Chmielewski (20-7) goes up against Vitor Nobrega (10-3)…The show also features an eight-man welterweight tournament.
MMA Xplosion: International Team Challenge (Las Vegas; Jan. 29)
TUF 8 alum and UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes (5-5) fights Damien Knight (3-0) in the evening’s main event…Chidi Njokuani (4-1), brother of WEC veteran Anthony Njokuani, squares off with WEC vet Sidney Silva (8-3)…The event airs live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.
Rage in the Cage 148 (Chandler, Ariz.; Jan. 29)
TUF 8 lightweight winner and UFC veteran Efrain Escudero (14-2) locks horns with Jeremy Larsen (6-1)…Pride veteran Shannon Ritch (46-73) is slated to face Scott Guenther (3-0-1)…WEC veteran Danny Martinez (13-4) meets Aldo Escudero (1-1).
SportFight X: Middle Tennessee Mayhem (Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Jan. 29)
TUF 10 alum and UFC veteran Mike Wessel (8-2) squares off with Bellator veteran Scott Barrett (10-2)…The event airs live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.
Wild Bill’s Fight Night 33 (Duluth, Ga.; Jan. 29)
UFC and Bellator veteran Diego Saraiva (18-10-1) fights Joe Elmore (2-2).
United Glory: World Series 2: Survival (Charleroi, Wallonia, Belgium; Jan. 30)
UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio (31-13) battles Sengoku vet and recent Strikeforce addition Siyar Bahadurzada (18-4-1) in a welterweight tournament semifinal matchup that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching…In the other welterweight tourney semifinal, UFC veteran Roan Carneiro (14-8) scraps with Tommy Depret (8-3).
Palmetto Boxing Promotions: Judgment Day (Columbia, S.C.)
Black Watch MMA: Black Friday (Ashland City, Tenn.)
Bloodsport Championships: Time to Bleed! (El Paso, Tex.)
Cage Titans FC: Mayhem (Randolph, Mass.)
Combat Zone 36: Smashing on The Rock (Salem, N.H.)
School of Hark Knocks 10 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Amateur Elite 2 (Elyria, Ohio)
Brutaal: Genesis (Rochester, Minn.)
Crowne Plaza Episode 1 MMA: Vegas Fight Night (Hampton, Va.)
Dog Eat Dog 4 (Leeds, England)
Evolution Fighting Championships 6 (North Bergen, N.J.)
Fight for Pride (El Paso, Tex.)
Fight Lab MMA: Misery Loves Company III (Charlotte, N.C.)
Fight Night 15 (Vancouver, Wash.)
Fight Night at Fat Daddy’s (Alexandria, Minn.)
ICE 51 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
IT Fight Series (Bellefontaine, Ohio)
Legacy Fighting Championship (Houston, Tex.)
Power Fights 21 (Sandwich, Ill.)
RFO: Battle in the Boro (Streetsboro, Ohio)
South Plains Amateur MMA (Lubbock, Tex.)
Sudden Impact Live: Annihilation (Auburn, Wash.)
United Fighting Federation V: Resurrection (Salina, Kan.)
Valley Fight League 29: Mason Dixon Showdown (Chambersburg, Pa.)
Xtreme Knockout 9 (Arlington, Tex.)
Gladiator 13 (Tokyo)
Pancrase: 2011 Neo-Blood Tournament Qualifiers (Tokyo)
Thanksgiving weekend might have been bare of major events, but this weekend the big promotions make up for it by running events on the same night. This week’s edition of The Closing Bell is devoted almost entirely to predictions for tonight’s fights, though we did take a little time to reflect on Thursday night’s Tachi Palace Fights 7 card. Let’s get started:
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 Predictions
Strikeforce’s latest offering, set to air live on Showtime, has been hit with a number of setbacks due to injury. The promotion not only lost local St. Louis favorite Jesse Finney to an eye injury, but they also lost debuting heavyweight Valentijn Overeem to an elbow injury and NFL star Herschel Walker to a cut under his left eye. The latter two withdrawals left the organization with two holes on their card just days out from the event. Strikeforce has to be credited with doing a nice job of recovering from those losses by securing Mike Kyle as Overeem’s replacement and putting together a short notice bout between Benji Radach and Ovince St. Preux, fresh off a victory over Antwain Britt just two weeks ago.
Preliminary Card: Since there’s never a chance that Strikeforce will give us a peek at the preliminary card fights, I’ll just run through my picks briefly. I see Matt Ricehouse scoring a TKO of Tom Aaron, Coltin Cole claiming victory over Booker DeRousse, Terrell Brown defeating Patrick Cummins, Justin Lawrence dominating former amateur boxer Max Martytniouk in a battle of lightweights making their pro debuts, Fernando Bettega taking a decision over Wayne Phillips, Lee Brousseau earning a decision over Mike Glenn, and J.W. Wright kicking off his pro career with a win over Ben Brown.
Main Card: The loss of Walker on the card doesn’t bother me. He’s one of those “freak show” fighters right now and I think he’d be better utilized as a headliner on the Strikeforce Challengers series if anything, helping to draw more fans to the oft-ignored series. Strikeforce’s loss might actually be a gain for true MMA fans, since we now get a matchup between serious mixed martial artists St. Preux and Radach instead.
That matchup takes place in the light heavyweight division. That’s bad news for Radach, who competes at middleweight and has only seen action twice over the past two years due to his struggles with shaking the injury bug. St. Preux just seems to have momentum on his side. He’s just 8-4 overall, but he’s been on fire in 2010 with five consecutive victories, including four via knockout or TKO. Radach also loves to knock foes unconscious with what he terms Face Smashing Fu, but his last win came against Murilo “Ninja” Rua in 2008. He’s been an inconsistent fighter when he’s been in the ring, which hasn’t been often lately. Radach will be dealing with ring rust, a size disadvantage and a questionable chin. St. Preux continues his 2010 run with a TKO victory in this one.
Kyle has been more of a force at light heavyweight lately, but he’ll move back to heavyweight for a short-notice fight against contender Antonio Silva. A win for Kyle would make him a potential two-division contender in Strikeforce – he already holds a win over Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante – but the odds of a win for him here are still slim. Silva should be able to dominate Kyle on his way to a unanimous decision win.
Robbie Lawler has had his struggles lately and has suffered most of his losses by submission, but I just can’t see him falling to Matt Lindland. Lindland’s last two outings against top-level foes ended in defeat and, most recently, he had some early difficulties with Kevin Casey before putting him away on Strikeforce Challengers 8. Lawler has knockout power and he’ll use it here to turn Lindland’s lights out.
Who doesn’t love the idea of Paul Daley versus Scott Smith? It’s all but guaranteed that someone will be rendered unconscious. Smith can take a lot of punishment and keep coming, but the problem here is that Daley is such a superb striker. This is one situation where Smith’s best strategic move would be to take Daley down, something that I seriously doubt will actually happen. Standing, Daley should pick Smith apart. He just needs to be wary of those fight-changing “Hands of Steel” on which Smith has built his quasi-legend. Smith is the definition of a guy who always has a puncher’s chance, but Daley should walk away with the knockout victory here.
Dan Henderson’s horrible showing against Jake Shields has led many to forget that he entered that match riding a three-fight winning streak with victories over Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping in the UFC. He’s still potentially a dangerous fighter, but he needs to prove that the Shields fight was just a fluke. Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s only loss since 2007 has come against Gegard Mousasi. He’s looking to avenge a majority decision loss to “Hendo” that took place more than 10 years ago. If Henderson is back in form, he could score a knockout or grind out a decision. However, Sobral also has a good chance to pick up the decision win. I could see this one going either way, but I’ll give Sobral the edge.
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale Predictions
Another season of The Ultimate Fighter has come to an end, which means it is Finale time. These cards are always full of competitors from the concluding season of the reality series, but this Finale, set to air live on Spike TV, is special. In addition to marking the end of TUF 12, it also marks the beginning of the influx of talent from WEC. It’s time for the little guys to finally grace the Octagon.
Preliminary Card: The prelim card is a mix of TUF 12 fighter showdowns and WEC imports, with a fight between TUF 11 alum Rich Attonito and Renzo Gracie fighter Dave Branch thrown in for good measure. Nothing really jumps out from this set of matchups, but it’s not a bad bunch of fights by any means.
Cody McKenzie stills holds an undefeated record as a professional since bouts during the reality series fall under the “exhibition” tag. He sure loves that guillotine choke and can be deadly with it, but that’s been his whole arsenal. If Aaron Wilkinson can avoid it, he can probably win every other aspect of the fight. I’m not so sure he can though – all of his losses have come via submission and he even lost twice during the reality series via submission. We’ll see if he’s worked on that submission defense, but until he proves he has I have no choice but to pick McKenzie by – what else? – guillotine choke.
Ian Loveland stepped in for Leonard Garcia to fight Tyler Toner. Turns out it wasn’t an injury replacement, just a reshuffling of the card. I don’t know if this change benefits Toner. Garcia loves to brawl, and his style might have actually benefited Toner. Loveland, a.k.a. the “Barn Owl,” has gone undefeated through six bouts since 2007. That’s a small frequency of fights, but an impressive winning percentage. He’s been knocking foes out lately, but has a submission game as well, which makes him less predictable than Garcia. Still, I like what I’ve seen from Toner and I’m not ready to pick against him, even if Loveland has cracked the bantamweight top 25 rankings. Toner by TKO in a back-and-forth fight.
Sako Chivitchyan has won three of his five pro bouts by submission, but he’s facing a tough grappler in Kyle Watson. Watson also holds an experience advantage over Sako. Sometimes when two fighters share the strength of a good ground game, the fight turns into a standup battle. That’s where Sako could win this fight. But if it heads to the mat, Watson should be able to secure a submission win. I’ll go with the latter choice and say Watson by triangle choke.
Will Campuzano and Nick Pace continue to WEC invasion of the Octagon. I have to say, these guys are probably fighting for a job. Campuzano went 1-2 in the WEC, and then sneaked out with a split decision win at a King of Kombat event. He’s not exactly high up the bantamweight ladder. Neither is Pace, who dropped his only WEC fight to Demetrious Johnson. I like Pace here by decision.
Pablo Garza is apparently Zuffa’s pick as the sacrificial lamb to showcase other fighters against. First it was Tie Quan Zhang and now it’s Fredson Paixao. Paixao has gone up against a much higher level of competition throughout his career and holds wins over top level fighters Masakazu Imanari and Rani Yahya. He shouldn’t have any problems submitting Garza.
Branch is a dangerous grappler who will always be remembered for getting slammed unconscious by Gerald Harris at UFC 116 in a highlight that made the rounds on ESPN. However, his other fight in the UFC, against Tomasz Drwal, and his two fights under the Bellator banner have ended in victory. Attonito is a veteran currently enjoying the longest win streak – four fights – of his career. He really impressed me against Rafael “Sapo” Natal and I look for him to add another win to his resume against Branch, who often trains with Natal at Ricardo Almeida BJJ Academy in New Jersey.
Main Card: Before his second outing against Krzysztof Soszynski, I could never have imagined Stephan Bonnar headlining a future UFC card. He was hanging on to his fighting career by a thread after some disappointing showings. It’s funny how one fight can change the landscape so dramatically. I hope we see another exciting display from Bonnar, but I have to say that his fight is the least intriguing on the main card.
Georges St-Pierre called Michael Johnson the best athlete on his team. That might be true, but he’s not the best fighter in the TUF 12 championship matchup. In my opinion, that would be Jonathan Brookins. He’s a WEC and Bellator veteran with a better record than Johnson. He also looks to have the superior game in almost every area. Johnson gives Brookins a fight early, but fades and succumbs to a submission in either the late second round or in the third stanza.
Bonnar will always be a legend in this sport thanks to his first fight with Forrest Griffin. He reminded us of his entertaining style and immense heart against K-Sos, but can he keep it up? I hope so. That win was his first since 2007, so I can’t set my expectations too high. Igor Pokrajac hasn’t had much luck inside the Octagon so far, but he does have the skills to halt Bonnar’s resurgence. The outcome of this fight really depends on which Bonnar shows up: the one who lost to Mark Coleman or the one who beat K-Sos. Bonnar seems to be at his best when he’s center stage, so I’ll take “The American Psycho” to excel in the main event and come up with the TKO of Pokrajac.
So Garcia gets taken out of a fight with Toner to be pitted against Nam Phan? Um, OK. Phan was fighting above his normal weight on TUF 12, so he obviously needed a different opponent, but what’s the UFC’s angle here? Is Nam a sacrificial lamb to give Garcia a win or is the UFC expecting Garcia to elevate Phan in another all out war, a la Garcia-Jung or Garcia-Huerta? I just can’t see Phan performing at that level. Garcia scores the early knockout.
Johny Hendricks has been tearing through the competition in both the UFC and, before that, WEC. He’s still undefeated and has a solid combination of striking and wrestling. Meanwhile, Rick Story has quietly impressed inside the Octagon as well. It’s a good test for both men, but I give the edge to Hendricks.
I love watching guys who have amazing submission games, so Demian Maia fights are always something to which I look forward. However, his striking game has always left something to be desired. Grove tends to win by submission, but he will have the biggest advantage over Maia in the standup department. Also in Grove’s favor, he doesn’t tend to lose via submission. However, Maia is probably at a higher level on the mat than anyone Grove has faced thus far. Grove will have his hands full, but I’m going to predict an upset here and say he knocks Maia out.
Tachi Palace Fights 7 Thoughts
I keep telling myself that I’m swearing off internet streams of MMA events. Besides the fact that I’d rather watch a fight on a television than a computer monitor, there’s the fact that these streams never manage to make an event enjoyable. It’s not the fault of the broadcast team or the fighters – they can receive A+ grades and yet the event can still be a pain. My question is: How far does technology have to advance before we can get a reliable internet stream that doesn’t experience extensive technical difficulties?
If I’m grading the broadcast of Tachi Palace Fights 7 on the quality of the stream, I’d have to give them a D+. Why not an F? Simply because I actually did get to see a good portion of the card and MMA Junkie made efforts to fix the problem during the broadcast. That’s more than a lot of other events can say. On top of that, I did get to see all but the first minute of Jussier da Silva’s fight, which was my primary reason for tuning in.
The fights get a much higher grade than the internet stream. I loved getting to see da Silva’s U.S. debut and hope we get a title fight between Tachi flyweight champion Ulysses Gomez and the top ranked da Silva in the very near future. First, however, Gomez will have to defend against Darrell Montague and da Silva will have to get past Ian McCall at Tachi Palace Fights 8 in February.
I also loved the Seth Baczynski vs. Tim McKenzie fight. It was a fun back-and-forth battle and the finish was crazy – Baczynski gets his arm snapped, yet uses the other to knock his opponent out.
I don’t know what happened to James Irvin, but that was a bad finish in a fight he was winning up to that point. Why he would leave his arm in like that and then practically jump into Jorge Oliveira’s submission attempt is beyond me.
Overall, it was a great night of fights. Now if only someone could create dependable streaming technology.
Every Friday, MMA DieHards takes a look – with video footage when possible – at the previous week’s action at small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans, consensus-ranked fighters and up-and-coming prospects. Here’s what went down between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2:
Tachi Palace Fights 7: Deck the Halls (Lemoore, Calif.; Dec. 2)
Jorge Oliveira (5-2-1) submitted UFC and Strikeforce veteran James Irvin (15-8) via first round triangle armbar…No. 1-ranked flyweight in the world Jussier “Formiga” da Silva (9-0) earned a unanimous decision over WEC veteran Danny Martinez (13-4)…WEC and Dream veteran Micah Miller (16-4) missed weight for his scheduled featherweight title bout with champion Isaac DeJesus (9-3), turning the fight into a non-title affair. Miller submitted DeJesus via neck crank in the first round…UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio (31-13) captured the vacant welterweight crown with a third-round TKO of Phil Collins (9-6)…TUF 11 alum and IFL veteran Seth Baczynski (12-6) refused to succumb to an armbar that likely left him with an injured arm, opting instead to use his other arm to land a series of blows that resulted in a first round TKO of UFC and WEC vet Tim McKenzie (12-8)…UFC and Bellator veteran Jay Silva (6-4) knocked out ShoXC vet Jamie Jara (28-8) in the first round.
Midwest Cage Championships 30: Thanksgiving Throwdown (Des Moines, Iowa; Nov. 24)
Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) submitted Josh Rosaaen (7-1) by way of first round guillotine choke…Andy Branson (6-0) continued to impress, striking Strikeforce veteran Justin DeMoney (13-4-1) into submission in the first round…Ronnie Britt (16-3) secured a rear naked choke in the second round to submit David Severe (0-2).
North American Fighting Championship: Bad Blood (Milwaukee, Wis.; Nov. 24)
WEC and Bellator veteran Jameel Massouh (25-7) earned a unanimous decision over Chico Camus (7-2)…Sam Alvey (14-2) snuck out with a split decision over Bellator veteran Jason Guida (18-26). the older brother of UFC lightweight Clay Guida.
Ruckus VI (Addison, Ill.; Nov. 24)
Dream veteran and former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe (16-7) locked in a guillotine choke to submit Josh Kasee (6-2) in the first round.
King of the Cage: Platinum (Durban, South Africa; Nov. 25)
Pride veteran Mike Bourke (10-16-1) scored a second round TKO victory, due to injury, over UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock (28-15-2). Shamrock dropped Bourke with a right hand, but went on to injure his knee during a scramble, forcing him out of the bout.
Northeast MMA: Cage Fight 6 (Scranton, Pa.; Nov. 26)
Jim Hettes (7-0) kept his unblemished record intact with a second round rear naked choke of George Sheppard (10-4).
Beatdown 7 (New Town, N.D.; Nov. 27)
TUF 10 alum and MMA DieHards Radio Network host Zak Jensen (10-6) needed just 16 seconds to score the TKO of Jason Ackerman (2-1) and claim the SNMMA heavyweight belt.
Brazil Fight 3: Minas Gerais vs. Sao Paulo (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Nov. 27)
Ronny Markes (8-1) scored a first round TKO of Fernando Silva (6-3).
Cage Warriors Fighting Championships 39: The Uprising (Cork City, Ireland; Nov. 27)
Bellator veteran and No. 3-ranked 125-pound female fighter Rosi Sexton (11-2) scored a second round TKO of No. 7-ranked 125-pounder Sally Krumdiack (8-4)…Bellator veteran and No. 5-ranked 125-pound female fighter Aisling Daly (10-1) earned a unanimous decision over Molly Helsel (8-11-1)…Joseph Duffy (8-0) maintained his spotless record, needing only 38 seconds to submit Conor McGregor (4-2) via arm-triangle choke.
Gold Fight 2 (Embu das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Nov. 27)
Shine Fights veteran Flavio Alvaro (29-8) knocked Caio Yamada (1-1) out in the first round…Felipe Arantes moved to 13-3 with a first-round rear naked choke submission of Marcelo Dutra (0-1).
K-1 Scandinavia: Rumble of the Kings (Stockholm, Sweden.; Nov. 27)
TUF 9 alum Richie Whitson (10-1) scored a third round TKO of Joakim Engberg (6-6-1).
King of the Cage: Zero Tolerance (Mescalero/Ruidoso, N.M.; Nov. 27)
Isaque Martinez (9-1) needed exactly one minute to secure an arm-triangle choke for the submission victory over Eric McElroy (3-5)…Gerald Sedillo (11-1) submitted Donnie Fry (1-10) via first-round rear naked choke.
Shooto Finland: Collision Course 6 (Lahti, Finland; Nov. 27)
Rodolfo Marques (10-1) locked in an armbar in the second round to submit Matteus Lahdesmaki (9-6-3).
South Texas Fighting Championships 14: Texas vs. Las Vegas (McAllen, Texas; Nov. 27)
Jorge Lopez (8-1) earned a unanimous decision over Bellator veteran Joey Gorczynski (18-10).
Supremacy Cage Fighting 7 (Auckland, New Zealand; Nov. 27)
Rodney MacSwain (11-2) submitted Ian Bone (9-5) in the first round via armbar.
Tempel: Mix Fight Gala 11 (Sindelfingen, Germany; Nov. 27)
World Free Fight Challenge middleweight champion Bruno Carvalho (12-4) secured a brabo choke in the first round to submit late replacement Tomasz Kondraciuk (6-2)…Jonas Billstein (9-0) remained undefeated, taking a controversial unanimous decision over Hans Stringer (17-5-1).
GCM: Valkyrie 8 (Tokyo; Nov. 28)
No. 3-ranked 115-pound female fighter Mei “V Hajime” Yamaguchi (6-2-1) retained her Valkyrie 115-pound belt, fighting to a controversial majority draw with No. 5-ranked 115-pounder Kyoko Takabayashi (11-4-1)…No. 6-ranked 145-pound female fighter Rin Nakai (9-0) claimed the vacant Valkyrie open weight championship with a TKO, due to doctor’s stoppage, of Mizuho Sato (6-5)…In a non-title affair, No. 1-ranked 106-pound female fighter Naho Sugiyama (3-0) scored an upset with a unanimous decision over No. 2-ranked 106-pounder and Valkyrie 105-pound champion Yasuko Tamada (12-5-3).
Security Fight Night 5 (Zagreb, Croatia; Nov. 28)
Ivica Truscek (11-4) scored a second round TKO of Lincon Rodrigues (10-4).
Classic Entertainment and Sports: Snow Brawl (Lincoln, R.I.; Dec. 2)
UFC and Affliction veteran Dan Lauzon (14-4) locked in a guillotine choke in the first round to submit Damien Trites (5-4)…Bellator veteran Greg Rebello (12-2) earned a unanimous decision over ShoXC vet Tiawan Howard (7-6).
Jorge Oliveira and Jussier da Silva claimed the co-headlining victories Thursday at Tachi Palace 7: Deck the Halls, in Lemoore, Calif.
Oliveira caught UFC veteran James Irvin in a triangle arm bar, forcing a tap just93 seconds into the fight. Oliveira (5-2-1, 1 NC) was almost apologetic to Irvin (15-8), who lost for the fourth time in his last five fights.
Da Silva is the man most believed to be the top flyweight in the world, but he had his hands full with the aggressive Danny Martinez, who took one round on all the judges’ scorecards but could not drop the Brazlian from the ranks of the unbeaten. Da Silva (9-0) boasts wins over the likes of Junior Assuncao, Ralph Lauren and Chacal Chacal.
Martinez (13-4) is one of the main training partners for WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, and at least got to show his wares at his natural weight class instead of fighting up at 135, which he did for the WEC.
Micah Miller neck-cranked featherweight champion Isaac DeJesus into a submission 4:11 into their fight but did not get the belt. Miller missed weight, thus turning the fight into a three-round affair in which DeJesus did not put the title on the line.
The vacant welterweight strap went to John Alessio, who knocked out Phil Collins at 35 seconds of the third round. Seth Baczynski, off his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter’s 11th season, managed a one-armed TKO of Tim McKenzie. Baczynski landed a knee but then was nearly arm barred. Despite suffering what could turn out to be significant damage to the arm, Baczynski was able to use hammerfists to complete the unlikely finish.
Jay Silva made his three-fight losing streak a thing of the past, rocking Jaime Jara often in the early going and finishing the fight in just 33 seconds. In a sporting move, Silva was over the downed Jara but did not deliver anymore strikes and allowed referee Josh Rosenthal in to look at the opponent and immediately call off the fight.
Silva then showered Jara with what appeared to be an awkwardly affectionate display, repeatedly kissing the opponent.
Nik Fekete def. Chris Bostick via TKO (punches), Rd. 2, 4:06
Jimmy Ambriz def. Mike Guidry via TKO (punches), Rd. 2, 4:29
Tony Llamas def. Sergio Quinones via submission (arm bar), Rd. 2, 2:03
Tommy Vargas def. Martin Sandoval via decision
Tachi Palace Fights 7: Deck the Halls takes place tonight at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The fights will air live via free internet stream beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on the MMA Junkie website. Bellator veteran and Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion Ulysses Gomez (Twitter: @uselessgomez) joins MMA DieHards with his breakdown of the main card bouts.
James Irvin (15-7) vs Jorge Oliveira (4-2-1)
This is a tough fight for me because I really like Jorge. With that being said, I think this will be a difficult fight for him to win. Jorge is coming off a two-year layoff. He is known as more of a grappler, but he’s not afraid to mix it up. James is a lot more experienced than Jorge and he’s been in a lot bigger fights – dude fought Anderson Silva for crying out loud. This seems like a classic striker versus grappler match-up. The key lies in the wrestling – will Jorge be able to take James down and if he does will he be able to keep him down? Part of me says yes, but I dunno if I’m thinking with my heart or my mind. I see this fight going to the decision. My mind goes with James, but my heart goes with Jorge.
Jussier da Silva (7-0) vs Danny Martinez (13-3)
Jussier, also known as “Formiga,” is the No. 1-ranked flyweight in the world (personally I have him as No. 2, ranked only behind me, but I’m biased). Formiga is fighting Danny Martinez, who is coming down in weight from 135 pounds. Experience and size goes to Danny. It’s safe to say that Formiga is the more technical of the two as far as the grappling. On the feet, I feel that Danny is the better of the two with knockout power in his hands. For Danny to win this fight he has to keep it on the feet – his best shot of winning this fight is catching Formiga with a shot as he comes in to take him down. Formiga said that he’s not opposed to trading punches with Danny, but I think that might change once he feels Danny’s power. I see this fighting going the whole three rounds since neither guy has been finished, but I also seeing this being the Fight of the Night.
Isaac DeJesus (9-2) vs Micah Miller (15-4)
This is gonna be a good fight! Isaac is the current Tachi Palace Fights featherweight champion and he’s facing Micah Miller, who is a beast from American Top Team. Micah is a lot bigger than Isaac. He’s a lot taller and has the reach, which might play to Isaac’s disadvantage since he prefers to keep it on the feet. Micah has shown to be a tough fight for anyone. He has good boxing and great BJJ. Isaac had really good kickboxing, but he’s not known for his grappling. That’s not to say that he doesn’t know how to grapple, he’s just known for his striking more so. I see this fight playing many different ways. The first is for the champion to keep the fight on the feet and try to get past Micah’s reach and pepper him with shots and leg kicks. The second scenario is for Micah to control Isaac with his jab and take him down against the cage. If he does that he has a better chance of taking Isaac’s belt. Both guys push the pace and this is a five round fight, so I don’t see them going the distance. <i>[Update: Micah Miller missed weight, coming in at 147.5 pounds. As a result, this contest is now a non-title affair.]</i>
Phil Collins (9-5) vs John Alessio (30-13)
This fight is for the vacant Tachi Palace Fights welterweight championship belt. On one side, you have local fan favorite Phil Collins going against the very experienced John Alessio. Collins is known as more of a striker, which is a little odd since he’s won a fair amount of his fights by submission. Phil is scrappy and he always brings a good fight – he’s a gamer. I’ve seen Phil fight a few times and he’s not someone to look past. He’s willing to keep the fight on the feet or if it goes to the floor he doesn’t mind. Alessio has a lot more experience than Phil and he’s been in championship fights before. Alessio has really good hands and good takedowns to go with it. His top game is second to none when it comes to inflicting damage. If I was a betting man, I would say that the smart money is on Alessio – look for him to control the pace and take Phil into the championship rounds to look for a late round stoppage.
Chris Bostick (6-2) vs Nik Fekete (3-0)
This is the first fight of the night and one you should pay attention to. Word on the street is that Fekete is one of the best up-and-comers in the game. Bostick has more experience that Fekete but not that much more if you count Fekete’s 1000-plus wrestling matches. Both guys come from wrestling backgrounds, the only difference is the level they wrestled at. Fekete wrestled in the NCAA and was an All-American, oh and he was also Gray Maynard’s roommate in college. Look for Fekete to keep it on the feet and use his newly honed Muay Thai skills – if push comes to shove look for him to take it to the ground and grind out a decision.