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:
Tim Sylvia (photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle)
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)