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Out of Obscurity: The Week in Review (Nov. 5 – Nov. 11)

Every Friday, MMA DieHards will take 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. 5 and Nov. 11:

Xtreme MMA 3 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Nov. 6)
Strikeforce veteran Daniel Cormier (6-0) remained undefeated and retained his XMMA world heavyweight title with a first round submission, via strikes, of UFC and Pride vet Soa Palelei (11-3)…UFC and Strikeforce veteran Mike Kyle (18-7-1) scored a first round TKO of Stephen Oliver (0-2)…Sengoku veteran Jim York (15-4) claimed the XMMA Oceania heavyweight championship with a second round TKO of Lucas Browne (6-2)…Xavier Lucas (8-1-1) knocked out UFC and Pride veteran Yuki Sasaki (22-17-1) in the fifth round of the XMMA world middleweight title bout.

Capital Fight 3 (Brasilia, Brazil; Nov. 5)
Francimar Barroso (10-2) earned a unanimous decision over Kleber Orgulho (5-3)… Genair Martins da Silva Junior (10-3) snuck out with a split decision win over Adriano Goncalves (7-5).

Real Fighting Championships 22: Redemption (Tampa, Fla.; Nov. 5)
Bellator and EliteXC veteran Yosmany Cabezas (9-2) earned a unanimous decision over Danny Babcock (6-3).

Armageddon Fighting Championships 4: Revelation (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Nov. 6)

Drysdale vs. Davidson

2007 Abu Dhabi grappling champion Robert Drysdale (2-0) claimed Submission of the Night honors with a first round armbar submission of Clay Davidson (5-2)…Nick Hinchliffe (17-6) earned a unanimous decision over Mike Hackert (4-1).

Heat 16 (Osaka, Japan; Nov. 6)

Kin (blue trunks) vs. Miller

Sengoku veteran A Sol Kwon (14-6) defeated UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ronald Jhun (24-24-2) via second round rear-naked choke submission…Dream veteran Taiei Kin (4-3) scored a first round TKO of Pride veteran Henry Miller (6-11).

Iron Fist 3 (Szczecin, Poland; Nov. 6)
In a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 November Tussles Worth Watching, Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (13-5) secured a guillotine choke that rendered Anthony Durnell (8-1) unconscious in the first round.

Raging Wolf X: Mayhem in the Mist 5 (Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Nov. 6)

Raging Wolf X highlights

No. 10-ranked 135-pound female fighter Alexis Davis (9-4) retained her Raging Wolf flyweight title with a first round rear-naked choke submission of EliteXC veteran Tonya Evinger (8-5)…UFC veteran Tom Egan (5-2) scored a second round TKO of Eric Attard (2-1).

River City MMA Battle (San Antonio, Tex.; Nov. 6)
Bellator veteran Richard Odoms (3-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over TUF 10 alum Darrill Schoonover (10-3).

Samurai Fight Combat 4: Overload (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil; Nov. 6)
Pride veteran Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons (26-14) coaxed a first round tapout from William Dias (6-5) by way of guillotine choke in a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 November Tussles Worth Watching.

World Extreme Fighting 44: Saunders vs. Harshbarger (Kissimmee, Fla.; Nov. 6)

Saunders (black trunks) vs. Harshbarger

UFC veteran and TUF 6 alum Ben Saunders (9-3-2) forced Elijah Harshbarger to submit, due to strikes, in the first round.

X-1: Island Pride (Honolulu; Nov. 6)
Bellator veteran Edwin Aguilar (22-15) scored a first round TKO of EliteXC vet Kala “Kolohe” Hose (7-5)…In the finals of the X-1 light heavyweight tournament, Sang Soo Lee (16-9) claimed championship gold with a unanimous decision over ShoXC veteran Po’ai Suganuma (11-4).

German MMA Association: Minonzio vs. Zawada (Dusseldorf, Germany; Nov. 7)
Nordin Asrih (15-5-1) secured an armbar to submit Eduard Janetzko (0-1) in the first round.

Grachan 5 (Tokyo; Nov. 7)
Ken Hamamura (16-6-4) earned a split decision over Sengoku veteran Ye Won Nam (5-2)…Dream veteran Won Sik Park (9-2-1) scored a first round TKO of Jesse Sosa (0-2).

FiteNite 14 (Zapota, Costa Rica; Nov. 8 )
Bellator veteran Toby Imada (28-15) submitted Ludwig Salazar (12-10) in the second round via armbar…Alejandro Solano Rodriguez (13-4) scored a first round knockout of Sebastien Garguier (7-6).

K-1 World MAX 2010 (Tokyo; Nov. 8 )

Ishii (long trunks) vs. Shibata

In the lone MMA fight on the card, Olympic gold medalist judoka and Dream veteran Satoshi Ishii (3-1) locked in a kimura on late replacement Katsuyori Shibata (4-10-1) for the first round submission win.

Israeli Fighting Championship: Genesis (Tel Aviv, Israel; Nov. 9)
UFC and Pride veteran Ricco Rodriguez (45-11) missed weight by 10 pounds for his light heavyweight debut, forcing him to surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to his opponent, Bellator veteran Daniel Tabera (16-4-3). While Rodriguez couldn’t conquer the weight cut, he had little trouble dominating Tabera on the way to a unanimous decision victory in a fight that topped Sherdog’s 10 November Tussles Worth Watching…UFC and Pride veteran Jeff Monson (39-11) submitted Sergey Shemetov (3-5) via first round keylock. Post-fight, Monson announced his plans to drop to 205-pounds in the near future…In a 180-pound catchweight bout, UFC and Strikeforce vet Frank Trigg (20-8) scored a first round TKO of Roy Neeman (1-1)…Moshe Kaitz (3-2) scored the evening’s biggest upset, taking a unanimous nod over UFC veteran Hermes Franca (19-11)…UFC and Pride veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (10-8) earned a unanimous decision over Valdas Pocevicius (33-25-3)…Jeremy Knafo (1-0) took home a unanimous decision over UFC and Bellator veteran Shonie Carter (49-26-7). Following the loss, Carter stated that he might retire…In his first MMA fight since 2006, Pride and IFL veteran Daniel Gracie (5-2-1) locked in a rear-naked choke to submit Martin Wojcik (5-5) in the first round…Thiago Meller (17-3) needed just 35 seconds to trap Ariel Abargel (3-1) in an armbar for the submission victory.

Combat Sports Report: College Wrestling, K-1 World MAX recap & 2010 No Gi Worlds

Every sport has a breeding ground for its future stars. In the case of mixed martial arts, the worlds of grappling, kickboxing and amateur wrestling are most likely to spawn the next Demian Maia, Mirko CroCop or Brock Lesnar. Collectively, these sports fall under the umbrella of “combat sports.” Every Wednesday, MMA DieHards reports on the biggest happenings in each of these realms of combat.

Beginning this week, we’re happy to welcome The Open Mat to our team. They will provide the college and amateur wrestling coverage in this and all future editions of The Combat Sports Report.

Amateur Wrestling
by Staff, The Open Mat

Iowa State victorious at Hokie Open (photo courtesy Iowa State/

Well, the college wrestling season is now officially under way. There were several dual meets that occurred during the opening weekend along with several annual tournaments. In a minor upset, Iowa State knocked off Virginia Tech (17-16) to open their season with a win (in-depth coverage).

There was a unique event that started this year called the Pentagon Duals. Athletes and fan received a tour of Pentagon as part of the event. American University fared very well there (in-depth coverage).

There were no major upsets in Week 1, but several notable performances. Oklahoma wrestler Erich Schmidtke knocked off highly ranked freshman Chris Perry of Oklahoma State.  At the Hokie Open, freshman Devin Carter was very impressive, winning his first college tournament in his first try.

More events will get rolling next week and we should see all of the top teams in some kind of action.

The Open Mat just released its weekly rankings for individual and teams. If you are interested in learning the names of some potential top future MMA prospects you may want to keep an eye on these.

Top 10 Teams

1. Cornell
2. Minnesota
3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
5. Iowa
6. Wisconsin
7. Central Michigan
8. Penn State
9. Pittsburgh
10. Missouri

A complete listing of individual and team rankings can be found on The Open Mat website.

Kickboxing & Muay Thai
by Rob Tatum

The 2010 K-1 Lightweight (70kg) kickboxing tournament is now in the books, and a familiar face is the reigning champion. The final eight competitors battled Nov. 8 in Tokyo at K-1 World Max.

2010 K-1 lightweight champ Giorgio Petrosyan (photo courtesy of Head Kick Legend)

In the opening round of the tournament, Mike Zambidis delivered a third-round knockout of Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima, Giorgio Petrosyan took a unanimous decision over Albert Kraus, Yoshihiro Sato defeated Michal Glogowski by unanimous decision, and Drago eliminated Mohamed Khamal via unanimous decision. The semifinals saw Sato take out Drago by decision and Petroysan end the hard-hitting Zambidis’s tournament with another decision victory. In the finals, Petroysan dominated the Masato protégé Sato, becoming the first back-to-back champion in K-1 Max history.  Petrosyan sustained a hand injury that will keep him out two weeks, thus putting in jeopardy his Dec. 11 meeting with Pajonsuk.

In the other bouts on the card, Yuya Yamamoto secured victory over Seichi Ikemoto with a second round knockout, Yuta Kubo claimed a unanimous decision over Hiroya, Hinata defeated Andre Dida by decision, Makoto Nishiyama knocked out Shunsuke Oishi in Round 2, and Fabiano Da Silva took a decision over Jan Kaszuba.

Elsewhere, bad boy Badr Hari recently had an assault charge reduced, which will likely allow him to fight at the K-1 Grand Prix Final in December. His rumored opponent? None other than “It’s Showtime” heavyweight champion Hesdy Gerges. The bout is yet to be officially announced.

Finally, the next event on the horizon is the K-1 Koshien 2010 Final. The under-18 event takes place on Nov. 20 from Differ Akiake in Tokyo and will crown the sport’s next superstar.

Grappling & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
by Bryan Henderson

The 2010 No Gi World Championships took place on Nov. 7 in Long Beach, Calif. and found several familiar names among its winners.

João Assis, coming off of a victory at Grapplers Quest over Saulo Ribeiro the previous weekend, captured top honors in the super heavyweight division. Pablo Popovitch claimed the top spot at medium heavyweight with a 6-0 points win over Daniel Moraes.

2010 No Gi Worlds absolute division champ Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu (photo courtesy of GracieMag/John Lamonica)

The big winner of the weekend was Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, who took home championships in both the ultraheavyweight and absolute divisions. Abreu used what he dubbed as a “knee on the neck” choke to submit David Hertzog at ultraheavyweight and claimed top honors in the absolute bracket through a gentleman’s agreement with Marcus “Bochecha” Almeida.

Other winners included Brandon Mullins (roosterweight), Caio Terra (light featherweight), Justin Rafer (featherweight), Lucas Lepri (lightweight), Gilbert Durinho (middleweight) and Rafael Lovato Jr. (heavyweight). In the female divisions, the winners were Letícia Ribeiro (light feather), Bia Mesquita (lightweight), Emily Kwok (middleweight), Luiza Monteiro (medium heavyweight), Katrina Weilbacher (heavyweight), and Michelle Nicolini (absolute).

In other news, Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga chatted with GracieMag about possibly retiring from mixed martial arts competition. Not surprisingly, his decision rests on how much money he will be offered to fight outside of the UFC. Meanwhile, Gonzaga said he will likely compete in some grappling tournaments and begin training for the ADCC tournament.

Speaking of ADCC, don’t forget about the North American East Coast trials. Unless you’re a top-level competitor who receives a direct invitation to the ADCC world championships, the trials are your only path to making it to the organization’s top event. The trials take place in Belleville, N.J., on Nov. 20.

K-1 World Max Results: Petrosyan vs. Sato, Ishii vs. Shibata, More

Antz Nansen withdraws from K-1 World MAX fight with Satoshi Ishii

Satoshi Ishii to face Antz Nansen at K-1 World MAX 2010