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 Oct. 21 and Oct. 28:
Deep 50 Impact: 10th Anniversary Show (Tokyo; Oct. 24)
Returning to the promotion where he began his professional MMA career, Dream lightweight champion and No. 5-ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki (26-5) needed exactly one minute to secure a keylock for the submission win over former WBA World super flyweight boxing champion Yokthai Sithoar (0-1)…Dream veteran Katsunori Kikuno (14-3-2) successfully defended his Deep lightweight crown with a split decision victory over Pride veteran Nobuhiro Obiya (12-4-1)…Dream veteran Yuya Shirai (20-8) retained his Deep welterweight belt with a unanimous decision over Shigetoshi Iwase (10-13-3)…Dream veteran and No. 12-ranked bantamweight Masakazu Imanari (21-7-2) took home a majority decision over Dream veteran Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata (11-8-3)…Deep light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (9-1) scored a first round TKO of Dream veteran Katsuyori Shibata (4-9-1) in a non-title contest…Pride and Dream veteran Ikuhisa Minowa (47-31-8) locked in an armbar to submit Chang Hee Kim (0-2) in the first round…WEC and Dream veteran Yoshiro Maeda (27-9-2) earned a majority decision over Dream veteran Takafumi Otsuka (10-7-1)…UFC and Pride veteran Ryo Chonan (18-11) scored a third round TKO of Jun Hee Moon (3-2)…Dream veteran Hidetaka Monma (17-9-4) needed just 67 seconds to secure an arm-triangle choke on Pride veteran Yoshihisa Yamamoto (14-23-1) for the submission win…UFC and Pride veteran Sanae Kikuta (29-7-3) scored a first round TKO, by way of corner stoppage, of Lee Sak Kim (0-1)…Hiroshi Nakamura (11-4-5) earned a unanimous nod over Tatsumitsu Wada (3-6-1).
Fussion Fighter 2 (Lima, Peru; Oct. 21)
Daniel Aspe (12-4) punched Gilliard Alfredo Fagundes (11-5) into submission just 68 seconds into the fight.
Heroes Gate 2 (Prague, Czech Republic; Oct. 21)
Shamil Zavurov (12-1) scored a first round TKO of Jaroslav Poborsky (14-24)…Ivan Buchinger (14-2) submitted Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (6-4) in the second round via rear-naked choke.
Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship: Battle of the Champions 2 (Abu Dhabi; Oct. 22)
Shamil Abdurahimov (11-1) advanced to the finals of the ADFC open weight grand prix with a third round TKO of UFC and Pride veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (9-8)…In the other open weight grand prix semifinal match-up, 2009 world grappling champion Marcos Oliveira (5-2) earned a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Neil Wain (8-3). Oliveira and Abdurahimov will meet in the tournament’s final sometime in 2011.
C3 Fights: Slammin Jammin Weekend 6 (Newkirk, Okla.; Oct. 22)
WEC and Bellator veteran Eric Schambari (14-2) submitted John Bryant (3-3) via arm-triangle choke.
Combat Zone 35 (Salem, N.H.; Oct. 22)
John Benoit (11-2) locked in a guillotine choke in the third round to submit Don Carlo-Clauss (6-3).
Midwest Cage Championships 29: Champion vs. Champion (Des Moines, Iowa; Oct. 22)
T.J. O’Brien (16-3), who will make his UFC debut at UFC 123, submitted Josh Henry (5-2) by way of a first round rear-naked choke submission…Rick Tasler (7-0) remained undefeated, needing just 71 seconds to score a TKO of Oscar Martinez (0-1).
ProFC: Union Nation Cup 9 (Nalchik, Russia; Oct. 22)
Maratbek Kalabekov (12-3) locked in a guillotine choke to submit Bahtiyar Arzumanov (1-1) in the second round…Mukhamed Aushev (12-4) earned a unanimous nod over Ramazan Emeev (0-1).
Tuff-N-Uff (Las Vegas; Oct. 22)
Nikki Rae Lowe (2-1 amateur) scored a TKO victory over Playboy model LaTasha Marzolla (2-1 amateur). The stoppage came just seconds into the fight when Marzolla dislocated her elbow.
Ultimate Cage Championships 4: County Carnage (Stockport, England; Oct. 22)
Ali Arish (7-0) maintained his spotless record with a first round rear-naked choke submission of Andrius Juska (0-6).
Caribbean Ultimate Fist Fighting: Inception (Cascade, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; Oct. 23)
Sam Alvey (13-2) earned a unanimous decision over Luke Taylor (3-3).
Elite Promotions/Fight Time Promotions: Fight Time 2 (Pompano Beach, Fla.; Oct. 23)
UFC veteran and No. 25-ranked heavyweight Jeff Monson (38-11) locked in a first round armbar to submit UFC and IFL veteran Travis Fulton (199-47-10).
First Class Fight 5 (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Oct. 23)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima (7-0) kept his undefeated record intact with a unanimous decision victory over Pride veteran and No. 19-ranked middleweight Paulo Filho (20-2-1)…Alexandre Bezerra (8-1) secured a rear-naked choke in the first round to submit Luis Rogerio de Agostinho (2-3)…Shine Fights veteran Flavio Alvaro (28-8) scored a first round TKO of Samuel Quito (7-2).
Pancrase Fighting Championships: Challengers 2 (Marseille, France; Oct. 23)
Jerome Bouisson (7-0) preserved his unblemished record with a first round arm-triangle choke submission of Nicholas Bertolo (3-4).
Ring of Combat XXXII (Atlantic City, N.J.; Oct. 23)
Munah Holland (1-0) earned a unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran Kim Couture (3-4).
Road FC 1: The Resurrection of Champions (Seoul, South Korea; Oct. 23)
Ui Cheol Nam (10-2-1) knocked Kota Okazawa (8-4-4) out…Woo Sung Yu (13-5) locked in a guillotine choke to submit Keigo Hirayama (10-9-5).
Turku Fight 2: Champions are Here (Turku, Finland; Oct. 23)
Tom Niinimaki (14-5-1) earned a unanimous decision over Dave Hill (9-1)…Jerry Kvarnstrom (8-1) locked in a first round armbar to submit Laimonas Stancikas (6-6).
Ultimate Challenge MMA: Unbelievable (London; Oct. 23)
TUF 9 alum Dean Amasinger (7-2) notched a unanimous decision over Jamaine Facey (6-5) to earn a shot at the promotion’s welterweight strap, currently held by John Maguire…In a UK-1 rules bout, UFC and Pride veteran Mark Weir (20-17-1 MMA) successfully defended his UK-1 middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Luke Sines.
Warrior-1 MMA 6: New Ground (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Oct. 23)
Strikeforce veteran and No. 11-ranked heavyweight Brett Rogers (11-2) took home a unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran Ruben Villareal (18-19-3) in a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 October Tussles Worth Watching…Cesar Gracie disciple Roy Boughton (5-1) earned a unanimous decision over Strikeforce and Pride veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua (20-11-1)…Roger Hollett (11-3) picked up a unanimous decision win over Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Mychal Clark (7-11)…Sean Pierson (10-4), set to make his UFC debut at UFC 124, scored a first round TKO of Ricky Goodall (6-4)…UFC and ShoXC veteran Douglas Evans (11-7) submitted Tristan Johnson (5-2) via rear-naked choke in the third round…Jeremy Hamilton (7-0) remained undefeated with a first round rear-naked choke submission of Chris Johnson (3-3).
Shooto: Gig Central 21 (Nagoya, Japan; Oct. 24)
Pride veteran Daisuke Sugie (10-7-1) earned a unanimous decision over Shin Kochiwa (7-2-2)…Seiji Akao (12-3) took home a unanimous decision over Shoki Omichi (1-2).