Wide World of MMA Vol. 12 - January 2010 (18 GIFs)

 At the start of the month, it seemed like the dearth of MMA events surrounding the Holiday break would mean a pretty weak WWoMMA this month, but a little digging around unearthed several gems from the usual suspects in the midwest and southern United States, Japan, and even some good stuff from Ukraine.

As usual, here are my picks for best KO, best submission and best fight; feel free to add your own.

Best KO: David Heath
Best Sub: Masakazu Imanari
Best Fight: Rich Clementi vs. Mike Budnik

And this month marks the beginning of a new category, where I will annoint the "biggest winner" from the month from a promotional perspective. In other words, which fighter did the most to elevate his or her stock in the MMA world? Not that I see my humble fight compilations as an influence on people in the MMA industry, but with UFC supposedly signing fighters based on the advice of Youtube critics, I may as well throw my hat in as a wannabe Keyboard Warrior Kingmaker.

The inaugural Biggest Winner is heavyweight Joey Beltran, who put his name on the map with a thrashing of recent UFC castoff Houston Alexander. After this win, Beltran seems poised for a run with a larger MMA show, as quality heavyweights are still in short supply. His Latino heritage and catchy "Mexicutioner" moniker should make him an easy sell.


Gladiator Challenge - Chain Reaction
December 12, Red Hawk Casino, Placerville, Calif.

Sean Smith (1-0) def. Chris Steele (0-1) via TKO (Punches) R1 0:33

Dan Romero (2-0) def. Poppies Martinez (17-6) via Submission (Armbar) R1 2:59

Shooto - The Rookie Tournament 2009 Final
December 13, Shinjuku Face, Tokyo, Japan

Takahiro Suzuki (3-1) def. Takashi Goto (1-1-1) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 3:52

Yusuke Yachi (3-0) def. Tsuneo Kimura (5-2) via Technical Submission (Kimura) R2 2:21

DEEP Cage Impact 2009
December 19, Differ Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan

Masakazu Imanari (18-7-2) def. Justin Cruz (14-4) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:39

Ryuta Sakurai (20-15-5) def. Hiroki Sato (6-2-1) via KO (Punch) R1 2:13

M-1 Challenge - 2009 Ukraine Selections 3
December 24, Acco International Exhibition Center, Kiev, Ukraine

Igor Shpatenko (1-0-1) def. Yaroslav Yaroshenko (0-1) via Submission (Armbar) R1 0:53

Pavel Kusch (3-0) def. Vasily Novikov (1-1) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 3:54

Sergey Guzev (2-0) def. David Tkeshelashvili (1-1) via KO (Punch) R3 1:47

Hoosier Fight Club 2 - It's On
January 2, Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana

Derrick Noble (25-12-1) def. Joe Benoit (10-3) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R1

Keith Wisniewski (25-12-1) def. Pete Spratt (20-17) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1

5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League - New Year's Revolution
January 16, Spirit Bank Event Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tim Boetsch (10-3) def. Rudy Lindsey (11-9) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R2 1:55

Rich Clementi (35-15-1) def. Mike Budnik (8-4) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R5 2:10

Joey Beltran (10-3) def. Houston Alexander (9-6) via TKO (Punches) R2 3:49

Freestyle Cage Fighting 38
January 16, Expo Square Pavilion, Tulsa, Oklahoma

David Heath (14-6) def. Jason Freeman (5-4) via KO (Head Kick) R1 4:18

Miesha Tate (8-2) def. Valerie Coolbaugh (2-3) via Submission (Armbar) R1 4:45

The Way of Shooto 1: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon
January 23, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Takeshi Inoue (18-3) def. Gerald Lovato (9-7) via Submission (Armbar) R3 4:11

Yoichiro Sato (6-2-1) def. Takuya Sato (5-3-2) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:25

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