Before we get to this week's results, I'd like to point out one thing - I don't like being one of those guys that posts half an article just to try and re-direct you to somewhere else to read the rest. I know it's annoying. I won't continue these fanposts forever, I'm just doing them for a few weeks to get people familiar with what I'm trying to do here and hopefully to draw some interest in them. I very much appreciate the recs and the positive response to these so far, and hope you will take the time to come over to HKL once in a while and read these once I stop linking them here. Remember people, one click is all it takes to come over and make fun of Subo and Roth. You see those rankings this month? What the hell?
I did better than last week, but still managed to miss previewing a few events. One was in Brazil with a top prospect on it, and the rest were in Europe. I'm getting better though! Anyway, onto what happened over the weekend.
Mexico: XCage: Predators in Tijuana say former TUF winner Efrain Escudero (16-2) won a dominant unanimous decision over Ashe Bowman in the main event, while former UFC fighter Edgar Garcia (10-2) picked up a first round submission victory over Edwin Aguilar. Escudero's next fight, as stated in the preview, will be against Fabricio Camoes (11-5-1) at TPF 9 on May 5th. Not sure where Garcia goes from here, although he could be a good candidate for a future Bellator tournament at 170 or 185.
Brazil: No results in for Arena Gold Fights 3 in Piracicaba. The other card that I missed during my preview was Brazil Fight 4 - The VIP Night in Nova Lima. As smoogy posted over on BE, # 1 rated lightweight prospect Thiago Michel (8-2) stopped Erick Barbosa at the end of the first round via TKO. In the main event, Jurandir Sardinha (11-5) defeated Gustavo Franca by unanimous decision. There is also a Roraima Show Fight card tonight in Boa Vista.
Japan: Shooto Gig Saitama 3 went down yesterday in...you guessed it, Saitama. The main event saw former Shooto Lightweight Champion Hideki Kadowaki (14-11-3)and Kosuke Kindaichi (4-1-2) go to a draw, and featured decision wins by Akinobu Watanabe (4-4-1) and Shuichiro Okumura (2-3).
Australia: FightWorld Cup 8 on the Gold Coast saw 4 fighters emerge from the first round of their lightweight tournament - Chris Bridgewater (4-9), Greg Atzori (5-1), Ben Wall (2-0) and Tim Radley (3-1). The semi-finals of the tournament should go down in the next few months.
Europe: Denmark's big card of the weekend, Cage Fight Live, saw Austrian Philipp "Gladiator" Schranz (11-5) take CFL's lightweight title when his opponent Rasmus Bendtsen tapped to strikes in the first round. Dane Martin Djursaa (8-3) picked up his 6th win in 7 fights with a quick guillotine victory over UK fighter Russell Smith, and another Danish fighter, Damir Hadzovic, improved to 4-0 with a 2nd round submission of Czech fighter Jaroslav Poborsky.
To read about the rest of the action in Europe, head on over to HeadKickLegend!
A lot of cards means a lot of names and a whole lot of stuff to run down, so let's get right to it. Canada probably staged the most relevant non-SF/MFC fight of the weekend, while Texas and Ohio staged the most fights. If you're into women's MMA, the biggest fights went down in New Mexico and Oklahoma. And if you're into midget MMA...go find it somewhere else, freak.
Canada: Ringside MMA in front of 4000 people at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Former UFC middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote (14-7) defeated Kalib Starnes by unanimous decision to start his long trek back onto Zuffa cards in the main event. Seth Baczynski (13-6) pulled off what has to be considered a pretty big upset with his TKO finish of highly-touted Alex Garcia in the co-main, while prospects Michel Gagnon (7-1) and Mike Ricci (6-1) picked up wins as well. Gagnon/Groulx was supposedly an excellent fight, and I'll post the video here at HKL when it pops up.
Texas: In El Paso at the RWCFC event, TUF 10 competitor Darrill Schoonover dropped a decision to Esteves Jones (7-1), while Team Jackson prosect "Slick" Willie Parks improved to 5-0 with a TKO stoppage of Justin Gonzales. In Arlington at Xtreme Knockouts 10, UFC vet Jake Rosholt (10-3) picked up his second win in less than a month with a TKO stoppage in the first round over Brandon McDowell. In Austin at King of Kombat 10, Nick Gonzalez (16-9) and Jorge "Macaco" Patino (24-13-1) both picked up victories. And over in Midland, WEC/UFC vet Will Campuzano (9-4) picked up a submission (RNC) win at 2:28 of the first over Randy Hind in his first post-Zuffa fight.
Ohio: Cleveland had Dan Bobish's BUCB card, with Black House's Eduardo Pamplona (14-2) picking up 9th win in a row by TKOing Joe Bunch early in the third round. In Cincinnati, Bellator veteran Chad Hinton (9-3) picked up another win over Ron Muir. He'll be fighting again in 2 weeks when he takes on Ido Pariente in Illinois.
The two big women's fights and a whole host of others are covered if you care to click this fancy link.