Well this week was my first shot at this, so I'm going to use that as an excuse as to why I didn't preview a few international cards. Why? Because I didn't even know they were happening. M-1 and Jungle Fights ran cards that completely escaped me somehow. That's okay though, these are a work in progress. Today, I'll let you know what happened in the cards I did touch on in my articles earlier this week, and a few I didn't as well.
Brazil: Recife Championships 4 offered up two former UFC fighters at the top of the card, and both won. Junior Assuncao (12-4) choked out Wes Murch in 92 seconds (fight video here), and Rafaello Oliveira (14-3) finished Ryan Bixler by TKO 21 seconds into the 2nd round (fight video here). Both are definitely making a case for a UFC return. In addition, middleweight prospect Leonardo "Leleco" Guimaraes ran his record to 5-0 with a decision victory.
At Shooto Brazil 22, Teixeira/Innocente didn't go down for unknown reasons (at least to me). The main event saw Bloody Elbow's # 10 LHW Prospect Ronny Markes (10-1) drop and finish his overmatched opponent Diogo Osama in just 45 seconds. According to Sherdog, Markes will next face former WEC MW Champ Paulo Filho on April 29th. In other fights on the card, Carlos Perreira (22-9) defended his Shooto South American 183 lb belt with a TKO stoppage of Julio Beba, and Hacran Dias (18-1-1) retained his Shooto South American lightweight title with a unanimous decision win over Elieni Silva. UFC vet Ronys Torres (16-4) also picked up a guillotine win in a 165 lb catchweight fight.
Jungle Fights 22 is covered well here by Sherdog. No major names were on this card, however. Finally, at IMCF 9 in Belem, former Josh Barnett opponent Geronimo "Mondragon" Dos Santos (21-13) was defeated by Dirlei Brundestuki (3-1) in the 2nd round.
Europe: At Pancrase Fighting Championships 3 in France, Latvian tank and BE # 8 HW prospect Konstantin Gluhov (17-6) won the 4 man heavyweight tournament, taking out late replacement Arnold Oborotov in 38 seconds with an achilles lock, then defeating Jessie Gibbs with a body shot in the first round. Strikeforce vet Karl Amoussou (12-3-2) defeated Dutch fighter Nathan Schouteren by split decision. French fighter Samy Schiavo did not compete on the card.
M-1 Global held two cards on the weekend: a minor card in Kiev (which was streamed), and a fairly big card in Russia. M-1 Selection 2011 was the start of their annual prospect tournaments. The first round of all three tourneys (155, 170, 205) went down, along with two reserve fights for each tournament. Results can be found here. The card was streamed live by M-1 Global, which I completely missed. The tourney semis will take place May 28th in Kiev, Ukraine, and I'll be tuning in for that.
In England, no results yet for the UWC card in Southend. Knuckleforce saw Team Rough House fighter Matt Howard improve to 8-0 with a 2nd round armbar submission win over Shawn Lomas.
Africa: Fight Force 12 went down in Durban. South African Donavin Hawkey (5-2) submitted Lee McKibbin via standing guillotine about 2 minutes into the first round. Fight video here. Martin van Staden dropped to 7-2 after being finished in the first round by Monson choke by Belfast, Ireland fighter Ali Maclean (7-5-1).
Australia: Fury MMA 2 saw ZST fighter Shinya Irei (6-3-1) defeat local prospect Ryan Dunstan by guillotine in the 2nd round. Australia won 7 of the 10 bouts contested between Australian and New Zealand fighters.
Japan: Shootor's Legacy 2 results can be found in my previous post here. Pancrase Impressive Tour 3 saw Mei Yamaguchi (7-2) win a majority decision over Tomomi Sunaba in the first women's main event in Pancrase history. Dan Herbertson offers up a great report on the card (which he attended) here. ZST Swat VTx3 results here. ZST Swat 40 results here.
Come join me over on Head Kick Legend tomorrow to cover the North American results from the weekend.