While there wasn't a major UFC card this weekend - and won't be for over a month - this weekend was packed with lesser action from across the world. I mean, this was just a ridiculous weekend. And one of the first things I want to say is props to some of the smaller places throughout the world for putting on good fights with decent available names, decent enough production and mostly well-run and -officiated. One of the pitfalls of smaller promotions is when they skimp and cut corners trying to make that extra buck. When things go well, it's usually because they did a good job trying to put on a good event.
The organizers in Croatia packed 15,000 or so into their arena, brought over Michael Buffer and a former Miss America to work the mic (and look good), and got a decent mix of name kickboxers and prospects to compete.
Super Fight League over in India had the right mix of carnival and sport, complete with concert, dancing hotties and they brought Herb Dean over to ref.
Bellator had some ref problems, especially in the Jeff Curran/Joe Warren contest, but other than that, it was fairly decent. They need to work on their timing of getting fighters into the cage, but other than that, not too many complaints. Bellator reinforced that they're one of the best orgs outside of the Zuffa umbrella.
The Ultimate Fighter season 15 kicked off, and while it wasn't revolutionary, their format change made it a nice switchup from the past few seasons. The one-round fights with $5,000 bonuses for finishes certainly helped bring some excitement to the fights, as a number of dudes were just flat-out going for broke to make an impression.
There was also a ton of even smaller MMA cards that have been reported to Sherdog's Fight Finder, and over at HKL, I'll try and pull the relevant information from them. Also beyond are gifs, full videos for Super Fight League, Mirko Filipovic vs. Ray Sefo and full results for the mid-majors.
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(they're only for me though, I'm kinda hungry)