Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend. I'm not perfect, if I've missed a fight that you know of... or someone has pulled out of a fight let me know in the comments section.
Pacific X-Treme Combat - 25 Oct - Mangilao, Guam
Michinori Tanaka (8-0) vs. Kyle Aguon (6-3)
Aguon is on a 4 fight win streak, including a decision victory over highly regarded Russell Doane (8-2) last time out. Tanaka was the 2011 Shooto Rookie MVP, and has a very good submission game that has led to 5 of his 8 wins coming by submission.
Will Chope (18-5) vs. Takumi Nakayama (18-13-6)
Chope started his career 1-4, but has won 13 in a row all coming since February 2012. He trains with Phuket Top Team, and as expected relies on his Muay Thai game in his fights. He doesn't have the most fluid motion on his feet but he uses a jab, and kicks to keep range well, and then leans on his opponents in the Thai Clinch while using his height to easily target the chest and head with knees.
RFA - 25 Oct - Des Moines, Iowa
Mike Rhodes (5-1) vs. Alan Jouban (7-1)
Age: 23 Age: 31
Height: 6'0 Height: 6'0
Rhodes grew up playing basketball, and did not pick up any martial arts until he went to a kickboxing class in college. He has fought as high as Heavyweight when he was an Amateur, but is now all the way down to WW. His is a striker first, and his only loss is to UFC fighter Brandon Thatch. Rhodes trains with one of the best teams in the business at Roufusport, so he figures to have an upward trajectory for his career. Jouban is a solid prospect, but Rhodes has the higher ceiling out of the two.
Nitro MMA 10 - 26 Oct - Logan City, Australia
Steven Warby (6-0) vs. Jim York (15-5)
Warby has big power in his hands, and has changed the course of several fights with just one shot. There are holes in his stand-up as he gets tagged a little much, but with his power he could quickly be on the UFC's radar with a few more good wins.
Fight Nights - 26 Oct - Moscow, Russia
Magomedov was reported to have signed a contract with Bellator in April 2012, but has fought twice since then for other organizations with no word on when, or if he will make his debut for the company. Magomedov has a kickboxing background, and relies on his stand-up primarily. He was the #6 Heavyweight on the 2012 BE Prospect report.
CFFC 28 - 26 Oct - Atlantic City, NJ
Birchler was a 2 x NCAA qualifier who came out of the MMA factory Edinboro University. In the cage he dances with the one who brought him, and works for the takedown first. Chris has been to a decision in his last 3 fights, including a split decision last time out. He will be looking for a definitive performance against the 43 year old Curtis, who is on a 8 fight winning streak since losing to Brendan Schaub back in 2008.
Jordan Stiner (5-0) vs. Jarred Mercado (10-0)
Age: 27 Age: 29
Height: 5'9 Height: 5'8
Stiner took out previously undefeated Donald Ooton last time out, and will now run into another undefeated foe in Mercado. Stiner trains with a Renzo Gracie affiliate in PA, and is very good out of scrambles, and then using his GnP to open up submissions. Mercado does not set up his takedowns very well, but nobody has made him pay for it yet. Once he does get on top, he has smothering top control and is tenacious with the GnP.
Bison Fighting Championships - 27 Oct - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thomas de Almeida (14-0) vs. Renato Carneiro (7-0-1)
Almeida already has a December fight with Legacy FC set up, but will face one of the stiffer test of his career. Almeida has only been past the 1st round once, and that was in his last fight where he scored a 2nd round TKO. He trains at Chute Boxe, and brings an aggressive, and powerful brand of striking to the table. This will be his 5th fight since the beginning of July.
Review from last week:
OneFC - 18 Oct - Singapore
XFC 26 - 18 Oct - Nashville, TN
Scott Holtzman (6-0) used all the facets of his game to beat Roger Carroll (13-10) over 5 rounds for a UD victory.
PrizeFC - 18 Oct - Denver, CO
JVT Championship - 19 Oct - Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Luis Rafael (22-0) picked up the best win of his career with a UD over Claudir Dutkevis (11-3)... but that wasn't enough, he then turned around and submitted Nelson Junior (0-2) the next day. Rafael has fought 22 time since Jun 2012... that is just a crazy pace.
FFC - 19 Oct - Rio Grande Do Sul - Brazil
Yuri Maia (12-1) picked up a 1st round TKO of Guilherme Jantara (2-2) to run his winning streak to 11. Maia was signed to fight Julio Cesar Neves (28-0) at Golden Fighters 6 on Nov 9th, but Neves has signed with Bellator, so Maia will miss out on a very good chance to prove himself against a quality foe.
M-1 Global - 20 Oct