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.
Tech-Krep FC - 4 Oct - Krasnodar, Russia
Abdurahimov holds wins over Jeff Monson, and Sokoudjou, but lost by submission to long time KOTC vet Tony Lopez in 2011, and has not been very active since, only fighting once. Grove is a recognizable name, so a victory here, would put Abdurahimov back on the map. This fight was listed at LHW, but I know Grove has spent most of his career at HW, and around the 265lbs limit.
Maximum Fighting Championship - 4 Oct - Edmonton, Canada
Anthony Birchak (10-1) vs. Tito Jones (10-6)
Birchak has a wrestling background, but brings a very well rounded game to the table. Since his only loss in 2011, Birchak has reeled off 4 straight victories, 3 by stoppage.
South got a late start to his combat sports career, but since taking up BJJ late in his 20's, he has dedicated himself to martial arts. South's go to is his BJJ, and grappling, but he has developed a very good all around game. At age 35 the clock is ticking against father time, but Jason does not have the same wear and tear as some athletes who have been competing in combat sports their entire lives. A win here should earn him a shot at either UFC or Bellator.
Smealinho Rama (6-0) vs. Anthony Hamilton (10-2)
Rama is an aggressive striker with heavy hands, and a ton of upside. Smealinho has 6 first round stoppage victories since he turned pro in February 2012. The six fights are an even mix of TKO's, and submission that show a well rounded, and developing MMA game.
Vale Tudo Japan - 5 Oct - Tokyo, Japan
Aguilar is considered by many to be the best Straw weight fighter in the world. She was fighting (occasionally) for Bellator until they dissolved their female divisions earlier this year. Now she travels to Japan to rematch Fujii from their Bellator fight in May 2012, that Aguilar won by decision.
Sherman Cage Rage MMA - 5 Oct - Stroudsburg, PA
Bekzod Abdurakhmonoz (3-0) vs. Phillip Parrish (2-0)
Bekzod was scheduled to fight a few weeks ago, and it got scratched, so now he is trying to get back in action quickly. Bekzod finished 3rd in the NCAA D1 wrestling tourney in 2012, after being a two time Junior college All-American. During his time at D1 Clarion, he wrestled at 165lbs but looks to be moving to 155lbs in MMA. His brother was 1-1 in MMA with both fights coming in 2009, and worked with Kenny Florian at one point during his career. Bekzod went 5-0 as an amateur, and since making his MMA debut in July of this year Bekzod has picked up two 1st round stoppages.
Review from last week:
European MMA - 26 Sep - Brondby, Denmark
Nicolas Dalby (11-0) picked up a 1st round TKO over Morten Djursaa (12-5).
KSW 24 - 28 Sep - Lodz, Poland
Karol Bedorf (10-2) picked up a TKO win over Pawel Nastula (5-5)
Mateusz Gamrot (5-0) scored the biggest win of his young career with an unanimous decision victory over UFC vet Andre Winner (15-8-1)
North American Fighting Championships - 28 Sep - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sergio Pettis (9-0) picked up a 1st round submission over James Porter (8-2), and then signed with UFC.
Zak Ottow (6-1) submitted Quinton McCottrell (8-12) early in the 2nd round.
Showdown Fights - 28 Sep - Orem, Utah
Pancrase - 29 Sep - Yokohama, Japan
Rin Nakai (15-0-1) picked up a majority decision over Tara Larosa (21-4)