Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.
Up and Comers - 4 Jan - Rancho Mirage, CA
Chris Honeycutt (3-0) vs. John Brock (5-1)
Honeycutt is a 4 x NCAA qualifier, 2 x All-American, and was the national runner up his senior year. He wrestled at Edinboro University, and linked up with fellow Edinboro alum Josh Koscheck immediately after he graduated in 2012 to being training in MMA. He has picked up three victories, and you can see that he is making some progress rounding out his game, but is still a wrestler at heart, and uses it well inside the cage. Now that Honeycutt has over a year of MMA training, and some solid experience in the cage under his belt, I'm expecting him to have a big 2014. Brock's loss came in 2008 to tough MMA vet Tony Lopez, but he has only fought once since in Jun 2012.
Everett Cummings (6-0) vs. Calvin Bell (3-2)
Cummings has stopped his last five opponents in the first round, and only one of those fights made it longer than a minute. The problem is that those opponents have a grand total of zero professional wins. Add in that his pro debut against Carlos Ortega (4-4) was also Ortega's pro debut, and this will be the first time as a pro Cummings has fought someone who has already recorded a professional victory.
Reality Fighting - 4 Oct - Mohegan Sun Casino, CT
Alexander Keshtov (2-0) vs. Soap Am (3-0)
Am turned pro in June 2013, and has looked impressive so far on the New England regional scene. Keshtov hasn't fought since 2009, but one of his victories was over UFC vet Azamat Gashimov, it is the only loss Gashimov has outside of the UFC.
Review from last week:
Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye - 31 Dec - Tokyo, Japan
Satoshi Ishii (11-2-1) ended his busy 12 month stretch with a UD Kazuyuki Fujita (15-10). Ishii has gone 7-0 dating back to his win at the 2012 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye event.
Cage Warriors FC - 31 Dec - Dublin, Ireland
Jim Alers (12-1) submitted Graham Turner (23-8) in the 2nd round to defend his CWFC featherweight title. Alers has won eight in a row now, and should be receiving a phone call from UFC in the near future.
Mateusz Teodorczuk (11-2) used an anaconda choke to submit Paul Redmond (8-4) in the 2nd round. Teodorczuk is 23 years old, and has now won nine in row.
As always, I'm not perfect if I've missed anyone please let me know in the comments section.