Welcome, gentle readers, to a round-up of fight results featuring big show castaways and the notable journeymen we all (sort of) know and (maybe) love. Lots of action this past weekend, including the greatest Emelianenko brother (supposing that sporting a fresh new beard is your prime measure of greatness) and a host of UFC vets.
This past Sunday, as part of the latest Inoki Genome Federation event, Satoshi Ishii (8-2-1) and Pedro Rizzo (19-11-0) took to the ring in the sole MMA contest of an otherwise all pro-wrestling card. Ishii took a three-round decision over Rizzo, extending his win-streak to four, which has consisted entirely of UFC veterans, including Sean McCorkle and Tim Sylvia. I'd thought Rizzo had retired following his loss to to Fedor last summer, but as we well know, retirement in MMA tends to be a sort of passing condition. Case in point...
Aleksander Emelianenko (22-6-0), who announced his retirement earlier this year, returned to the ring Saturday night against Bob Sapp (11-17-0), knocking "The Beast" out within two minutes of the opening bell. It's hard to believe that Sapp--who, in the midst of an 11-fight skid, hasn't won a fight in over three years and h asn't won two consecutive bouts in over five--was once considered a legitimate heavyweight talent, but there you have it. The win is a rebound for Emelianenko, who was submitted by Jeff Monson last November.
Also on Saturday, Japan's JEWELS promotion, showcasing WMMA, hosted their 24th evening of fights. The main event saw Korea's Seo Hee Ham (11-5-0) score a slight upset victory over Japan's Naho Sugiyama (8-3-0). "Sugi Rock," who opened her career with eight straight victories, has now lost three straight bouts (a trend that started with a submission loss to Invicta FC standout Jessica Penne). Elsewhere on the card, Mika "Future Princess" Nagano (13-8-0) extended her win-streak to three with a first-round rear-naked-choke of Takumi Umehara (1-1-0). Not the most relevant of fights, maybe, but I'll take what chance I can to talk about someone dubbed "Future Princess."
Former TUF: Brazil competitor Delson Heleno (25-7-0) fought this past Friday as part of the third Circuito Team Nogueira. You may remember Heleno from his first-round TKO loss to Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 147 (after which he was cut), but Heleno was also a very strong welterweight contender in the now-defunct IFL (New York Pittbulls 4EVR!). Heleno has won two in a row since being released from the UFC, this latest a second-round armbar submission of Evilasio Silva (6-11-0).
Also on the card, bantamweight Ana Maria (4-4-0) took a unanimous decision over Aline Serio (4-4-0). With such a record, Maria doesn't seem like much, but it's worth noting that all of her losses have come against WMMA staples in Vanessa Porto, Ediane Gomes, and, twice, Carina Damm. Maria, who owns a submission win over Strikeforce vet and Invicta fighter Amanda Nunes, has now won two in a row.
Meanwhile, in Poland...
Bellator and WSOF veteran D.J. Linderman (14-5-0) took out Michal Kita (14-7-0) by TKO in the second round of their main event at Fighters Arena 8. With the win, Linderman snapped a two-fight losing streak (to Robert Drysdale and the man whom I assume is Anthony Johnson's giant older brother, also named Anthony Johnson), and he continues to be one of the better unsigned fighters working in the light-heavyweight/heavyweight range.
And finally, at Disorderly Conduct 19, Dakota Cochrane (14-4-0), perhaps best known, unfortunately, for his adult film career which came to light prior to his brief stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, fought in the main event against Marcus Edwards (4-1-0). Edwards scored a major upset, submitting Cochrane within the bout's opening minutes, halting a potential four-fight win streak for the former TUF hopeful. It's a very disappointing loss for Cochrane, who holds wins over Jamie Varner and Joe Stevenson.