WSOF 3 - 14 Jun 2013 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Tyson Steele (10-1) vs. Steve Carl
Steele is another in the long line of talented Canadian Welterweights, who gets an opportunity to make his name on the WSOF stage. Carl is a four time Bellator vet, who went 2-2 in the organization, and has five straight 1st round submissions since leaving Bellator.
Justin Gaethje (8-0) vs. Brian Cobb
Gaethje went from being a good prospect, to someone everyone wants to see when he blasted GZ Cavalcante at the last WSOF event. The 24 year old trains with Grudge training center in Colorado, and is surrounded by current and former UFC fighters daily. Cobb is a tough veteran, and this will be a good test to see if Gaethje can make another statement, and graduate from prospect to the next level.
Jerrod Sanders (11-1) vs. Jeff Smith (10-1)
Sanders was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma St. back in 2003, and was an assistant coach at North Carolina St. before moving over to MMA. Sanders brings a 9 fight winning streak into the cage for this event, but should get a stiff test from Smith. Smith came up short during the fight-in round for TUF 15, losing a very close decision to Jeremy Larsen, but has not lost an official bout since his pro-debut.
Krasimir Mladenov (9-0) vs. Kendrick Miree (5-0)
Mladenov is nicknamed "The Wrestler" if that helps some. Miree also brings a wrestling base to the cage, but has been working with American Top Team Atlanta to round out his skill set. The winner of this fight will be in a good position at MW to potentially challenge the winner of the upcoming WSOF MW Tourney.
XFC 24 - 14 Jun - USF Sun Dome, Tampa, FL
Scott Holtzman (4-0) vs. John Mahlow
Holtzman is known as the guy that wasn't good enough for Nick Newell, and cause Newell to leave XFC. He is a strong LW, with decent striking, but very effective Ground and pound once the fight hits the mat. He usually takes a little time start his GnP, but once he gets going he is good at finishing the fight.
Ring of Combat XLV - 14 Jun - Atlantic City, NJ
Frankie Perez (5-0) vs. Adam Townsend (4-0)
Two 24 y/o prospects face off in this battle. Townsend was 8-0 as an amateur, uses high paced ground and pound to open up submission opportunities that he is good at capitalizing on. Perez trains with UFC vet Ricardo Almedia and has a slick guillotine, so if this fight goes to the ground it will be interesting to see if Townsend's GnP or Perez's subs come into play first.
Andre Harrison (5-0) vs. Matias Vasquez (10-2)
Harrison steps up in competition, and puts his undefeated record on the line in this one. Harrison was also 5-0 as an amateur before turning pro and winning his first 5, the last 2 by stoppage. Vasquez has won his last 5 fights, all by stoppage, and could take his own step towards one of the bigger promotions.
Deep - 15 Jun - Tokyo, Japan
Doo Ho Choi (10-1) vs. Shoji Maruyama
Choi is a 22 year old who could be the next Korean fighter we see in the Octagon. He is hittable, but he gives more than he takes, and hits hard and has an aggressive style. If he gets his opponent on their heels, look for a big knee up the middle that he like to use, and has led to a few highlight reel moments. Choi does looks vulnerable to takedowns, but has been able to use his grappling to scramble back to his feet.
Review from Last Week -
Jared Rosholt (7-1), Chris Feist (7-0), Jamal Parks (2-0), and Tyler Shinn (5-1) all earned stoppage wins last Friday night. Feist's win has to be considered the best out of the group as he stopped Bellator veteran Kalvin Hackney (12-4) by RNC in the 2nd round.
Michal Materla (18-3) picked up his 4th straight victory over an UFC veteran, this time getting by Kendall Grove in a very close decision. He already has his next fight scheduled for July 6th against German Fighter Sebastian Risch. Mateusz Piskorz (8-1) dropped a decision as he stepped up in competition against Luiz Ricardo Simon. In the battle of young prospects, Mateusz Gamrot (4-0) picked up the biggest win of his young career when he stopped Mateusz Zawadzki (9-2).