KOTC - 11 Jul - Highland, CA
Cooper Gibson (7-1) vs. Henry Corrales (4-0)
Corrales has a wrestling, and submission based game that has served him very well to this point as all his victories have come by way of submission. Gibson has won 7 in a row, 6 by stoppage, since losing his pro debut, and brings a solid grappling game of his own into this fight.
NEF - 12 Jul - Bangor, ME
Matt Desroches (4-0) vs. Jonathan Lemke (3-0)
Desroches is certainly a work in progress. He has good athletic ability, but the progression between his first pro fight in January 2012 to his 3rd in Jul 2012 was remarkable. In his first fight he was nearly KO'd and in trouble in the 1st round because he kept his chin high, hands low, gassed early, and was lucky that he was in the cage with someone who was not very refined. By his 3rd fight, his overall form had improved tremendously standing, and he seemed very in control during the fight. I'm still not sold that he is ticketed for one of the bigger organizations, but I'm not ruling it out. Lemke is 34 years old, but was 3-0 as an amateur, and has now matched that as a pro. His name might ring a bell, as he picked up a win on a Bellator undercard back in March.
Ray Wood (3-0) vs. Lenny Wheeler (6-2)
Wood was 5-1 as an amateur, is 24 years old, and brings a tall 5'10'' frame into the cage as a featherweight. He is good at using his height while standing, and has good top control on the ground. There is room to improve his ground game, as he can lose top position while hunting for submission, and did not appear to have much offense off his back. It hasn't come back to cost him as a pro yet, but could be a concern against better competition.
Nitro MMA -13 Jul - Queensland, Australia
Tyler Manawaroa (9-0) vs. Semir Celikovic (6-1)
Manawaroa is a 6'1'' 18 year old prospect fighting out of the same Australian MMA camp as UFC fighter Kyle Noke. He can be outstruck on his feet, but has very good takedowns with both double legs, and some throws, or trips from the clinch. Once on top he looks for ground and pound using his long arms to punch, and elbow opponents until he can improve position.
Cam Bracewell (3-0) vs. Chris Lokteff (10-1)
Bracewell will need some work if he is going to get to the next level but the tools are there. He has good size, power on the feet, and serviceable takedowns. He mixes in submission attempts with GnP based on what his opponent is going to give him.
MMA Super Heroes - 13 Jul - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thomas de Almedia (11-0) vs. Valdines Silva (8-4)
I profiled Almedia last week, and he continued rolling with his 11th straight 1st round stoppage to start his career on July 4th. Now the Chute Box product will turn around and take his 2nd of 3 fights scheduled for the month of July.
Felipe Douglas (6-0) vs. Vinicius Zani
Douglas is a 21 year old Muay Thai based fighter with a developing overall MMA skill set. He will usually look to strike first, but has good enough take down defense to be aggressive with his kicks and not worry about ending up on his back. When the fight does go to the ground, he mixes up the GnP, and submission attempts. None of Douglas's 6 fights have been against an opponent with a winning record at the time of the fight, so Zani at 5-3 will be a good test for him moving forward.
Brave - 13 Jul - Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ashida (8-1-2) vs. Kenya Yamanaka
Ashida brings a 6 fight, 5 stoppage winning streak over the last 12 months into this fight with Yamanaka. Ashida could land on the UFC or OneFC radar very soon if he continues to rack up wins.
Review from Last Week
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Thomas de Almedia (11-0) picked up his 11th straight stoppage victory to start his career. Allan Nascimento (8-1) rebounded from his first career defeat by picking up a submission win.
Raoni Barcelos (6-0) had a change in opponent from who I profiled, but still scored an impressive result with a 1st round KO over Team Nogueria fighter Erinaldo dos Santos Rodrigues.
The Mateusz Teodorczuk (10-2) vs. Ruben Crawford (13-2) fight in Germany appears to have been scrapped from the card.