Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend
C3 Fights - 2 Aug - Newkirk, OK
Jared Rosholt (7-1) vs. Jason Walraven (5-3)
Rosholt is one of the top HW prospects in the sport of MMA. He was a 3 x All-American while wrestling at Oklahoma St. He still dances with the one that brought him when he fights, looking to use his wrestling to take it to the ground. Despite improving stand up, he still likes to take the fight to the ground, and work for GnP or submissions. This is Rosholt's 4th fight of 2013, but he is going to have to step of the quality of opposition if he wants to get a look from UFC.
Chris Feist (7-0) vs. Thomas Gifford (7-2)
Feist wrestled at Portland State while in college, and is now a member of Team Takedown. Feist has serviceable standup, but has a good transition from striking to takedowns. Gifford is a lanky fighter who is looking for the submission. All of Gifford's wins have come by way of submissions. He doesn't have much on the feet, and pretty much welcomes his opponent to take him down, so that he can start working for sweeps, and subs.
Jamal Parks (2-0) vs. Javier Obregon
Parks was an All-American, and 4 x NCAA tournament qualifier during his time at Oklahoma St. He is now a member of Team Takedown, and this is his 3rd fight since his pro MMA debut in late April.
Tyler Shinn (5-1) vs. Laramie Shaffer (9-3-1)
Shaffer spent 3 years wrestling for Iowa State before transferring to smaller Augustana for his senior season. He was a Division 2 All-American in his one season at the lower level. Shaffer claims he was fighting in unregulated Bar Room tournaments before he was 18 years old. He started out his official MMA career 0-2, but has won six in a row. Shinn Wrestled at Oklahoma St, and was a 2 x National tournament qualifier. Shinn was the better wrestler in college, but this one will likely come down to who has adapted their MMA game better. The winner of this is also a potential candidate to step back up to an organization like RFA where both have competed in the past, or Legacy Fighting Championships.
Fight World Cup 15 - 3 Aug - Nerang, Queensland, Australia
Mike Tobin (5-0) vs. Callum Lewis
I first looked at Tobin a couple of weeks ago, but then that fight fell through. He is 5-0 with all his wins coming by way of 1st round submission. His game is trips, body locks to get the fight to the ground, and then he is looking for the submission to end it.
Rhiannon Thompson (3-0) vs. Kenani Mangakahia (1-0)
Thompson has finished all three of her opponents, including a Head Kick KO over Invicta fighter Bec Hyatt back in 2011. She hasn't been the most active fighter, fighting once a year in 2010, 11, and 12. Mangakahia has a submission victory in her pro-debut.
Review from Last Week
X Fights MMA -
Ricardo "Demente" Abreu improved to 4-0, with his 4th straight 1st round stoppage. Allan Nascimento picked up a submission win over Julio Rodrigues, and improved his record to 9-1. Thomas de Almeida pulled out of this event, and did not compete. This was not totally unexpected, as Almeida had already picked up 2 wins in July, and was briefly rocked in his last time out. Also his scheduled opponent only had a 3-6 record, so it would have done nothing for his stock as one of the better prospects in the sport.
Yuta Sasaki scored a 11 second KO , and improved to 13-1-2. This guy should be on the radar of UFC, Bellator and OneFC.
Fight Lab 32
Joseph Pacheco improved to 7-0 with a UD victory over Amaechi Oselukwue.
Victory Fighting Championships
James Wood dropped to 7-2, when he was TKO'd in the 2nd round by UFC vet Brian Foster. Brian Houston (4-0) only needed 48 seconds to TKO Jett Jones, and has only needed 1:21 combined to win his last two fights. While Jones is no world beater, remember Houston's name, I like what I've seen to this point.
Cage Fighters 3
Portuguese prospect Artur Lemos improved to 5-0 when he got a RNC submission victory over Pedro Carvalho.