Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend. I'm not perfect, if I've missed a fight that you know of or someone has pulled out of a fight let me know in the comments section.
Shinzo Fight Sport - 16 Aug - Guatemala City, Guatemala
Chidi Njokuani (9-4) vs. Levon Maynard
Njokuani is the bother of UFC LW Anthony Njokuani, but looking to rebound from a loss to MW prospect Jeremy Kimball last time out. Like his brother, Chidi has a Muay Thai base, and if he is going to be exposed it will be through his grappling.
RFA - 16 Aug - Los Angeles, CA - RFA cards are a good place from top to bottom are a good place to check out solid MMA prospects
Munhoz is a two time Brazilian National No-Gi Champion, and it shows in his MMA game. Munhoz is a threat for a submission from any position in a scramble, and it will be interesting to see how he matches up with Curran who is no slouch on the ground himself. Pedro has shown improvement on his standup, but Curran will have the striking advantage in this fight.
2 x NCAA Division 1 Champion, and 2008 Olympian Steve Mocco will face the toughest challenge of his young career when he squares off with Lew Polley. Polley came in around 30 pounds overweight for a LHW fight at last weeks WSOF, that was then cancelled, but Polley jumps right into a HW fight this week. Polley is a former Division1 wrestler himself, and was last in action under the Bellator banner. An impressive win here by Mocco could put him on the UFC roster sooner than later.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships - 17 Aug - Atlantic City, NJ
Jordan Stiner (4-0) vs. Donald Ooton (4-0)
After starting his career at Virginia Tech, Ooton transferred and was a 2 x Division III All-American at Brockport University. He has also served as an assistant wrestling coach at Bucknell University. When it comes to MMA, he is looking for the takedown, and then launches right into aggressive Ground and Pound. Stiner comes from Renzo Gracie's Pennsylvania based affiliates team. Jordan is good out of scrambles gaining the dominant position, and then using GnP to open up submissions.
King of the Cage - 17 Aug - Gold Country Casino
Josh Paiva (3-0) vs. Zach Lari (9-3)
Paiva has a wrestling back ground, to include a California State Greco-Roman Championship (for what that is worth), and you can see it in his game. Look for some impressive slams, and throws when closes the distance. He also has a developing Stand-up game, where he uses kicks to keep distance until he wants to close and grab his opponent. Paiva does leave himself open to some submissions when it goes to the ground, and that is where Lari provides a tough challenge, as he has finished his last 4 opponents by submission.
Review from Last week
Russell Doane dropped to 10-2 by dropping a split decision to Kyle Aguon (6-3). It marked Aguon's 4th straight victory after starting his career at 2-3.
Rob Font (7-1) stopped Chris Foster with a 1st round TKO. It marks Font's 6th straight win, and he is likely on the Bellator, and UFC radars as his last 3 victories have come over opponents with a combined 25-8 record.
Livia Renata Souza (3-0) remained undefeated with her 3rd straight submission victory.
In a fight that I missed in last weeks preview, Featherweight Julio Cesar Neves improved to 26-0 (Made his pro debut in October 2011), with a an amazing KO victory. While Neves has a lot of wins over in-experienced, and low quality opponents, he does have a few decent wins on his resume, and this KO had to catch the attention of both UFC, and Bellator.
At Jackson's MMA Series, Mexican Middleweight Augusto Montano improved to 13-1 with his 4th straight stoppage victory. Montano's only loss is to Bellator, and TUF Veteran Sam Alvey back in 2011. With UFC looking to expand into Mexico, I think it is very likely that Montano could get a look