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.
I've included links to a more in-depth profiles on the fighters ranked in the top 10 prospects by Ranking MMA. It is not my site, but it is a very good resource for learning about prospects coming through the ranks.
Watch Out Combat Show - 20 Sep - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 Man Flyweight Tournament featuring the following fights -
Dileno Lopes (12-1) vs. Janailson Kevin
Lopes will look to rebound from the 1st loss of his career that came last time out against Undefeated Adriano Moraes (9-0). He is a fighter that many still expect to make some noise at FLW before his career is over, and winning this tournament would be a big step. He tried out for TUF: Brazil, but while fighting up 2 weight classes he lost in the elimination round to eventual winner Rony Jason.
Many will remember Nobre from his less than glorious UFC stint. He was bounced from the organization after his short notice fight at Bantamweight was ruled a No Contest, and many were not thrilled with his effort. He has since rebounded with a TKO victory, and if he can win this four man tournament, Sean Shelby and Co would have to think about giving him another shot, this time at his primary weight class of FLW.
Ring of Combat - 20 Sep - Atlantic City, NJ
Frankie Perez (6-0) vs. Rafael Fagundes
Perez defeated previously undefeated prospect Adam Townsend last time out for the biggest win of his career. He needs to avoid a let down here against the Fagundes (4-9), and keep his career on an upward ark. Perez's work with UFC Vet, Ricardo Almedia's team shows as he brings a grappling based game to the cage, and uses his lanky frame to sink in slick submission, and control the position battle.
Prize FC - 20 Sep - Midland, TX
Tony Sims (7-1) vs. Mitchell Hale
Sims lost his pro debut back in 2008, and then reeled off 5 straight stoppage wins over the next few years. He then took close to 3 full years off between 2010, and 2013 before returning this year with two 1st round stoppage victories. Tony has solid striking, using his reach well, and will use his knees when the fight gets in close. His last two wins have been over Chase Hackett, who was lost on the elimation round of TUF: 15, and Veteran fighter Thomas "Wildman" Denny.
Cage MMA - 21 Sep - Vantaa, Finland
Niinimaki hasn't lost since 2006, a span of 10 fights. Tom did not fight between 2007-2010, but since returning in 2010 he has won 9 times. Niinimaki is getting a good chance against UFC vet Watson to prove that he belongs on the big stage if he can have a good showing.
Rocky Mountain Fighting Championships - 21 Sep - Vernal, Utah
Odin Meacham (5-0) vs. Kensei Sato
Meacham has started his career with 5 straight 1st round stoppages. I don't have any video on Meacham, but his age, and quick start to his career means he is someone I will be following moving forward.
SHC - 21 Sep - Geneva, Switzerland
Volkan Oezdemir (9-0) vs. Matti Makela
Switzerland's Oezdemir, fights at HW but will likely be a LHW if he ever makes the jump stateside. He has good striking with power, and can use his wrestling in reverse to keep the fight standing. I haven't seen him in with a very good wrestler, or takedown artist but he has handled the competition he has faced comfortably. Volkan last fought in March when he won 3 times in one night to win a tournament in Denmark.
Review from last week:
CEF 7 - 6 Sep - Macelo, Brazil
Gilbert Burns (5-0) the #3 ranked LW prospect did not end up fighting on 6 September. I saw a mention that says Burns missed weight, leading to the fight being cancelled.
XFC 25 - 6 Sep - Albuquerque, NM
Dhiego Lima (9-1) the #2 ranked WW prospect won a close decision over Ricky Rainey (8-2). It will be interesting to see if Lima gets picked up for the next season of TUF, as he has tried out already for the season.
Gladiators of the Cage - 7 Sep - Cheswick, PA
Bekzod Abdurakhmonoz (3-0) saw his fight scrapped. This is a problem for many top prospects as fights fall through late. Hopefully this doesn't' become a trend, and Bekzod can stay active.
Tenkaichi Fight - 8 Sep - Okinawa, Japan
That Guy (5-1) dropped a unanimous decision to Yusuke Kawaguchi
BAMMA - 14 Sep
In a blow to the overall strength of the LHW division in MMA, one of the top prospects in the sport, Max Nunes (11-1) was submitted by Jason Jones in the 2nd round. Nunes ranked #8 as a LHW prospect can recover from this and still make noise in the long run, but he has been set back a little bit.
Cage Warriors - 14 Sep
Jim Alers (11-1) the #5 ranked FW prospect picked up a 5 round decision victory over Martin Svensson. Alers has now won 7 in row, and this is the first fight in that stretch to make it to the judges. Alers is on record saying he is gunning for UFC, and wouldn't even consider a Bellator offer for at least a couple of years, and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets an offer in the near future.