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.
Click on the rankings link if I've included for some fighter, it leads to a more in-depth profile.
European MMA - 26 Sep - Brondby, Denmark
Nicolas Dalby (10-0) vs. Morten Djursaa (12-4)
Dalby is an aggressive striker who is going to push the pace with a good mix of punches, and kicks that he uses very effectively. He has a pretty good sprawl to keep the fight standing, but is not lost if it goes to the ground, where he has shown some good sweeps, and solid ground and pound or submissions depending on what his opponent gives him.
KSW 24 - 28 Sep - Lodz, Poland
Karol Bedorf (9-2) vs. Pawel Nastula (5-4)
Bedorf is a 2 x European BJJ Champ, and has qualified for Abu Dhabi in the past. He is currently riding a 3 fight winning streak including his last victory over UFC Veteran Oli Thompson. Bedorf is only around 230lbs, and on the smaller side of the HW division, if he ever made the jump to the UFC or Bellator he might be able to drop to LHW.
Mateusz Gamrot (4-0) vs. Andre Winner (15-7-1)
Gamrot landed on my radar when he stopped Mateusz Zawadzki, last time out. Now he is stepping in with a UFC veteran, and has a big chance to make a statement about his long-term potential. Gamrot has a well-rounded game, but I'm not sure if his takedowns are strong enough to dictate the positioning against the more experienced veteran.
Materla has seven straight wins, and four straight over UFC veterans, including one already over Silva. The last win over Silva was by majority decision, so he has to be hoping for a more convincing victory this time. Materla has also picked up wins over Kendall Grove, Matt Horwich, and Rodney Wallace. Materla uses aggressive striking, and developing ground game to continue. With UFC saying they are going to Poland in 2014, Materla is probably near the top of the Zuffa list for fighters who can come into the organization and win fights.
North American Fighting Championships - 28 Sep - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sergio Pettis (8-0) vs. James Porter (8-1)
Pettis steps away from RFA, and FLW to take a tough BW fight against James Porter. Many fans expect Pettis to be getting the call from UFC any day now, and this could very well be his last fight on the regional scene with another impressive win. Pettis trains with some of the best in the sport including his brother Anthony at Roufusport in Wisconsin so the expectation is that he will continue to improve every time out. On the other hand this is a big spot for Porter who could put himself on everyone's radar with an upset win.
Zak Ottow (4-1) vs. Quinton McCottrell (8-11)
I was very impressed with Ottow when I saw him on the RFA 8 card back in June. He has reeled off 5 straight stoppage wins, 4 by submission since losing his MMA debut to fellow prospect Mike Rhodes. Ottow played football at the Air Force Academy, but does not appear to have finished his degree there as he also list University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as where he received his college degree. Zak also has a wrestling background from his high school days. He is now a purple belt in BJJ, and uses his grappling very well to get the fight where he wants it and to impose his will.
Showdown Fights - 28 Sep - Orem, Utah
Jorgensen was on the BE prospects rankings back in 2012. He was a football player for BYU in college prior to transitioning to MMA. He has good striking, and can do work from the clinch, but I didn't see the one punch, plus power that you would expect from a former Defensive Lineman of his size against mid-level regional competition. Jorgensen can also get a takedown when he needs it, but not to a level that he will need against some of the better wrestlers, and BJJ guys he will see at the next level. Smith has a good record, but is on a 2 fight losing streak.
Pancrase - 29 Sep - Yokohama, Japan
Rin Nakai (14-0-1) vs. Tara Larosa (21-3)
Nakai comes from a Judo background, and has done very well competing exclusively in Japan over the course of her career. Larosa is one of the most accomplished Female fighters of all time, but is nearing the end of her career. Despite Larosa's slight decline, this would still be a big win for Nakai.
Review from last week:
Watch Out Combat Show - 20 Sep - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4 Man Flyweight Tournament fell apart as the two top names in the tournament had to pull out. Dileno Lopes suffered a foot injury, and Pedro Nobre missed weight causing him to be pulled from the event.
Ring of Combat - 20 Sep - Atlantic City, NJ
Frankie Perez (7-0) needed less than a round to pick up the submission win over Rafael Fagundes.
Standout Fighting Tournament - 20 Sep
Thomas de Almedia (14-0) had to do something he has never done in his professional MMA career on Friday night... go to the 2nd round, and he almost made it to the 3rd, before finishing his opponent late in the 2nd round. Almedia has been announced for a Legacy FC fight in December.
Prize FC - 20 Sep - Midland, TX
Tony Sims (8-1) defeated Mitchell Hale by 1st round TKO, to run his win streak to eight in a row, all by 1st round stoppage. Don't be surprised if this guy gets a call from Bellator or UFC in the next few months. If nothing happens soon, he already has a fight with Drew Dober (13-4) who lost in the TUF elimination round to Daron Cruickshank on TUF 15 lined up for October 18th.
Cage MMA - 21 Sep - Vantaa, Finland
Rocky Mountain Fighting Championships - 21 Sep - Vernal, Utah
19 year old Odin Meacham (5-1) dropped the first fight of his career in an unanimous decision loss to Kensei Sato (6-4)
SHC - 21 Sep - Geneva, Switzerland
Volkan Oezdemir (9-0) pulled out of his fight this weekend because he has something bigger lined up for October. This is likely a shot in Bellator because, Oezdemir has been rumored for Bellator in the past but had a fight earlier this year cancelled.