Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.
Jungle Fights - 17 Jan - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rayner Silva (4-1) vs. Sidney Oliveira (9-5)
Silva is the Jungle Fight FLW champion, and was originally scheduled to fight Giovanni da Silva (13-1) in his first title defense. Giovanni had to pull out with an injury and in stepped Oliveira on a couple of weeks notice. Jungle Fight Champions have been showing up in UFC at a rapid rate, so Silva is probably already on Sean Shelby's radar, and a couple of title defenses should land him a contract with the big show.
Juan Puig (10-2) vs. Bruno Batista (1-4)
Puig is on a five fight winning streak including a 1st round stoppage of Akbarh Arreola who was lost in the opening round of TUF: 15. Puig is going to focus on getting takedowns, and controlling his opponent on the ground. He is not afraid to drop for kneebars, and leg locks. Bonebreakers gym in Mexico is his main training area, but he has also spent some time at Greg Jackson's camp in New Mexico. I don't view Puig as a high-end prospect, but as UFC expands into Mexico, Puig could be a fighter they contact to put on their cards.
Maximum Fighting Championship - 17 Jan - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Anthony Hamilton (11-2) vs. Darrill Schoonover (13-5)
Hamilton is a Jackson-Winklejohn product who won the MFC HW title with a highlight reel KO of Smealinho Rama last time out. Anthony started his career 6-0, hit a 2 fight skid, and has since rebounded with 5 straight wins. Hamilton is a big body, has some grappling in his arsenal and after his last performance opponents have to be wary his KO potential. He trains with Travis Browne and some of the best in the business, so I expect him to continue improving.
Southern is the MFC Lightweight champion regaining his title and avenging his most recent loss last time out with a TKO over Jonatas Novaes in October. He will be looking to keep this fight standing as all of his career losses are by submission, and Gallicchio has 11 submission victories on his record.
Review from last week:
Happy New Heroic Battle - 11 Jan - Herne, Germany
Mohamed Grabinski (7-1) vs. Ruben Crawford (13-3) was cancelled over some kind of dispute at the weight ins.
Dakota Fighting Championships - 11 Jan - Fargo, ND
Amber Stautzenberger (4-2) was stunned with a punch, and then choked out early in the 1st round by Lynn Alvarez (6-3). This will certainly hurt Stautzenberger's TUF: 20 chances, but might help Alvarez get a look.
Catchweight - 160
David Michaud (7-0) scored a Guillotine submission over Carey Vanier (11-6) in the first round.
Shooto - 13 Jan - Tokyo, Japan
I'm not perfect, if I've missed a prospect let me know in the comments section.
I just want to note that next week is going to be stacked with one of the deepest weekends of prospects in action that I've seen since I started doing this.