Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend, and what a weekend it is.
RFA - 24 Jan - Los Angeles, CA
Brian Ortega (7-0) vs. Keoni Koch (5-0)
This fight is for the RFA Featherweight title, and will put one of these fighters on track to be in the UFC by the end of 2014 or early 2015. Ortega is a BJJ black belt out of the Gracie academy in California. He also trains at several other locations such as the Blackhouse gym, home to some of the best fighters in the sport.
Pedro Munhoz (9-0) vs. Billy Daniels (7-0)
Age: 27 Age: 21
Height: 5'6 Height: 5'9
Munhoz is the reigning RFA Bantamweight champion after he defeated veteran Jeff Curran this summer. He is also a two time Brazilian National No-Gi champion with one of the better ground games in the sport. Pedro trains at Kings MMA, and Blackhouse gym giving him very good training environments.
CES MMA - 24 Jan - Lincoln, Rhode Island
Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (4-0) vs. Andrew Osborne (7-7)
Bekzod finished 3rd at 165lbs in the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling championships. He can also claim two runner up performances in the National Junior College championships so he comes armed with an outstanding pedigree. After a 5-0 run on the amateur circuit has stopped his first four professional opponents.
Rob Font (8-1) vs. Ahsan Abdulla (5-4)
Team Sityodtong product Font is the CES Featherweight champion and currently riding a seven fight winning streak. As you would expect from a Sityodtong fighter, standup is Fonts strength and has been steadily improving since turning pro. Rob also can take the fight to the mat if his opponent over commit His only loss as a pro came to current Bellator fighter Desmond Green and he has since beaten some of the best Featherweight talent in the Northeast region.
Font vs. Foster Go to 8:55 mark if you just want to see the finish sequence
Ring of Combat - 24 Jan - Atlantic City, NJ
Frankie Perez (7-0) vs. Mike Santiago (9-8)
Perez is a Brown Belt under UFC veteran Ricardo Almeida. As you would expect he has a great grappling focused game that allows him to control his opponents while landing GnP, and searching for Submissions. For now his striking is mainly used to help him close the distance and hit his nice double leg takedown.
Julio Arce (4-0) vs. Jason McLean (6-6)
Arce has an extensive Muay Thai, and amateur boxing background. He won the 2011 New York Golden Gloves, and compiled a 6-1 record in Muay Thai and Kickboxing. He had an undefeated 11-0 amateur MMA record, and is now rolling as a pro. Despite his striking background he won six of his amateur fights by submission and also submitted Corey Simmons in his most recent pro fight.
Keith Berish (4-0) vs. Ariel Sepulveda (6-6)
Berish comes from a wrestling base, but has earned a BJJ brownbelt. After only fighting twice between 2009-2012, Keith fought twice in 2013 including a submission win over TUF: 19's Patrick Walsh. He is going to try to use his wrestling and submissions to control the fight.
Gregor Gillespie (0-0) vs. Kenny Gaudreau (2-0)
Gillespie holds the Edinboro University record for wins as he compiled a 159-13 mark while becoming a 4 x All American. The peak of his college career was when he won the 2007 National title. He was scheduled to make his MMA debut in November 2012, but that fight was called off and now Gillespie will add to the growing number of Edinboro wrestlers who have made the jump to MMA.
SCL - 25 Jan - Denver, CO
Jeremy Osheim (4-0) vs. Marcus Sursa (12-8)
Osheim has stopped his first four opponents with 2 x TKO, and 2 x submission. He usually competes at Light-Heavyweight but moves up to HW for this fight. He has wrestling background, but has been working to improve his Muay Thai and round out his game.
Review from last week:
Jungle Fights - 17 Jan - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rayner Silva (5-1) defended his JF FLW title with a 2nd round TKO over Sidney Oliveira (9-5).
Juan Puig (11-2) submitted Bruno Batista (1-5) in the first round.
Maximum Fighting Championship - 17 Jan - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Anthony Hamilton (12-2) won a clear UD over Darrill Schoonover (13-6) to retain his MFC HW title.
I'm not perfect, if I've missed a prospect let me know in the comments section.