Beyond the Octagon: Brett Rogers, Professor X, WMMA

Headlining Japanese promotion DEEP's latest Jewels event, Takayo Hashi (15-4-1, 0-1 Strikeforce) captured the vacant bantamweight title with her third-round TKO of Shizuku Sugiyama (11-4-1). Back in 2010, Hashi fought Sarah Kaufman in the Strikeforce Challengers 6 headliner, losing by unanimous decision. Losses to Tara LaRosa and Cat Zingano would follow. Since 2012, however, Hashi is 2-0-1.

No footage yet from this weekend's event, but Hashi vs. Zingano can be seen here.

Meanwhile, at Russia's Modern Pankration Federation, Xavier Foupa-Pokam (27-19-0, 0-2 UFC) squared off with former Bellator tournament contender Michail Tsarev (28-4-0). Tsarev, who went 1-2 in Bellator, wrapped things up in the closing seconds of Round 1 with a barrage of knees and punches. He's now 4-0 since his exit from Bellator, with all of his wins coming by KO or TKO. As for Foupa-Pokam, the loss halts a six fight winning streak.

Tsarev vs. Foupa-Pokam is available here.

And in the evening's main event, Brett Rogers stepped into the cage with Evgeny Erokhin in a rematch of their 2013 bout (which Rogers had won by unanimous decision). What Rogers had in size he gave up in speed and accuracy, as Erokhin appeared to have little trouble landing with jabs and leg kicks. Erokhin's methodical approach culminated in a crisp 1-2 in the second round that would drop Rogers and elicit the referee stoppage.

Rogers, who in the last two years has been plying his trade mainly on the Japanese and Eastern European circuits, has kept a busy schedule but struggled to find consistent results. He's 3-3 since 2013. This most recent loss drops his record to 15-8-0, 1NC, while Erokhin improves to 6-4-0.

Erokhin vs. Rogers is here.

Otherwise, this weekend featured action from KSW (highlights of which were covered on BE) and Titan FC, both of which have been pretty well-documented, so I'll skip the full run-down. However, a quick note on the Titan's opening bout that might otherwise get overlooked: IFL, Strikeforce, and EliteXC veteran Wayne Cole (16-23-0), suffered his 11th consecutive defeat, a rear-naked choke in the first, to Wayman Carter (3-2-0). Tough times for Cole, who back in 2008 submitted Mike Kyle with an armbar in under a minute.

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