Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.
Tech-Krep FC - 23 May - Simferopol, Crimea
(You don't have to follow politics and global events too close to realize the location and timing of this fight is interesting for reasons beyond the actual fighters)
Maxim Grishin (17-6) vs. Joaquim Ferreira (16-8)
This is a rematch of a 2009 fight won by Ferreira. Grishin is on a five fight winning streak that includes wins over UFC vets Mario Miranda and Rodney Wallace. Max likes to keep the fight standing where he can use his solid standup skills. He trains in the US with Stipe Miocic, and Brian Rogers.
European MMA - 23 May - Copenhagen, Denmark
Mark Madsen (1-0) vs. David Defort
Madsen placed at the Greco-Roman World Championships four times, with 3 Silvers (2005, 2007, 2009), and a Bronze (2006). If you have 47 seconds of time to spare watch the video of his first fight below.
Unified MMA - 23 May - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Coming off his win over Steve Mocco at a WSOF: Canada show, Rama looks for another big win over UFC Vet Hague. Rama hits hard, and stopped his first six opponents, before getting stopped himself by UFC signee Anthony Hamilton in a MFC HW title fight.
Inka Fighting Championship - 24 May - Magdalena, Lima, Peru
(Apparently Jon Jones is going to be at this event, the traveling you get to do as UFC champ)
Ben Reiter (14-0-1) vs. Dirlei Broenstrup (9-3)
There were reports that Reiter had signed with Bellator recently, but this will be his 2nd fight in Peru since those reports hit. Reiter has now won four in a row since fighting to a draw with Strikeforce vet Marcos Rogerio de Lima last year. All but one of his fights have come in Peru. He was a college wrestler at the University of Pennsylvania.
M-1 Global - 24 May - Astana, Kazakhstan
Dennis Smoldarev (6-0) vs. Evgeni Guryanov (6-1)
Barring an upset, Smoldarev will be in the UFC in the very near future. The Estonian fighter has a strong Kickboxing and grappling game built off his Sambo base. He defeated another very good prospect in Ante Delija last time out. He currently trains in St. Petersburg, Russia with the Alexander Nevsky Club. If he maximizes his physical gifts with the right training camps and matchmaking along the way, he has top 5 potential.
Pavel Vitruk (11-0) vs. Agoney Romero (3-1-1)
Vitruk is a Ukrainian with a strong Muay Thai base that he has transitioned into MMA. He trains at the same Alexander Nevsky Club in St. Petersburg as Smoldarev.
Maxim Divnich (7-0) vs. Max Coga (9-2)
Divinich is another kickboxing based fighter out of the Alexander Nevsky camp along with several of his teammates on this card. Coga lost to recent UFC signee Niklas Backstrom last time out, but should be a good test for Divnich.
Review from last week:
Ring of Combat - 16 May - Atlantic City, NJ
Chris Wade (7-1) earned a split decision over Frankie Perez (8-1) to retain the ROC LW title.
Andre Harrison (6-0) vs. Neil Johnson (7-6) was cancelled when Johnson missed weight and had a medical issue.
Julio Arce (5-0) vs. John de Jesus (6-4) was cancelled.
Gregor Gillespie (2-0) used a RNC to get the 2nd round sub over Brandon Priest (1-4)
Justin Woods (4-1) was KO'd by Brendan Barrett (10-6)
Titan FC - 16 May - Newkirk, OK - CBS Sports Network
Gleristone Santos (26-4) TKO'd Alvin Robinson (13-8) in the 2nd round. Santos is likely on the short list of future UFC signees at this point.
KSW - 17 May - Sopot, Poland
Mateusz Gamrot (6-0) picked up a UD over Jefferson George
Abslolute FC - 16 May
Colby Covington (5-0) submitted Jay Ellis in the 1st round. Covington trains out of American Top Team, was a NCAA D1 All American, and a Junior College teammate of Jon Jones and former Bellator Champ Joe Soto.
I'm not perfect, if I've missed a prospect let me know in the comments section.