Welcome to a belated, on-the-road edition of Beyond the Octagon, coming to you from inside some fancy library in New York that only lends out classical music and ballet footage. How is this place so huge? How are there no vending machines?
Crimea hosted the latest Tech-KREP FC last Friday. Headlining the card was 23 year old Russian heavyweight Denis Goltsov (11-4-0), who earned a unanimous victory from the judges over Bellator veteran Roy Boughton (10-4-0). Boughton moved the needle a bit back in 2010 with an upset over Murilo Rua, though he's failed to replicate that success against any other high-profile opposition (including Sokoudjou and, in Bellator's 2012 summer series, Emmanuel Newton). Goltsov, meanwhile, has yet to fight outside the Eastern European circuit, though his current six-fight hot streak and his high finish rate (three of those wins by KO/TKO, two by submission) should earn him some looks.
Also on the card was a light-heavyweight tilt between Joaquim Ferreira and Pavel Snigur, which ended mid-way through the second when Ferreira locked up an armbar. Ferreira has had an up and down career that's kept him out of the biggest promotions, but his name may be familiar anyway as he's managed to square off with some of the division's best (though usually in losing efforts). Ferreira has, most notably, split a pair of bouts with Junior Dos Santos and taken a submission win over prospect Maxim Grishin. With his win last Friday, Ferreira improves to 17-8-0 (three fight win streak), while Snigur falls to 8-4-0.
Meanwhile, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada's Unified MMA 19, young heavyweight prospect "The Prince" Smealinho Rama (8-1-0) made short work of "The Thrashing Machine" Tim Hague (16-9-0, 1-4 UFC), putting the UFC veteran away with punches in under two minutes. The 22 year-old Rama has now won two straight.
Also in Canada, at Richmond, British Columbia's Battlefield Fight League, TUF runner-up DaMarques Johnson (16-14-0) suffered a second-round TKO at the hands of local favorite Matt Dwyer (7-1-0). It is Johnson's second straight loss since he was cut from the UFC in 2012, and his fifth straight loss overall. Dwyer has won five in a row, including a win over Shonie Carter last January.
Finally, at Sunday's Pro FC 9 in Taipeie, UFC veteran Will Chope (19-7-0) squared off with Ki-Bum Moon (3-1-0). The beleaguered Chope was, of course, cut from the UFC following the revelation of a history of domestic violence. The troubles for Chope continued this weekend, as he dropped a unanimous decision to Moon in what, given their disparity of experience, as to be considered an appreciable upset.