Welcome, ladies and germs, to a belated edition of Beyond the Octagon. Please accept this small burnt offering while I settle into the ol' Chicago digs.
First some late-breaking results from the Saturday before last from the Dakota Fighting Championships. First up, MMA iron man Travis Wiuff (72-18-0, 1NC) secured his fourth win in a row with a unanimous decision over Dallas Mitchell (4-3-0). Wiuff is likely a familiar name as he's fought in nearly every major promotion, including the UFC (0-2), IFL (1-2), Pride (0-1), and, most recently, Bellator (4-2). Oh yeah, and a little thing called YAMMA PIT FIGHTING? EVER HEARD OF IT? HE WAS ONLY THEIR FIRST AND LONGEST REIGNING CHAMPION, YOU PHILISTINES.
Also on the card, strawweight Sarah Schneider (7-6-0, 1-1 Invicta, 0-1 Bellator) rebounded from her loss to Carla Esparza last summer with a unanimous decision victory against Amber Stautzenberger (4-3-0). Schneider has slight big-show experience, but has nevertheless contended with some of the more stronger figures of WMMA, such as Sarah Kaufman, Adrienna Jenkins, and Julie Kedzie.
And in the main event, surging heavyweight Timothy Johnson (7-1-0) took out Kevin Asplund (16-7-0, 0-1 Bellator) with strikes mid-way through the first. Asplund was 15-1 heading into his Bellator bout against Brett Rogers, but has only managed to go 1-5 since that loss. Johnson, meanwhile, has won six straight, all by finishes, over opposition with a cumulative record (as of respective fight times) of 68-47-0. Not too bad, considering some of the other squash matches we've been hearing about.
As for last Saturday, Dakota Cochrane (17-5-0) squared off with UFC vet Anton Kuivanen (20-8-0, 1-2 UFC) in the main event of Helsinki's Fight Night Finland. Cochrane, despite no major promotional debut, is likely familiar to fans as the prospective TUF contestant with a past in the adult film industry (not adult as in The King's Speech or The Deer Hunter, the other kind). Unfortunately, that buzz overshadowed what has been a rather strong career at lightweight for Cochrane, who's shown flashes of excellence in wins against Jamie Varner, Joe Stevenson, and Efrain Escudero. Unfortunately, Cochrane also seems plagued by inconsistency, with promising wins often giving way to upset losses (including the split-decision to the relatively inexperienced James Vick in TUF's elimination round). Cochrane's now won two in a row, though, and has four career victories over UFC veterans. Kuivanen, meanwhile, sees his win streak halted at two. Since being released from the UFC in 2013, he's gone 3-2.
Finally, at Legacy FC 31, Damacio Page (18-9-0, 0-3 UFC, 3-2 WEC) secured his second win of the year (and the organization's flyweight title) with a third-round arm triangle choke of Elias Garcia (4-2-0). Page exited the UFC on the heels of a disastrous three-fight run that saw him finished by choke in every bout, including a 2011 guillotine by Brian Bowles that was ***VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL*** to a guillotine loss to Bowles from three god damn years earlier--both in Round 1, both at the 3:30 mark. That's some real existential crisis territory. Since his release Page is 3-1, and undefeated in Legacy FC.
A highlight of that event, with Page appearing at 1:12, can be found here.