Another packed weekend. Jump on in, the fight results are fine (unless you're a big OLAF ALFONSO FAN).
Tokyo's DEEP 67 Impact played host to a trio of name fighters, who came away with mixed results. UFC veteran and Sengoku Tournament champion Keita Nakamura (27-6-2, 0-3 UFC, 3-0 Sengoku, 1-0 Dream) rebounded from his upset loss to Frank Camacho last February with a first round TKO of the unheralded Keiichiro Yamamiya (44-33-10). This bout marks Yamamiya's fifth loss in a row, while Nakamura is 6-1 since 2012. He's 11-3-0 since he was last fought in the UFC.
Upsets would dictate the rest of the card, beginning with Masakazu Imanari (27-13-2, 4-3 Dream, 0-2 Pride, 1-1 One FC) and his TKO loss to Haruo Ochi (11-4-1). Known for his relentless, nigh-singular pursuit of the leg lock, Imanari was halted early in Round 2 after repeated blows left his face swollen enough for the doctor to call off the fight. Imanari is 3-3 since 2012. Ochi has managed a 4-2 mark in that same time frame.
In the main event, Yoshiro Maeda, who in 2008 challenged for Miguel Torres's WEC title, squared off with Yuki Motoya in a flyweight match. The occasion of Maeda's 50th bout would be spoiled, as the former Top 10 bantamweight lost by armbar in the final seconds of Round 1. This loss puts Maeda in a five fight slump--the brawler hasn't won since August, 2012--and, at only 32 years old, his record now stands at 30-15-5 (0-2 Pride, 1-2 WEC, 2-4 Dream, 1-0 Sengoku). For Motoya, meanwhile, this is something of a break-out weekend. The 24-year-old has won three in a row, and is 8-1 in the last three years.
Some quick results, now, beginning with Legacy FC 32, where UFC vet Kyle Bradley (18-10-0, 1-3 UFC) returned to the ring for the first time in over a year only to suffer defeat by a first-round rear naked choke from Derrick Krantz (15-8-0, 1-1 Bellator, with the nickname--ugh--D-Rock). Bradley is 4-3 in his post-UFC career.
At Shooto Brazil 48, Francisco France (9-3-1, 1-0 Strikeforce, 0-0-1 WSOF) put the arm triangle choke to Ricardo Scrippe (10-9-0) for the first-round victory. France, who has a win over UFC vet James McSweeney, may be most familiar as the first man to be defeated by Keith Jardine following Jardine's horrendous 0-5 run towards the end of last decade. France is 3-1-1 since then.
Also on the card, Bruno Carvalho (9-5-0, 0-1 Dream, 0-1 Bellator) succumbed to the strikes of MMA novice Lucio Hantaru (1-1-0) in the opening minute of their match. Carvalho is 1-3 since 2013.
And at South Carolina's Warfare FC 12 (the event poster for which has a "TBD" in place of a fighter portrait, for cryin' out crimminy), Ronald Stallings, who dropped a split-decision to Adlan Amagov in his lone Strikeforce appearance, and who also has wins over Mike Massenzio and Herbert Goodman, made it three wins in a row with his second-round KO of Joshua Williams (1-1-0). Stallings improves his record to 12-5-0 (1NC).
Take a breath, folks. Grab yourself a nice, cold Tab-brand cola from the refrigerator. We're only about half-way through. Quality Tab soda pop will lend you the energy and focus required to finish such a lengthy, highly informative article.
And, at England's Full Contact Contender 10, former TUF contestant Martin Stapleton set himself right following a two-fight skid in Bellator with a standing guillotine of Stanislav Enchev (5-8-0). The finish came at 2:05 of Round 1. Stapleton has, despite bad runs in Bellator and TUF, has been a strong presence in the UK region--only one of the losses of his 13-3-0 record have come from that circuit. Conversely, he has yet to secure a win outside of that circuit. Make of that what you will.
At New Jersey's latest Cage Fury FC, Lyman Good, Bellator's inaugural welterweight champion, took his first official fight since his split with that promotion. Good was last seen in the opening episode of the new season of TUF, where he gave Dana White a case of the rosy-cheeked giggles following a unanimous decision loss to Ian Stephens in the show's elimination round (ironically, White, who was so high on Stephens at the time, promptly threw the wrestler under the bus for an identical, top-control-based performance in his subsequent quarter-final match; go figure). At any rate, the return to official action was a successful one for Good, who put Matt Secor away with a right hook and zealous ground and pound late in the first. Good, who went 8-3 in Bellator and 1-0 in the IFL (against Mike Dolce, who has now somehow landed himself in the role of "Your Good Buddy" in the new UFC video game) improves to an overall record of 16-3-0. Secor falls to 4-2-0.
Good vs. Secor here. Watch only if you want the immersive feeling of sitting in the stands of a regional MMA show (hey, it's not my job to judge what sort of out-of-control masochist you are).
Also on that card, Kenny Foster (11-8-0, 3-5 Bellator) upset former TUF contestant Andy Main (8-2-1, 1NC) by split-decision. The loss is Main's first since 2010. Foster, meanwhile, halts his losing streak at two.
And finally, the latest Tachi Palace Fights (dubbed, appropriately I suppose, Throwback Thursday) featured a host of familiar names, beginning with Del Hawkins (22-17-0). The bantamweight old-guard, whose career stretches back to 2000, fell to punches mid-way through the first against Alex Perez (12-2-0). It was Hawkins's first fight in over two years, and only his second in over six. The loss lands Hawkins in a five-fight slump that stretches back to February 2008, when he was on the wrong end of a high-light worthy flying armbar from Coty Wheeler at WEC 32.
Also on the card, Eddie Yagin (16-6-1, 1-1 UFC) squared off with fellow UFC veteran Diego Saraiva (22-16-1, 0-3 UFC, 0-1 Bellator) in a rematch of their 2009 fight (which Saraiva won by TKO). It was Yagin's first turn in the ring following a lengthy medical suspension due to swelling around his brain and was presumably meant only as a warm-up fight before his return to the UFC. However, the gamble would prove ill-advised for Yagin, who lost to Saraiva via unanimous decision. It was Saraiva's first fight in three years.
Saraiva vs. Yagin is here.
Olaf Alfonso, guys! Olaf! The brawler Alfonso was a stalwart competitor for the WEC during the promotion's early days (going 5-6 overall). He also once fought Hayato Sakurai in Pride--in the pre-fight interview, Alfonso revealed that he had given up conventional training for such exercise as climbing trees might offer, which would have worked out just fine if it weren't for the fact that Sakurai's childhood puppy was run over by a man who climbed trees. Absolutely this filled Sakurai with so much trauma-based bloodlust that he devoted a whole two minutes of his day to thrashing Alfonso to within an inch of his life. Alfonso's bout at Tachi this weekend was his first in over five years and came to a close in the third round when he fell to the punches of Adrian Diaz (6-3-1). Pour one out for Alfonso, and pour another one out for his nose, which looks like one of those wiggly bottles filled with colorful sand (available at America's finer theme parks).
And finally--FINALLY--in the main event, former TUF competitor and Hayastan rep Sevak Magakian (13-6-1) took to the cage against Christos Giagos. Giagos locked up the triangle choke late in the first, eliciting the tap and securing his place as the organization's lightweight champion.
And that, folks, is the end of that.