While the UFC carpet bombed the weekend with fights, it was a relatively quiet few days on the regional circuit. Let's get things started with a bit of WMMA.
At Showdown Fights 15, out of Utah, DeAnna Bennett (4-0-0) made short work of Colleen Schneider (5-5-0, 0-1 Strikeforce), eliciting the tap by rear naked choke within the fight's opening minutes. Schneider, who lost her TUF 18 elimination-round fight to Shayna Baszler by first-round armbar, sees a two-year long winning streak halted at four. Meanwhile, Bennett--undefeated and holding a victory over TUF 18 champion Julianna Pena (the last pre-UFC loss of Pena's career)--further solidifies herself as a prospect, whether at flyweight or bantamweight.
Meanwhile, in Japan...
At Bluedog Fighting Charity Vol. 1 (uh, wut?) Yusuke Kawaguchi (17-8-0, 1-0 DREAM) the first, last, and greatest DEEP Megaton Champion, rebounded from his April knockout loss to Brett Rogers with a TKO of his own. MMA novice Fumio Yoshimura (0-1-0) played sacrificial lamb, succumbing to Kawaguchi's punches at 1:17 of the first round. Kawaguchi, who has frequently (if unsuccessfully) tested himself against the likes of Rogers, Rolles Gracie, and Soa Palalei, is a fair 4-2 in the last two years, though the collective record of his last four conquests amounts to only 6-7-0.
And at Pancrase 259, long-time middleweight champion Ryo Kawamura (16-9-4, 2-3 Sengoku, 0-1 One FC) faltered in his title defense against Shinsho Anzai (8-1-0), falling to punches mid-way through the first. Kawamura, one of Muhammad Lawal's first opponents, has frequently stumbled in his forays outside of Pancrase, but hasn't suffered a loss in that promotion since 2010. Meanwhile, Anzai--who can be seen here nursing a quiet fury as he gets the news that he came in last place in an Andre the Giant costume contest. I mean, the singlet isn't even the right color. Shit, Anzai, get it together--is enjoying a six-fight win streak, three of which have come by (T)KO.
And in the latest A-Town Throwdown (cue eye-roll, cue groan, cue bafflement at nigh-total lack of non-ridiculous-sounding regional MMA promotions) the well-traveled Travis Wiuff (73-18-0, 1NC) took a unanimous decision victory over Danyelle Williams (6-4-1). Wiuff, who has fought in nearly all of MMA's biggest promotions, has won five straight, and is 4-0 in 2014 so far (the opponents' collective record, at the time of their respective bouts, is not-embarrassing 45-25-1). This comes off of a 2012-2013 slump in which he lost four in a row. As for Williams, this is his first loss in nearly two years.
That's all for now. This post may update with some late-breaking results, supposing that the bouts weren't cancelled. Otherwise, see you next week.