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Beyond the Octagon: Travis Wiuff, King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura, Etc.

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.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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