Prospects to Watch this Weekend

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Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend:

Iron Fight Combat - 19 Dec - Jacobina, Bahia, Brazil


Roniele Gomes (7-0) vs. Dymitry Damianny (1-1)



Gomes has decent standup, and blends some of the capoeira movements and kicks in with a more traditional Muay Thai based kickboxing game. Physically he passes the eyeball test, as he is able to control his opponents in the clinch, and is not afraid to take the fight to the ground. He has a few of the expected low level fighters on his record, but he has also beaten a few veteran fighters from the Brazilian scene who carry winning records.


Shooto Brazil - 20 Dec - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Alexandre Pantoja Passidomo (13-2) vs. Lincoln da Sa (11-2)

Age: 23 Age:

Height: 5'5 Height: 5'4

Passidomo is riding a six fight winning streak into this rematch. The only decision during that stretch is a UD over Lincoln in their first meeting. Passidomo's last loss came to current UFC fighter Jussier Formiga back in 2010. He has not been shying away from tough competition as he has seen fights with fellow top prospect Dileno Lopes, and UFC veteran Pedro Nobre fall through over the last 15 months.


Jungle Fights - 21 Dec - Belem, Para, Brazil


Larissa Pacheco (8-0) vs. Irene Aldana (3-0)

Age: 19 Age: 25

Height: 5'7 Height: 5'9.

Pacheco is a young striker out of Brazil that is quickly tearing a path through the Brazilian regional scene. I suspect the winner of this fight will end up in the UFC very soon. Aldana is a Mexican fighter, and would be very appealing to the UFC as they look for quality fighters to help them break into that country.

Larissão Pacheco vs Dinha Wollstain "Jungle Fight 59" (via mmatubefull)

Irene Aldana vs Mayra Arce - Xtreme Kombat 21 (via RandomMMA1)



Douglas Andrade (21-1) vs. Tiago Passos (5-4)

Age: 28

Height: 5'5

Andrade has won 20 in a row, but it has been against mostly lower level talent. Andrade has won his last two fights under the Jungle Fight promotion, and if he sticks with them he should be able to step up in competition.


Rebel FC - 21 Dec - Singapore


Glenn Sparv (7-2) vs. Alberto Mina (9-0)

Age: 24 Age: 31

Height: 6'2 Height: 5'10

Rumor was that Sparv, a native of Finland was about to sign with UFC, and fight on the upcoming Singapore card. It turns out that his next fight is in Singapore, but not for the UFC. Sparv trains with Team Quest Thailand, and is looking to go 3-0 this year. Glenn likes to implement some ground and pound, so it will be interesting to see how that game plan stacks up against Mina who is a BJJ and Judo Blackbelt. Mina was on the BE world scouting report several years ago, and the winner of this fight could come down to who can put their opponent on their back in 2 of the 3 rounds.

Glenn Sparv (Team Quest Thailand) vs. Johnny Parsons (Wand Fight Team) (via TeamQuestThailand)


Rob Lisita (12-5) vs. 'Lion' Takeshi Inoue (21-8)

Age: 30 Age: 33

Height: 5'7 Height: 5'8

Rob Lisita is a top Australian featherweight, who has won 5 of his last 6 bouts. He has dropped decision losses to UFC vets Bernardo Magalhaes and Ben Wall as a lightweight, but has been on a tear since dropping down to 145. The former Legend FC title contender is rumored to be close to a UFC deal, but first he must defeat a Japanese MMA legend in 'Lion' Inoue, who vows to show vintage form as he says he's finally healthy from the injuries that slowed him down the past couple of years.


Review from last week:

EFC Africa - 12 Dec - Johannesburg, South Africa


Ruan Potts (8-1) picked up a 44 second submission victory over Andrew Van Zyl (8-2) as these men settled their trilogy. Potts is 33 years old, and has submitted his last three opponents, and avenged his only loss. He might be a tempting target for UFC if they are interested in bringing in a South African fighter.


Golden Fighters - 12 Dec - Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Augusto Sakai (6-0) picked up a UD victory over Edison Lopes (2-1)


Luis Rafael (24-0) saw his fight with Adonilton Matos (5-2) called off, and I'm not sure of the reasons.


Cage WarriorsFC - 13 Dec - Amman, Jordan


Arnold Allen (6-0) picked up a 2nd round TKO over Doni Miller (3-2). The 19 year old Allen has stopped 5 of his 6 opponents.

Sparta Combat League - 14 Dec - Denver, CO


Joshua Copeland (7-0) picked up a UD over Jesse Hernandez (6-1).


BAMMA - 14 Dec - Birmingham, England


Max Nunes (12-1) picked up a UD over Ion Pascu (7-4). He also working twitter to get a fight with Pascu's original opponent for this fight Scott Askham (11-0).


Gladiator Arena - 14 Dec - Hala Osir, Pyrzyce, Poland


Lukasz Sajewski (12-0) picked up a UD over Kamil Gniadek (5-2). The 23 year old Polish fighter should be hearing from the UFC soon.


Heat 29 - 15 Dec - Tokyo, Japan


Mikihito Yamagami (10-2) picked up a 1st round TKO over Narongchai Dragontail (0-3).

If I've missed a fight that you know of... or someone has pulled out of a fight let me know in the comments section.

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