Here's a round up of news coming from the Asian MMA scene:
- The Ultimate Fighter: China Featherweight Finalist, Yang Jianping competed (once again) outside the UFC. After a terrible performance at the TUF Finale where he lost an uneventful decision against Ning Guangyou, the popular Chinese star rebounded at Kunlun 11 in Macau this past weekend. He defeated yet another over matched opponent in Yi-Sak Kim by decision.
There's no word on whether he still has a UFC contract, and while those deals are usually exclusive, this is China after all. Yang had already competed at least twice outside the promotion since his stint in the TUF: China house, but unlike the other cards which don't get promoted well outside the mainland or get to his Sherdog record, Kunlun 11 is much more high profile and UFC officials surely know about it.
- Malaysia's Amateur MMA circuit, MIMMA, will host another event and as they crown new champs from their ranks. The card will also have a few professional bouts on the top of the line up, and it will feature some interesting match ups.
As BloodyElbow.com was told two weeks ago, Headlining the October 25 card is Filipino-American star Mark Striegl (12-1). The 26-year-old has racked up quality wins over talented, and at times, much larger opponents through out his career, and after suffering a loss for the first time against PXC Featherweight Champ, Jang Yong Kim, he is making a change.
The talented grappler will now be dropping down to bantamweight, and will be facing off against a talented Kiwi and fellow Legend FC vet Kai-Kara France. Their styles should make for an entertaining contest, and it would interesting to see how Striegl's grappling and top control translates on a new division.
- Also on the MIMMA card, UFC veteran Will Chope competes against Matthew Pellino. The 6-foot-4 featerweight will face Pellino in an open-weight bout, and while he will have a massive reach advantage, he is likely to give up a lot of weight against the American wrestler.
- Speaking of Chope, he recently called out a guy who honestly should've had another stint in the UFC by now. I am of course talking about UFC pioneer, Caol Uno, who at 39-years-young, is still beating all these top prospects in their 20's.
Uno last fought at VTJ 6 this past weekend, and he submitted Reign MMA's Raja Shippen, and ended his 11-fight winning streak. That makes 6 in a row for the former UFC star, which includes stoppages over Team Alpha Male studs in Daniel Romero and Anthony Avila.
Bring Uno back to the UFC.
- Also on the same VTJ card, King of Pancrase Isao Kobayashi defeated 'Lion' Takeshi Inoue by decision in his first drop down to bantamweight. The 25-year-old improved to 16-1-4, picking up yet another name to add to his resume and continuing his case for a UFC call up.
- DEEP has also announced that they will be the ones to continue the NYE tradition in Japan and will be hosting an event at the Saitama Super Arena during the holiday. Not much details were made available, but DEEP head Saeki has noted that he will be looking to work with other promotions to put together this major card.
- There's a minor change on the upcoming URCC 25 card I reported on earlier which featured 2 title fights. Hideo Morikawa was supposed to face Mike Bunag, but the latter pulled out from undisclosed reasons so now the Japanese fighter faces Ryan Jakiri of Submission Sport Philippines.
- Super Fight League recently hosted their first show outside of India as they've taken their act to the US. Unfortunately for them, the main talking point from the show -- which happened along side that long UFC double header too -- was that 2 fighters fell through the cage and were unable to continue. Watch the gif here.
- As for other upcoming cards in the region this month, PXC 45 will happen on Oct 24 in Guam, and will feature a bantamweight championship bout between Kyle Aguon and Rolando Dy, along with newly signed UFC vet Darren Uyenoyama, taking on the streaking Shane Alvarez.
- ONE FC 21 will happen in Malaysia and will have former M-1 Global Champ Marat Gafurov taking on Rob Lisita.