Congratulations to Seo Hee Ham (15-5-0), otherwise known as Hamderlei Silva, who has just been signed to the UFC. We last checked in with Ham in August following her unanimous decision win over Alyona Rassohyna and, with another win this weekend--a second-round armbar of Saori ishioka (13-8-0) at Jewels 6 in Tokyo--she's earned herself a spot in the UFC's strawweight division. Ham has run up a six-fight win streak since 2013 on the strength of a ferocious striking game, but she'll be at a significant size disadvantage fighting in the UFC, having found the majority of her success at 105 pounds.
Ham vs. Ishioka can be seen here. She's pretty raw, but there's no denying her exceptionally aggressive style.
Now, jumping back to last Friday, we find ourselves in Moscow where, in the main event of the inscrutably named New Stream, heavyweight Konstatin Erokhin (9-1-0) knocked out Dave Huckaba (21-7, 1-1 WSOF, 0-1 Bellator) early in the first. Erokhin has now won nine in a row, eight of which have come by (T)KO. Previous victims include Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Brett Rogers and, just a couple weeks ago, would-be UFC debutante Richard Odoms. Huckaba, who's last win was an upset TKO of Ray Sefo, has now lost two straight.
With heavyweight as weak as it is, a berth in one of the major North American organizations seems inevitable for Erkohin, but excellent talent sometimes has a way of languishing for extended periods of time on the Eastern European circuit, so who knows. At any rate, Erokhin vs. Huckaba can be found here.
Also in Russia, at Saturday's ProFC56, Dennis Hallman (53-16-2, 4-5 UFC, 0-1 WSOF, 2-0 Strikeforce) continued his middleweight campaign with a main event bout against Michail Tsarev (29-4, 1-2 Bellator). Hallman, looking a little stiff and flat-footed, was floored by a knee to the chest in the bout's opening minute. He was nevertheless able to score a takedown and, in an ensuing scramble, threaten with an armbar that looked to have nearly finished Tsarev. The Russian gutted it out, though, and, standing in Hallman's guard, took his revenge with what seems to have been a single fight-finishing blow.
Hallman, who was released from the UFC after chronic inability to make the lightweight limit, has now lost two in a row as a middleweight. Tsarev is 5-0 since the two straight (T)KO losses that saw him released from Bellator.
Tsarev vs. Hallman here.
Also on the card, Akop Stepanyan (15-7, 1-4 Bellator) made it two in a row with his TKO of Paul Reed (20-12-1). It's his second TKO in as many weeks, and the first time he's won consecutive fights since 2012. Reed, meanwhile, finds himself in a three-fight slump.
Search results for Stepanyan on Youtube just turn up accordion playing. It's pretty rad accordion playing, but I'm saving all those links for when I start SBNation's BloodyAccordion.com.
Meanwhile, at Cage Warriors 73 in England, big show alumni turned in mixed results. In the main event, Stevie Ray (16-5-0) defended his lightweight title with a second-round rear-naked choke of Curt Warburton (13-6, 1-2 UFC). The fight was a rubber-match between the two, with Warburton having taken the first contest by unanimous decision and Ray, in their second bout last June for the organization's vacant title, coming out ahead by split-decision.
In the co-main event, "Judo" Jim Wallhead (26-9, 1-2 Bellator) rebounded from a TKO loss last May with a TKO of his own at the expense of Juan Manuel Suarez (15-7-0). Wallhead has alternated wins and losses for his last six bouts, while Suarez sees his win streak cut short at two.
Also on the card, Ronnie Mann (24-7-1, 3-3 Bellator, 2-1 Sengoku) avoided a second consecutive loss, fighting Moktar Benkaci (11-6-0) to a unanimous decision victory. Mann is 3-1 since his exit from Bellator in 2013.
And at Cage Fury FC 43 in Atlantic City, a bout between inaugural Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good and undefeated CFFC champion Jonavin Webb (7-0-0) ended in a no-contest following an accidental eye-poke suffered by Webb. Good was by all accounts well on his way to earning a stoppage victory, and a rematch seems likely. Good is 1-0 since his appearance on TUF 19, where he lost an exhibition match to Ian Stephens.
Fellow TUF 19 hopeful Tim Williams (10-1-0) was also on the card, taking on Ronald Stallings (12-5-1NC) for the vacant middleweight title. Williams would come out on top via unanimous decision, halting Stallings's win streak at three. Williams, who submitted to eventual finalist Dhiego Lima during the show's quarterfinals, has notched three wins in a row.
Finally, at Pancrase 262, Jonathan Brookins (15-7, 2-3 UFC) took on surging bantamweight champion Shintaro Ishiwatari (18-6-4) in a non-title affair, defeating the local favorite by unanimous decision. Brookins, who took a year-long hiatus from fighting following the consecutive submission losses to Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier that resulted in his UFC release, is now 2-1 since his return to competition. As for Ishiwatari, this is his first loss since a 2013 TKO at the hands of current UFC golden boy Kyoji Horiguchi, and only his second loss since 2011 (a stretch which includes a win over Caol Uno).
And in the co-main event, former top-ten featherweight Akitoshi Tamura (18-15-2, 1-1 Sengoku, 1-2 WEC) saw his two-fight win streak snapped at the hands of TUF 12 competitor Andy Main. Main, who has been a regular in Pancrase since his time on the show, finished Tamura with ground-and-pound late in the second. He's 2-1-1 for the year, and improves his overall record to 9-2-1-1NC.