We start off this week with Tech-KREP FC out of St. Petersburg, Russia where, in the main event, Bellator veterans Alexander Volkov (23-4, 6-1 Bellator) and Roy Boughton (10-5, 0-1 Bellator) squared off for a heavyweight attraction.
Volkov became Bellator's heavyweight champion with his 2012 tournament run, but he would lose the title in his first defense against Vitaly Minakov. He'd reassert himself in the division by running roughshod over Bellator's Season 10 heavyweight tournament field earlier this year, finishing all of his opponents within two rounds. The fight with Boughton is, presumably, a stay-busy fight until his rematch with Minakov.
Meanwhile, Boughton, who beat a surging Murilo "Ninja" Rua by unanimous decision in 2010, lost his lone Bellator appearance by way of a rear-naked choke from future light-heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton. He rebounded with two straight victories before signing with Tech-KREP, where he is currently winless at 0-2. This includes his bout with Volkov, in which Boughton sought the takedown early only to find himself stuffed and then reversed. Boughton attempted to control Volkov with his full guard, but the Russian had little trouble posturing up and leveling heavy punches at the smaller Boughton's head, driving him into a defensive shell and prompting the referee to call off the fight 40 seconds into the first. Volkov improves to 4-0 for the year with this TKO victory, while Boughton falls to 1-2
Volkov vs. Boughton is here. Fight starts at 0:40.
Also on the card, 24-year-old heavyweight prospect Denis Goltsov (13-4-0) extended his win streak to eight with a first-round armbar of then-undefeated French product Zoumana Cisse (10-1-0). Goltsov moves to 4-0 for 2014, which includes a unanimous decision victory over former Strikeforce contender Brett Rogers.
Watch Goltsov vs. Cisse here. Action at 3:48. Goltsov works a nice jab and good knees in the clinch, I think.
Meanwhile, over in the world's other icy MMA hot spot, Canada's Hard Knocks 40 featured a bout between Rodney Wallace (22-9-1, 0-3 UFC, 1-1 Bellator) and Clay Davidson (9-8-0) for the promotion's vacant light-heavyweight title. Wallace's superior experience (which includes victories over Ovince St. Preux and Derrick Mehmen, as well as bouts with Mamed Khalidov, Paulo Filho, and Maxim Grishin) would see him to a unanimous decision victory. Wallace is 3-2 in his last five, all of which have gone to decision.
And on Saturday, at XFC International 6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, former bantamweight prospect Tyson Nam (12-8, 0-2 WSOF) dropped his fourth fight in a row, this one by unanimous decision to Fernando Vieira (11-2-0). Nam put himself on the map by shocking Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas with a first-round knockout in 2012, but he hasn't been able to find victory since then. As for Vieira, this is his seventh win in a row. His only losses are to current Bellator champion Patricio Freire and TUF winner Diego Brandao.
At CFFC 44 in Pennsylvania, Alexandre Bezerra (17-4, 7-2 Bellator) dropped a unanimous decision, and his championship title, to Levan Makashvili (6-1-0). The fight was a rematch of a bout earlier this summer, which Bezerra had won by majority decision. Bezerra is now 2-1 since his last appearance in Bellator (a split-decision loss to Mike Richman in the featherweight tournament semi-finals).
And at Tacoma Washington's Super Fight League America 2, the undefeated Ben Fodor (5-0-1) and Tyson Cunningham (3-0-1) vied for the vacant welterweight title. Fodor, a.k.a. masked vigilante Phoenix Jones, stunned Cunningham regularly, both standing and with punches off his back, but Cunningham's leg kicks and commitment to top control would literally even the score--after five rounds, the fight was ultimately ruled a majority draw.
Fodor vs. Cunningham is here. Bout starts at 2:58:50. It's a solid scrap.
Finally, we have Victory FC 44 where, early in the main card, Brandon Pfannenstiel (7-1-0) claimed a TKO victory over Joe Pearson (44-22-1, 1-0 PRIDE, 0-1 WEC) after Pearson couldn't answer the bell for Round 3. Pearson found himself challenging Urijah Faber for the WEC featherweight title in 2007 after an unexpected submission win over Yoshiro Maeda in PRIDE. Pearson would of course lose that bout with Faber, after which he would conduct the vast majority of his career on the Midwest regional scene. He'd nevertheless face a host of familiar fighters, including Erik Koch, Daniel Straus, and Raphael Assuncao (albeit all in losing efforts). He's 3-5 in the last two years. Pfannenstiel is 3-0 during that same time.
Also on the card, former UFC bantamweight Ramiro Hernandez (16-6-0) improved to 3-0 in his post-Octagon career with a second-round TKO of Sean Wilson (33-24-0). Hernandez was released from the UFC in January after an 0-2 run.
And in the main event, Zach Micklewright (15-3, 1-2 WEC) continued his hike up the comeback trail with a first-round TKO of Matt Delanoit (25-13-0). Micklewright fought on the penultimate WEC event, where he was TKO'd by Dustin Poirier in under a minute. Micklewright would fight only sporadically over the next few years but has now fought twice in 2014. He's 4-0 since the 2010 loss to Poirier. All of his wins have come by (T)KO.