Another busy weekend in name fights on the regional circuit. Jump right in, the water's fine.
In the main event of Sao Paolo's MMA Super Heroes 4, lightweight Leandro Silva (15-1-1, 0-1 UFC) defeated Clecio Oliveira (5-4-0) with a guillotine choke in the opening minute of Round 3. Silva has won four straight since being released from the UFC last June after a loss to Ildemar Alcantara. The cumulative record of his opposition is a fair 23-11-2.
TUF 15 contestant and four-time UFC competitor Mike Rio rebounded from his January TKO loss to Daron Cruickshank (and subsequent UFC release) with a first-round arm-triagle submission of Avery McPhatter (3-5-0). The win came as part of Florida's Fight Time 15, snapping the three-fight losing streak that saw Rio cut from the UFC and improving Rio's record to 10-4-0.
And at Milwaukee, Wisonson's latest North American Fighting Championship, "Smilin'" Sam Alvey (22-5-0, 1NC) scored his fourth win in a row over Gerald Meerschaert (19-8-0). Alvey is the current MFC middleweight champion. Before that, he went 1-1 in Bellator (both split-decisions). Despite his extensive record and high finish rate--14 of his wins by (T)KO, 2 by submission--he's been otherwise absent from major promotions. He's also wearing a t-shirt with Homer Simpson on it in his Sherdog profile, which is rather excellent.
At Gladiator's FC in Kuwait, UFC veteran Chase Gormley returned after over two years away from the cage, defeating MMA novice Abdelmenem Abdouli by first-round knockout. Gormley was the last man to beat Eric Pele (who in turn was the last man to beat Antonio Silva before "Bigfoot" made his transition to the big leagues). That win would put Gormley in the UFC, where he went 0-2, with both losses coming in the first round. The win this Saturday puts Gormley on a two-fight win streak and moves his record to 3-2 since his UFC release (9-4-0 overall).
And in that evening's main event, J.J. Ambrose (21-5-0, 2NC) took a second-round submission victory over Ahmad Ibrahim Aly (0-1-0). The well-traveled Ambrose has had a supporting role in more prominent MMA promotions, going 1-2 in Bellator and 0-1 (versus Mike Pyle) in Affliction. The Kuwait-based Gladiator's FC seems intent on doing a 180 from PRIDE-style promotion and putting their local fighters through absolute hell.
Once upon a time, Miguel Torres was the mightiest of bantamweights. Once upon a time, he made some TOTALLY HILARIOUS RAPE JOKES ON HIS TWITTER, BROSEF. And before that, once, he was a real dick to my brother while Lee the Younger was just trying to do his job as a photographer at an amateur MMA event. Why would he do that? Why would I keep drinking when I already know I've had enough for a Tuesday night? How can a sandwich comprised entirely of ingredients found at a 24-hour Duane Reede fall short of my already low expectations? HUH?!
At Saturday's United Combat League in Hammond, Indiana, former bantamweight kingpin Miguel Torres (42-7-0) scored his second win in a row since returning to the Midwest regional circuit. The victory came in the form of a prompt first-round guillotine choke against Wade Choate (15-16-0). This is the first victory inside the distance for Torres since a 2010 submission of Charlie Valencia.
Torres vs. Choate is here (fight starts at about 6:15).
Finally, at South Korea's Road FC 15, Soo-Chul Kim (9-5-0) made short work of UFC veteran Issei Tamura (7-6-0), eliciting the tap-out mid-way through the first via rear-naked choke. Kim has won two straight since losing his One FC title to Bibiano Fernandes, both over UFC veterans (the other was Motonobu Tezuka).
And, in that event's main and co-main events, a couple of big upsets:
First, the unheralded Jung Gyo Park (2-5-0) took a first-round TKO of Super Hluk champion and noted maniac Ikuhisa Minowa (60-36-8, the man fought Cro Cop for god's sake). The finish snaps a three-fight hot streak for Minowa and marks the second consecutive victory of Park's young career.
And in the night's main event, former Top 10 lightweight, Pride mainstay and Dream title challenger Joachim Hansen (23-12-1) was knocked out by "The Korean Pitbull" Doo Won Seo (10-7-0). The end came mere seconds into the round, with Seo dropping Hansen with a counter-right and following up with zealous ground and pound. The fight this weekend was a rematch from April 2013, which Hansen had won by second-round submission. Hansen, who has remained relatively inactive since the collapse of the JMMA market, is 2-2 since 2011. Seo's record, meanwhile, is deceiving, as he's gone 7-1-0 since 2009