So we've lost a Dustin Poirier fight, but I'm going to turn that collective frown upside-down. How you ask? Jaideep Singh is how!
Kickboxing champion Jaideep Singh, who won the 2009 K-1 Grand Prix in Seoul, popped into headlines recently as a rumored opponent for Fedor Emelianenko, rather dampening what excitement there was for Emelianenko's return to the ring. Since then, however, Emelianenko's former manager has suggested that Singh couldn't possibly be the true opponent for "The Last Emperor." And now, perhaps not coincidentally, Singh has appeared at last weekend's Deep 73 Impact.
In his headlining bout, Singh faced Carlos Toyota, who entered the bout on the strength of a career-best, three-fight win streak, which has included TKOs of PRIDE veteran Daiju Takase and a July knockout of K-1 veteran and pop music sensation Hong Man Choi. Toyota would be unable to replicate his success on Saturday, though--after two rounds of action, Toyota was unable to answer the bell for Round 3. The loss is Toyota's first since 2011 and drops his overall record to 6-7-1. Singh improves to 2-0-0 in MMA. Does this bout suggest that a date with Emelianenko is off the table, pushing Singh to busy himself with other MMA match-ups? Or does it indeed serve as a warm-up fight for a more high-profile outing in the near future?
Also on the card, Yoshiyuki Yoshida (18-8, 2-3 UFC, 0-1 Bellator) pulled himself out of a two-fight slump with a third-round TKO of Kimihiro Eto (7-2-2). Yoshida made a splash in his UFC debut, submitting War Machine in under a minute, but was severely outgunned in bouts against Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson; a unanimous-decision loss to Mike Guymon ended his UFC tenure. Since then, Yoshida has for the most part plied his trade overseas, with generally positive results. He's 7-2 since a lone appearance in Bellator.
Tatsuya Mizuno (14-10-1, 2-2 Dream) also found success that night, claiming a TKO of Jun-Hee Moon (6-4-0) when the latter's corner waved off the fight between Rounds 2 and 3. Mizuno, who has had a hellacious schedule since embarking on his career (which includes fights with Thiago Silva, Mirko Filipovic, Ilir Latifi, Gegard Mousasi, Sergei Kharitonov, Renato Sobral, and Melvin Manhoef, some of which he won, to boot), is 2-1-1 in the last two years.
Also this weekend, in the main event of Legacy FC 47, TUF 13's Clay Harvison (13-6, 1-2 UFC, 1-0 Bellator) succumbed to the jiu-jitsu of Jordan Rinaldi, who forced the tap with a rear-naked choke in Round 2. Harvinson falls to 4-2 in his post-UFC career and sees a recent win streak come to a halt at four. Rinaldi, who was submitted by Joe Proctor in the elimination round of TUF 15, conversely extends his win streak to four.
And at WBK 7 in China, Will Chope (28-8, 0-1 UFC) continued his overseas success with a second-round TKO of Habiti Tuerxunbieke (4-4-0). Chope is 9-2 since being released from the UFC, though the vast majority of his defeated opponents have had limited MMA experience, let alone appreciable rates of victory.
Meanwhile, at a King of the Cage event in Wisconsin, Jesse Juarez (23-10-0) executed a first-round arm-triangle choke to hand Frank Schuman (6-1-0) his first professional loss as well as claim the KOTC welterweight title. Juarez is fresh off a 3-2 run in Bellator.
At Copa Striker's House 55 in Curitiba, Brazil, Fabio Silva's return bout against the ostensibly over-matched Marcelo Nunez Sparling (2-3-0) ground to a disappointing halt when Silva (13-8, 2-1 Sengoku, 0-2 K-1 Hero's) was disqualified for illegal strikes early in Round 2. Silva, a Chute Boxe fighter, turned heads on the JMMA scene thanks to his remarkable mimicry of Wanderlei Silva's pre-fight mannerisms. He would, however, be unable to replicate the PRIDE champion's in-ring success. He was last seen two years ago in a losing effort against UFC vet Luis Cane.
And at Rumble on the Ridge 33 in Snoqualmie, Washington (where, if memory serves, a lot of the settings for David Lynch's Twin Peaks was filmed), Tony Lopez (38-19-1NC, 0-1 Bellator) saw his developing win streak come to a close at two after dropping a split-decision to Jared Torgeson (16-14-0). Torgeson has won consecutive bouts for the first time in two years. Lopez falls to 4-2-1NC for this year, which includes a TKO of UFC vet Houston Alexander and a no-contest with Jeremy Horn.
Finally, at Sunday's Shooto Brasil 58, Luis Ramos (20-9-2, 0-2 UFC) found himself on the wrong end of the judges' scorecards following his fight with TUF: Brazil 3 vet Joilton Santos (11-3-0), who captured an unexpected split-decision victory. Ramos is 1-1-2 since being released from the UFC in 2012 and is nearly three years removed from his last victory. Santos is 2-1 this year.