Welcome to MMA Outposts, a weekly preview of the most important, intriguing or downright bizarre fights going down this weekend from around the globe. As always Bellator, UFC, WSOF and ONE FC are excluded.
Rebel FC 3: Will Chope (24-7) vs Miguel Torres (43-8)
Let's not beat around the bush, this fight is important because we want Miguel Torres to deliver us a healthy dose of schadenfreude by punching repeated domestic abuser Chope into submission. This is of course not a case of good against evil, with Torres' own moronic twitter comments contributing to his UFC release, but in a battle of woman beating scumbag versus insensitive tweeter it's safe to say most people will be rooting for Torres. The regrettably talented Chope is on a five fight winning streak built on the sacrificing of local cans to him on South East Asian cards but at 34 Torres is a shadow of his former self and only finding success against marginally better foes than Chope is. Still, the former premier bantamweight in the world can hopefully progress to Rebel FC's featherweight tournament final by defeating the lanky submission specialist Chope.
Legacy FC 42: Kalindra Faria (15-5-1) vs Valentina Shevchenko (9-1)
Kalindra Faria is one of the very best strawweights in the world. Despite being on a two fight losing streak (both to world class opposition) the real interest here stems from her dance partner. Valentina Shevchenko is potentially the best kept secret in WMMA and a flyweight Queen in waiting. The Kyrgyz striking sensation is 2-0 in boxing and a startling 55-1 in kickboxing with more belts than we have space to list. Her lone blemish in MMA thus far came against UFC star Liz Carmouche. It's safe to say in the near 5 years since Bullet has not stood still. The multi talented Shevchenko may have an astounding striking CV but it would be suicidal of an opponent to sleep on her grappling skills as 5 of her 9 victories have come by way of submission. It's hard to believe the 27 year old will not have tightened up her game even more as she A.) matures and B.) switches focus to MMA. Shevchenko was originally slated to face Carina Damm in what would have been a huge test, but the change of opponent to Faria provides and even sterner one that if Shevchenko passes you can almost guarantee will have Invicta making enquiries into her availability.
Macto Championships 1: Nick Osipczak (5-3) vs Kyle Redfearn (8-6)
If Diego Sanchez is the luckiest man around when it comes to judges score cards, Nick Osipczak might be his polar opposite. The lanky TUF veteran was cut from the UFC after defeats to Rick Story, Greg Soto and Duane Ludwig. The philosophical Slick Nick has stated he felt Soto won the fight even if many didn't but the defeats either side to Story and Ludwig were head scratchingly bad decisions. 5-3 (2-3 UFC) the consummate martial artist left MMA to focus on coaching and returning to traditional Chinese martial arts. Declaring himself 'reborn' for his return Osipczak ends his four and half years hiatus on an impressive debut card for Macto Championships that also hosts UK stalwarts Denniston Sutherland, Fraser Opie and Oli Thompson alongside TUF veteran Dean Amasinger. As well as the pro debut of vaunted Welsh prospect Ffion Davies and a transatlantic battle of undefeated flyweight prospects Sam Creasey and Mark Sainci. The atmosphere should be electric by the time Osipcazk meets heavy handed BAMMA vet Redfearn in the main event.
Hard Knocks 44: Nick Ring (14-3) vs Cory Devela (14-6)
In a shrinking Canadian scene Alberta remains one of the few places a fighter can get fights with any regularity. Headlining the latest edition of Hard Knocks Fighting is a battle of respected combatants. The tale of Nick Ring is a tale of what ifs in a career blighted by injuries. An excellent kickboxer with an underrated submission game in the cage and a hard working fan friendly fighter with a gift for not taking himself too seriously out of it. A succession of nasty ACL injuries have held back the former TUF top pick throughout his career but when he turns it on he has all the tools to give just about any 185lber hell. His opponent in Devela is one of those regional MMA necessities that keep the fight scene alive. A 4 time Strikeforce veteran who has bounced between middleweight and welterweight in his 11+ year career to take on a healthy smorgasbord of newbies, veterans and journeymen. The One may be a pretty self aggrandising moniker but can be forgiven it for his services to indie MMA. Well rounded and with less miles on the clock Devela is more than capable of taking the biggest win of his career since a 2008 stoppage of Joe Riggs.
Also worth noting
-Argentina's Arena Tour continues to set the standard in the country with a main event featuring former Bellator competitors Ricardo Tirloni (19-6) and EJ Brooks (8-3) as well as clash of Mexican standout Leonardo Rodriguez (10-2-1) and well travelled Thiago Meller (21-7)
-Across the border in Brazil submission specialist Guilherme Miranda (12-3) meets undefeated Juliano Militao (6-0) at Aspera FC 21
-HK44's co-main sees got gloves will fight former big timer Rodney Wallace (22-10-1) vs infamous back peddaler Kalib Starnes (16-8-1)
- Brazilian featherweight mainstay Jamil Silveira (42-15-1) rapidly approaches 60 pro fights as he steps up for the 59th time to headline Shooto Brazil 55 against Leonardo Limberger (6-1)
-Looking to meet the winner of Mullet vs Muppet in the Rebel FC featherweight finals will be the victor of nosediving Ashida Takahiro (13-5-2) and sky rocketing Kleber Koike Erbst (16-3-1)
-Consistency is not a word usually applied to WFC 41 headliners journeyman Jack Montgomery (16-16) and 9x UFC competitor Steven Siler (24-14)
-Once heralded as a future contender Jordan Rinaldi (9-4) looks to continue righting the ship against fan favourite elder statesman Diego The Octopus Saraiva (22-18-1) at NFC 75