Saturday, April 30, 2016

Magalhaes v. Nemkov - GoGo

Here is Vinny Magalhaes fighting Viktor Nemkov at M-1: Challenge 27 which took place on 10/14/11 in Lenningrad, Russia.

Magalhaes is riding a 4 fight win streak outside the UFC. He has career submission wins over Matt Hamill, Jason Brillz and Igor Pokrajac.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Kharitonov v. Arlovski - Strikeforce GP

Here is Sergei Kharitonov fighting Andrei Arlovski in the Strikeforce Grand Prix which took place on 2/12/11 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kharitonov (23-5) is set to make his Bellator debut against Josh Appelt (12-5) on May 14th. Kharitonov has won 5 straight since a submission loss to Josh Barnett. He has career wins over Alistair Overeem, Ninja Rua and Fabricio Werdum.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bobonis v. Saraiva

Here is Shah Bobonis fighting UFC veteran Diego Saraiva at NFC 69 - "Wild Bill's Fight Night" which took place on 10/25/14 in Duluth, Georgia.

Bobonis, a friend of the website, has decided to hang up the gloves after a successful career which saw him notch career victories over BJ Ferguson, Marcos da Matta and the late Cornelius Godfrey.

Tyson v. Spinks

Here is Mike Tyson, then 34-0 with the WBA and WBC titles, boxing Michael Spinks, then 31-0 with the IBF heavyweight title, for the WBC, WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles.

Spinks, a hall of fame boxer, had the united the WBA, WBC, IBF light heavyweight titles before moving up and defeating Jim MacDonald for the IBF heavyweight title. He would defend against Larry Holmes and Stephen Tangstad. This bout would be Spinks last time boxing.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ruth v. Friev

Here is Team USA's Ed Ruth wrestling Spain's Taymuraz Friev at the 2014 Beat the Streets wrestling event hosted in Times Square in New York.

Ruth, a 3X time NCAA champ, appears to be considering a debut in Bellator MMA in late 2016.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gafurov v. Nguyen

Here is Russian rising star Marat Gafurov fighting Martin Nguyen at One Championship 30 which took place on 9/27/15 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Gafurov (13-0) has wins over the UFC's Mairbek Taisumov and M-1 veteran Lee Morrison. He next defends the One FC 145 pound title against Japanese powerhouse Kazunori Yokota (25-5) on 5/27/16.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Prospects For UFC's Women's Divisions

I was recently asked about the depth of the women's divisions in the UFC and whether or not there are any intriguing prospects existed outside the organization. Like the HW and flyweight divisions on the men's side, the women's divisions need more prospects. The key is to get fighters in the organization, give them fights, and find out if they are legit. Having fighters sit on the sidelines will only hurt the division.

Here is a look at some of the prospects who should be very close to getting the call:

135 Pound Prospects

Tonya Evinger (17-5) the 34 year old Evinger has been on the women's MMA scene since 2006. After coming up short at but recently has strung together 8 straight wins and capturing the Invicta title. A college wrestler, Evinger recently TKO'd Pannie Kinzaid, then 8-0, and has career victories over Julie Kedzie, Ediane Gomes and Carina Damm.

Taila Santos (13-0) the 22 year old has been tearing up Santa Catarina, Brazil fight scene. She has 8 T/KO's and 2 submission wins on her resume. Her best victory was probably over Gisele Moreira. For some reason, she hasn't fought since August 16, 2015.

Elina Kallionidou (4-0) the 17 year old Greek fighter has fought exclusively in Athens thus far in her career. In her last 2 bouts, she defeated Foteini Kromida, then 4-0, and Roxane Teixeira, then 4-2.

125 Pound Prospects

Barb Honchak (10-2)- the current Invicta flyweight champ has gone undefeated since 2 decision losses in 2010 to UFC fighers Cat Zingano and Angela Magana. She has wins over UFC veterans Leslie Smith, Aisling Daly and Roxanne Modafferi. At 36 years old, a cut to 115 would be difficult to say the least.

Jennifer Maia (13-4)- Maia recently defeated Vanessa Porto via decision to win the interim Invicta title. Maia has won four straight since a loss to Deanna Bennett.

Vanessa Porto (18-7)- the Brazilian has been on fire lately with 3 straight quality wins after a decision loss to Barb Honchak. A little on the short side at 5'2" you would expect Porto could make the 115 pound limit. Porto has career wins over Tonya Evinger, Roxanne Modafferi, Germaine de Randamie, Tara LaRosa and former Bellator champ Zoila Frausto.

115 Pound Prospects

Livia Renata Souza (9-0)- the Brazilian recently KO'd DeAnna Bennett then 8-1 and beforehand submitted Katja Kankaanpaa via 4th round triangle choke handing the Finn her first loss. She is generally ranked in the top 5 now.

Viviane Pereira (10-0)- the Brazilian has dominated low level competition on Sao Paulo, Brazil fight circuit.

Alex Grasso (7-0)- the 22 year old Mexican fighter has won 3 straight in Invicta, most recently defeating Mizuki Inoue (9-3) via decision.