Big Show MMA Veteran Results – February, 2018 Part II
The month of February has come to an end and plenty of “Big Show” veterans have competed for smaller promotions or on a more regional-scale. Let’s have a look at how they fared:
February 16-18, 2018:
ACB 80 (Krasnodar, Russia) In an evening loaded with rising talent and veteran names, Albert Tumenov (5-3 UFC) cruised to a decision-victory over Nah-shon Burrell (1-1 UFC, 1-2 Bellator, 3-1 Strikeforce) in the main event. Also on the card, Ali Bagov (25-10 MMA) took out Leandro Silva (3-4 (1 NC) UFC) with a decision, Shamil Nakaev (9-0 MMA) took a split-call from Alexander Sarnavskiy (5-3 Bellator), Murad Kalamov (9-2 MMA) grabbed a decision over Takeya Mizugaki (8-6 UFC, 2-3 WEC), Gleristone Santos (2-0 Bellator) earned a decision over Islam Makoev (8-2-1 MMA), and Ismael “Marmota” De Jesus (TUF Brazil 3) picked up a decision over Imran Abaev (5-3-1 MMA). For more on this event, check out this recap from MMA Today’s Vladimir Kramarenko.
MMA International (Punta del Este, Uruguay) Gaston Reyno (1-2 Bellator) def. Henrik Kakiuchi (5-5-2 MMA) by TKO (1).
Titan FC 48 (Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA) Uros Jurisic (TUF 21) def. Michael Cora (0-1 DWTNCS) by DEC (UD). Raush Manfio (TUF Brazil 4*) retained his lightweight title, grabbing a decision from Lee Henry Lilly (6-3 MMA).
Fury FC 22 (Humble, TX, USA) Rey Trujillo (1-0 Bellator, 1-0 Strikeforce) def. Peter Stanonik (5-3 MMA) by SUB (2).
Destiny MMA: Fight Night 4 (Honolulu, HI, USA) Martin Day (0-1 DWTNCS) def. Richard Barnard (1-4 MMA) by SUB (1).
LFA 33 (Dallas, TX, USA) The main-event of the evening saw Kyle Stewart (1-0 DWTNCS) defeat prospect Jaleel Willis (8-1 MMA) in a back-and-forth battle. “The Leech” Damon Jackson (0-1-1 (1 NC) UFC) continued his surge, dispatching of Chris Pecero (14-7 MMA) with a choke just 38 seconds into the opening frame. Top light-heavyweight prospect Alonzo Menifield (1-0 DWTNCS) also grabbed a first-round submission by choking out Brice Ritani-Coe (4-4 MMA). For more on Menifield, check out this interview.
864 Fighting Championships: Fight 2 (Spartanburg,SC, USA) Justin Sumter (0-1 Bellator) def. Roger Carroll (0-2 Bellator) by DEC (UD). Sumter has won six straight. Sumter recently caught up with MMA Today’s Tony Fagnano here.
Cage 42 (Helsinki, Finland) Anton Kuivanen (1-2 UFC) def. Junior Maranhao (18-7 MMA) by DEC (UD).
KC Fighting Alliance 27 (Independence, MO, USA) Bobby Cooper (2-1 Bellator, 0-1 WSOF) def. Josh Tulley (5-4 MMA) by DEC (SD). Kevin Croom (0-1 Bellator) def. CJay Hunter (3-4 MMA) by SUB (3).
XFO 62 (Woodstock, IL, USA) Mike Budnik (1-3 WEC, TUF 12*) returned from a four-year absence to take out journeyman, Jay Ellis (15-74 MMA) with a first-round submission.
LUX Fight League 002 (Mexico City, Mexico) the LUX promotion has quietly been putting together entertaining cards with big show veterans. The main event saw Sergio Dominguez (17-8 MMA) hand Mike De La Torre (2-4 (1 NC) UFC) a decision-loss in his first post-UFC outing. Luis Vallejo (7-2 MMA) knocked out Rodolfo Rubio (0-1 UFC, TUF LatinAmerica 1) in just under a minute. Meanwhile, Efrain Escudero (5-7 UFC, 2-0 Bellator, TUF 8) beat the clock with a rear-naked-choke victory over Jorge Bustamante (7-11 MMA) at 4:59 of the first round.
February 23-28, 2018:
KOP 60 (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) Joe Riggs (5-7 UFC, 1-1 Bellator, 4-3 Strikeforce) finished Erick Lozano (8-13 MMA) with a second-round TKO. Riggs is 7-0 since the veteran’s most recent UFC release in 2016.
FNG 83 (Moscow, Russia) Nikolay Aleksakhin (21-5 MMA) def. Dominique Steele (1-4 UFC, 0-1 Bellator, 1-0 Strikeforce) by TKO (1). MMA Today’s Vladimir Kramarenko recapped the event here.
M-1 Challenge 88 (Moscow, Russia) Valery Myasnikov (13-1 MMA) def. Joe Henle (TUF 11) by KO (1). MMA Today’s Vladimir Kramarenko recapped the event here.
ACB 81 (Dubai, UAE) Aslambek Saidov (22-5 MMA) crusied to a decision over Roan Carneiro (4-5 UFC) while Luke Barnatt (3-3 UFC, TUF 15) finished Maxim Futin (7-5-1 MMA) with a TKO. Tanner Boser (14-4 MMA) took a decision from DJ Linderman (1-1 Bellator, 0-1 WSOF) MMA Today’s Vladimir Kramarenko recapped the event here.
WFCA 45 (Grozny, Chechnya) Maxim Grishin (26-7 MMA) def. Leonardo Guimaraes (0-2 UFC) by DEC (UD).
RCC 2 (Chelyabinsk, Russia) Mikhail Ragozin (10-3 MMA) def. Christian M’Pumbu (3-4 Bellator) by DEC (UD).
Budo Fighting Championships 27 (Blackpool, England) Karl Etherington (1-1 Bellator) def. Luke Morton (3-6 MMA) by SUB (1).
GMC 14 (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) The mystery of Taylor Lapilus (3-1 UFC) not getting resigned will remain a headscratcher. Nonetheless the Frenchman picked up another TKO victory over Farbod Irannejad (8-1 MMA). “Double Impact” is 2-0 since his UFC tenure. Polish veteran Marcin Bandel (0-2 UFC) also competed and earned a decision over Selim Agaev (10-3 MMA).
Celtic Gladiator 19 (Manchester, England) The main card saw Lewis Monarch (0-1 Bellator) quickly take out Carlos Azevedo (8-9-2 MMA) with a first-round TKO. The main event featured recent UFC-signee and top-rated flyweight Pietro Menga (13-1 MMA, 1-0 Bellator) suffer his first career defeat at the hands of Raymison Bruno (11-2 MMA) in a stunning decision. Menga was signed as a short-notice replacement to take on Tim Elliott at UFC Winnipeg but was unable to make weight. He was removed from the card and had his contract terminated.
DEEP 82 Impact (Tokyo, Japan) Rin Nakai (20-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) demolished an overmatched Young Kim (1-3 MMA) with a first-round TKO. Meanwhile one-time UFC-signee Gi Bum Moon (7-3 MMA) nabbed a decision from Takuya Oyama (8-7 MMA).
SFL 2018 (Mumbai, India) Jason Radcliffe (1-1 Bellator) knocked out Sumit Rangi (0-2 MMA) while Justin Jaynes (1-0 Bellator, 0-1 WSOF) defeated Abdul Sami Wall via disqualification. MMA Today’s John Hyon Ko recently caught up with Jaynes and covered the event. Find his work here.
Russian Cagefighting Championships (Yekaterinburg, Russia) Two of the most experienced heavyweights still competing today collided in the main event. Sergei Kharitonov (1-1 Bellator, 1-1 Strikeforce, 8-3 PRIDE) took a unanimous-decision from Joey Beltran (3-7 UFC, 2-5 Bellator).
Imperium MMA Pro 13 (Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil) Neilson Gomes (19-2 MMA, TUF Brazil 2) def. David Allan 0-2 MMA) by TKO (1). The Brazilian regional veteran Gomes was a favorite to win TUF Brazil 2 but an injury forced him out of the competition. With a record of 19-2, Gomes could be fielding some calls from big promotions any day now.
*Denotes fighter did not make it past the elimination entry round of that respective season of The Ultimate Fighter.