Big Show MMA Veteran Results – December, 2017 – Part I
The month of December was busy for the sport of MMA. Numerous former “Big Show” veterans have competed for smaller promotions or on a more regional-scale. Let’s have a look at how they fared in the first of a two-part series covering the month:
December 1-3, 2017:
Salvaterra Marajó Fight 7 (Salvaterra, Para, Brazil) Flyweight Iliarde Santos (32-15-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC) was submitted in the first-round by prospect, Raulian Paiva (15-1 MMA).
Shamrock FC 300 (St. Louis, MO, USA) TUF 17’s Adam Cella (0-1 UFC, 0-2 Bellator, 0-1 WSOF) def. Eddie Larea (22-45 MMA) by TKO (1). Also on the card, Garrett Gross (1-1 Bellator) def. Garrett Mueller (4-4 MMA) by TKO (1) and Matt Murphy (1-0 Bellator) def. Joe Mueller (0-0 MMA) by TKO (2).
Babilon MMA 2 (Legionowo, Poland) Pawal Pawlak (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) def. Adam Niedźwiedź (5-3 MMA) by TKO (2).
KOTC: Conquistadores (Ontario, CA, USA) Reuben Duran (12-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) def. Fard Muhammad (6-7 MMA) by decision (unanimous).
MFP-214 (Khabarovsk, Russia) Takenori Sato (19-12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) lost a convincing decision to top prospect, Arman Tsarukyan (9-1 MMA).
Superior Challenge 16 (Stockholm, Sweden) A pair of UFC vets earned finishes. Diego Nunes (3-3 UFC, 0-2 Bellator, 5-1 WEC) submitted the local product Michael Ersoy (6-4 MMA) with a guillotine in the second round while David Bielkheden (1-2 UFC, 0-1 Pride) knocked out Anton Radman (14-9 MMA) in the first round. Bielkheden, 38, has now won eight straight mostly competing in his home country of Sweden.
Summit FC 25 (Tupelo, MS, USA) Tyler Hill (7-1 MMA, 0-1 Bellator) def. Ryan Riley (5-2 MMA) for the Summit FC Welterweight Championship.
Fight Lab 57 (Charlotte, NC, USA) Keith Richardson (18-9 MMA, 0-1 Bellator) def. Solon Staley (11-6 MMA) by decision (split).
Nathias Frederick (4-2 MMA) def. James Bateman (TUF 9) by TKO (2) at CSFC 19
Luttrell/Yee’s MMA & Fitness’ Andres Quintana (TUF 22) lost his entry fight to Thanh Le but has rebounded nicely. He’s gone 5-1 since the show, winning three straight and recently defeating Rey Trujillo (1-0 Strikeforce) with a second-round submission.
December 8-10, 2017:
XFN 6 (Prague, Czech Republic) Karlos Vemola (19-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) def. Petr Ondrus (7-7 MMA) by SUB (1). Vemola competed in three different weight classes during his time in the UFC (HW, LHW, MW).
Fury FC 20 (San Antonio, TX, USA) Pete Spratt (3-4 UFC, 0-1 Strikeforce) returned to the cage for the first time in four years. Things didn’t go as planned as “The Secret Weapon” was finished with strikes in the second round by unknown Washington Luiz (4-3 MMA).
TKO 41 (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Jesse Ronson (19-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) defeated Canadian vet Derek Gauthier (8-7 MMA) with a first-round submission. All three of Ronson’s UFC appearances ended in split-decision losses.
LFA 28 (Dallas, TX, USA) Damon Jackson (0-1-1 (1 NC) UFC) def. Luis Luna by SUB (1). Meanwhile Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series vets Alonzo Menifield and Steven Peterson both picked up second-round TKO victories.
Mannheimer Hafenkeilerei 6 (Manheim, Germany) Goran Reljić (16-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) def. Daniel Dorrer (8-7 MMA) by submission (armbar) in the first round.
DCS 38 (Lincoln, NE, USA) Darrick Minner (20-7 MMA) def. Chuka Willis (1-1 Bellator, 0-1 WSOF) by SUB (1). Dakota Cochrane (TUF 15, 0-2 Bellator) def. Drew Lipton (6-22 MMA) by SUB (1).
Primus FC (Woodward, OK, USA) featured some major names. The evening’s main event saw Houston Alexander (2-4 UFC, 1-4-1 Bellator) finished with strikes by Rakim Cleveland (18-9 MMA) in the third round. TUF 11‘s Jamie Yager (0-1 UFC, 0-1 Bellator, 1-0 WSOF) was rumored to be on the TUF: Redemption cast in 2017 but ultimately wasn’t chosen. Yager won his third straight fight, defeating Tyler Jackson (10-7-1 MMA) by decision (unanimous). DWTNCS’ Shelton Graves (8-3 MMA) earned a first-round TKO while Cortez Coleman (TUF 16, 3-3 Bellator) lost a decision to Christiano Froehlich (9-3 MMA).
Surprisingly enough, only one former UFC competitor was featured on the Invicta FC 26 card. Milana Dudieva (11-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) had a back-and-forth battle with Vanessa Porto. Porto landed a massive punch to the body that put Dudieva away mid-way through the third.
ACB 76 (Gold Coast, Australia) Brett Cooper (7-6 Bellator) def. Sharaf Davlatmurodov (12-2-1 MMA) by TKO (2) in the main event. Azamat Amagov (10-1 MMA) def. TUF 17’s Dylan Andrews (18-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) by TKO (2). Anthony Leone (3-4 Bellator, 0-1 Strikeforce, 0-1 WEC) upset top prospect Dean Garnett (9-2-1 MMA) with a second-round guillotine. For more on ACB 76, check out the recap with MMA Today’s Vladimir Kramarenko.
Pancrase 292 (Tokyo, Japan) Takasuke Kume (21-5 MMA) def. Kazuki Tokudome (1-3 UFC) by KO (1). Isao Kobayashi (0-2 Bellator) def. Yusuke Kasuya (0-2 UFC) by decision. For more on this event, check out this recap from MMA Today’s Karl Dalton.
Check back in for part II of this series later this month!