Big Show MMA Veteran Results – December, 2017 – Part III: Ham, Horiguchi, Huerta + More!
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 case you missed the first two installments of this month’s series:
December 22-25, 2017:
Phoenix FC 4 (Dubai, UAE) American Top Team’s Hayder Hassan (0-2 UFC) competed on both The Ultimate Fighter 21 and The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. In his first bout since his release then second TUF stint, Hassan battled former world-ranked Roger Huerta (6-2 UFC, 1-2 Bellator). Early in the second round, Huerta shot in for a takedown. Hassan sprawled and then unloaded numerous “12-to-6” elbows to the back of Huerta’s head. The shots were deemed illegal and Huerta was awarded the disqualification win. Huerta has now won two-straight for the first time since 2007.
Heat 41 (Nagoya, Aichi, Japan) 47-year-old Kazuyuki Fujita (7-4 Pride) was knocked out for the second time in as many months by Sang Soo Lee (18-11 MMA). Fujita fought the likes of Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman, Wanderlei Silva and Fedor Emelianenko in the early days of Pride.
Road FC 45 (Seoul, South Korea) Seo Hee Ham (1-3 UFC) knocked out former Invicta FC title-challenger, Jinh Yu Frey in the first round. MMA Today’s John Hyon Ko recapped the event here.
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KSW 41 (Katowice, Poland) Marcin Wrzosek (TUF 22, 0-1 UFC) def. Roman Szymanski (10-4 MMA) by decision (UD).
ACB 77 (Moscow, Russia) Numerous vets were in action on this card. The evening’s co-main-event saw Albert Duraev (11-3 MMA) deliver a first-round knockout over Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (1-1 Bellator) for the middleweight title. Denis Goltsov (20-5 MMA) def. Chase Gormley (0-2 UFC, 2-2 Bellator) by TKO (2). Beslan Isaev (37-9 MMA) def. Nah-Shon Burrell (1-1 UFC, 1-2 Bellator, 3-1 Strikeforce) by decision (MD). Amirkhan Adaev (13-4 MMA) def. Darren Smith Jr. (0-1 Bellator) by decision (UD). TUF 23‘s Cory Hendricks (0-1 UFC) earned his second straight knockout in as many fights. He finished Konstantin Erokhin (0-2 UFC) with a violent head-kick and ground-and-pound finish. MMA Today’s Vladimir Kramarenko recapped the event here.
Pancrase vs DEEP (Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan) In a battle of ageless wonders, Jutaro Nakao (1-1 UFC, 0-1 Pride) knocked out Yuki Kondo (1-2 UFC, 1-6 Pride) early in the second round.
ProFC 64 (Rostov, Russia) Ildemar Alcântara (4-3 UFC) def. Artur Alibatulov (19-3 MMA) by decision (UD). Alcântara competed in three different weight classes during his seven-fight run with the UFC.
December 26-31, 2017:
Revolution Combat Championships: Vol. 14 (Cedar Rapids, IA, USA) Daniel Vizcaya (TUF 19*, 1-0 Bellator) def. Joe Vedepo (0-2 UFC, 4-3 Bellator) by SUB (1). Justin Frazier (1-1 Bellator) def. Parnell Davis (8-4 MMA) by SUB (1).
RIZIN Fighting Federation hosted three events in three days. Numerous vets were in action:
Kyoji Horiguchi (6-1 UFC) won the Grand Prix tournament defeating (and finishing) Gabriel Oliveira (10-1 MMA), Manel Kape (9-2 MMA) and Shintaro Ishiwatari (26-4-6 MMA) on consecutive days. Horiguchi is 8-0 since his UFC 186 loss to Demetrious Johnson. Prior to facing Horiguchi, Kape earned a victory over former UFC title-challenger Ian McCall (2-3-1 UFC). McCall went for a takedown and scraped his face on the ring rope opening a nasty cut that forced the doctor to stop the fight. Anthony Birchak (2-2 UFC, 1-1 Bellator) dropped his third consecutive fight losing a split-decision to Jee Hoon Moon (11-10 MMA) in the tournament’s alternate bout.
Kiichi Kunimoto (3-2 UFC) bested Satoru Kitaoka (40-15-9 MMA) with a decision win. Cindy Dandois (0-1 UFC) upset Reina Miura (7-1 MMA) with a split-call. Hiroyuki Takaya (0-2 WEC, 0-1 Strikeforce) got a decision nod over Baataryn Azjavkhlan (2-3 MMA). Japanese fighting legend Takanori Gomi (4-9 UFC, 13-3 Pride) was submitted by a triangle-choke by surging Yusuke Yachi (18-6 MMA). The feature bout saw Mirko Cro Cop (5-7 UFC, 20-5 Pride) win his eighth-straight fight knocking out Tsuyoshi Kosaka (3-3 UFC, 1-2 Pride) in the first round.
*Indicates fighter did not make it past the elimination entry round on TUF.