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Weekend MMA Breakdown: Notable Non-UFC Matchups

Cody Saftic / October 12, 2012 - 12:08pm

Outside of the big boys UFC and Bellator this weekend, a number of other intriguing matchups are on tap in the mixed martial arts world.

Here are five bouts falling under the radar you won't want to miss and a calendar of all prominent cards this weekend:

5. WHO: Nick Piedmont (6-3) vs. Sevak Magakian (12-3)
WHERE: BAMMA USA: Badbeat 7, Commerce, California, USA
Ultimate Fighter 12 alum, Sevak Magakian, has been on a tear since his “TUF” days, going 5-0 since the show’s taping. A strong grappler with a background in Judo, the American born Armenian is probably only one or two fights away from getting back to the UFC or another upper scale MMA promotion. His opponent Nick Piedmont is a Bellator veteran who showed a lot of promise early in his career before dropping a couple close fights on the regional scene. A win for either man is critical at this stage of their respective careers.

4. WHO: Kultar Gill (11-8) vs. Amr Fathee Wahman (1-2)
WHERE: Super Fight League 4, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Canadian born kickboxer Kultar Gill fights for the second time under the Super Fight League banner when he meets unheralded Egyptian Amr Fathee Wahman. Gill, long considered one of Canada’s top martial artists, has literally fought a who’s who of the sport’s top fighters, from Yves Edwards and Caol Uno to Tatsuya Kawajiri and Joachim Hansen. Now 33, Gill has re-inventing himself on the Indian scene where he is recognized as a big star. Wahman probably shouldn’t be in this fight, but he’s a willing participant who could surprise the MMA world and pull one over a highly respected opponent in Gill.

3. WHO: Tommy Speer (19-6) vs. Jeremy Kimball (6-3)
WHERE: MFW 1, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
WHY IT MATTERS: Believe it or not, there was a time when Tommy Speer was viewed as one of MMA’s top prospects. At 23, he made the cast for the Ultimate Fighter season six and completely ran through the competition, beating respectable names like Ben Saunders and current TUF Australia coach George Sotiropoulos. Since then, the Minnesota native has struggled with beating even mid-level competition as highlighted by recent losses to Ryan Ford and Mats Nilsson. Jeremy Kimball was suppose to fight UFC vet John Salter on Saturday, but now has to settle for a fight with Speer on three days’ notice. In nine pro fights, the Thomas Denny trained fighter has only been to decision once and owns four first round knockout victories.

2. WHO: Niko Puhakka (26-11) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (14-6)
WHERE: Fight Festival 32, Töölö, Helsinki, Finland
The name Niko Puhakka might not sound familiar, but this guy is for real. A native of Finland, Puhakka enters the ring for the 13th time since 2010, posting a respectable 9-2 record in that span. He’s been fighting mostly out of Finland and Eastern Europe, but still has managed to fight some solid international names, such as Marcus Aurelio and John Gunderson. Yoshida meanwhile, is perhaps best remembered for getting utterly blasted in the UFC by Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson. Still, the 38-year-old isn’t completely shot and can still mix it up with high level competition. He’s currently riding a three fight win streak, including a decision win over Phil Baroni in ONE FC last year.

1. WHO: Joe Riggs (37-14) vs. Josh Cavan (5-2)
WHERE: MFW 1, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
WHY IT MATTERS: It’s crazy to think that Riggs only turned 30 a couple weeks ago, considering all that he’s been through in his 11 year career. A veteran of over 50 fights, Riggs has seen all the highs and lows the sport has to offer. Now training out of Siege MMA in Peoria, Arizona, Riggs is riding a three fight win streak and looking to get back to the big show. A win over Cavan, a local club fighter, won’t do a whole lot for Riggs; however a string of consecutive victories could go a long way in helping him re-establish himself as a top free agent outside of Bellator and the UFC.


Calendar of all notable cards this weekend:

Bellator 76
October 12, 2012
Caesars Hotel & Casino
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Airing: MTV2/

Main Card:
-Eddie Alvarez (23-3) vs. Patricky Freire (10-3)
-Mike Richman (12-1) vs. Jeremy Spoon (12-1)
-Rad Martinez (12-2) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (22-2)
-Akop Stepanyan (12-3) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (14-3)
-Shahbulat Shamhalaev (9-1-1) vs. Cody Bollinger (13-2)

Preliminary Card:
-Ali Mokdad (5-2) vs. Simon Marini (9-5)
-Dom O'Grady (14-5-1) vs. AJ Matthews (6-1)
-Nayeb Hezam (13-12) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (16-5)
-Ainsley Robinson (5-1) vs. Chad Laprise (5-0)
-Jason Fischer (3-0) vs. Kyle Prepolec (5-1)

Super Fight League 4
October 12, 2012
SFL Arena
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Airing: Internet Stream

-Kultar Gill (11-8) vs. Amr Fathee Wahman (1-2)
-Sanja Sucevic (3-1) vs. Irene Cabello (1-1)
-Manoj Chuhan (0-0) vs. Biswa Dev (0-0)
-Shyam Prasad (0-0) vs. Gaurav Singh (0-0)
-Bhabajeet Chowdhury (0-0) vs. Charanjit Singh (0-0)
-Love Chauhan (0-0) vs. Srikant Sekhar (0-0)
-Amitesh Chaubey (0-0) vs. Swapnil Barve (0-0)

Coliseum to the Cage 1: Unleashed
October 12, 2012
Derry, New Hampshire, USA

-Dan Bonnell (11-8) vs. Franklin Isabel (3-5)
-Aaron Petrucelli (1-1) vs. Bruce Boyington (2-3)
-Anthony Loycano (0-2) vs. Yann Oliveira (1-0)
-Nick Logan (0-0) vs. Lowell Zangri (1-0)

MCC 43: High Octane
October 12, 2012
HY Vee Hall
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

-Kevin Burns (11-5) vs. Mark Stoddard (4-5)
-Summer Artherton (0-0) vs. Cassie Rodish (2-3)
-Mike Van Meer (31-29) vs. Mark Gearhart (1-7)
-Donovan Carboney (0-1) vs. Jeff Carstens (8-23)
-Bobby Mosley (2-1) vs. Bobby Mosley (2-2)

BAMMA USA: Badbeat 7
October 12, 2012
Commerce Casino
Commerce, California, USA

-Chris Beal (6-0) vs. Shad Smith (12-15-2)
-Nick Piedmont (6-3) vs. Sevak Magakian (12-3)
-Mike Jasper (5-0) vs. Kyle Bolt (4-1)
-Steve Magdaleno (9-3) vs. Jason Williams (4-4)
-Chris Culley (13-10) vs. Tom Gloudeman (6-2)
-Gilbert Guardado (1-0) vs. Xavier Stokes (4-4)
-Eric Brown (3-2) vs. Jorge Valdez (0-1)
-Adam Gonzalez (0-2) vs. Tony Stewart (1-0)
-Ron Scolesdang (1-0) vs. Mike Hansen (0-0)
-Anthony Frank (0-0) vs. Bronson Casarez (3-0)
-John Hernandez (0-0) vs. Mike Smith (0-1)
-Terrion Ware (2-1) vs. Marvin Madariaga (1-0)
-Chris Schommer (0-0) vs. Nick Piecuch (0-0)

UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
October 13, 2012
HSBC Arena
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Airing: PPV

Main Card:
-Anderson Silva (32-4) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-7)
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-7-1) vs. Dave Herman (21-4)
-Glover Teixeira (18-2) vs. Fabio Maldonado (18-5)
-Jon Fitch (23-4-1) vs. Erick Silva (14-2)
-Phil Davis (9-1) vs. Wagner Prado (8-0)
-Demian Maia (16-4) vs. Rick Story (14-5)

Preliminary Card:
-Rony "Jason" Bezerra (11-3) vs. Sam Sicilia (11-1)
-Gleison Tibau (25-8) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (11-1)
-Diego Brandao (14-8) vs. Joey Gambino (9-1)
-Luiz Cane (12-4) vs. Chris Camozzi (17-5)
-Reza Madadi (12-2) vs. Cristiano Marcello (12-4)
-Sergio Moraes (6-2) vs. Renee Forte (7-1)

Fight Festival 32
October 13, 2012
Töölö Sports Hall
Töölö, Helsinki, Finland

-Niko Puhakka (26-11) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (14-6)
-Lucio Linhares (17-8) vs. Jake Doerr (6-2)
-Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (19-5-1) vs. Antun Racic (10-3)
-Joni Salovaara (10-5) vs. Moktar Benkaci (8-2)
-Mikael Silander (7-1) vs. Wade Choate (14-13)
-Johan Vanttinen (8-2) vs. Vincent del Guerra (17-7)
-Janne Elonen-Kulmala (4-4) vs. Jurijs Davidovs (1-1)

Shock n' Awe 12
October 13, 2012
Mountbatten Centre
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

-Jack Mason (20-11) vs. Alexei Roberts (5-1)
-Stuart Tyrie (6-4) vs. Mike Ling (9-5)
-Phil Else (4-0) vs. Nathan Beer (13-3)
-Brad Wheeler (8-7) vs. Shah Hussain (3-7)
-Brett O'Brien (3-1) vs. Stephen Neesham (2-7)
-Luke Dalmedo (3-2) vs. Aftab Miah (0-0)
-Lee Taylor (3-6-1) vs. Matt Hughes (0-0)
-Ashley Beaumont (2-0) vs. AJ Russel (0-1)
-Joe Laurence (2-2) vs. Ben Hajir (1-1)
-Owain Parry (1-0) vs. Kieran Rice (1-1)
-Timur Mercanoglu (2-0) vs. Belal Miah (1-0-1)
-Harry McLeman (0-1) vs. Luke Killick (1-0)

Cage Fury Fighting Championships 17: Nsang vs. Louck
October 13, 2012
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Dover, Delaware, USA

-Aung La Nsang (10-7) vs. Jason Louck (15-9)
-Anton Berzin (2-1) vs. Walter Howard (2-1)
-Greg Saumenig (0-0) vs. Sergio da Silva (0-3)
-Michael Wilcox (2-1) vs. Ray Elliot (0-1)
-Myron Baker (0-0) vs. Ben Syers (0-1)

Cage Wars 18
October 13, 2012
Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack
Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

-Sam Oropeza (6-2) vs. Richard Rigmaden (2-1)
-William Algeo (1-0) vs. Dean Lavin (2-5)
-Bryan Danner (2-2) vs. Andrew Osborne (5-4)
-Andrew Aguilar (0-0) vs. Darren Mima (0-1)

October 13, 2012
Douglas County Fairgrounds
Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

-Joe Riggs (37-14) vs. Josh Cavan (5-2)
-Tommy Speer (19-6) vs. Jeremy Kimball (6-3)
-Scott Cleve (8-3) vs. Chris Manuel (8-4-2)
-LT Nelson (5-1) vs. Ricky Musgrave (7-2)
-Jason Lee (4-2) vs. Tanner BigEagle (0-0)
-Diana Rael (3-3) vs. Darla Harris (3-0)
-George Ashauer (2-1) vs. Brandon Endriss (1-2)


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