Weekend MMA Breakdown: Notable Non-UFC Matchups

Cody Saftic / September 19, 2012 - 7:40pm

With UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort set for Saturday night, a number of smaller cards are scattered throughout the world this weekend. Below are five fights you might want to check out and a full listing of fight cards this weekend below:

5. WHO: Chas Skelly (9-0) vs. Nick Gonzalez (17-10)
WHERE: Premier Fight Series 2, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
WHY IT MATTERS: Undefeated Bellator prospect, Chas Skelly, returns to the ring for the third time this year when he faces off with well traveled big show veteran Nick Gonzalez. Skelly should be in the UFC but unfortunately is locked in a Bellator contract that provides him with one fight a year. Because of this he’s forced to look elsewhere for matches just to keep busy. Nick Gonzalez, never one to shy away from a big fight, has faced the likes of John Thompson, Yves Edwards and Luis Palomino in his 11 year career. Of course he lost all of those fights in the first round.

4. WHO: Sean Strickland (9-0) vs. Josh Bryant (13-1)
WHERE:
King of the Cage: Heavy Duty, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
WHY IT MATTERS: King of the Cage champ Sean Strickland looks to defend his middleweight title Friday night when he meets Ultimate Fighter season 11 alum, Josh Bryant. Strickland has been a beast on the regional scene, finishing eight of his nine career opponents. With five knockouts and three submissions to his credit, a step up in competition in necessary if he wants to move onto bigger and better things. Bryant received his walking papers from the UFC two years ago after taking a total thrashing from Kyle Noke at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. Since then, the Absolute Combat Alliance member has rattled off three straight wins against less than stellar competition.

3. WHO: Dustin Jacoby (8-2) vs. Rodney Collier (5-1)
WHERE: Titan FC 25, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
WHY IT MATTERS:
Dustin Jacoby looks to have re-invented himself since back-to-back losses to Clifford Starks and Chris Camozzi in the UFC. Anchored out of Finney’s Hit Squad in Granite City, Illinois, The 24-year-old has shown some serious power, knocking out his opponent in seven of his eight wins, most recently forcing a first round doctor’s stoppage on previously unbeaten Tim Williams. 5-1 prospect Rodney Collier fights for the seventh time since turning pro less than two years ago. A striker by trade, Collier has stopped four of his opponents with strikes, all four in the very first round.

2. WHO: Drew McFedries (10-6) vs. Zak Cummings (15-3)
WHERE: Titan FC 25, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
WHY IT MATTERS: Drew “The Massacre” McFedries, once one of the most polarizing figures in the UFC’s middleweight division, enters the cage for the first time in 2011 when he tangles with former MFC title challenger Zak Cummings.  McFedries, a nine time UFC vet, exploded onto the scene back in 2006 with a first round KO of Italian striker Alessio Sakara. Since then, the Iowa native has posted a mediocre 5-5 record. Despite inconsistency, McFedries has knocked out his opponent in all five of those wins. Cummings, a Bellator and Strikeforce veteran enters this contest on a two fight winning streak. In 18 fights, the Springfield Fight Club representative has faced a number of the sport’s top fighters, including Tim Kennedy, Ryan Jimmo and Terry Martin, whom he defeated by split decision.

1. WHO: Anthony Johnson (12-4) vs. Jake Rosholt (12-4)
WHERE: Xtreme Fight Night 9, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
WHY IT MATTERS:
In a battle of UFC castaways, fan favorite Anthony “Rumble” Johnson fights for the second time a light heavyweight when he meets three time NCAA wrestling champ Jake Rosholt. Johnson has come a long way since his welterweight days in the UFC but remains one of the sport’s most dangerous fighters. After failing to compete at middleweight, Johnson made the jump to 205 last month, knocking out Esteves Jones at Titan Fighting Championships 24. Rosholt, one of the most successful college wrestlers to have ever transitioned to MMA, looks to rebound after suffering a submission loss to Matt Thomspon in his last outing. A former middleweight prospect, the 30 year old appears to have slowed down since his UFC release despite posting a respectable 6-2 record.

NAAFS: Combat Challenge 22 (AMATEUR)
September 21, 2012
Medina Community Recreation Center
Medina, Ohio, USA
Airing: GFL.tv

-Cody Tominack vs. Jamall Jenkins
-Richard Barrow vs. Landen Harvey
-Amber Ignatowski vs. Rachel Sazoff
-Tony Johnson vs. Mike Bothwell
-Jessica Zomcik vs. Ashley Rickard
-Abed Abderrazzaq vs. Ron Richards
-Vincent Bullard vs George Corley
-Joshua Barbee vs. Clint Ledencian
-Izzy Williams vs. Dylan Freedman
-Angela Tarli vs. Esther Graves
-Jamie Randles vs. Joe Callari
-Ben Yoder vs. Dan Ramacciato
-Ray Malone vs. Chris Varner

Shooto Brazil 34
September 21, 2012
Federal District, Brasilia, Brazil

– Jorge Rodrigues (27-7) vs. Raoni Barcellos (3-0)
– Jamil Silveira da Conceicao (36-15) vs. Luiz Felipe (2-0)
– Guilherme Paraiba (1-0) vs. Marcus Vinicius Lopes (4-1)
– Tashiro Nishiuchi (17-8-13) vs. Adriano Goncalves (0-0-1)
– Zeilton Rodrigues (8-3) vs. Gildasio Ferreira (2-1)
– Fernando Ribeiro  (3-2) vs. Bruce Souto (1-0)
– Ciro Rodrigues (10-4) vs. Luciano Palhano (1-0)
– Edgar Santos (4-1) vs. Vitor Silva (1-0)
– Diogo Lima (4-2) vs. Rafael Silva (1-1)
– Michael William Costa (9-4) vs. Adriano Moraes (4-0)
– Claudia Gadelha (7-0) vs. Raquel Pitbull (1-0)

Xtreme Fight Night 9
September 21, 2012
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

– Anthony Johnson (12-4) vs. Jake Rosholt (12-4)
– Levi Avera (17-11) vs. Dylan Smith (8-4)
– Jesse Chaffin (2-1) vs. David McAfee (0-2)
– Ed Cline (4-2) vs. Alex Rojas (2-2)
– Andrew Todhunter (2-0) vs. Brandon Gaines (5-19)
– Kathina Catron (0-0) vs. Amber Powell (3-3)
– David Grayson (0-0) vs. Christian Adams (0-0)
– Garrett Smith (0-0) vs. John McGlon (0-0)
– TJ Arrington (0-1) vs. John Martinez (0-0)
– Chase McDougle (0-0) vs. Mark Manley (0-0)

King of the Cage: Heavy Duty
September 21, 2012
River Spirit Casino
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

– Shonie Carter (50-28-7) vs. Josh Bryant (13-1)
– Cody East (3-1) vs. Kinny Spotwood (2-0)
– Mike Maldonado (0-0) vs. Ben Acosta (0-0)
– Zac Church (0-0) vs. Wes Linsley (0-2)
– Andenilson Clementino (2-2) vs. Jeff Karriman (0-1)
– Tim Sosa vs. Todd Hess (Amateur Flyweight Title Fight)
– Dee Nodarse vs. Erin McDougall
– Charlie Williams vs. Dustin Freeman


RMMA 25
September 21, 2012
Sigur Center
Chalmette, Louisiana, USA

– Randy Billiot (5-8) vs. Mark Strickland (0-0)
– Jessie Thornton (0-0) vs. Jonathan Mackles (12-2)
– Nick Collins (0-0) vs. Joseph Abercrombie (3-1)
– Corey Holder (6-12) vs. Richie McCloskey (5-6)
– Giovanni Everson-Johnson vs. Rhett Ernst
– Chris Davis vs. Keiffer Brannon

JEWELS: 21st Ring
September 22, 2012
Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
Tokyo, Japan

– Mika Nagano (9-7) vs. Tomo Maesawa (0-0)
– Fukuko Hamada (7-7-1) vs. Satomi Takano (1-0)
– Shizuka Sugiyama (7-3) vs. Yurika Tanaka (0-0)

Respect FC 8
September 22, 2012
Bayer Hall
Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

– Bjorn Schmiedeberg (8-3) vs. Szymon Bajor (9-2)
– Abu Azaitar (5-1) vs. Marcin Naruszczka (10-1)
– Daniel Weichel (28-8) vs. Semen Tyrlya (4-1)
– Maurice van Waeyenberghe (7-3) vs. Hendrik Nitzsche (9-9)
– Janosch Stefan (4-2) vs. Dritan Barjamaj (7-3)
– Manuel Masuch (4-3) vs. Alexander Neufang (2-0)
– Michael Erdinc (5-0) vs. Djamil Chan (5-1)
– Ruben Crawford (11-2) vs. Duane van Helvoirt (11-4)
– Daniel Talmon (2-6) vs. Hayward Charles (5-4)
– Jarjis Danho (1-0) vs. Jermaine Van Rooy (3-2)

Caged Fury MMA (AMATEUR)
September 22, 2012
Front Porch of the South
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Airing: GFL.tv

– Cody Carter vs. Thorne Faught
– Beau Clenney vs. Greg Thomas
– Sean Hall vs. Deangelo Bynum


Gladius Fights 1
September 22, 2012
Cattaraugus Sports Arena
Irving, New York, USA
Airing: GFL.tv

– Don Carlo-Clauss (9-7) vs. Eddie Fyvie (9-5)
– Dez Green (3-0) vs. Matthew DiMarcantonio (3-2)
– Mike Winters (6-2) vs. T.J. Sumler (4-3)
– Dan Jennings (0-1) vs. Jabril Patterson (0-0)
– James Frier (3-3) vs. Tom Vanderhorst (2-1)
– Andrew Cseh (3-3) vs. Zech Lange (0-0)
– Shane Manley (0-0) vs. Jeff Denz (1-2)
– Sabino Scarpone (0-0) vs. Ahsan Abdulla (0-1)
– Peter Cole (4-4) vs. Gabe Saccheti (0-0)

Mansfield Mayhem 13 (AMATEUR)
September 22, 2012
Richland County Fairgrounds
Mansfield, Ohio, USA

– Chris Trippi vs. Ronald Mello
– Daniel Haubiel vs. Desmond Carroll
– Josh Longood vs. Cory Ruthsatz
– Levi Gwinup vs. Noel Rodriguez
– Joey Rine vs. Ronnie Shoemaker
– Brian Haubiel vs. Art Ludwick
– Brandon Odom vs. Kyle Booth
– John Gunther vs. Niles Hootman

TWC Pro Series: Up Close and Personal
September 22, 2012
Best Western Plus
Lansing, Michigan, USA

– Ray Lopez (7-3) vs. Brendan Seguin (23-18-1)
– Hector Garcia (1-3) vs. Bowe Vincent (1-1)
– Allanna Jones (0-0) vs. Kathleen Albany (0-0)
– Ryan Brettingham (1-0) vs. Dominick Sindone (1-0)
– Dequan Townsend (1-1) vs. Robert Longwith (0-1)
– Brandon Johnson (0-1) vs. Maykon Barradas (0-0)
– Ed Kramer (0-0) vs. Khuzaymah Al-Nubuat (0-0)
– Adam Alvarez (1-9) vs. Joel Chapman (0-0)

Hardrock MMA 50
September 22, 2012
Paroquet Springs Conference Center
Shepherdsville, Kentucky, USA

– Bruce Ferguson (7-2) vs. Jeremy Myers (3-7)
– Joshua Blanchard (3-2) vs. Robert Bennett (0-0)
– Deon Spalding vs. Jesse Childrey
– Quinton Parks Jr.  vs. Mitchell Guzman
– Portland Pringle III vs. Reggie Merriweather
– Zack Michael vs. Donnie Richardson
– Paul Daugherty vs. Cody Gableman
– Michael Gay vs. Timothy Pinkston
– Andre Rodriguez vs. Colton Gunn
– Grant Brunner vs. John Lohden
– Jeff Mack vs. Devon Miller
– Charles Stanford vs. Derik Byrd
– Caanan Cain vs. Joseph Daniel


Caged Chaos at Canterbury Park
September 22, 2012
Canterbury Park

Minnesota, USA

– Zach Juusola (8-2) vs. Billy Christianson (6-2)
– Cully Butterfield (9-2) vs. Isaiah Larson (14-7)
– Will Shutt (16-20-1) vs. Courtney Buck (10-7)
– Josh Henry (7-4) vs. Caleb Wolff (12-8)
– Brian Learn (15-14-1) vs. Andre Tleva (2-0)
– Brandon Abrego (1-5) vs. John Castaneda (0-0)
– Curtis Madson (2-0) vs. Justin Rheaume (2-1)
– Marzett Turner (0-0) vs. Nate Hoffman (1-3)

Premier Fight Series 2
September 22, 2012
Fort Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

– Chas Skelly (9-0) vs. Nick Gonzalez (17-10)
– Chris Feist (4-0) vs. Micah Franks (3-1-1)
– Eliasar Rodriguez (3-1) vs. Sidney Cawdrey (0-1)
– Kashif Solarin (1-3) vs. Heron Saucedo Jr. (0-0)
– Zack Board (0-1) vs. Arturo Arellano (0-0)
– Amber Stautszenberger (0-0) vs. Paige Vanzant (1-0)
– Joseph Tipton (0-0) vs. Jose Cabral (1-2)
– Casey Williams (0-1) vs. Kevin McGee (2-2)
– Jabari Abduhl-Shakur (0-1) vs. Jeremy McCombs (0-2)

AFL 39 (AMATEUR)
September 22, 2012
Golden Nugget Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

– Jeff Brinberg vs. Yadram Baijoo
– Bill Borawski vs. Bill Mac Nair
– Erly Abrigo vs. Michael Miesch
– Cheston Bulgin vs. Thomas Lanier Jr.
– Ashley Miller vs. Allycia Mitchell
– Ryan Carroll vs. Kevin Fergerson
– Joe Peteroy vs. Lawrence Powell
– Mark Fileccia vs. Delroy McKoy
– John Sheehan vs. Juan Galarza
– Chris Winters vs. Jose Brandt
– Matt Roman vs. Joseph DeLuca
– Ramy Awad vs. Brian Collins
– Ashure Elbanna vs. Frankie Roberts
– Kevin Perez vs. Darren Carrero
– Dominic Urso vs. Steve Tyrrell


Reality Fighting: Vaca vs. Grant
September 22, 2012
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, Connecticut, USA

– Alexandre Moreno (12-3) vs. Dwight Grant (3-1)
– Matt Bessette (8-4)  vs. Aniss Alhajjajy (5-4)
– Emil Jeff Haddad (3-0) vs. Joe Cushman (10-4)
– John Naples v (2-0) vs. Erik Lee (3-0)
– Terin Swanson (1-1) vs. Joe Boxer (0-2)
– Thane Stimson (1-1) vs. Steve Carr (0-0)
– Thiago Carfi (1-0) vs. Robby Slade (2-0)
– Erik Sommer (2-1) vs. Roger Zapata (0-1)
– Bobby Valentine (0-0) vs. Maykon Santos (0-1)
– Dennis Norton (0-0) vs. Walter Howard (1-1)

Kickdown 103: Wizards (AMATEUR)
September 22, 2012
Central Wyoming Fairgrounds
Casper, Wyoming, USA

– Travis Peak (8-2) vs. Steve Simmons (3-8)
– Jacob Flesher vs. Jeremiah Barnes
– Margaret Bloom vs. Stephanie Skinner
– Joey Munoz vs. Billy Johnson
– Staci Vega vs. Rosa Acevedo
– Matt Davis vs. Matt Peckham


Shooto: Border: Season 4
September 23, 2012
Hirano Ward Community Hall
Osaka, Japan

– Kentaro Watanabe (8-3) vs. Nam Jin Jo (6-5)
– Takuya Kodama (7-3-1) vs. Mamoru Uoi (7-1-3)
– Shinji Sasaki (10-6-2) vs. Kota Shimoishi (9-1)
– Kosuke Eda (7-3-4) vs. Kenji Yamamoto (4-1)
– Yuta Horikawa (2-3) vs. Masahiro Yokoyama (6-1-2)
– Shingo Nakazawa (0-0) vs. Takafumi Maeda (1-1)
– Hidekazu Fukushima (3-1) vs. Naritoshi Kakuta (3-2)
– Toma Toma (0-1) vs. Takamasa Miki (6-5)
– Kazuhiro Ito (5-9-1) vs. Akihito Ishihara (5-1)
– Hiroyuki Tanaka (0-0) vs. Yuta Kiuchi (3-1)