While the UFC is in Argentina and Bellator is in Israel, there’s a few more shows on the international scene that fans may find of interest. As usual, we’ll be looking at what’s on offer for this weekend with some hot prospects in action.
Friday morning brings us BRAVE CF 18, live from Bahrain. UFC veteran Lucas Martins (20-3) defends his lightweight title against Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady (9-1). Martins was released from the UFC in 2016 after a win against Rob Whiteford, and has won four straight since then. Al-Selwady has four straight wins and only has two decision victories, and is rounding out a complete MMA game.
Another Brazilian will be participating as Luan Santiago (12-3) faces Bellator vet and former Ultimate Fighter contestant Djamil Chan (15-4). Felipe Efrain (13-3) will be taking on Stephen Loman (11-2) at bantamweight.
BRAVE CF 18 starts Friday morning at 7:00am EST, and will be streaming live via FITE.tv for $14.99.
WFCA (Akhmat) also has a show on Friday, headlined by Bellator vet Joe Taimanglo (24-8, 1 draw) against Akhmat and ACB veteran Rakhman Dudaev (21-4). Former Bellator feature fighter Magomedrasul “Frodo“ Khasbulaev (28-8) continues to prosper outside of the U.S., and will be up against Rob Emerson (20-12). Khasbulaev is coming off his second loss against Salman Zhamaldaev, but is 7-3 since leaving Bellator with wins over Fernando Vieira and Kurt Holobaugh in that run. Emerson is coming off a decision win against Shamil Shakhbulatov this past May.
Brazilian featherweight Antonio Carlos Ribeiro (16-3, 1 draw) will be up against Akhmed Shervaniev (11-0, 1 draw).
WFCA 54 takes place at 2:00pm EST.
LFA returns to California with their current flyweight queen Sabina Mazo (5-0) looking to keep her winning ways against as she defends her title against Carol Yariwaki (7-2). Yariwaki is a finisher, with only one decision win on her record
Bantamweight gets some shine as well, when Vincent Cachero (5-0) tangles with Joe Murphy (8-4). A middleweight showdown is also on the table as Sidiah Parker (19-7) is scheduled to fight Moses Murrieta (7-1).
LFA 54: Mazo vs Yariwaki starts at 9:00pm EST, on their usual home, AXS TV.
Shooto Japan returns with Professional Shooto 117, featuring some game fighters such as Takumi Tamaru (8-1, 1 draw), Tadaaki Yamamoto, Naoyuki Kotani, Yoichi Fukumoto, Takamasu “Skinny Zombie“ Kiuchi and Nobuki Fujii.
Not exactly household names, I know. These have been action fighters that have been tested on the Japanese scene and have put on some wild performances, and some fun highlights should come of this.
Shooto 117 takes place on Friday night into Saturday morning, starting at midnight EST.
ONE Championship continues to roll through with their event schedule, with Zebaztian Kadestam (10-4) clashing with Tyler McGuire (11-0) for the vacant middleweight title. Kadestam opened some eyes when he absolutely ruined Luis “Sapo“ Santos in a shocking comeback last year. He then suffered a loss to former Bellator champ and current UFC fighter Ben Askren, only to bounce back from that against Agilan Thani. McGuire is has a bunch of submission wins, with his last win being a decision win against Luis Santos as well.
Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim (13-3, 1 draw) fights Zhikang Zhao (11-3), and Eugene Toquero (8-6) will have his hands full against DEEP vet Tatsumitsu Wada (19-9, 2 draws).
ONE Championship: Warrior’s Dream starts at 7:00am EST, and will be streaming live and free via their app, as well as on YouTube.
The UFC may be done with men’s flyweight, but M-1 keeps their division running as Finland’s Mikael Silander (18-6) challenges for the title against Aleksander Doskalchuk (9-2). Doskalchuk is a champ for a reason, being a certified finisher and Silander’s a decent athlete with good range striking.
Former Jungle Fight contender Michel Silva (20-7, 1 draw) tries to make it three in a row against Magomedkamil Malikov (6-0), and welterweights Juho Valamaa and Amiran Gogoladze do battle in what can be a very dynamic styles clash.
M-1 Challenge 99: Battle of Narts will have the prelims for free at 9:00am EST and the main card for $7.99, at 11:30am EST, all of it exclusively on FITE.tv.
Czech MMA gets a bit of shine too, with Oktagon MMA setting up another event. Former Bellator champion Atila Vegh (31-8, 2 draws) faces former UFC and Bellator fighter Maiquel Falcão (39-12). Falcão was released from Bellator after some serious legal problems, going 8-7 since in KSW, Fight Nights Global and other places. Vegh fights for the first time since last November, when he defeated Travis Fulton (yes, the guy with 300+ fights).
Former UFC talent Jeremy Kimball (15-8) brings his smash mouth approach against Miloš Petrášek (11-3) at light heavyweight. The Oktagon welterweight title is also on the line between David Kozma (23-10) and Gábor Boráros (16-1, 1 draw).
Oktagon 10 takes place Saturday at noon EST. The internet is your friend on this one.
Finally, Combate Americas comes back to Mexico, with some interesting bouts with possible title implications.
Former UFC fighter Erik “Goyito“ Perez (18-6) faces Colombia’s Andres “Double A“ Ayala (12-6) in the main event, while Mexico’s Yajaira Romo (4-3) faces Spain’s Irene Cabello (8-5), who has spent time at Jackson/Winklejohn and defeated Miyuu Yamamoto by submission last year.
Last year’s one-night Copa Combate tournament winner Levy Marroquín (11-2) moves up to featherweight to face homegrown talent and absolute savage Froggy Estrada (5-1). Rodrigo “Kazula“ Vargas will try to top his spectacular win against former UFC talent Mike de la Torre when he fights Ricardo Arreola (6-5). DEEP and ROAD veteran “Korean Gangster“ Won Sik Park (13-7, 1 draw) attempts to get back in the win column in his first fight since late 2016 against Jose Luis Medrano (6-3).
Goyito’s brother Jair Perez (1-0) won his pro debut in controversial fashion, but will have to win convincingly against Spain’s Tino Gilaranz (1-0)
Combate Americas 26 takes place this Saturday night, with the main card streaming online with prelims on Facebook and the main card starting at 10:00pm on DAZN.