COMBAT ZONE 39: MMA SMACKDOWN AT THE ROCK was held Friday, October 21, 2011, at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire.
In the main event, Wai Kru MMA fighter Calvin "The Boston Finisher" Kattar won a unanimous decision over fellow top featherweight prospect Cody "The Wolverine" Stevens. The Ohioan Stevens has now lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his MMA career.
Perry "Filthy" Filkins needed just 15 seconds to notch his fifth career MMA victory. Filkins blasted Robert Burton for the quickest victory of the night.
PRESTIGE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS III was held Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
In the main event, Canada's own Sandy "Sandman" Bowman, a respected trainer and 40-year-old fighter with 2 pro MMA bouts under his belt, made short work of tubby Toughman legend Eric "Butterbean" Esch. After flooring Butterbean with a headkick, Bowman fed the big man punches until he had his fill. The 'Bean requested reprieve in the form of a tapout before the one-minute mark of the opening round, for his fourth loss in his last 5 fights.
History was made at Prestige FC 3 when the 0-10 Dave Logan won his first fight! It took a doctor stoppage, but after more than 4 winless years in the sport, and what could be the worst start to an MMA career ever, Logan has finally tasted victory. And how sweet it is.
RINGSIDE MMA 12: DALEY VS FIORAVANTI was held Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In the main event, UFC-exile and quasi-Strikeforce welterweight Paul "Semtex" Daley won a clean sweep unanimous decision over fellow former UFC fighter Luigi "The Italian Tank" Fioravanti. Daley used his superior striking and his continually improving takedown defense to outpoint Fioravanti in a fight described by Top MMA News as "largely uneventful."
American Daron Cruickshank won the vacant Ringside Lightweight Championship with a 5-round unanimous decision victory over Canadian Mike Ricci. The two fighters went back-and-forth for 25 minutes, and both fighters justifiably felt like they had won. It was Cruickshank, though, who made the most right moves at the right times in the eyes of the judges.
Marianna Kheyfets recently quit her dayjob in television production to train full-time in MMA with American Top Team. At XFC 14, The Crushen Russian improved her perfect record to 4-0 with a unanimous decision victory over veteran fighter Molly Helsel.
XTREME FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 14: RESURRECTION was held Friday, October 21, 2011, at the UCF Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. The main card aired live on HDNet.
Appropriately, the main event featured the resurrection of former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner's MMA career. Coming into this fight, Varner was a pathetic 1-4-1 in his last 6 fights, and had just been upset by Dakota Cochrane. After the Cochrane loss, Varner Tweeted that he was retiring. He had already signed this contract to fight "Ladies Love" Nate Jolly at XFC 14, however, so after reevaluating things, Varner deleted his retirement Tweet and went back to training. A refocused Varner needed just 69 seconds to knock out Nate Jolly.
WARRIOR-ONE MMA VII: RELOADED was held Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, Florida.
In the main event, The Ultimate Fighter 13 semifinalist "Cold Steel" Chuck O'Neil (who also appeared on TUF 13 as "Dirtbag Charlie") scored a huge win, by far the biggest victory of his MMA career, albeit via split decision, over longtime UFC fighter Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis.
Former UFC mainstay Marcus Davis had won 3 straight fights in the indies since being released from Octagon duty earlier this year after back-to-back losses. Davis had previously fought for nearly half a decade in the UFC. This was Chuck O'Neil's first fight since being cut loose from the UFC after a failed tryout fight at the TUF 13 Finale against Chris Cope, who still remains on the UFC roster.
BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 54 was held Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This event featured the semifinals of the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament. The main card aired live on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.
Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna advanced to the finals of the fifth season 185-pound tournament with TKO victories. Shlemenko took out Brian "Predator" Rogers with a succession of knees to head in the second round, while Vitor Vianna clipped Bryan "The Beast" Baker early with an overhand right, and finished him off with hammerfists to the face before the one-minute mark of the opening round. Baker, who admitted to having little respect for Vianna's stand-up game in his pre-fight interviews, came out aggressive against Vianna, throwing wild strikes and paid dearly for overlooking the Brazilian.
M-1 Global presented M-1 CHALLENGE 27: MAGALHAES VS ZAYATS on Friday, October 14, 2011, at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card aired live on Showtime.
In the main event, The Ultimate Fighter 8 runner-up (to Ryan Bader) Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes landed a Hail Mary head kick in the third round, after struggling standing up against Mikhail Zayats. Magalhaes is a highly decorated second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but has never been known for his striking... until now. In a desperate frame of mind, Magalhaes caught Zayats off guard, and dropped the Russian with a picture perfect leg landing across the side of his head.