October is a great month for fights with multiple cards to choose from and for those looking to find great action outside the UFC here’s 5 fights that will most likely have you talking.
1. Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire – Bellator 76
Alvarez and Freire are 2 of the top 155ers currently outside the UFC. With a win streak that spanned two and a half years, Alvarez finally met his match and surrendered his Bellator lightweight belt to Michael Chandler in November of 2011 in an epic battle that saw Chandler sink in a rear naked choke just past the midway point of the fourth round. Alvarez rebounded in impressive fashion in his next match avenging a previous loss from 2008 to Shinya Aoki with a first round TKO in April 2012 at Bellator 66.
Freire meanwhile is looking to rebound after suffering defeat at the hands of Lloyd Woodward in March of 2012 at Bellator 62. The loss came in the quarter finals of Bellator’s latest lightweight tournament and was a surprise to most as Freire was heavily favored to win the tournament after falling short in the finals of the previous season’s tournament to now champ Chandler ten months earlier. Freire’s last win came in November of 2011 over former UFC vet Kurt Pellegrino. Both men fight with lightning speed so don’t blink or you may miss the end result.
2. Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef – One FC 6: Rise of Kings
Ryo Kawamura isn’t exactly a well known name to the average fight fan but make no mistake he is ready to showcase his skills when he steps in to face Manhoef. Riding the strength of a three fight win streak Kawamura is 15-6 overall with 8 TKO victories.
Manhoef who is best known for his devastating knockouts has spent his career flip flopping back and forth between both MMA and Professional Kick Boxing. His last appearance in MMA came just last month at Road FC 9 where he was on the winning end of a three round split decision over Korean fighter Jae Young Kim. Expect Manhoef to be hungry to add another knockout to his resume in this contest.
Bombs will be dropping in this tilt guaranteed.
3. Kalvin Hackney vs. Chris Horodecki – Score Fighting Series 6
Hackney a two time veteran of Bellator is making his promotional debut with Score Fighting Series and is looking to make it two wins in a row when he faces the hometown favorite Horodecki. Hackney brings with him an impressive record of 12-3 with 6 TKO finishes and 4 submissions.
Canadian MMA fans are well acquainted with “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki. He boasts big show experience with Bellator, WEC, and the IFL. Now signed on with The Score Fighting Series Horodecki is eager to rebound after a 1st round KO loss to Mike Richman at Bellator 64 and showcase his skills back in front of his hometown crowd.
4. Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama – Invicta FC 3
Jessica Penne comes into the bout sporting an outstanding 9-1 record with her only professional MMA loss coming by way of unanimous decision against Bellator 125lb champ Zoila Gurgel. Riding the strength of two straight victories, Penne looks to make it three straight en route to becoming the first ever Invicta FC 105lb Champion.
Japanese superstar Sugiyama puts her undefeated 8-0 record on the line when she steps in to meet Penne. Comfortable whether the fight is on her feet or on the mat expect “Sugi Rock” to put on a show worthy of the high caliber we’ve come to see from the ladies of Invicta FC.
5. Joseph Henle vs. Elvis Mutapcic – MFC 35
The always dangerous Henle is another fighter putting an undefeated record on the line, making a quick return after dropping Luke Harris at MFC 34 with a 1st round TKO. Watch for Henle to short work of his next Mutapcic in what’s sure to be an exciting middleweight bout.
Mutapcic is also making a quick return after he was on the winning end of a 1st round TKO of Jacen Flynn at MFC 34. The win was his third straight that includes a 25 second KO of TUF Brazil Champion Cezar Ferreira that took place in August 2011 at Superior Cage Combat 2. Mutapcic is 11-2 overall with 4 TKO’s and 6 submissions.
Contributing Writer – Shaun MacQuarrie