Beyond The Octagon: 5 Fights Worth Watching This Weekend


1.VFC 52: Raufeon Stots (5-0) vs.Charlie Dubray (13-11)

This is essentially a showcase fight for RofusSport prospect Raufeon Stots, at 5-0 his recent performances have put him on the fast track to the big leagues.

Local journeymen Charlie Dubray will be a good matchup for Stots at this point in his career, Dubray certainly won’t be a pushover, with nine submissions and four knockouts Dubray will test if this hungry upstart’s elite prospect status is deserved.


2.VFC 52: Maki Pitolo (7-2) vs.Kassius Kayne (8-2)

Maki Pitolo will take on Kassius Kayne for the interim welterweight VFC title. Kayne moves up the card to fill in for TUF vet and current VFC welterweight champion Jason Jackson who was forced to withdraw from his first title defense for undisclosed medical reasons.

Pitolo is not your typical stand and bang scrappy Hawaiian fighter, he’s a calculated technical striker who recently steamrolled Blackzilizn stand out Andrews Nakahara.

Kayne’s night changed drastically over the last few days, he went from fighting on the undercard against UFC vet Yuri Villefort to headlineing for the welterweight belt. 

These fighters penchant to trade on the feet should make for fireworks in this main event bout.

3.Bellator 158: Michael Page (10-0) vs. Evangelista Santos (21-17)

Anytime “MVP” Michael “Venom” Page steps in the ring it’s must see T.V, however this will be Page’s first real test in the Bellator cage. “MVP” has been matched up with Chute Boxe veteran concussion creator Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

This will be a battle of flash vs smash, if Page can get by “Cyborg” a title fight with current welterweight kingpin Andrey Koreshkov would be a fight that would grab the attention of even the most devout UFC fan.

4. Bellator 158: Paul Daley (38-13-2) vs. Douglas Lima (26-6)

Bellator 158’s main event will pit the former welterweight champion up against the man with the most lethal hands in the division, in a top contender fight. 

After multiple failed attempts to put together Daley vs. Koscheck 2, Bellator arranged this matchup which actually has more relevance to the current welterweight contenders picture than a rematch of Daley vs. Koscheck.

Lima is no slouch on his feet, but he would be a fool to not utilize his high level BJJ in this match up.

5. Shooto: Tatsuya Ando (5-1) vs. Keita Ishibashi (6-5-1)

This will be another showcase fight for former Road to UFC contestant Tatsuya Ando. Ando came up short in his bid for a UFC contract when he lost to eventual co-winner Teruto Ishihara.

Ando is a bonafide prospect with legit knockout power whose ground game needs improvement. Keita Ishibashi is submission specialist who will put Ando’s grappling prowess to the test.


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