Many fighters that used to compete in the UFC had fights this weekend, and some earned the results they desired, while others may be looking for something to restart their careers once again. A majority of the fought on the World Series of Fighting’s first card, but some of them competed at RFA 4 as well. Here is the results coming out of the weekend that may lead some fighters back to the octagon. First lets look at the RFA 4 results.
While not a UFC fighters, but younger brothers, Chidi Njokuani and Sergio Pettis both are promising prospects, as they picked up wins at RFA 4. Njokuani pulled his record to 7-1 (6 by finishes) as of late after starting his career at 2-2. He might see himself in the UFC shortly and so will the younger Pettis as he pulled his unblemished career to 6-0 at the tender age of 19.
Former WEC fighter James Krause moved to five straight wins which includes three-first round finishes. Two of which are very close to the 30 second mark. Former UFC heavyweight may have dropped to 205, but he is still a force to be reckoned with after catching an inverted triangle choke. He is 6-1 since leaving the octagon with his only loss coming to Glover Teixeira who is a rising star in the cage.
Lastly, a battle between a former Ultimate Fighter winner in Efrain Escudero and former lightweight stalwart Tyson Griffin may have been light on fireworks, but Griffin got the job done. Often seen for lack of commitment especially after missing weight for his last fight in the octagon he seems to have found his fire again. Hopefully, this is the first win to get back on track, because as he nears 30 he will have fewer chances for a second chance
Now to WSOF 1 where the action was fast and brutal for the most part. Starting out the night former UFC middleweight David Branch picked up a decision win, and former Strikeforce lightweight JZ Cavalcante finished his first fight in five years, and picked up his first win in nearly a year.
The undercard was finished up with wins by former ultimate fighter contestant Josh Burkman who finished the ultra tough Gerald Harris. Burkman moves to 6-1 since his release, and he could be hearing a call from Joe Silva any day now as he seems truly committed to making it back to the top. One time UFC lightweight Brian Cobb moved to 5-1 in his last six fights, and he rebounds after getting held on to by an overweight Antonio McKee for three rounds.
In main card action, Miguel Torres lost his first fight out of the octagon, and he lost a potential match-up with Bellator bantamweight champion killer Tyson Nam. It looks like Anthony Johnson’s move to 205 has worked out as he flat-lined DJ Linderman in the first round with one punch. It is truly amazing how his power remains when he is fighting guys over thirty pounds heavier than his former opponents, as he pointed out in his post-fight victory.
Lastly, Dana White has said that Andrei Arlovski would need to beat someone great to make it back into the UFC, but if Frank Mir is not ready by January Arlovski may be the perfect opponent for Daniel Cormier. Realistically he has won four straight disregarding the BS no contest to Tim Sylvia, as he has proved his power is still there by earning finishes in all of those fights. Rebounding from four straight losses at only age 33 Arlovski may be the best and most experienced Heavyweight outside of the UFC.