Every Monday, The MMA Corner takes a look – with video footage when possible – at the previous weekend’s action at small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans, consensus-ranked fighters and up-and-coming prospects. Here’s what went down between June 16 and June 19:

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Armageddon Fighting Championship 6: Conviction (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; June 18)

UFC and Strikeforce veteran John Salter (7-2) captured the AFC middleweight crown with a second-round TKO of defending champion and UFC vet Kalib Starnes (12-7-1). Starnes reportedly announced his retirement after the loss…2007 ADCC world champion Robert Drysdale (3-0) needed just 64 seconds to coax a tapout from TUF 3 alum and UFC veteran Mike Nickels (9-5). Drysdale locked in a guillotine choke for the submission win.


Drysdale (white trunks) vs. Nickels

June 16
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship: Fight Night 1 (Amman, Jordan)

Jake Hecht (10-2) took home a unanimous nod over Michele Verginelli (13-9-1).

June 17
American Fighting Organization: Summer Brawl 2 (Mansfield, Mass.)

Paddy Thompson (11-3) submitted Jason Sarbacker (2-2) via a second-round triangle choke.

BlackEye Promotions 4 (Fletcher, N.C.)

Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann (2-0) mounted Olympic weightlifter Julie Malenfant (0-2) and rained down punches to force a TKO stoppage just 32 seconds into the contest.

Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: School of Hard Knocks 12 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Rousey (black tights) vs. Tweet

No. 10-ranked 145-pound female fighter and Olympic bronze medalist judoka Ronda Rousey (2-0) needed only 49 seconds to secure an armbar and submit Charmaine Tweet (0-1).

Ring of Combat XXXVI (Atlantic City, N.J.)

UFC veteran Pete Sell (9-5) returned to action after a two-year hiatus to dethrone Elijah Harshbarger (6-3) as the ROC National welterweight champion. Sell submitted Harshbarger via a second-round armbar to capture the 170-pound belt.

Slammer in the Hammer (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Francis Carmont (16-7) scored a first-round TKO of UFC veteran Jason Day (19-12).

June 18
Bitetti Combat Cup 9 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Bruno Santos (12-0) defeated three foes in one night to capture the Bitetti Combat middleweight championship. Santos scored unanimous decisions over Angel Orellana (2-1) and Vitor Nobrega (11-5), in a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 June Tussles Worth Watching. In the grand prix finals, Santos notched his third unanimous nod of the night, taking the judges’ verdict over Julio Cesar dos Santos (4-2-1)…Pride veteran Milton Vieira (12-7-1) submitted Bruno Lobato (4-4) by way of a first-round anaconda choke.

On Top 2 (Glasgow, Scotland)

TUF 13 alum Mick Bowman (8-2) locked in a guillotine choke to submit Kieran Malone (1-4) in the second round…Cathal Pendred (9-2) earned a unanimous decision over Nicholas Musoke (6-2) in the semifinals of the promotion’s one-night 170-pound tournament. However, a pulled hamstring forced Pendred to withdraw from the tourney finals. Instead, it was Musoke claiming the gold, as he replaced Pendred and submitted Steven Ray (7-2) via first-round rear-naked choke in the tournament finals.

Prestige Fights: Bayou Brawl 3 (New Orleans)

Bellator veteran Chris Bell (11-4) earned a unanimous decision over Eric Thompson (3-9).

Wild Bill’s Fight Night 37 (Duluth, Ga.)

Ronnie Rogers (6-5) earned a unanimous decision over UFC and Bellator veteran Diego Saraiva (19-14-1).

World Championship Fighting 11 (Wilmington, Mass.)

Lauzon (blue trunks) vs. Weisman

UFC and Affliction veteran Dan Lauzon (15-4) captured the vacant WCF lightweight championship with a first-round TKO of Noah Weisman (5-2).

Top Photo: Robert Drysdale (Credit: Kristopher James Photography)