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 July 7 and July 10:

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Jewels: 15th Ring (Tokyo; July 9)

Yuka Tsuji (23-2) earned a unanimous decision over Saori Ishioka (11-7)…No. 2-ranked 115-pound female fighter and Bellator veteran Megumi Fujii (24-1) dominated Mika Nagano (8-5) en route to a unanimous decision verdict…No. 9-ranked 115-pounder Seo Hee Ham (9-4) outpointed No. 3-ranked 115-pound female fighter Mei Yamaguchi (8-3-1) for a unanimous decision victory…No. 8-ranked 135-pounder and Strikeforce vet Hitomi Akano (18-8) received a unanimous nod over No. 4-ranked 135-pound female fighter and Strikeforce veteran Roxanne Modafferi (15-8) in a close fight…No. 4-ranked 115-pound female fighter Kyoko Takabayashi (12-4-1) earned a unanimous verdict over Celine Haga (1-8)…Kikuyo Ishikawa (5-2) defeated No. 5-ranked 106-pound female fighter Sachiko Yamamoto (8-5-1) via unanimous decision…No. 10-ranked 106-pound female fighter Miyoko Kusaka (3-3) posted a unanimous decision over Yuka Okumura (1-8)…No. 2-ranked 145-pound female fighter Hiroko Yamanaka (12-1) scored one of the only finishes of the night, submitting Bolormaa Erdenebileg (2-2) via a second-round armbar.


July 7
Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 4 (Moscow, Russia)

Mirzaev (black & white trunks) vs. Kanehara

Rasul Mirzaev (5-0) captured the promotion’s inaugural 143-pound championship with a first-round TKO of No. 18-ranked featherweight and former Sengoku featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara (17-10-5)…M-1 Global welterweight kingpin Shamil Zavurov (18-1) scored a second-round TKO of Zhanybek Amatov (0-2)…Gasan Umalatov (10-1-1) earned a unanimous nod over Stanislav Molodcov (3-4).

Zavurov (long trunks) vs. Amatov

July 8
AX Combat 1: Execution (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Bird (white top) vs. Couture

Sheila Bird (2-0) submitted Strikeforce veteran Kim Couture (3-5) in the first-round via a leg scissor choke.

July 9
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 43 (Kentish Town, England)

Finish of Paraisy (black trunks) vs. Mason

Joseph Duffy (10-0) kept his spotless record intact with a unanimous decision victory over Francis Heagney (8-5)…TUF 11 alum and Bellator veteran Norman Paraisy (10-1-1) scored a third-round TKO of Jack Mason (16-8)…Andreas Kraniotakes (11-4) submitted Dave Keeley (5-3) via a first-round armbar.

Centurion MMA 2 (Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Falcao (short trunks) vs. Bilik

UFC veteran Maiquel Falcao (27-3) needed just 27 seconds to score a TKO of Julio Cesar Bilik (10-7)…Franklin Jensen (10-1) secured a rear-naked choke in the first round to submit Christiano Marques (2-2)…Ricardo Tirloni (13-1) landed a head kick that knocked out Mauro Chalet (2-2) in the first round…Rafael Silva (11-3) finished Jonatan Feitosa (1-3) in the third round by way of rear-naked choke…Flyweight Jose Maria Tome (25-2) dominated Wagner Mexicano (2-2) on his way to a unanimous decision victory.

Tirloni (white trunks) vs. Chalet

Jackson’s MMA Series 5 (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Buddy Roberts (10-2) took home a unanimous decision over Bellator and ShoXC veteran Tony Lopez (24-7)…Travis Marx (17-3) needed just 56 seconds to choke Ray Robinson (6-10) into submission.

M-1 Challenge 26: Garner vs. Bennett 2 (Costa Mesa, Calif.)

Taisumov vs. Bacallao

Kenny Garner (7-3) knocked out Bellator veteran Pat Bennett (4-3) in the second round…Daniel Weichel (27-7) outpointed Shine Fights veteran Beau Baker (8-5) to take the unanimous decision win…Mairbek Taisumov (15-3) knocked out Josh Bacallao (6-3) in the first round…Eddie Arizmendi (15-4) impressed in his M-1 debut with a second-round knockout of Bellator veteran Jason Norwood (11-3).

Arizmendi vs. Norwood

Nitro MMA 3 (Logan City, Queensland, Australia)

Dylan Andrews (12-4) scored a second-round TKO of Rob Giuffrida (3-2).

Rockstrike MMA 1 (Brasilia, Brazil)

Tigre (black trunks) vs. Bileo

Marcelo Tigre (13-3) returned to action after a four-year layoff, needing only 40 seconds to punch Leonardo Bileo (0-2) into submission.

World Fighting Championships 2: Bad Boys (London)

Former WEC bantamweight champion and Dream veteran Chase Beebe (19-7) needed just 41 seconds to submit fellow Bellator vet Ralph Acosta (8-7) via guillotine choke. Beebe captured the promotion’s 135-pound championship with the victory…Claudio Henrique Da Silva (9-1) scored a second-round TKO of Matt Ewin (22-10-1).

Photo: Megumi Fujii (top) and Mika Nagano battle at Jewels: 15th Ring (Taro Irei/Sherdog)