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 Feb. 2 and Feb. 5:

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King of the Cage: Reckless Abandon (Highland, Calif.; Feb. 2)

Bellator and ShoXC veteran Tony Lopez (29-8) successfully defended his KOTC heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of Rob Jackson (5-3)…Frank Baca (14-1) captured the vacant KOTC flyweight (135-pound) crown with a unanimous decision victory over Marvin Garcia (7-2)…All-American wrestler Brandon Halsey (1-0) made a successful professional debut, earning a unanimous nod over UFC and Bellator veteran Shonie Carter (50-28-7)…David Gomez (11-4) earned a unanimous verdict over Boyko Ranchev (5-5).


Feb. 3
Classic Entertainment and Sports MMA: Extreme Measures (Lincoln, R.I.)

Bellator veteran Saul Almeida (12-1) earned a unanimous decision over Jeff Anderson (10-6)…Mike Stewart (6-3) secured a kimura in the third round to submit Bellator veteran Greg Rebello (13-4)…UFC veteran Josh Hendricks (19-8) submitted WEC vet Josh Diekmann (12-4) by way of a first-round arm-triangle choke.

Feb. 4
Cage Fury Fighting Championships 13: Gambino vs. Foster (Atlantic City, N.J.)

CFFC featherweight champion Joey Gambino (9-0) retained his crown with a unanimous decision win over Bellator veteran Kenny Foster (9-5).

Ultimate Challenge MMA 26: The Real Deal (London)

Stav Economou (12-2-1) submitted Tomasz Czerwinski (3-5) in the first round via a keylock.

X Fights Series: Night of Champions 3 (Poznam, Poland)

Jotko (white trunks) vs. Kondraciuk

Borys Mankowski (11-4-1) needed just 45 seconds to sink in an anaconda choke to submit Darius Minkevicius (1-4)…Krzysztof Jotko (9-0) remained undefeated, forcing Tomasz Kondraciuk (6-4) to submit, due to strikes, in the second round.

Feb. 5
Road FC 6: The Final Four (Seoul, South Korea)

Pride and Dream veteran Shungo Oyama (13-13) won the promotion’s middleweight tournament, submitting Jong Dae Kim (3-2) in the semi-finals and returning later in the evening to score a first-round TKO of Hae Suk Son (3-3). Son advanced to the finals with a second-round TKO win earlier in the evening over Pride vet Eun Soo Lee (15-4).

Photo: Frank Baca (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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