These days "Krazy Horse" is basically a jobber, but he did knockout K.J. Noons that one time, so he has that going for him, which is nice. It is pretty crazy to think he was a top-20 lightweight in 2002.
“Cro Cop” certainly seems to be nearing the end of his career, but he is riding a three-fight winning streak and has won nine-straight fights in Japan.
In his last fight, Hyun Man Myung was submitted by “Mighty Mo” with a schoolyard headlock. That is about all that needs to be said about him.
StrikeScore named Amir Aliakbari the tournament darkhorse.
Joao Almeida has won back-to-back fights for Jungle Fight and is 4-1 overall.
Karl Albrektsson will look to make it 2-0 against Russian opponents in Rizin. In his last bout, he scored a split-decision upset over Vadim Nemkov. The victory improved his professional record to 5-0.
Valentin Moldavsky is a combat sambo veteran with a 3-0 record. In his last bout, he scored a first-round submission victory over Daniel Doerrer on the undercard of Emelianenko vs. Maldonado.
After defeating veterans Satoshi Ishii and Vadim Nemkov, Jiri Prochazka found himself in the finals of the first Rizin tournament. In the final, he fell to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. However, the Czech fighter got back on track with a first-round knockout over Kazuyuki Fujita.
Mark Tanios is a 5-1 fighter who trains with Tristar Gym Lebanon. In his last fight, he was physically overwhelmed in the first round against Luc Ngeleka. However, Tanios was able to outlast his opponent and eventually take the decision.