Hey fight friends! We are back with a super-packed weekend of fun punch and kick action, so let’s figure out when things are going down and who will be throwing down!
Everyone’s favorite former weekly MMA show, Bellator is back! The prelims start at 7:00 PM ET on Spike.com, and I’ve heard of Dustin Jacoby, who will take on John Salter in a middleweight contest. The main card begins at 9:00 PM ET on Spike TV, and there’s a decent amount of star power there. Mariusz Zaromskik takes on Fernando Gonzalez at welterweight, Virgil Zwicker rematches Houston Alexander at light heavyweight, and featherweight prospect Bubba Jenkins faces Georgi Karakhanyan. The main event is a featherweight title fight between Daniel Straus and champion, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. I think that will be a really good fight between two solid dudes.
On Saturday night, the World Series of Fighting returns with a card filled with people I’ve honestly never heard of. The prelims begin at 7:00 PM ET on WSOF.com while the main card starts at 9:00 PM ET on the NBC Sports Network. The only people I recognize are the main event fighters, welterweights Brian Foster and Jake Shields. Despite my ignorance, I’m still interested because WSoF tends to put on solid events, and I’ll hopefully find a fighter or two to become a fan of.
At 10:00 PM ET, Showtime will have two heavyweights throwing down, as WBC champion Bermane Stiverne takes on undefeated challenger Deontay Wilder, a man who is 32-0 with 32 knockouts. I’m still learning about boxing, so I can’t speak on either man, but I imagine this will be a fun fight.
The weekend of dude punching ends this Sunday in Boston with UFC Fight Night 59, also known as the Conor McGregor show. Things start off on Fight Pass at 6:00 PM ET with Tateki Matsuda taking on Joby Sanchez at flyweight and Matt Van Buren squaring off with Sean O’Connell at light heavyweight. The regular prelims will be on Fox Sports 1 starting at 7:00 PM ET. That portion of the card features Paddy Holohan taking on Shane Howell in a flyweight contest, John Howard and Lorenz Larkin throwing down at welterweight, and finishing off with Cathal Pendred and Sean Spencer also fighting at 170.