The mobility of changes made to the UFC 85 lineup has been like that of a revolving door. Still, take into consideration (and with much hope) that UFC 85 is just one of many exciting events lined up for the entire summer. Last summer is a snooze compared to the amount of great action bound for us MMA enthusiasts alike and this time coming from a wide selection of venues. The following is a tentative but scheduled lineup of events to come and a welcome reminder that the sport is growing to the extent where we may finally see mixed martial arts as a "mainstream sport."
UFC 85: Bedlam - Jun 07, 2008
Elite XC: Hawaii 2 - Jun 14, 2008The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale - Jun 21, 2008
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson - Jun 27, 2008
ShoXC: San Diego - Jun 27, 2008
UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin - Jul 05, 2008
Affliction: Banned - Jul 19, 2008
WEC 35 - Aug 03, 2008
UFC 87: Seek and Destroy - Aug 09, 2008
UFC 88 - Sep 06, 2008
The Ultimate Fighter 8 debut - Sep 17, 2008
UFC Fight Night 14 - Sep 17, 2008 This list does not yet include any of the DREAM or WVR events and it's not out of bias, the schedules just seem to be so tentative that it could be a mistake listing them down (for now). The point is, shame on you if you're not shaking in your boots with excitement. Upon first glance, I thought organizations like the UFC would be hesitant to release championship bouts more frequently (Rampage last fought in what, September?) but the opposite may occur to draw in more fans. Who know? We just might see some more cross promotions take place soon.