With the UFC getting boxed out of the paint this weekend and Bellator taking over for the big Bader vs Fedor showdown, the weekend has plenty to offer outside of that. Lots of international fights, but also some very curious prospect fights stateside worth keeping your eye on will be taking place. Let’s dig in right away.
ONE Championship has their second consecutive weekly event, with a handful of kickboxing matches on the card. Most importantly, the headliner is a good one with bantamweight champion and Team Lakay rep Geje Eustaquio vs Brazilian Adriano Moraes. This is an immediate rematch of their last bout, which ended in a split decision last June.
Lowen Tynanes (9-0) faces ONE mainstay and another Team Lakay alum Honorio Banario (14-7). Tynanes had an ugly dispute a few years ago with another organization, but has now rattled off three straight wins under the ONE banner while remaining undefeated overall.
DEEP and RIZIN vet Tatsumitsu Wada (20-9, 2 draws) brings his funky style to ONE as he faces Danny Kingad at bantamweight, while Korean Sung Jong Lee (4-3) meets China’s Kai Tang (8-3).
ONE Championship: Hero’s Ascent starts at 7:00am EST stateside.
Friday night gets a lot busier, as Titan FC sets up shop in Fort Lauderdale. Main event honors go to featherweight champion and standout athlete Jason Soares (11-0) taking on Brazilian Caio Uruguai (7-1). This will be Soares’ first title defense since his submission win over Luis Gomez last April. Uruguai is a well-rounded fighter that’s had his lone loss in Titan FC. The co-main event for this card is between Venezuelan Edir Terry (6-2) facing Brazilian Rudson Caliocane (6-1) for the vacant bantamweight title.
The aforementioned former champion Luis Gomez will also be on this card (6-2) against heavy hitter Peter Petties (7-4). Flyweight and Greco-Roman phenom Gustavo Balart (7-1) will be up against Mehman Mamedov (3-4), and Brazilian national team wrestler and imposing heavyweight Hugo Cunha (3-0) looks to make a statement against Marino Eatman (4-1).
Titan FC 52 will be streaming live exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 7:00pm EST.
Canada also has some heat with Fight Night 9: Lethridge, live from Alberta, Canada. Former Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series fighter Chris “The Action Man” Curtis (19-5) decides not to retire after all, which can only be a good thing, as he’s still got plenty of skill and things to accomplish. Originally scheduled to fight Mike Hill and then former UFC fighter Mike Graves, both fell out due to injury and are being replaced by Matt Dwyer (11-4), who was scheduled to fight Joe “Diesel“ Riggs, who also bowed out due to injury.
Z Promotions Fight Night 9: Lethridge starts at 8:00pm EST, streaming live on Fite.TV for $19.99.
LFA also returns, with a show set in Albuquerque, NM. Jaleel Willis (9-1) turned some heads in his last performance, a stunning TKO. He’ll be up against Jackson/Wink vet and certified finisher Harvey Park (10-2).
UFC vet Joby Sanchez (11-4) also returns to action as he faces Demetrius Wilson (6-2), a hard-nosed midwestern talent that’s competed at flyweight and bantamweight. Submission ace Ricky Esquibel (3-2) also returns to flyweight against Javier Cepeda, who makes his pro debut but has finished all his amateur bouts and is undefeated. Syndicate MMA prospect Natan Levy (2-0, 2 submissions) looks to make it 3-0 in his pro days against Henry Barahona (3-3).
LFA 58: Park vs Willis starts at 10:00pm EST on their usual home, AXS TV.
M-1 Challenge 101 is what’s for breakfast on Saturday morning, with lightweight champion Roman Bogatov (8-0) against Michel Silva (27-1, 1 draw) in the top slot. Silva’s got three submission wins in a row, and a nasty killer instinct. Bogatov stays cool under pressure, and it’s led to some great submission wins of his own.
Another Brazilian will be getting work in when Rafael Dias (15-6) steps up against guillotine choke specialist Vazha Tsiptauri (6-1). Former UFC talent Yoislandy Izquierdo (12-4) will have a challenge ahead of him against Raul Tutarauli (18-6).
Abu Dhabi Warriors starts off big boy season, as former UFC and Bellator fighter Oli Thompson (18-10) collides with Roman Wehbe (7-6). Big Chungus fever continues as Ibrahim El-Sawi tangles with controversial heavyweight Chi Lewis-Parry (6-0, 1 draw).
Former UFC featherweight Rolando Dy (9-7) will also return to action, this time against Jordanian Izzedine Al Derbani (8-1).
Abu Dhabi Warriors will be available for purchase on FITE.tv for $9.99, starting at 9:00am EST Saturday morning
ACA 91 will be live from Grozny, Chechnya, with a welterweight main event between former UFC fighter Elias Silverio (14-4, 1 draw) and Arbi Agujev (32-7).
Beslan Isaev (37-10) looks to put his veteran experience to good use as he faces Evgeniy Bondar (8-0), and former Bellator fighter Brett Cooper (25-13) looks to stop prospect Azamat Amagov 10-1 in his tracks. Battlegrounds tournament champ and former UFC fighter Roan Carneiro (21-12) returns to welterweight and takes on Husein Kushegov (7-5).
Former Ultimate Fighter Brazil fighter and UFC talent Dileno Lopes (20-4) will also test another prospect, bantamweight Shamil Shakhbulatov (9-2), and former Amazon Fight and Shooto Brazil fighter Felipe Froes (16-4, 1 draw) also competes against Saifulla Dzhabailov (8-1).
ACA 91 starts at 2:00pm EST. The internet is your friend on this one.