Bellator and the UFC take their talents to Europe this weekend with cards mostly assembled to accomodate the flavor of the region. Where does that leave the rest of the world? Glad you asked! turns out that there aren’t that many title fights out there, but there’s some good prospect action and some fun veteran scraps out there.
Friday morning brings us another hybrid show from ONE Championship a few Muay Thai and kickboxing matches are on the card, including the main event with Nong Stamp and Janet Todd squaring off for the 155lb championship.
Also on the card is Anthony Njoukuani in a kickboxing match, as well as the phenomenal Nieky Holzken.
But there’s some good stuff on the table for MMA fans, as Masakazu Imanari (37-18, 2 draws) aims for back to back wins as he takes on undefeated Korean prospect Won Il Kwon (6-0). Imanari’s last fight was vintage Imanari, working his veteran savvy and legendary submission game. Kwon has only one decision win, and made a statement when he made his ONE debut in his last fight. Chinese Certified Finisher™ Bo Meng (13-5) will have a major problem on her hands as she faces former title challenger Mei Yamaguchi (18-11, draw), who is coming off a decision win in December.
Canadian Ariel Sexton (12-4) collides with dangerous welterweight Amir Khan (11-4), and Saygid Arslanaliev 6-1 looks to keep his finishing rate at close to 100% when he faces Ev Ting (16-5).
ONE Championship: Call to Greatness starts at 7:00am EST for those of us stateside.
LFA has a treat this weekend, with Brendan Allen (10-3) defending the middleweight title he won in September as he takes on Moses Murrieta (8-1) this Friday. A Roufusport product, Allen has only one decision win, and submitted Tim Hiley in his last bout. Murrieta has two decision wins and a violent streak as well, with his lone loss was against fellow prospect Ruslan Shamilov in M-1.
Mike Plazola (16-9) makes his LFA debut after his last fight in Alaska Fighting Championships, but it’s a steep uphill climb for him as he takes on the Human Highlight Reel, Brandon Jenkins (12-6). Another Roufusport prospect graces the LFA cage as “Nasty” Nate Jennerman (12-4) attempts to bounce back from a loss to Damon Jackson when he takes on Ken Beverly (8-3)
LFA 61: Allen vs Murrieta takes place Friday night at 10:00pm on their usual home, AXS TV.
Combate Americas is back in Fresno, CA as featherweight prospect Pablo Sabori (9-5) faces Anthony Avila (17-5) at a 150lb catchweight. Former Bellator champion Zoila Frausto returns to action for the first time since 2016 to face Bay Area talent Jaimee Nievera (7-4), who holds a 2016 win over Zoila’s sister Stephanie.
Joe Schilling protege Daniel Rodriguez (7-1) drops back down to 165 for another catchweight fight, this time against Mexican veteran Ivan Castillo (17-11). Grappling specialist Sheila Padilla (3-2) welcomes Charisa Sigala (4-0) to the organization as well.
ROAD FC brings its wild antics in a rare main event with no Korean fighters. Shamil Zavurov (34-5, 1 draw) will end up doing battle with France’s Mansour Barnaoui (17-4) in the finals of their $1 million lightweight tournament. RIZIN and ROAD vet Je Hoon Moon faces Min Woo Kim (8-2) in a rematch of their 2014 fight.
Heavyweights are also on deck as Brazilian heavy hitter Michel Pereira (21-9) takes on Dae Sung Kim (4-5), while fellow Brazilian and Tiger Muay Thai rep Bruno Miranda (11-3) faces Young Gi Hong (5-4)
ROAD streams live on DAZN, starting at 4:00am Friday night into Saturday morning.