As always, programming is listed in EST
Live fights are in BOLD.
Premiere programming is in ITALICS.
MMA programming is in ORANGE.
Boxing programming is in RED.
Kickboxing/Muay Thai/Karate programming is in BLUE.
Wrestling/Jiu Jitsu/Grappling programming is in PURPLE.
Misc./Combination combat sports programming is in GREEN.
Friday October 12
8:00am: The Battle Muay Thai (YouTube)
5:00pm: Benavidez Jr., vs. Crawford Weigh-Ins (ESPN+)
5:30pm: Fight To Win Pro 89 (FloGrappling)
7:00pm: Bellator 207 Prelims (Bellator.com/DAZN)
8:00pm: LA Fight Club (FREE Fite.tv)
9:00pm: AXS’s Dirty Dozen (AXS)
9:00pm: Bellator 207 (Paramount Network/DAZN)
Saturday October 13
4:00am: Ring Kings ($14.95 Epicentre.tv)
7:20am: The Champion Muay Thai (YouTube)
11:00am: Mikhail Aloyan vs. Zolani Tete/Andrew Tabiti vs. Ruslan Fayfer (DAZN)
12:00pm: King of Kings 60 (FightBox)
2:00pm: Francesco Patera vs. Lewis Ritson/Glenn Foot vs. Robbie Davies Jr. (DAZN)
3:00pm: Lion Fight 48 (FloCombat)
6:00pm: World Class Fight League 22 ($24.99 Fite.tv)
7:00pm: Top Rank on ESPN Undercard (ESPN+)
7:00pm: Bellator 208 Prelims (Bellator.com)
8:00pm: XFO Fight Night 15 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Pinnacle Combat 29 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
8:30pm: Shamrock Fighting Championship 310 (FloCombat)
8:55pm: New Blood Fight Night (FREE Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Abraham Rodriguez vs. Angel Acosta/Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Norberto Gonzalez (Facebook Watch)
9:00pm: Professional Fighters League: Playoffs (NBC Sports)
9:00pm: Bellator 208 (Paramount Network)
10:00pm: Combate Americas: USA vs. Mexico (DAZN)
10:30pm: Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. Terence Crawford/Carlos Adames vs. Joshua Conley (ESPN)
10:30pm: Benavidez Jr. vs. Crawford: Around The Ring (ESPN3)
Sunday October 14
3:00am: Kunlun Fight 77 ($2.99 Fite.tv)
7:20am: MAX Muay Thai (YouTube)
Top-10 Viewing Options: A man whose college team is due for the bi-annual loss to garbage Pitt to earn their first loss of the season tries to drink away that game with a full slate of weekend fights.
1. Bellator 208: The pure WTF-ness of this card is enough to take the top spot over a Bud Crawford squash.
2. Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. Terence Crawford/Carlos Adames vs. Joshua Conley: Love me some Bud Crawford, especially in his hometown of Omaha, but I just wish he had more of a live opponent. Benavidez isn’t even the best boxer in the family.
3. Professional Fighters League: Playoffs: I do enjoy a promotion that isn’t afraid to change things up and try a different concept. Tournament, team-based, or, in PFL’s case, regular season and playoffs. Good on them, and this has been a fun watch.
4. Bellator 207: Bellator going back-to-back, starting off in Uncasville, then moseying an hour and a half down to Long Island. This is the weaker of the card, but hey, entire weekend of fighting.
5. Mikhail Aloyan vs. Zolani Tete/Andrew Tabiti vs. Ruslan Fayfer: The World Boxing Super Series rolls on! Naoya Inoue awaits…
6. Kunlun Fight 77: Risco, Ben Moh, Kiria, Tuinov, Moiseev. Superbon is out, but this is still an absolutely loaded tournament. FOR THREE BUCKS!
7. Abraham Rodriguez vs. Angel Acosta/Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Norberto Gonzalez: All of Acosta’s 18 wins are by T/KO, and Rodriguez might be susceptible to a bomb. We shall see!
8. Fight To Win Pro 89: With F2W running shows almost weekly, the trade-off is that they can’t have loaded cards every time, which is natural, but this is a big deal bout with two of the best.
9. Lion Fight 48: FloSports is a great service that touches an absolute ton of sports, combat or not, but I wish it was still on AXS on American time. But no Schiavello is a plus.
10. AXS’s Dirty Dozen: The ever-rare AXS studio show! The Dirty Dozen will look at the twelve grittiest (hopefully not including Gritty) fighters on AXS today.
4×5: Every week, UCS’s Luke Irwin will list his Top-5 bouts in each of the four major different combat sports that he’s looking forward to the most, regardless of any conventional criteria, merit, or logic.
5. Lion Fight Bantamweight Championship: Ryan Sheehan (29-5-2) vs. Thepnimit Sitmonchai (121-50-6) [Lion Fight 48]
4. Kunlun Fight 70kg World Championship Quarterfinals: Feng Xingli vs. Jonay Risco (56-12-1) [Kunlun Fight 77]
3. Kunlun Fight 70kg World Championship Quarterfinals: Marouan Toutouh vs. Anatoly Moiseev (21-3-1) [Kunlun Fight 77]
2. Kunlun Fight 70kg World Championship Quarterfinals: Dzianis Zuev (22-10) vs. Vlad Tuinov (39-2) [Kunlun Fight 77]
1. Kunlun Fight 70kg World Championship Quarterfinals: Nordin Ben Moh (52-7) vs. Davit Kiria (32-17) [Kunlun Fight 77]
5. Vacant NABF Junior Middleweight Championship: Carlos Adames (14-0) vs. Joshua Conley (14-2-1) [Top Rank on ESPN]
4. Vacant WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Championship: Shakur Stevenson (8-0) vs. Viorel Simion (21-2) [Top Rank on ESPN]
3. WBO World Junior Flyweight Championship: Angel Acosta (c) (18-1) vs. Abraham Rodriguez (23-1)
2. WBO World Bantamweight Championship: Zolani Tete (c) (27-3) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (4-0)
1. WBO World Welterweight Championship: Terence Crawford (c) (33-0) vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0) [Top Rank on ESPN]
5. Heavyweight Bout: Roy Nelson (23-15) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (27-6) [Bellator 207]
4. Middleweight Bout: Alexander Shlemenko (56-11) vs. Anatoly Tokov (26-2) [Bellator 208]
3. Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Semfinals: Matt Mitrione (13-5) vs. Ryan Bader (25-5) [Bellator 207]
2. Lightweight Bout: Benson Henderson (25-8) vs. Saad Awad (23-9) [Bellator 208]
1. Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Semfinals: Chael Sonnen (31-15-1) vs. Fedor Emelianenko (37-5) [Bellator 208]
5. Black Belt Middleweight Tournament [IBJJF Curitiba Spring International Open]
4. Black Belt Super-Heavyweight Tournament [IBJJF Curitiba Spring International Open]
3. 190lb Black Belt No-Gi Bout: Marcos Maciel De Oliveira vs. Valdir Araujo [Fight To Win Pro 89]
2. 175lb Black Belt No-Gi Bout: Fred Moncaio vs. Gesias Cavalcante [Fight To Win Pro 89]
1. 170lb Black Belt No-Gi Championship: Augusto Tanquinho Mendes vs. Vagner Rocha [Fight To Win Pro 89]
Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: To the tune of over a $40 profit last week. Stick with me, kid, I’ll make you a dozenaire so fast it’ll make your head fall off.
Best Fight of the Weekend: Benson Henderson vs. Saad Awad
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Abraham Rodriguez vs. Angel Acosta
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Terence Crawford over Jose Benavidez
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: Kunlun Fight 77
Upset of the Week: Sergei Kharitonov over Roy Nelson
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko