Your Weekend in Combat Sports

Your Weekend in Combat Sports

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

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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 May 3

7:00am: OneFC: For Honor Prelims (OneFC App)
9:30am: OneFC: For Honor (OneFC App)
9:30am: UAE Warriors: Thompson vs. Suleiman ($9.99 Fite.tv)
11:00am: Badou Jack Promotions: Knockout Night Dubai ($19.99 Fite.tv)
3:00pm: 2019 Last Chance Senior World Team Trials (FloWrestling)
4:00pm: Canelo vs. Jacobs Weigh-Ins (DAZN/Fite.tv)
5:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)
5:00pm: UFC Fight Night Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)
6:00pm: Beterbiev vs. Kalajdzic Weigh-Ins (ESPN+)
6:00pm: Valor Fighting Challenge 58 (FloCombat)
8:00pm: Invicta Phoenix Rising Series 1 (UFC Fight Pass)
9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 65 (AXS)

 

Saturday May 4

5:00am: Prince Promotions: No Mercy ($19.99 Fite.tv)
10:00am: 2019 Last Chance Senior World Team Trials (FloWrestling)
11:00am: Joel Tambwe Djeko vs. Ricardo Snijders/Jean Pierre Habimana vs. Mohamed El Marcouchi ($11.99 Fite.tv)
12:00pm: European Beatdown 6 ($7.99 Fite.tv)
1:00pm: 2019 Eastern National Championships (FloWrestling)
2:00pm: Austrian Fighting Championship 10 ($9.99 Fite.tv)
3:00pm: Enfusion Live 84 ($11.20 EnfusionLive.com)
4:00pm: Extreme Fighting Championship 79 (DAZN)
5:00pm: UFC Fight Night Prelims (ESPN+)
6:30pm: Top Rank on ESPN Prelims (ESPN+)
6:30pm: Fight To Win Pro 111 (FloGrappling)
7:00pm: Dead Serious MMA 34 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
7:00pm: Stand Up Warriors 22 ($9.99 Fite.tv)
7:30pm: Golden Boy on DAZN Prelims (DAZN)
7:30pm: Cinco de Mayo Las Mejores Peleas De Box ($9.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy (ESPN+)
9:30pm: Daniel Jacobs vs. Saul Alvarez/Mauricio Herrera vs. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (DAZN)
10:00pm: Artur Beterbiev vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic/Jerwin Ancajas vs. Ryuichi Funai (ESPN)
11:00pm: UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)

 

Sunday May 5

5:30am: World Lethwei Championship 8 (UFC Fight Pass)
10:00am: 2019 Last Chance Senior World Team Trials (FloWrestling)
1:00pm: 2019 Eastern National Championships (FloWrestling)
6:00pm: Fight Card Entertainment: Victory ($16.99 Fite.tv)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: Watching a team sweep a team that swept your team has got to be one of the most humiliating feelings as a sports fan. REGARDLESS! A goddamned ton of great fights this weekend.

 

1. Daniel Jacobs vs. Saul Alvarez/Mauricio Herrera vs. Vergil Ortiz Jr.: Best main event of the year, but the undercard sucks a bag of dicks. However, David Lemieux dropping out affirmed that, but their replacements are lacking.

2. UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy: Big Al and Cerrone is a fever dream matchup. The undercard isn’t really stacked, but it’s solid enough. Fired up for Cerrone’s new dead violent zen.

3. Artur Beterbiev vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic/Jerwin Ancajas vs. Ryuichi Funai: Ancajas-Funai is the real main event here, since Beterbiev is fighting an eight-round club-fighter, but it will probably end violently.

4. Invicta Phoenix Rising Series 1: As a mark for tournaments, I love that Invicta is incorporating these one-night tournaments. Don’t love the one-round bouts, but regulations are regulations. Even cooler that we’ll have a new champion after the night.

5. Fight To Win Pro 111: No Stipe 🙁 However, a solid double main-event featuring Erberth Santos and some big names.

6. OneFC: For Honor: An uninspired offering from OneFC, who really shot their load on their Sumo Hall show and all of their big guns are still recovering.

7. Legacy Fighting Alliance 65: From lovely Vail, Colorado, let’s see who trained for the altitude and who’s going to have their hands on the knees in the second round!

8. World Lethwei Championship 8: Are we in the bare-knuckle boom? Not since turn-of-the-century Irish docks have Americans been this exposed to this level of donnybrook.

9. Enfusion Live 84: Enfusion once again delivers the best kickboxing/muay thai offering of the weekend. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is TBD.

10. Max on Boxing: Max’s pick for Canelo and Jacobs? You guessed it, Andre Ward.

 

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.

 

KICKBOXING/MUAY THAI

5. 70kg Bout: Abdelnour AliKada (31-7-1) vs. Nordin Ben Moh (85-7) [Enfusion Live 84]

4. Bantamweight Muay Thai Super Series Bout: Andrew Miller vs. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud [OneFC: For Honor]

3. Bantamweight Muay Thai Super Series Bout: Deividas Danyla vs. Kenta Yamada [OneFC: For Honor]

2. Bantamweight Muay Thai Super Series Bout: Tyler Hardcastle vs. Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon [OneFC: For Honor]

1. OneFC Flyweight Muay Thai Championship: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao (c) (366-46-9) vs. Jonathan Haggerty (14-1) [OneFC: For Honor]

 

BOXING

5. Junior Welterweight Bout: Mauricio Herrera (24-8) vs. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0) [Golden Boy on DAZN]

4. Interim WBA World Super Middleweight Championship: Bilal Akkawy (20-0-1) vs, John Ryder (27-4) [Golden Boy on DAZN]

3. IBF World Junior Bantamweight Championship: Jerwin Ancajas (c) (30-1-2) vs. Ryuichi Funai (31-7) [Top Rank on ESPN]

2. IBF World Light Heavyweight Championship: Artur Beterbiev (c) (13-0) vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1) [Top Rank on ESPN]

1. WBA Super/WBC/IBF World Middleweight Championships: Daniel Jacobs (c) (35-2) vs. Saul Alvarez (c) (51-1-2) [Golden Boy on DAZN]

 

MMA

5. Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Macy Chiasson (4-0) vs. Sarah Moras (5-4) [UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy]

4. Middleweight Bout: Derek Brunson (18-7) vs. Elias Theodorou (16-2) [UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy]

3. Featherweight Bout: Cub Swanson (25-10) vs. Shane Burgos (11-1) [UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy]

2. Invicta FC Women’s Strawweight Championship Tournament [Invicta Phoenix Rising Series 1]

1. Lightweight Bout: Al Iaquinta (14-4-1) vs. Donald Cerrone (35-11) [UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. 210 Black Belt No-Gi Bout: Goran Reljic vs. John Gutta [Fight To Win Pro 111]

4. 160lb Black Belt Bout: Jeff Curran vs. Steve Kinnison [Fight To Win Pro 111]

3. 195lb Black Belt Bout: Gustavo Batista vs. Matheus Diniz [Fight To Win Pro 111]

2. Fight To Win Black Belt Female Bantamweight Championship: Catherine Perrett vs. Luiza Monteiro [Fight To Win Pro 111]

1. Fight To Win Black Belt Heavyweight Championship: Gutemberg Pereira (c) vs. Erberth Santos [Fight To Win Pro 111]

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who took a hellish beating last week attem–OH YEAH, BECAUSE YOU TOTALLY HAD HERMANSSON OVER JACARE, BUDDY! GET AWAY FROM MY CAR AND DRINK MY ASS, PAL!

Best Fight of the Weekend: Al Iaquinta vs. Donald Cerrone
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Jerwin Ancajas vs. Ryuichi Funai
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Artur Beterbiev over Radivoje Kalajdzic
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy
Upset of the Week: Donald Cerrone over Al Iaquinta
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Cub Swanson vs. Shane Burgos

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