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 July 12

4:00am: OneFC: Masters of Destiny Prelims (Twitter/Facebook)
4:00am: 2019 Yasar Dogu (FloWrestling)
6:00am: OneFC: Masters of Destiny (OneFC App)
7:00am: Rob Brant vs. Ryota Murata/Joe Noynay vs. Satoshi Shimizu (ESPN+)
1:00pm: FairFight 9 ($4.99 Fite.tv)
3:00pm: James Dickens vs. Nathaniel May/Jonas Segu vs. Terry Flanagan (ESPN+)
3:00pm: Guevara vs. Stevenson Weigh-Ins (ESPN+)
4:00pm: Vargas vs. Kameda Weigh-Ins (DAZN)
5:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)
7:00pm: Bellator 224 Prelims (Bellator.com)
8:00pm: Greg Vendetti vs. Michael Anderson/Lawrence James Fryers vs. Ray Moylette (Fight Pass)
8:00pm: AKA Rite of Passage 8 (FloCombat)
8:30pm: PBC Countdown: Pacquiao vs. Thurman: Part 2 (Fox Sports 1)
9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 71 (AXS)
9:00pm: Bellator 224 (Paramount Network)
10:00pm: Jermaine Franklin vs. Jerry Forrest/BJ Flores vs. Otto Wallin (Showtime)
11:00pm: Derrieck Cuevas vs. Jesus Alberto Beltran/Diego Cruz vs. Livan Navarro (Telemundo)

 

Saturday July 6

4:00am: 2019 Yasar Dogu (FloWrestling)
10:00am: 2019 USMC Cadet and Junior National Championships (FloWrestling)
12:00pm: EFN Champions League 14 (EliteBoxing.tv)
2:00pm: Muay Thai Grand Prix 28 (Fight Pass)
2:45pm: Daniel Dubois vs. Nathan Gorman/Bryant Jennings vs. Joe Joyce (ESPN+)
4:00pm: 2019 USMC Cadet and Junior National Championships (FloWrestling)
5:00pm: UFC Fight Night Prelims (ESPN2)
6:00pm: UFC Fight Night Prelims (ESPN2)
7:00pm: Top Rank on ESPN Prelims (ESPN+)
7:00pm: PBC on Fox Prelims (Fox Sports 1)
7:00pm: Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda/Diego De La Hoya vs. Ronny Rios (DAZN)
7:00pm: Cage Titans: Combat Night (FloCombat)
7:00pm: Warriors Cup XXXIX ($14.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: UFC Fight Night: De Randamie vs. Ladd (ESPN+)
8:00pm: Antonio Demarco vs. Jamal James/Gerald Washington vs. Robert Helenius (Fox Sports 1)
8:30pm: SUBVERSIV 2 (FloGrappling)
8:30pm: Shamrock Fighting Championship 320 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
10:00pm: PBC on Fox Post-Fight Show (Fox Sports 1)
10:30pm: Alberto Guevara vs. Shakur Stevenson/Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Nikolai Potapov (ESPN)
11:00pm: UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)

 

Sunday July 7

4:00am: 2019 Yasar Dogu (FloWrestling)
10:00am: 2019 USMC Cadet and Junior National Championships (FloWrestling)
5:30pm: 2019 USMC Cadet and Junior National Championships (FloWrestling)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: After a bare weekend with one supercard, boxing returns with a vengeance this weekend with a metric ton of options.

 

  1. Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda/Diego De La Hoya vs. Ronny Rios: In a weekend absolutely jam-packed with boxing it’s Golden Boy who takes the cake. Vargas and Kameda will be an absolute barn-burner as well as the most prestigious title up for grabs.

  2. UFC Fight Night: De Randamie vs. Ladd: Coming off last weekend, any card would feel like a letdown. By the by, how weird of a style matchup is Darren Elkins vs. Ryan Hall.

  3. Daniel Dubois vs. Nathan Gorman/Bryant Jennings vs. Joe Joyce: Certainly not top-heavy, but a solidly deep card that goes five-deep with interesting fights that matter.

  4. Alberto Guevara vs. Shakur Stevenson/Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Nikolai Potapov: Shakur getting his first major main event spot, and on ESPN proper, no less. It looks like the future is now for the youngster.

  5. OneFC: Masters of Destiny: It’s a two-fight card. The rematch of Petrosyan and Phetmorakot, in which the first result was overturned because of *ahem* totally logical reasons, and Andrea Lee vs. Michelle Nicolini, which could be an excellent grappling affair.

  6. Bellator 224: Kind of a hodgepodge of a card. Women’s Featherweight title fight, Ed Ruth vs. Kiichi Kunimoto, Chidi Njokuani vs. Rafael Carvalho with a ton of names on the undercard. Strange lineup, but I’m into it.

  7. Antonio Demarco vs. Jamal James/Gerald Washington vs. Robert Helenius: A completely pedestrian PBC offering.

  8. Rob Brant vs. Ryota Murata/Joe Noynay vs. Satoshi Shimizu: Would be a lot higher if it wasn’t airing at seven in the AM on a Friday.

  9. SUBVERSIV 2: It’s 10th Planet vs. Red Bowie in this 5-on-5 competition. Lotsa great matchups. Geo Martinez vs. Joao Miyao is the best of the lot.

  10. Max on Boxing: Max’s pick for Vargas-Kameda? You’ll be shocked. 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. Bantamweight Bout: Mohammed Bin Mahmoud (31-4) vs. Saiful Merican (5-4) [OneFC: Masters of Destiny]

4. Atomweight Bout: Janet Todd (33-11) vs. Kai Ting Chuang (17-6) [OneFC: Masters of Destiny]

3. Flyweight Bout: Hiroki Akimoto (20-1) vs. Kenny Tse (39-7) [OneFC: Masters of Destiny]

2. 70kg Bout: Artem Pashporin (27-10) vs. Yodwicha Banchamek (175-52-4) [FairFight 9]

1. OneFC Kickboxing Grand Prix Quarterfinals: Giorgio Petrosyan (90-2-2) vs. Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy (159-34-2) [OneFC: Masters of Destiny]

 

BOXING

5. Heavyweight Bout: Bryant Jennings (24-3) vs. Joe Joyce (9-0) [Queensberry Promotions on ESPN+]

4. Interim WBA World Featherweight Championship: Diego De La Hoya (21-0) vs. Ronny Rios (30-3) [Golden Boy on DAZN]

3. WBA “Regular” World Middleweight Championship: Rob Brant (c) (25-1) vs. Ryota Murata (14-2) [Top Rank on ESPN+]

2. WBC World Junior Flyweight Championship: Ken Shiro (c) (15-0) vs. Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1) [Top Rank on ESPN+]

1. WBC World Junior Featherweight Championship: Rey Vargas (c) (33-0) vs. Tomoki Kameda (36-2) [Golden Boy on DAZN]

 

MMA

5. Bellator Women’s Featherweight Championship: Julia Budd (c) (12-2) vs. Olga Rubin (6-0) Bellator 224]

4. Middleweight Bout: Chidi Njokuani (18-6) vs. Rafael Carvalho (15-3) [Bellator 224]

3. Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Aspen Ladd (8-0) vs. Germaine De Randamie (8-3) [UFC Fight Night: De Randamie vs. Ladd]

2. Featherweight Bout: Josh Emmett (14-2) vs. Mirsad Bektic (13-1) [UFC Fight Night: De Randamie vs. Ladd]

1. Strawweight Bout: Andrea Lee (9-1) vs. Michelle Nicolini (5-2) [OneFC: Masters of Destiny]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. 185lb Black Belt Bout: Kyle Chambers vs. Ronaldo Junior [SUBVERSIV 2]

4. 220lb Black Belt Bout: Donald Bailey vs. Stephen Martinez [SUBVERSIV 2]

3. 220lb Black Belt Bout: Gokor Armharvan vs. Kevin Casey [SUBVERSIV 2]

2. 165lb Black Belt Bout: DJ Jackson vs. Ruben Rivera [SUBVERSIV 2]

1. 145lb Black Belt Bout: Geo Martinez vs. Joao Miyao [SUBVERSIV 2]

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who will not be goaded into wagering money on Amir Khan’s wet toilet paper chin attempts to make other very wrong decisions.

Best Fight of the Weekend: Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Angela Lee vs. Michelle Nicolini
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Hamzah Sheerz over Scott James
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: Golden Boy on DAZN
Upset of the Week: Germaine De Randamie over Aspen Ladd
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Julia Budd vs. Olga Rubin

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