Your Weekend in Combat Sports

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports


Your Weekend in Combat Sports



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 August 16

6:30am: OneFC: Dreams of Gold Prelims (Facebook/Twitter)
7:00am: King of Kings Fight Series: Turkey ($3.99
8:30am: OneFC: Dreams of Gold (OneFC App)
4:00pm: Top Rank on ESPN Weigh-Ins (ESPN+)
5:00pm: UFC 241 Weigh-Ins (ESPN2)
5:30pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)
7:00pm: Cage Fury Fighting Championship 77 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: Fight To Win 122 (FloGrappling)
9:00pm: Fusion Fight League: Fights Under the Lights 5 ($14.99
10:00pm: Kinektic 1 (UFC Fight Pass)


Saturday August 17

4:00am: Kunlun Combat Professional League (FightBoxHD)
4:15am: Apichet Petchmanee vs. Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo II/Phongsaphon Panyakum vs. Wittawas Basapean (DAZN)
1:00pm: GCFC MMA 8 (FREE
2:00pm: Final X Special Wrestle-Off: Dake vs. Dieringer (FloWrestling)
2:00pm: Thracia Fighting Championship (FREE
3:00pm: Charles Foster vs. Denis Grachev/Devin Vargas vs. Niall Kennedy (UFC Fight Pass)
6:00pm: Top Rank on ESPN Prelims (ESPN+)
6:00pm: Montreal Fight League 13 ($14.99
6:00pm: KASAI Pro 6 (FloGrappling)
6:15pm: UFC 241 Prelims (ESPN+)
7:30pm: Premier MMA Championship 13 ($19.99
8:00pm: UFC 241 Prelims (ESPN)
8:00pm: Lion Fight 58 (CBS Sports)
8:00pm: Championship Fight Night: Mohler vs. Bradford ($14.99
10:00pm: Emanuel Navarrete vs. Francisco De Vaca/Aslanbek Kozaev vs. Chris van Heerden (ESPN)
10:00pm: UFC 241 (Pay-Per-View)


Sunday August 18

1:00am: UFC 241 Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
1:00am: RIZIN 18 ($22.99
4:00am: Kunlun Combat Professional League (FightBoxHD)
7:30pm: PBC Face-To-Face: Lara vs. Alvarez (Fox Sports 1)
8:00pm: Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds 3: The Welterweights (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: PBC Countdown: Figueroa vs. Chacon (Fox Sports 1)



Top-10 Viewing Options: A man counting down the days until the Steelers and Fighting Irish to let him down once again pass the time with a great weekend of fights.


  1. UFC 241: Finally, a PPV card that can actually deliver on its promise. Then again, was anybody clamoring for DC-Stipe II? The UFC clearly wanted DC-Brock for this spot, which would have been much more interesting, even though Stipe is a better fighter.

  2. Kinektic 1: Much like QUINTET, which is NOT cool with Kinektic doing this, Kinektic, from co-owner Urijah Faber is a team-based grappling promotion featuring some huge names.

  3. OneFC: Dreams of Gold: The Doctor is in. That’s right, Giorgio Petrosyan, fresh off OneFC granted him a bullshit rematch that he, of course, won. ONE is going to have him win this tournament, come hell of high water. Carries a lot of prestige to have the best kickboxer in the world on your roster. Even though Rico might have that crown now…

  4. Emanuel Navarrete vs. Francisco De Vaca/Aslanbek Kozaev vs. Chris van Heerden: Navarrete-De Vaca is the only men’s boxing world title fight of the weekend, and the undercard is decent, if unspectacular.

  5. KASAI Pro 6: I am a big fan of tournaments, especially one-night tournaments, and KASAI always delivers on that end.

  6. Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds 3: The Welterweights: Grappling and wrestling rules the roost this weekend, and Combat JJ is a big of a part of that as any.

  7. Lion Fight 58: Muay Thai, especially a top-notch American MT promotion like Lion Fight, getting a regular slot on an American sports network, even one like CBS Sports, is a great thing. ESPECIALLY if it translates to CBS airing a live card on their network channel, which I’m sure is the end-goal of Lion Fight. Remember, CBS was the first network to broadcast MMA.

  8. Fight To Win 122: The weekend of grappling doesn’t stop, but is it a testament that not one of F2W’s bouts cracked the top-5 wrestling/grappling bouts of the weekend. That’s how great a weekend it is.

  9. RIZIN 18: RIZIN = Good! Twenty-three bucks for a mild RIZIN card = Not good!

  10. Final X Special Wrestle-Off: Dake vs. Dieringer: Really interesting showing here, as Collegiate legends Kyle Dake and Alex Dieringer battle for a spot on the 2019 U.S. Worlds Team.


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. 75kg Catchweight Bout: Danilo Zanolini vs. John Wayne Parr (99-33-1) [RIZIN 18]

4. Bantamweight Muay Thai Bout: Kenta Yamada (58-24-6) vs. Muangthai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym (73-39-2) [OneFC: Dawn of Heroes]

3. OneFC Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (c) (27-12-1) vs. Ilias Ennahachi (29-2-1) [OneFC: Dawn of Heroes]

2. Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix Semifinals: Dzhabar Askerov (108-35-2) vs. Samy Sana (133-8) [OneFC: Dawn of Heroes]

1. Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix Semifinals: Giorgio Petrosyan (100-2-2) vs. Jo Nattawut (70-7-2) [OneFC: Dawn of Heroes]



5. IBF World Female Bantamweight Championship: Maria Cecilia Roman (c) (14-4-1) vs. Julieta Andrea Ines Cardozo (12-3)

4. IBF World Female Flyweight Championship: Leonela Paola Yudica (c) (16-0-3) vs. Isabel Millan (25-5-1)

3. Featherweight Bout: Jessie Magdaleno (26-1) vs. Rafael Rivera (27-3-2) [Top Rank on ESPN]

2. Welterweight Bout: Aslanbek Kozaev (33-2-1) vs. Chris van Heerden (27-2-1) [Top Rank on ESPN]

1. WBO World Junior Featherweight Championship: Emanuel Navarrete (c) (27-1) vs. Francisco De Vaca (20-0) [Top Rank on ESPN]



5. Bantamweight Bout: Kai Asakura (7-1) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (28-2) [RIZIN 18]

4. Bantamweight Bout: Cory Sandhagen (11-1) vs. Raphael Assuncao (27-6) [UFC 241]

3. Welterweight Bout: Anthony Pettis (22-8) vs. Nate Diaz (19-11) [UFC 241]

2. Middleweight Bout: Paulo Costa (12-0) vs. Yoel Romero (13-3) [UFC 241]

1. UFC Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Cormier (c) (22-1) vs. Stipe Miocic (18-3) [UFC 241]



5. U.S Team Wrestle-Off: Alex Dieringer vs. Kyle Dake [Final X Special Wrestle-Off]

4. KASAI Bantamweight Championship Tournament [KASAI Pro 6]

3. Team SUG vs. Team Lionheart [KINEKTIC 1]

2. BJJ Fanatics vs. Lights Out Urban Achievers [KINEKTIC 1]

1. Kinektic Finals [KINEKTIC 1]



Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: In the words of legendary manager Lou Brown


Best Fight of the Weekend: Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Kai Asakura vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Emanuel Navarrete over Francisco De Vaca
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: KINEKTIC 1
Upset of the Week: Ilias Ennahachi over Petchdam Petchyindee Academy
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jo Nattawut

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