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 September 6

4:00am: 2019 UWW World Beach Wrestling Championship (FloWrestling)
6:30am: OneFC: Immortal Triumph Prelims (Facebook/Twitter)
8:00am: Ruiz vs. Joshua II London Press Conference (DAZN)
8:30am: OneFC: Immortal Triumph (OneFC App)
9:00am: Fight Nights Global: King of Warriors Championship Stavropol Governor’s Cup (DAZN)
10:00am: UFC 242 Weigh-Ins (ESPN2)
12:00pm: UFC 242 Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)
4:00pm: Cage Warriors Unplugged 2 (UFC Fight Pass)
6:30pm: Valor Fights 63 (FloCombat)
8:00pm: Invicta Phoenix Rising Series 2 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:30pm: Shamrock Fighting Championship 322 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 75 (AXS)
9:00pm: Dynasty Combat Sports: September Fight Fest ($16.99 Fite.tv)

 

Saturday September 7

4:00am: 2019 UWW World Beach Wrestling Championship (FloWrestling)
5:00am: Eternal MMA 47 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
9:30am: 2019 Super 32 Early Entry Tournament (FloWrestling)
10:15am: UFC 242 Prelims (ESPN+)
11:00am: Grapplefest 6 (FloGrappling)
11:00am: Cage 48 ($9.99 Fite.tv)
12:00pm: UFC 242 Prelims (ESPN+)
2:00pm: UFC 242 (Pay-Per-View)
3:00pm: Enfusion 87 ($11.00 EnfusionLive.com)
5:00pm: UFC 242 Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
6:45pm: Bellator 226 Prelims (DAZN/Bellator.com)
7:00pm: Brave 26 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
7:00pm: Lights Out Championship 5 ($16.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Classic Entertainment & Sports MMA 58 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: Fight To Win 124 (FloGrappling)
10:00pm: Bellator 226 (DAZN)

 

Sunday September 8

4:00am: 2019 UWW World Beach Wrestling Championship (FloWrestling)
5:00am: Road Fighting Championship 55 (DAZN)
12:30pm: Ultimate Challenge MMA 60 (DAZN)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: The UFC airing a PPV at 2pm against the first full Saturday of college football sure is a, uh, choice!

 

  1. UFC 242: What an absolutely awesome card, and what an absolutely awful start-time for a pay-per-view. Why does UAE get this fight? For the money, got it.

  2. Bellator 226: The featherweight grand prix kicks off and should hopefully take some sting away from what is going to be a hideously ugly main event of Bader vs. Kongo.

  3. OneFC: Immortal Triumph: An all-kickboxing and muay thai offering from the good folks at ONE. Not exactly loaded with names, but some quality matchups.

  4. Grapplefest 6: Loaded grappling card, but my desire to see Masakazu Imanari embarrassed knows no boundaries.

  5. Cage Warriors Unplugged 2: I am a sucker for a tournament. Especially a tournament with a championship at the end of it.

  6. Invicta Phoenix Rising Series 2: Like I said, sucker for a tournament. Big sucker for big tournaments.

  7. Fight To Win 124: Second week in a row that Fight To Win has had to take a back seat to another grappling event, but YOU KNOW WHO’S THERE FOR YOU, WEEK-IN AND WEEK-OUT, THROUGH THICK AND THIN?! THAT’S RIGHT, KAREN, F2W!

  8. Classic Entertainment & Sports MMA 58: Remember Chris Lozano? Earlyish Bellator staple? Well, he’s only fought once since 2012, a loss, and now he’s back fighting for a title. Love the fight game.

  9. Legacy Fighting Alliance 75: A string of subs-standard main events from LFA this summer.

  10. 2019 UWW World Beach Wrestling Championship: A man can hope that the Top Gun sequal replaces the beach volleyball scene with a beach wrestling scene.

 

 

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. Vacant Enfusion 85kg World Championship: Anis Bouzid (6-0) vs. Khalid El Bakouri [Enfusion 87]

4. Bantamweight Muay Thai Bout: Bobo Sacko (50-7-1) vs. Kulabdam Sor.Jor.Piek-U-Thai (65-18-2) [OneFC: Immortal Triumph]

3. Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Bout: Anderson Braddock Silva (44-17-1) vs. Beybulat Isaev [OneFC: Immortal Triumph]

2. Bantamweight Muay Thai Bout: Azize Hlali (99-17-1) vs. Saemapetch Fairtex (120-15-1) [OneFC: Immortal Triumph]

1. OneFC Muay Thai Bantamweight Championship: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (c) (258-54-1) vs. Brice Deval [OneFC: Immortal Triumph]

 

BOXING

5. WBA Asia Lightweight Championship: Ravshanbek Umurzakov (9-0) vs. Roldan Aldea (14-7-1)

4. Vacant BBBofC Midlands Area Junior Welterweight Championship: Jack O’Keeffe (8-0) vs. Shaun Cooper (9-0)

3. Flyweight Bout: Giemel Magramo (23-1) vs. Komgrich Nantapech (25-5)

2. Vacant IBF World Minimumweight Championship: Pedro Taduran (13-2) vs. Samuel Salva (17-0)

1. Lightweight Bout: Al Toyogon (10-4-1) vs. Jorge Linares (45-5)

 

MMA

5. Cage Warriors Bantamweight Championship Tournament [Cage Warriors Unplugged 2]

4. Lightweight Bout: Carlos Diego Ferreira (15-2) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (27-5) [UFC 242]

3. Featherweight Grand Prix First Round Bout: Adam Borics (13-0) vs. Pat Curran (23-8) [Bellator 226]

2. UFC Lightweight Championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) (27-0) vs. Dustin Poirier (ic) (25-5) [UFC 242]

1. Lightweight Bout: Edson Barboza (20-7) vs. Paul Felder (16-4) [UFC 242]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. Kamil Wilk vs. Paulo Miyao [Grapplefest 6]

4. Frank Rosenthal vs. Joao Miyao [Grapplefest 6]

3. 120lb Black Belt Bout: Karen Antunes vs. Mayssa Bastos [Fight To Win 124]

2. 70kg Black Belt Bout: Ben Eddy vs. Masakazu Imanari [Grapplefest 6]

1. Fight To Win Black Belt Middleweight No-Gi Championship: Edwin Najmi vs. Marcelo Mafra [Fight To Win 124]

 

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A weekend without any boxing means no slam dunks, really boned up before letting the column go out this week.

Best Fight of the Weekend: Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Andrea Lee vs. Joanne Calderwood
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Jorge Linares over Al Toyogon
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: UFC 242
Upset of the Week: Adam Yandiev over Punahele Soriano
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Cheick Kongo vs. Ryan Bader

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