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 February 28

11:00am: B1G Wrestling: On the Mat (BigTen)
1:00pm: Andrew Francillette vs. Daniele Scardina/Maxim Prodan vs. Michele Esposito (DAZN)
2:00pm: Supreme Cage Fighting Championships 14 ($12.99 Fite.tv)
3:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)
3:30pm: UFC Live: Fight Night Norfolk (ESPN2)
4:00pm: UFC Fight Night Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)
5:00pm: UFC Fight Night Weigh-Ins (UFC Fight Pass)
7:30pm: Star Boxing: Rocking’ Fights 38 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Titan Fighting Championship 59 (UFC Fight Pass)
9:00pm: CES Boxing: The Homecoming (UFC Fight Pass)
10:00pm: Combate Americas 56 (AXS)
10:45pm: Keith Hunter vs. Malik Hawkins/Nick DeLomba vs. Richardson Hitchins (Showtime)
11:35pm: Kendo Castaneda vs. Yomar Alamo/Charlie Serrano vs. Orlando Gonzalez-Ruiz (Telemundo)

 

Saturday February 29

2:40am: Yod Muay Thai Onesongchai 10 (FREE EliteBoxing.tv)
3:30am: Diamondback Fighting Championship 10 ($16.99 Fite.tv)
5:00am: Eternal MMA 51 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00am: 2020 PJW Junior High State Championship (FloWrestling)
9:00am: 2020 Georgia Kids State Tournament (FloWrestling)
11:00am: Glory 75 Prelims (YouTube)
11:00am: Grapplefest 8 (FloGrappling)
11:00am: Mixed Gladiator Combat: Live 2 Fight ($9.99 Fite.tv)
1:00pm: Glory 75 Superfight Series (UFC Fight Pass)
1:30pm: Jose de Jesus Macias vs. Kerman Lejarraga/David Soria vs. Ezequiel Gurria ($14.99 Fite.tv)
1:45pm: Enfusion 75 ($10.90 EnfusionLive.com)
3:00pm: Glory 75 (UFC Fight Pass)
3:00pm: Enfusion 76 ($10.90 EnfusionLive.com)
5:00pm: UFC Fight Night Prelims (ESPN+)
6:00pm: Matchroom on DAZN Prelims (DAZN)
7:00pm: Premier Fighting Championship 30 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo (ESPN+)
8:00pm: Jessie Vargas vs. Mikey Garcia/Khalid Yafai vs. Roman Gonzalez (DAZN)
8:00pm: Pyramid Fights 15 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Freestyle Cage Fighting 60 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Hub City Beatdown IV ($14.99 Fite.tv)
8:30pm: Rage in the Cage 72 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Mountain Force 15 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
11:00pm: UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
11:15pm: UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)

 

Sunday March 1

8:00am: 2020 PJW Junior High State Championship (FloWrestling)
8:30am: 2020 National Collegiate Open (FloWrestling)
9:00am: 2020 Georgia Kids State Tournament (FloWrestling)
3:00pm: PBC Countdown: Kirkland vs. Hernandez (Fox Sports 1)
10:00pm: UFC 248 Countdown (ESPN2)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: A weekend free from heavyweight championship PPV hype can go back to normal, thankfully, some would say.

 

  1. Jessie Vargas vs. Mikey Garcia/Khalid Yafai vs. Roman Gonzalez: This is an awesome card, with two legit world championship fights and a sham world title fight. Unfortunately, that sham title fight is the main event, but it’s still a damned-fine matchup.

  2. Glory 75: Serhiy Adamchuk attempts, for the third time in his career, to defeat Petchpanomrung Kiatmuu9 and try to win back the Glory featherweight championship.

  3. UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo: Two guys fighting for Demetrious Johnson’s rightful belt. Although it would be fantastic to see Joe B finally, FINALLY, win a UFC championship.

  4. Enfusion 75/76: Enfusion comes in with a doubleheader with a lot of really good matchups, but nothing that really stands out.

  5. Keith Hunter vs. Malik Hawkins/Nick DeLomba vs. Richardson Hitchins: Showtime can’t stop, won’t stop! Hawkins and Hitchins might pan out into something.

  6. Grapplefest 8: Not Grapplefest’s best lineup, but some decent diamonds in the rough.

  7. Titan Fighting Championship 59: Isn’t Mike Graves vs. Yuri Villafort the most indie main event alive? Still, Graves has a way back to the bigs of he can keep out of trouble.

  8. BJJ Fantastics: Ryan vs. Downey: Remember how last week after Roberto de Souza went through five guys in a BJJ gauntlet at RIZIN 21? I said I wanted more gimmickry in my grappling contests? Boom! A two-fall match! First, BJJ, then freestyle wrestling! Yes! Keep up the creativity!

  9. Andrew Francillette vs. Daniele Scardina/Maxim Prodan vs. Michele Esposito: Matchroom bringing a card from Italy on a Friday afternoon. Boxing at the desk is always appreciated.

  10. Combate Americas 56: Happy to see MMA still have a place on AXS, even if it is Combate.

 

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. Women’s Super Bantamweight Bout: Anissa Meksen (98-4) vs. Jiwaen Lee (25-4) [Glory 75]

4. Middleweight Bout: Jakob Styben (16-2) vs. Yousri Belgaroui (25-5) [Glory 75]

3. 72.5kg Bout: Nordin van Roosmalen (78-4) vs. Yassin Baitar (25-17-1) [Enfusion 96]

2. 72.5kg Bout: Daniel Moscardo vs. Tayfun Ozcan (83-8-3) [Enfusion 96]

1. Glory Featherweight Championship: Petpanomrung Kiatmuu9 (c) (163-36-3) vs. Serhiy Adamchuk (40-11) [Glory 75]

 

BOXING

5. Heavyweight Bout: Joseph Parker (26-2) vs. Shawndell Terell Winters (13-2) [Matchroom on DAZN]

4. WBC World Flyweight Championship: Julio Cesar Martinez (c) (15-1) vs. Jay Harris (17-0) [Matchroom on DAZN]

3. Junior Middleweight Bout: Charlie Navarro (29-9) vs. Israil Madrimov (4-0) [Matchroom on DAZN]

2. WBA World Junior Bantamweight Championship: Khalid Yafai (c) (26-0) vs. Roman Gonzalez (48-2) [Matchroom on DAZN]

1. Vacant WBC Diamond Welterweight Championship: Mikey Garcia (39-1) vs. Jessie Vargas (29-2-2) [Matchroom on DAZN]

 

MMA

5. Middleweight Bout: Brendan Allen (13-3) vs. Tom Breese (11-1) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo]

4. Vacant Titan Fighting Championship Welterweight Championship: Mike Graves (8-1-2) vs. Yuri Villefort (12-7) [Titan Fighting Championships 59]

3. Featherweight Bout: Darrick Minner (24-10) vs. Grant Dawson (14-1) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo]

2. Light Heavyweight Bout: Ion Cutelaba (15-4) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (12-1) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo]

1. Vacant UFC Flyweight Championship: Deiveson Figueiredo (17-1) vs. Joseph Benavidez (28-5) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. u100kg Bout: Ben Hodgkinson vs. Kamil Uminski [Grapplefest 8]

4. Grapplefest u70kg Championship: Ashley Williams vs. Kade Ruotolo [Grapplefest 8]

3. Grapplefest u90kg Championship: Adam Wardzinski vs. Jon Blank [Grapplefest 8]

2. u80kg Title Eliminator Bout: Dante Leon vs. Tye Ruotolo [Grapplefest 8]

1. BJJ/Freestyle Wrestling Double Match: Gordon Ryan vs. Pat Downey [BJJ Fanatics: Downey vs. Ryan]

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who hit on Tyson Fury, but still came out a loser on the weekend curses the betting game, and yet can’t get free from it.

 

Best Fight of the Weekend: Jessie Vargas vs. Mikey Garcia
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Gordon Ryan vs. Pat Downey
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Joseph Parker over Shawndell Terell Winder
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: Matchroom Boxing on DAZN
Upset of the Week: Roman Gonzalez over Khalid Yafai
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Petchpanomrung Kiatmuu9 vs. Serhiy Adamchuk

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