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 March 6

3:30am: Thunder Dome 33 ($13.13 Epicentre.tv)
7:00am: Absolute Championship Akhmat MMA 105 (acamma.com)
9:00am: 2020 PIAA Individual State Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)
10:30am: 2020 NJCAA Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)
11:00am: Aliu Bamidele Lasisi vs. Norbelto Jimenez/JR Magboo vs. Nurtas Azhbenov (ESPN+)
11:00am: 2020 EIWA Championship (FloWrestling)
1:00pm: PBC on FOX Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2)
5:00pm: Max on Boxing (ESPN2)
5:30pm: UFC Live: UFC 248 Preview (ESPN2)
6:00pm: UFC 249 Press Conference (ESPN.com/UFC Fight Pass)
6:00pm: 2020 National Youth Duals (FloWrestling)
7:00pm: UFC 248 Weigh-Ins (ESPN.com/UFC Fight Pass)
7:00pm: Fight To Win 137 (FloGrappling)
8:00pm: Invicta Phoenix Series 3 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: Bishop Fight Promotions: AKA 11 (FloCombat)
9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 83 (UFC Fight Pass)
10:00pm: Best of Combate Americas (AXS)

 

Saturday March 7

3:00am: Demsey McKean vs. Jonathan Rice/Jacob Ng vs. Valentine Hosokawa ($13.13 Epicentre.tv)
3:00am: Eternal MMA 52 (UFC Fight Pass)
3:30am: Kings of Kombat 26 ($13.13 Epicentre.tv)
9:00am: 2020 PIAA Individual State Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)
9:30am: 2020 Terminator World Championships (FloWrestling)
10:00am: 2020 Big Ten Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)
10:00am: 2020 New England Championships (FloWrestling)
10:30am: 2020 NJCAA Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)
11:00am: 2020 EIWA Championship (FloWrestling)
11:55am: Big 12 Wrestling Tournament (ESPN+)
12:00pm: MAC Wrestling Tournament (ESPN+)
2:00pm: Jono Carroll vs. Scott Quigg/Callum Johnson vs. Igor Mikhalkin (DAZN)
3:00pm: Alfred Meli vs. Danny Dignum/Curtis Felix Jr. vs. Sam Gilley (ESPN+)
3:00pm: Cage Warriors 112 (UFC Fight Pass)
6:00pm: 2020 National Youth Duals (FloWrestling)
6:30pm: UFC 248 Prelims (ESPN+)
7:00pm: NFC 124 (FloCombat)
8:00pm: UFC 248 Prelims (ESPN)
8:00pm: NAIA Wrestling Championships (ESPN3)
8:00pm: Adam Kownacki vs. Robert Helenius/Efe Ajagba vs. Razcan Cojanu (Fox)
8:00pm: Night to Fight: Clarkson vs. Duffus ($19.99 Fite.tv)
10:00pm: UFC 248 ($64.99 Pay-Per-View)

 

Sunday March 8

1:00am: UFC 248 Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
1:15am: UFC 248 Post-Fight Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)
9:00am: Big Ten Wrestling: On The Mat (Big Ten Network)
10:00am: 2020 Big Ten Wrestling Championships (FloWrestling)
10:00am: 2020 New England Championships (FloWrestling)
11:00am: ACC Wrestling Championships (ACC Network)
11:55am: Big 12 Wrestling Tournament (ESPN+)
12:00pm: MAC Wrestling Tournament (ESPN+)
3:00pm: Big Ten Live: Big Ten Wrestling Championships (Big Ten Network)
3:30pm: Big Ten Wrestling Championships (Big Ten Network)
5:30pm: Copa Podio: Faber vs. Ortiz ($14.99 Fite.tv)
6:00pm: 2020 National Youth Duals (FloWrestling)
8:00pm: Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds: The Featherweights (UFC Fight Pass)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: Boxing takes a weekend off while UFC and college wrestling pilots the weekend.

 

  1. UFC 248: Yoel Romero is fixing to get his style bent! Plus Joanna attempts to make another run at the mountaintop at the division she put on the map.

  2. WRESTLING TOURNAMENTS!: Division I conferences, NJCAA, high school, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting year-end wrestling tournaments!

  3. Adam Kownacki vs. Robert Helenius/Efe Ajagba vs. Razcan Cojanu: All heavyweights on the card. Could be some hard-hitting highlight knockouts, could be some cardio-less slogs!

  4. Invicta Phoenix Series 3: I’m such a sucker for tournaments, and one-night contender tournaments? Bring. It.

  5. Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds: The Featherweights: It’s a 16-man tournament featuring some of the best grapplers in the world. You probably can’t get any more competitive. Please someone humiliate Imanari.

  6. Jono Carroll vs. Scott Quigg/Callum Johnson vs. Igor Mikhalkin: Both fighters are one rebound fight removed from losing a world title fight. You have to think the winner slots in for another crack.

  7. Copa Podio: Faber vs. Ortiz: Just a mega-loaded California grappling card. Tournaments, superfights, just a full card of submissions. Urijah Faber and Dustin Ortiz is a solid headliner to bring casual eyes to it.

  8. Fight To Win 137: Feels like for the first time in 2020, F2W is finally hitting a stride here. It’d be insane to live up to their 2019, but they’re still a damned good show.

  9. UFC 249 Press Conference: Goddammit you two, STAY HEALTHY.

  10. Best of Combate Americas: AXS can put together a damned good Best Of package.

 

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. 62kg Muay Thai Bout: James Toomey vs. Leonardo Grillo [Combat Fight Series 4]

4. 63kg Kickboxing Bout: Andy Turland vs. Saad Boumekhila [Combat Fight Series 4]

3. ISKA British 88kg Championship: Cliff Aylmore vs. Reon Wong [Combat Fight Series 4]

2. ISKA Southern Area 72.kg Championship: Luke Thompson vs. Richard Keeler [Combat Fight Series 4]

1. WBC Women’s Flyweight Muay Thai Championship: Grace Spicer vs. Lara Fernandez [Combat Fight Series 4]

 

BOXING

5. Vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship: Frank Sanchez (14-0) vs. Joey Dawejko (20-7-4) [PBC on FOX]

4. Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight Championship: Rohan Murdock (24-1) vs. Zach Parker (18-0) [Matchroom on DAZN]

3. Heavyweight Bout: Efe Ajagba (12-0) vs. Razvan Cojanu (17-6) [PBC on FOX]

2. Heavyweight Bout: Adam Kownacki (20-0) vs. Robert Helenius (29-3) [PBC on FOX]

1. Junior Lightweight Bout: Jono Carroll (17-1-1) vs. Scott Quigg (35-2-2) [Matchroom on DAZN]

 

MMA

5. Lightweight Bout: Beneil Dariush (17-4-1) vs. Drakkar Klose (11-1-1) [UFC 248]

4. Welterweight Bout: Li Jingliang (17-5) vs. Neil Magny (21-7) [UFC 248]

3. UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship: Zhang Weili (c) (20-1) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk (16-3) [UFC 248]

2. Welterweight Bout: Alex Oliveira (19-8-1) vs. Max Griffin (15-7) [UFC 248]

1. UFC Middleweight Championship: Israel Adesanya (c) (18-0) vs. Yoel Romero (13-4) [UFC 248]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. Submission-Only Grappling Superfight: Dustin Ortiz vs. Urijah Faber [Copa Podio]

4. Fight To Win Black Belt Welterweight Championship: Marcio Andre vs. Michael Liera Jr. [Fight To Win 137]

3. 195lb Black Belt Bout: Lucas Barbosa vs. Roberto Jimenez [Fight To Win 137]

2. Inaugural Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds Featherweight Championship [Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds: The Featherweights]

1. NCAA Conference Tournaments

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who had a whole one month in the black before dipping right back into the red attempts to talk in a way that’s not out of his ass.

Best Fight of the Weekend: Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Alex Oliveira vs. Max Griffin
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Adam Kownacki over Robert Helenius
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: UFC 248
Upset of the Week: Joanna Jedrzejczyk over Weili Zhang
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Weili Zhang

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