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 17
12:00pm: UFC Fight Night Pre-Show (ESPN+)
5:00pm: UFC Live: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo (ESPN2)
7:00pm: Fight To Win 147 (FloGrappling)
8:00pm: Grachan: Greatest Fights of All Time: Part 3 ($4.99 Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 85 (UFC Fight Pass)
10:00pm: Best of Combate Americas (AXS)
10:30pm: 2020 Spyder Invitational BJJ Championship: Road to Black 65kg (FloGrappling)
Saturday July 18
3:00am: Yod Muay Thai Onesongchai 11 ($9.99 EliteBoxing.tv)
3:00pm: Agit Kabayel vs. Evgenios Lazaridis/Peter Kadiru vs. Ruben Wolf (ESPN+)
3:00pm: Let Battle Commence: Harrison vs. Peers ($4.99 Fite.tv)
4:00pm: NFC 125 (FloCombat)
5:00pm: UFC Fight Night Prelims (ESPN)
7:00pm: Global Legion Fighting Championship 14 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo (ESPN+)
8:00pm: Saturday Fight Live: Ortiz Jr. vs. Orozco (DAZN)
10:30pm: UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
10:00pm: Lux Fight League 9 (UFC Fight Pass)
11:15pm: UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)
Sunday July 19
5:00am: RISE 140 (Abema TV)
12:00pm: XFN 29 (FloCombat)
8:00pm: Eddie Bravo’s Jiu-Jitsu Overtime: The Featherweights (UFC Fight Pass)
Top-10 Viewing Options: Getting in all the live sports I can before the inevitable second shutdown!
1. UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo: Joe B and Figs run it back again after a knockout win by Figueiredo last time they tussled for vacant flyweight gold. Hopefully this time Deiveson makes weight.
2. Legacy Fighting Alliance 85: Really good to see LFA back on their feet and putting out shows again. Friday nights weren’t the same without them.
3. Eddie Bravo’s Jiu-Jitsu Overtime: The Featherweights: Bravo’s just going to keep creating BJJ promotions until you stop him.
4. Fight To Win 147: We’ve got a title fight, we’ve got an awesome superfight, I’m happy.
5. Agit Kabayel vs. Evgenios Lazaridis/Peter Kadiru vs. Ruben Wolf: It may not be primetime, and it might be a middling German card, but it’s still weekend boxing!
6. Lux Fight League 9: Mexico is still a very raw and untapped market for MMA. Lots and lots of fight fans beneath the border.
7. RISE 140: Your best, and only, kickboxing option of the weekend.
8. Saturday Fight Live: Ortiz Jr. vs. Orozco: SFL is back and none too soon. In case you forgot, this is a DAZN series where fighters re-watch some of their most famous bouts and comment in real-time.
9. Best of Combate Americas: I swear, these are still premieres. They have to be down to the Best of Wrist-Taping at this point.
10. UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Show: Will Benavidez finally, at long last, be a UFC champion? Will Figueiredo complete his bulldozing? Will he make goddamned weight?
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. 55kg Bout: Jin Mandokoro vs. Kazuki Osaki [RISE 140]
4. 47.3kg Bout: Momi vs. Yunoka Yamamoto [RISE 140]
3. 50kg Bout: Hinata Terayama vs. Sasori [RISE 140]
2. 72kg Bout: Beynoah vs. Tsukura Midorikawa [RISE 140]
1. 60.5kg Bout: Masahide Kudo vs. Ryo Takahashi [RISE 140]
5. Vacant UBF European Super Middleweight Championship: Arben Shemallari (7-0) vs. Istvan Zeller (38-29)
4. Women’s Featherweight Bout: Edina Kiss (15-12) vs. Nina Meinke (9-2)
3. Light Heavyweight Bout: Bosko Misic (20-12) vs. Shefat Isufi (29-4-2)
2. Heavyweight Bout: Peter Kadiru (7-0) vs. Ruben Wolf (5-0)
1. Vacant WBA Continental Heavyweight Championship: Agit Kabayel (19-0) vs. Evgenios Lazaridis (16-2)
5. Lightweight Bout: Joel Alvarez (16-2) vs. Joseph Duffy (16-4) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo II]
4. Flyweight Bout: Alexandre Pantoja (22-4) vs. Askar Askarov (11-0-1) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo II]
3. Lightweight Bout: Marc Diakiese (14-3) vs. Rafael Fiziev (7-1) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo II]
2. Middleweight Bout: Kelvin Gastelum (15-5) vs. Jack Hermansson (20-5) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo II]
1. Vacant UFC Flyweight Championship: Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1) vs. Joseph Benavidez (28-6) [UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo II]
5. 165lb Black Belt No-Gi Bout: Chris Orozco vs. Christopher Hargett [Fight To Win 147]
4. 175lb Black Belt No-Gi Bout: Aaron Wilson vs. John Combs [Fight To Win 147]
3. Fight To Win Black Belt Middleweight Championship: Jonatha Alves vs. Manual Ribamar [Fight To Win 147]
2. Heavyweight Black Belt Bout: Helton Jose Jr. vs. Rafael Lovato [Fight To Win 147]
1. Featherweight Tournament [Eddie Bravo’s Jiu-Jitsu Overtime]
Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who took a big loss last weekend believes fully in the curse of Fight Island!
Best Fight of the Weekend: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Masahide Kudo vs. Ryo Takahashi
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Agit Kabayel over Evgenios Lazaridis
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo
Upset of the Week: Jack Hermansson over Kelvin Gastelum
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jack Hermansson