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 August 27

4:00pm: The DAZN Boxing Show (DAZN)
5:00pm: UFC Live (ESPN2)
6:00pm: PFL Playoffs Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)
6:05pm: UFC on ESPN Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)
6:30pm: PFL 9 Prelims (ESPN+)
7:00pm: Lion Fight 69 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: Invicta Fighting Championship 44 Prelims (AXS/Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Life of a Fighter ($6.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: SlapFight Championship: Titans Clash ($9.99 Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Legacy Fighting Alliance 114 (UFC Fight Pass)
10:00pm: PFL 9 (ESPN2)
10:00pm: American Kombat Alliance 17 (UFC Fight Pass)
10:00pm: Invicta Fighting Championship 44 ($19.99 Fite.tv)

 

Saturday August 28

12:50am: PFL Post-Fight Press Conference (ESPN+)
11:00am: Fight To Win 2021 Colorado Open (FloGrappling)
1:30pm: GBBU Summer Showdown: Harvey vs. Shannon ($9.99 Fite.tv)
4:00pm: Combat Night: Tally ($24.99 Fite.tv)
5:00pm: 2021 Minnesota #1 (FloWrestling)
5:00pm: Paul vs. Woodley Weigh-Ins (FREE Fite.tv)
6:00pm: Men of War 10 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
6:00pm: Kim Clavel vs. Maria Soledad Vargas/Dilan Loza vs. Mikael Zewski ($39.99 Fite.tv)
7:00pm: UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze Prelims (ESPN+)
8:00pm: Fight To Win 182 (FloGrappling)
8:00pm: Fusion Fight League: Lights Out at the Dome 4 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Dynasty Combat Sports: Kearny Cage Wars ($19.99 Fite.tv)
10:00pm: UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze (ESPN)

 

Sunday August 29

1:00am: UFC on ESPN Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
1:00am: UFC on ESPN Post-Fight Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)
5:30pm: Fury Fighting Championship 49 (UFC Fight Pass)
7:00pm: Paul vs. Woodley Pre-Show (FREE Fite.tv)
8:00pm: Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley/Amanda Serrano vs. Yamileth Mercado ($59.99 Fite.tv)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: Folks, it’s Jake Paul Fight Week! I can’t believe that’s a sentence I get excited to write, but here we are.

 

  1. UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze: Gets the top spot based on the main event alone, which should be an absolute barnburner.

  2. Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley/Amanda Serrano vs. Yamileth Mercado: What’s nice about Paul cards is that they usually have actual competitive good pro boxing on it. In this case, high-profile fighters like Amanda Serrano, Ivan Baranchyk, Daniel Dubois, and Tommy Fury are on the card.

  3. PFL 9: It’s the featherweights and light heavyweights turn in the PFL playoffs.

  4. Invicta Fighting Championship 44: Invicta keeps bouncing around platforms, and now they’ve reached Fite.

  5. Lion Fight 69: Lion Fight in back-to-back weeks is something I can definitely get used to.

  6. Fight To Win 182: Dante Leon, Edwin Najmi, and Gianni Grippo pepper this heavy card.

  7. Legacy Fighting Alliance 114: The featherweight title is on the line in the main event.

  8. Life of a Fighter: Premiering on Fite, an original documentary about BAMMA, Bellator, and WEC veteran Chad George’s career, and the lead up to his final fight.

  9. SlapFight Championship: Titans Clash: Behemoths slapping in each other in the face at full-blast. Alright then, let’s get it.

  10. Paul vs. Woodley Weigh-Ins: Bring on the shenanigans.

 

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. Inaugural Lion Fight North American Super Featherweight Championship: Brendan Raftery (6-2) vs. Michael Triana (6-1) [Lion Fight 69]

4. Vacant Fair Fight Featherweight Championship: Maxim Sulgin (c) (18-5-1) vs. Vedat Khoduk (13-3) [Fair Fight XV]

3. Inaugural Lion Fight North American Heavyweight Championship: Joe Stripling (6-1) vs. Warren Thompson (11-8) [Lion Fight 69]

2. Fair Fight Lightweight Championship: Mamuka Usubyan (c) (11-1) vs. Milan Pales (42-9-1) [Fair Fight XV]

1. Lion Fight World Super Cruiserweight Championship: Steve Walker (c) (9-0) vs. Lyndon Knowles (47-13-3) [Lion Fight 69]

 

BOXING

5. Commonwealth/BBBofC British Junior Welterweight Championships: Akeem Ennis Brown (c) (14-0) vs. Sam Maxwell (15-0) [BT Sport]

4. Heavyweight Bout: Daniel Dubois (16-1) vs. Joe Cusumano (19-3) [Paul vs. Woodley]

3. Welterweight Bout: Ivan Baranchyk (20-2) vs. Montana Love (15-0-1) [Paul vs. Woodley]

2. WBC/WBO/IBO World Women’s Featherweight Champioships: Amanda Serrano (c) (40-1-1) vs. Yamileth Mercado (18-2) [Paul vs. Woodley]

1. Cruiserweight Bout: Jake Paul (3-0) vs. Tyron Woodley (debut) [Paul vs. Woodley]

 

MMA

5. Middleweight Bout: Gerald Meerschaert (32-14) vs. Makhmud Muradov (25-6) [UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze]

4. Featherweight Semifinals: Bubba Jenkins (16-4) vs. Chris Wade (19-6) [PFL 9]

3. Welterweight Bout: Daniel Rodriguez (15-2) vs. Kevin Lee (18-6) [UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze]

2. Featherweight Semifinals: Brendan Loughnane (21-3) vs. Movlid Khaybulaev (17-0-1) [PFL 9]

1. Featherweight Bout: Edson Barboza (22-9) vs. Giga Chikadze (13-2) [UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5-4: N/A

3. Black Belt Bout: Edwin Najmi vs. Jackson Nagai [Fight To Win 182]

2. Black Belt Bout: Gianni Grippo vs. Samir Chantre [Fight To Win 182]

1. Black Belt Bout: Dante Leon vs. Davi Ramos [Fight To Win 182]

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who took a bath on Pacquiao attempts to regroup!

 

Best Fight of the Weekend: Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Steve Walker vs. Lyndon Knowles
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Anthony Yarde over Alex Theran
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: Paul vs. Woodley
Upset of the Week: Tyron Woodley over Jake Paul
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley

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