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 3

4:00am: 2021 Roma Beach Wrestling World Series (FloWrestling)
7:30am: ONE: Empower (B/R Live)
9:30am: The DAZN Boxing Show Live from Leeds (DAZN)
9:30am: 2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship (FloGrappling)
10:00am: Lara vs. Warrington 2 Weigh-Ins (DAZN)
3:00pm: Enfusion Cage Event 6 ($15.40 EnfusionLive.com)
10:00pm: Finishers Open 5 (FREE Fite.tv)

 

Saturday September 4

4:00am: 2021 Roma Beach Wrestling World Series (FloWrestling)
9:00am: Fight Club Rush 9 (UFC Fight Pass)
9:30am: 2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship (FloGrappling)
10:30am: The DAZN Boxing Show Live from Leeds (DAZN)
12:00pm: Glory 78 ($24.99 GloryKickboxing.com)
1:30pm: UFC Fight Night Prelims (ESPN+)
2:00pm: Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara II/Jovanni Staffon vs. Maxi Hughes (DAZN)
4:00pm: UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till (ESPN+)
4:00pm: Alfred Lamptey vs. Iddi Kayumba/Aliu Bamidele Lasisi vs. John Chuwa ($9.99 Fite.tv)
7:00pm: UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: Star Boxing: Rockin’ Fights 39 ($19.99 Fite.tv)

 

Sunday September 5

9:30am: 2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship (FloGrappling)
3:00pm: Enfusion 102 ($15.40 EnfusionLive.com)
5:30pm: Fury Fighting Championship 50 (UFC Fight Pass)
8:00pm: Brian Mendoza vs. Jesus Alejandro Ramos/Jose Armando Resendiz vs. Mark Anthony Hernandez (Fox)
9:00pm: Combat Jiu Jitsu Mexico 2 (UFC Fight Pass)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: Fall is here, folks! College football season really kicks off this weekend and the NFL kicks off next weekend, so adjust your viewing schedules and priorities accordingly.

 

  1. Glory 78: THREE title fights and the return of Badr Hari earn this the top spot.

  2. Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara II/Jovanni Staffon vs. Maxi Hughes: Warring attempts to avenge his “embarrassing” upset to Lara, who gave him his first career pro loss.

  3. UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till: Rough scheduling, going against the first full college football weekend, including Alabama vs. Miami.

  4. ONE: Empower: Not to be confused with last weekend’s NWA Wrestling Empowerrr card, comes another all-women’s card, featuring a world title fight and a grand prix.

  5. Brian Mendoza vs. Jesus Alejandro Ramos/Jose Armando Resendiz vs. Mark Anthony Hernandez: The last Sunday on FOX before football starts, your last chance to grab some serious eyebrows and make an imprint on your Saturday shows…and you roll out this room-temperature offering. C’mon, PBC.

  6. Combat Jiu Jitsu Mexico 2: Brandon Moreno will be in attendance to watch the middleweight tournament.

  7. Enfusion 102: Rough price tag, but solid time, and the last NFL-less Sunday for months, so you need something to pass the time!

  8. 2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Some of the best grapplers in the world converge on Florida to win IBJJF Pan gold.

  9. Star Boxing: Rockin’ Fights 39: If you’re a Cletus Seldin guy, this is the card for you.

  10. 2021 Roma Beach Wrestling World Series: Beach wrestling in the 2024 Olympics, anyone??

 

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 Glory Lightweight Championship: Elvis Gashi (23-1) vs. Tyjani Beztati (20-5) [Glory 78]

4. Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing Bout: Anissa Meksen (100-5) vs. Cristina Morales (47-7) [ONE: Empower]

3. Heavyweight Bout: Arkadiusz Wrzosek (12-5) vs. Badr Hari (106-15) [Glory 78]

2. Vacant Glory Middleweight Championship: Donovan Wisse (15-1) vs. Yousri Belgaroui (27-6) [Glory 78]

1. Glory Light Heavyweight Championship: Alex Pereira (c) (33-6) vs. Artem Vakhitov (21-6) [Glory 78]

 

BOXING

5. IBO World Lightweight Championship: Jovanni Straffon (c) (24-3-1) vs. Maxi Hughes (23-5-2) [Matchroom on DAZN]

4. Junior Middleweight Bout: Brian Mendoza (19-1) vs. Jesus Alejandro Ramos (16-0) [PBC on FOX]

3. WBA Continental Welterweight Championship: Conor Benn (c) (18-0) vs. Adrian Granados (21-8-3) [Matchroom on DAZN]

2. WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO World Lightweight Championships: Katie Taylor (c) (18-0) vs. Jennifer Han (18-3-1) [Matchroom on DAZN]

1. Featherweight Bout: Josh Warrington (30-1) vs. Mauricio Lara (23-2) [Matchroom on DAZN]

 

MMA

5. Light Heavyweight Bout: Khalil Rountree Jr. (8-5) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (11-4) [UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till]

4. Flyweight Bout: Alex Perez (24-6) vs. Matt Schell (15-6) [UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till]

3. Heavyweight Bout: Tom Aspinall (10-2) vs. Sergey Spivak (13-2) [UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till]

2. ONE Women’s Strawweight Championship: Xiong Jingnan (c) (15-2) vs. Michelle Nicolini (6-2) [ONE: Empower]

1. Middleweight Bout: Darren Till (18-3-1) vs. Derek Brunson (22-7) [UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. Superfight: Juliana Miller vs. Montse Rendon [Combat Jiu Jitsu Mexico 2]

4. Black Belt Men’s Super Heavyweight Tournament [2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship]

3. Black Belt Men’s Featherweight Tournament [2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship]

2. Black Belt Men’s Ultra Heavyweight Tournament [2021 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship]

1. Middleweight Tournamanet [Combat Jiu Jitsu Mexico 2]

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man betting that Josh Warrington gets his unholy vengeance on Mauricio Lara reminds you to bet unemotionally.

Best Fight of the Weekend: Darren Till vs. Derek Brunson
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Tom Aspinall vs. Sergey Spivak
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Katie Taylor over Jennifer Han
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: Matchroom on DAZN
Upset of the Week: Derek Brunson over Darren Till
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Arkadiusz Wrzosek vs. Badr Hari

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