This month is filled with MMA events all around the world; from The US, to Germany, to Israel and even the Dominican Republic. Many of these events will not be broadcast here in the states, so here is a look at the top five fights that you can watch, and don’t want to miss:

5. Jan Finney vs. Liz Carmouche- Strikeforce Challengers 12

Jan “Cuddles” Finney is coming off a brutal loss at the hands of Christiane “Cyborg” Santos. For that fight, she moved up a weight class to face a fighter who cuts down to fight. In this fight, she returns to her normal weight class where she won four of her last five fights. It will be interesting to see how she bounces back against undefeated Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche. In her last fight, Carmouche’s opponent quit after the 2nd round because she couldn’t take anymore punishment.

4. Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson- UFC 123

Both men are former All-American wrestlers, exciting fighters, and coming off a loss, which should fuel their fire even more. In their last fights, neither man was able to use their wrestling to work their own game plan and ended up getting beat by better strikers. When these two come together, they will have to mix the wrestling with the striking in order to gain the advantage. With ten knockouts and only 4 decisions between the two of them, this fight looks promising for a great finish.

3.  Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki- WEC 52

This fight is three months overdue. Originally scheduled for WEC 50, Faber had to pull out due to an injury.  Not only is this Faber’s first fight back after being picked apart by Jose Aldo, it is his debut at Bantamweight. After ruling the Featherweight division for so long, he was finally knocked off and decided to take a shot at the Bantamweight. Faber will have his hands full with Mizugaki, whose only two losses in the WEC came at the hands of Scotty Jorgensen and Miguel Torres.

2. Rampage vs. Machida- UFC 123

It’s always been said that “styles make the match-ups”, and it may have never been more true coming into this fight. Rampage is known for his powerful punching and slams and Machida is known for his fluid counter-strikes; put these two together and you’re almost guaranteed a knockout. This fight may also help to determine the next challenger for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship after Shogun faces Rashad Evans. Even if that’s not the case, this should still be an exciting fight that you do not want to miss.

1. Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami- UFC 122

After the incident with Chael Sonnen that forced him out of his rematch with Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort was named as the new Number One Contender. Okami, who was originally supposed to face Belfort for that spot, was now without an opponent; but not for long. Following his quick stoppage of Rousimar Palhares, Nate Marquardt was named to fill in and face Okami, with the winner being the next to fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship following the Belfort/Silva fight. In Okami’s recent fights he’s shown his improved striking and takedown defense; both areas in which Marquardt is strong. It will be interesting to see if Okami with FINALLY get the recognition he’s so long sought out, or if Marquardt will get his second crack at the Middleweight belt.

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