Coming off a crazy paced, jam-packed few months of MMA action; things have slowed down heading into September. The unfortunate cancellation of UFC 151 has put six weeks between UFC events and with Bellator’s new season not beginning until the end of the month, things seem too quiet.
The month isn’t completely quiet though and as the second half of September hits the calendar the action finally begins to heat up. The last eight days of September hold four events that offer the months Top Five MMA Fights for September.
5. Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic [UFC on FUEL TV / Sep. 29th]
These two heavyweights will be headlining the UFC on FUEL TV card in Nottingham, England looking to step into the upper part of the UFC heavyweight division. Miocic enters the fight undefeated at 9-0 with back to back knockout victories inside the Octagon. Struve is riding a three fight winning streak and at just 24 years old is already making his 11th UFC appearance. Both are finishers with just two decisions between them both and that doesn’t expect to change in this one.
4. Lyman Good vs. Jim Wallhead [Bellator 74 / Sep. 28th]
Bellator’s seventh season gets underway with the start of the welterweight tournament and the promotions first ever welterweight champion Lyman Good looks to begin the road back to the title. Standing in he’s way in the opening round will be Jim Wallhead who is 10-1 over his last 11 fights, which that lone defeat came at the season five Bellator tournament.
3. Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann [UFC 152 / Sep. 22nd]
Despite losing a close decision to Chael Sonnen his last time out, Michael Bisping has managed to keep himself in the title picture. The Count will need to avoid the heavy hands of the All-American Brian Stann to keep himself in those title talks though. Stann rebounded from a loss to that Sonnen guy at UFC 136 by knocking out Alessio Sakara for his 9th career win via some form of KO. Their styles are different, their personalities are even more different but their heart inside the Octagon is similar.
2. Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy [Strikeforce / Sep. 29th]
The Strikeforce lightweight champion is running out of competition but cannot claim to have cleaned the division out until he fights Pat Healy. Since dropping to lightweight Healy has gone 7-1 including winning his last five bouts. Melendez typically is the bigger, stronger fighter in his bouts but Healy is a big lightweight and might actually be the bigger of the two. These two aren’t the type that shy away from a scrap and in the night’s main event a scrap is just what the fans in Sacramento will get.
1. Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson [UFC 152 / Sep. 22nd]
It’s not often that an established MMA promotion like the UFC introduces a new championship belt and when they do it should be given its proper respect. Bantamweights turned flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will battle to become the first ever UFC flyweight champion and their fight has “25 minute barn burner” written all over it. The power of Benavidez versus the speed of Johnson, which one will prevail, is the question that will be answered in the UFC 152 co-main event.
This bout was originally the UFC 152 main event until Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort landed in the headliners spot. The late addition to the UFC 152 fight card didn’t make the top five MMA fights but desires honorable mention.