When the long time champion Georges St. Pierre relinquished the belt and stepped away from the sport months ago, the decision left a void in the welterweight division. The UFC acted quickly though and that void is set to be filled in the UFC 171 main event when Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler clash for the vacant welterweight title.
The UFC showcased “Fight Pass” today as the entire UFC Fight Night 37 fight card from the O2 Arena in London, England stream live from the platform. As the UFC touted the numbers Fight Pass was getting the fighters in England put on an entertaining show.
The month seemed to fly by in record time and this month’s version of the MMA Fighter Rankings will look nearly the same as February’s. No it’s not because I just copied and pasted last month’s so stop thinking that. The fights in February just didn't produce many upsets and thus the rankings hardly changed.
Starting at the ungodly time of 3:20am Pt / 6:20am ET on Fight Pass, the TUF: China Finale preliminary card was honestly a very tough call to wake up early for. On the other hand the mornings main card, which started at 5am PT / 8am ET was more appealing and not so difficult to get out of bed when it was still dark outside.
This coming weekend will see three live major MMA events take place in less than a 24 hour span. Titan FC, Bellator will be holding events on Fridays night, while the UFC is in China and their card will stream over Fight Pass in the early morning on Saturday.
Former EliteXC and Strikeforce fighter Gina Carano doesn't appear to be even thinking about an MMA comeback and let's be honest, why should she? As Women's MMA continues to grow, the former fighter credited with helping get Women's MMA into the mainstream is growing as an action movie star.
Bellator will get their 10th season started in just under two weeks and with the new season comes five new tournaments. While Bellator has deviated a bit, the tournament format is still their bread and butter.
Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 36 is all about the night’s main card and more importantly the final two bouts. The two middleweight fights slotted in co-main and main event could determine the next fighter in line for a title shot or set up a potential number one contenders bout between the two winners.