For the past few months, MMA fans have not had the overwhelming feeling of having to pick one event over another. Every week fans would watch whatever MMA was available as the majority of it was sidelined due to COVID-19. Now however is a weekend where the return of promotions and the continuation of others has caused for a busy schedule, and for many, a dearly missed schedule.
Here’s a preview of the big events and matchups which are set to happen in the coming days
Thursday: Invicta FC 41
Kicking off the week is the all-women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC with their second event back since COVID-19 started. The six-fight card sees many Invicta regulars return to action including Janaisa Morandin, who faces Montserrat Ruiz in the main event.
Friday: ONE Championship: No Surrender
At this point, almost all major MMA promotions have returned. Really, the missing puzzle piece since Bellator’s return last week was ONE Championship. On Friday, ONE’s return completes the puzzle. The promotion’s return is set to happen on Friday morning (for North American viewers) with a six-fight card from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
The card is short but sweet, with many of the promotion’s biggest Thai fighters competing. A double main event sees ONE Muay Thai Champions Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy put their respective belts on the line.
Friday: LFA 87
For those who aren’t a fan of waking up early for MMA on Friday, LFA 87 is the evening programming. The eight-fight card sees the top tier regional promotion wrap up their four-week stint at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Through all four weeks, there was a reoccurring theme, that being to find new champions. That will continue as lightweight prospects Bryce Logan and Jacob Rosales are set to main event the card.
Saturday: UFC Fight Night
After holding four events at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the UFC will return to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Saturday night for another “Fight Night” event. Headlining the card will be middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan versus Derek Brunson. The fight is a big one for Shahbazyan, who has never been put under a bigger spotlight in his previous four UFC bouts.
The Old Times Are Back
Before, it felt like weekends like this were the norm. After COVID-19 however, the feeling of a hectic fight week felt long gone. Now that it’s back, fans will be able to get whatever they got from it before. Whether that’s a week’s worth of entertainment, or just a few selective shows, or FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), the feeling from before is back.