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July/August 2018

Upcoming MMA Matchups of Note

***Card and dates subject to change. Click on the matchup for preview.***

August 4, UFC 227 (PPV)
UFC Bantamweight Championship (135 lb): (1) T.J. Dillashaw (c) (United States) vs. (2) Cody Garbrandt (United States)
UFC Flyweight Championship (125 lb): (1) Demetrious Johnson (c) (United States) vs. (2) Henry Cejudo (United States)
Featherweight (145 lb): (5) Cub Swanson (United States) vs. (10) Renato “Moicano” Carneiro (Brazil)

August 25, UFC Fight Night 135 (FS1)
Lightweight (155 lb): (7) Justin Gaethje (United States) vs. (8) James Vick (United States)

September 8, UFC 228 (PPV)
UFC Welterweight Championship (170 lb): (1) Tyron Woodley (c) (United States) vs. (7) Darren Till (United Kingdom)
UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship (125 lb): (8) Nicco Montaño (c) (United States) vs. (1) Valentina Shevchenko (Kyrgyzstan)
Women’s Strawweight (115 lb): (3) Jessica Andrade (Brazil) vs. (5) Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Poland)
Bantamweight (135 lb): (5) Jimmie Rivera (United States) vs. (9) John Dodson (United States)

September 29 (DAZN)
Bellator Middleweight Championship (185 lb): (6) Gegard Mousasi (c) (Iran) vs. (5) [Welterweight] Rory MacDonald (Canada)

October 6, UFC 229 (PPV)
Flyweight (125 lb): (4) Sergio Pettis (United States) vs. (7) Jussier da Silva (Brazil)

November 3, UFC 230 (PPV)
Middleweight (185 lb)(3) Luke Rockhold (United States) vs. (7) Chris Weidman (United States)
Middleweight (185 lb): (5) Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (Brazil) vs. (9) David Branch (United States)


Ongoing Fight of the Year Rankings

***Rankings based on excitement, competitiveness, technical skill, and activity, but not necessarily in that order. I won’t rank anything that I don’t believe to be worth watching, so average or lackluster fights will not place. This is not meant to be comprehensive; I will only be ranking those fights which I have seen. I have a lot of stuff on my plate to watch at any one time, so some fights of note may be missing.  Lots of prelim and international fights in my queue.  The rankings may also change throughout the year based on reevaluations or second viewings.***

1 Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje – UFC on Fox 29 (4/14)
2 Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos – UFC 220 (1/20)
3 Drew Dober vs. Frank Camacho – UFC on Fox 27 (1/27)
4 Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson – UFC Fight Night 124 (1/14)
5 Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon – UFC Fight Night 128 (4/21)
6 Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero- UFC 225 (7/9)
7 Mamed Khalidov vs. Tomasz Narkun – KSW 42 (3/3)
8 Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk- UFC 223 (4/7)
9 Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith – UFC Fight Night 125 (2/3)
10 Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak – UFC 223 (4/7)
11 Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang – UFC 221 (2/10)
12 Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz – UFC Fight Night 127 (3/17)
13 Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres – UFC on Fox 28 (2/24)
14 Sarah Moras vs. Lucie Pudilova – UFC Fight Night 126 (2/18)
15 Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin – UFC on FOX 28 (2/24)
16 Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig – UFC 223 (4/7)
17 Jacare Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum – UFC 224 (5/12)
18 Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa – UFC 226 (7/7)
19 Gerald Meerschaert vs. Oskar Piechota – The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale (7/6)
20 Wilson Reis vs. John Moraga – UFC on FOX 29 (4/14)
21 Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi – UFC Fight Night 124 (1/14)
22 Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young – UFC Fight Night 132 (6/23)
23 John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson – UFC on Fox 30 (7/28)
24 John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher – UFC 224 (5/12)
25 Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens – UFC on Fox 30 (7/28)
26 Tomas Deak vs. Sharamazan Shupanov – Fight Nights Global 84 (3/2)
27 Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier – UFC on Fox 30 (7/28)
28 Claudio Puelles vs. Felipe Silva – UFC Fight Night 129 (5/19)
29 Jeremy Stephens vs. Josh Emmett – UFC on FOX 28 (2/24)
30 Alex Caceres vs. Martin Bravo – The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale (7/6)
31 Mike Perry vs. Paul Felder – UFC 226 (7/7)
32 Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher – UFC on FOX 28 (2/24)
33 Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir – UFC 220 (1/20)
34 Shana Dobson vs. Lauren Mueller – UFC on FOX 29 (4/14)
35 Oleg Popov vs. Adam Bogatirov – M-1 95 (7/21)
36 Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath – UFC 222 (3/3)
37 Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban – UFC on FOX 28 (2/24)
38 Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold – UFC 221 (2/10)
39 Steven Peterson vs. Brandon Davis – UFC Fight Night 126 (2/18)
40 Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington  – UFC 225 (6/9)
41 Jason Knight vs. Makwan Amirkhani – UFC Fight Night 130 (5/27)
42 Carlos Condit vs. Alex Oliveira – UFC on FOX 29 (4/14)
43 Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja – UFC 220 (1/20)
44 Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font – UFC 220 (1/20)
45 Kurt Holobaugh vs. Raoni Barcelos – UFC Fight Night 133 (7/14)
46 Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev – UFC Fight Night 127 (3/17)
47 Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Volkov – UFC Fight Night 127 (3/17)
48 Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson – UFC 224 (5/12)
49 Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen – UFC 221 (2/11)
50 Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso – UFC 220 (1/20)


Upcoming Kickboxing Matchups of Note

***Card and dates subject to change***

Glory 56: Denver, August 10 (UFC Fight Pass)
Middleweight (187.4 lb): (2) Simon Marcus (Canada) vs. (4) Jason Wilnis (Netherlands)

Glory 57: Shenzen, August 25 (TBA)
Lightweight (154.3 lb): (1) Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) vs. (3) Marat Grigorian (Armenia)

World Fighting League: Final 8, September 22
Women’s TBA: (2, P4P) Jorina Baars (Netherlands) vs. (7, P4P) Anissa Haddaoui (Netherlands)


Upcoming Boxing Matches of Note

***Card and dates subject to change. Click on the matchup for preview. Television access listed where available. International match ups not shown on American television can often be found on YouTube soon after the completion of the fight.***

Bolded match ups are considered “must see.”

August 4, HBO
Light Heavyweight (175 lb)
: (2) Sergey Kovalev (Russia) vs. (5) Eleider Alvarez (Colombia)

August 19
Super Featherweight (130 lb)(8) Robinson Castellanos (Mexico) vs. (12) Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (Tajikistan)

September 8, HBO
Super Flyweight (115 lb)(3) Kazuto Ioka (Japan) vs. (8) McWilliams Arroyo (Puerto Rico)

September 8, Showtime
Welterweight (147
 lb)(4) Danny Garcia (United States) vs. (5) Shawn Porter (United States)

September 11
Bantamweight (118 lb): (6) Mark John Yap (Philippines) vs. (7) Takuma Inoue (Japan)

September 15, HBO PPV
Middleweight (160 lb): (1) Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (Mexico) vs. (2) Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)

September 22
Heavyweight (200+ lb)(1) Anthony Joshua (United Kingdom) vs. (3) Alexander Povetkin (Russia)

September 24
Flyweight (112 lb)(3) Kosei Tanaka (Japan) vs. (6) Sho Kimura (Japan)

September 28
Super Middleweight (168 lb)(1) George Groves (United Kingdom) vs. (4) Callum Smith (United Kingdom)

 

Written by Mark

A gentleman and a scholar.