Ringside Seats

December 2018/January 2019

Fight of the Year Rankings will not be present in this month’s post.  I am working on a final, UFC top 100 list encompassing the entire calendar year for release in January or February, as well as other year-end rankings for Glory and boxing.

Upcoming MMA Matchups of Note

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

January 19, UFC Fight Night 143 (ESPN+)
UFC Flyweight Championship (125 lb)(1) Henry Cejudo (c) (United States) vs. (1) [Bantamweight] T.J. Dillashaw (United States)
Flyweight (125 lb)(4) Joseph Benavidez (United States) vs. (10) Dustin Ortiz (United States)

February 2, UFC Fight Night 144 (ESPN+)
Bantamweight (135 lb)(3) Raphael Assuncao (Brazil) vs. (4) Marlon Moraes (Brazil)
Featherweight (145 lb): (2) Jose Aldo (Brazil) vs. (6) Renato Carneiro (Brazil)

February 9, UFC 234 (PPV)
UFC Middleweight Championship (185 lb)(1) Robert Whitaker (c) (New Zealand) vs. (3) Kelvin Gastelum (United States)

February 17, UFC on ESPN 1 (ESPN)
Heavyweight (205+ lb): (3) Francis Ngannou (France) vs. (5) Cain Velasquez (United States)
Bantamweight (135 lb): (5) Jimmie Rivera (United States) vs. (9) Aljamain Sterling (United States)

February 23, UFC Fight Night 145 (ESPN+)
Light Heavyweight (205 lb): (7) Jan Blachowicz (Poland) vs. (9) Thiago Santos (Brazil)

March 2, UFC 235
Women’s Bantamweight (135 lb): (3) Holly Holm (United States) vs. (5) Aspen Ladd (United States)

Upcoming Kickboxing Matchups of Note

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

February 1, Glory 63: Houston (ESPN)
Featherweight (154.1 lb): (3) Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao (Thailand) vs. (10) Serhiy Adamchuk (Ukraine)

March 10, K-1 World GP 2019 Japan: K’Festa 2
Bantamweight (143.3 lb): (2) Koya Urabe (Japan) vs. (7) Kenta Hayashi (Japan)

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.***

January 19 (Showtime PPV)
Welterweight (147 lb): (4) Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) vs. (9) Adrien Broner (United States)
Light Heavyweight (175 lb): (3) Badou Jack (Sweden) vs. (10) Marcus Browne (United States)

February 2 (ESPN+)
Light Heavyweight (175 lb): (1) Eleider Alvarez (Colombia) vs. (5) Sergey Kovalev (Russia)

February 9 (DAZN)
Super Bantamweight (122 lb): (5) Rey Vargas (Mexico) vs. (8) Franklin Manzanilla (Venezuela)

February 9 (Showtime)
Super Featherweight (130 lb): (2) Gervonta Davis (United States) vs. (6) [Featherweight] Abner Mares (Mexico)

February 23
Super Middleweight (168 lb): (4) Chris Eubank, Jr. (United Kingdom) vs. (8) James DeGale (United Kingdom)

March 9 (FOX)
Welterweight (147 lb)
(3) Shawn Porter (United States) vs. (13) Yordenis Ugas (Cuba)

March 16 (FOX PPV)
Welterweight (147 lb)(2) Errol Spence, Jr. (United States) vs. (2) [Lightweight] Mikey Garcia (United States)

April 20 (FOX)
Welterweight (147 lb)(5) Danny Garcia (United States) vs. (16) Adrian Granados (United States)


Written by Mark

A gentleman and a scholar.