Another week, another weekend of MMA action to feast your eyes upon and leading promotions Bellator, KSW and UFC look to begin March in style.
To do Fighters Only readers a solid, we’ve picked the highlights of all MMA events coming up this weekend.
Read on to find out where and when these cards are taking place. And we’ll also throw in some viewing details so you can watch the action for yourself.
Friday March 2nd: Bellator 195: Caldwell vs. Higo
Bellator bantamweight champions don’t tend to last long.
On Friday, when the promotion heads to Thackerville, Oklahoma, Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will attempt to become only the second man to successfully defend his championship in that weight class.
His opponent is Brazilian Leandro Higo, who has already had a crack at the Bellator belt before. Last April, Higo lost a tight split decision against compatriot Eduardo Dantas – the man Caldwell defeated to be in the position he is today.
The action at 135lbs does not stop there and those fights all seem intertwined with each other.
The aforementioned Dantas won his belt against Bellator stalwart Joe Warren. Warren is featured in the co-main event against Guam’s Joe Taimanglo, who lost to both current champion Caldwell and challenger Higo in his last two outings in the cage.
Taimanglo’s long been on the cusp of a title shot and after seeing his last two opponents achieve that off the back of his defeats, victory over Warren could see the veteran finally get the championship bout he’s been clamouring for.
Full fight card
Main card (Paramount Network – 21:00pm ET, 18:00pm PT (USA))
Darrion Caldwell vs. Leandro Higo
Joe Warren vs. Joe Taimanglo
Emily Ducote vs. Kristina Williams
Juan Archuleta vs. William Joplin
Preliminary Card (Bellator.com/Live – 19:00pm ET, 16:30pm PT (USA))
Romero Cotton vs. Justin Reeser
Ky Bennett vs. Morgan Solis
Teagan Dooley vs. Kevin Holland
Thomas Lopez vs. Aaron Webb
Treston Thomison vs. Jessie Vasquez
Fernando Gonzalez Trevino vs. Armando Servin
Cris Williams vs. Daniel Carey
Andrew Parker vs. William Florentino
Justin Patterson vs. Brian Grinnell
Saturday March 3rd: KSW 42: Narkun vs. Khalidov
Leading Polish promotion KSW makes its fifth return to the city Łódź and in some style.
The night’s main event is between KSW light heavyweight champion Tomasz Narkun and the promotion’s middleweight title holder Mamed Khalidov, who also happens to be a legend in the Polish MMA scene.
There are also two title fights on offer. An all-Polish lightweight title fight between Mateusz Gamrot and Grzegorz Szulakowski is sure to get the local fans going, while Brazilian Ariane Lipski defends her flyweight belt against Argentine Silvana Gomez Juarez.
Then there’s the co-main event. Former UFC middleweight Scott Askham makes his promotional debut against popular Pole and ex-KSW champion Michal Materla.
This fight card is among the best to ever come out of the European MMA scene and is simply must-watch.
Full fight card
Main card (iPPV on Fite.tv – 13:00pm ET, 10:00am PT (USA) | 18:00pm GMT (UK))
Tomasz Narkun vs. Mamed Khalidov
Michał Materla vs. Scott Askham
Łukasz Jurkowski vs. Martin Zawada
Mateusz Gamrot vs. Grzegorz Szulakowski
Ariane Lipski vs. Silvana Gómez Juárez
Marcin Wójcik vs. Chris Fields
Karolina Owczarz vs. Paulina Raszewska
Filip Wolański vs. Bartłomiej Kopera
Krystian Kaszubowski vs. Christopher Henze
Saturday March 3rd: UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya
Saturday sees the UFC return to Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for UFC 222.
The pay-per-view is headlined by a women’s featherweight championship fight between Cris “Cyborg” and former Invicta FC title challenger Yana Kunitskaya.
A male featherweight title fight with champion Max Holloway and number one contender Frankie Edgar was originally scheduled for the event. However, Holloway pulled out of the fight at the beginning of February due to injury.
Instead, Edgar will now be competing against the surging Brian “T-City” Ortega in what is arguably an even more intriguing stylistic match up. The victor will surely be the next man to face Hawaiian Holloway upon his return to the Octagon.
There are also a number of well-known names featuring throughout the fight card.
A heavyweight contest pitting towering Dutchman Stefan Struve and former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski is sure to draw a highlight-reel finish. Cat Zingano makes her first appearance in the cage in over a year against Ketlen Vieira.
Elsewhere, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern will make her UFC debut against Ashley Yoder. While the likes of Sean O’Malley, Beneil Dariush, John Dodson, Hector Lombard, C.B. Dollaway, and Bryan Caraway also feature.
The headline act was hastily created in the wake of Holloway’s injury, but the fight card as a whole is strong.
Full fight card
Main card (PPV – 22:00pm ET, 19:00pm PT (USA) | BT Sport – 03:00am GMT (UK))
Cristiane Justino vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski
Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1– 20:00pm ET, 17:00pm PT (USA) | BT Sport – 01:00am GMT (UK))
Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
Beneil Dariush vs. Alexander Hernandez
John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
Hector Lombard vs. C.B. Dollaway
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – 18:30pm ET, 15:30pm PT (USA) | 23:30pm GMT (UK))
Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead