A lot can happen in a week and MMA is no different. After a post-New Year’s lull in MMA events, here are three big shows you won’t want to miss this week.
TFW you realize #UFCSTL is just around the corner.
Only eight more days til' @LiLHeathenMMA matches up with Dooho Choi. pic.twitter.com/hNTUXMspZ3
— UFC (@ufc) January 7, 2018
January 14th: UFC Fight Night 124
Taking place inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, UFC Fight Night 124 sees UFC featherweight stalwart Jeremy Stephens welcome “Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi back to the Octagon after a year on the sidelines.
This is a fascinating UFC Fight Night card. Vitor Belfort takes on striking extraordinaire Uriah Hall in what is expected to be one of his last professional fights. Meanwhile, welterweight prospect Kamaru Usman takes on Norway’s Emil Meek, Paige VanZant returns to the cage against Jessica-Rose Clark, and Michael Johnson makes his featherweight debut against a tough test in Darren Elkins.
The only downside is that UFC Fight Night 124 takes place on 14 January – a Sunday night or the early hours of Monday morning for those in Europe.
Full fight card
Main card (USA: Fox Sports 1, UK: BT Sport)
Jeremy Stephens vs Doo Ho Choi
Uriah Hall vs Vitor Belfort
Page VanZant vs Jessica-Rose Clark
Kamaru Usman vs Emil Meek
Prelims (USA: Fox Sports 1, UK: BT Sport)
Darren Elkins vs Michael Johnson
James Krause vs Alex White
Matt Frevola vs Marco Polo Reyes
Thiago Alves vs Zak Cummings
Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)
Kalindra Faria vs Jessica Eye
Talita Bernardo vs Irene Aldana
Danielle Taylor vs JJ Aldrich
Mike Santiago vs Mads Burnell
Kyung Ho Kang vs Guido Cannetti
You do not want miss this! #InvictaFC27 goes down this January 13th LIVE on @UFCFightPass! TIX: https://t.co/2B0gufah4P pic.twitter.com/lULPlngK0t
— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) January 7, 2018
January 13th: Invicta FC 27: Kaufman vs. Kianzad
Women’s MMA veteran Sarah Kaufman returns to Invicta against Iranian-Swedish bantamweight talent Pannie Kianzad, a former Cage Warriors champion.
Kianzad is riding a two-fight losing streak against former Invicta champion Tonya Evinger and Raquel Pa’aluhi. In former Strikeforce champion Kaufman, Kianzad has a tough test ahead.
Full fight card (streamed on UFC Fight Pass)
Sarah Kaufman vs Pannie Kianzad
Vanessa Porto vs Mariana Morais
Sharon Jacobson vs Ashley Nichols
Ashley Cummins vs Stephanie Alba
Brogan Walker-Sanchez vs Cheri Muraski
Felicia Spencer vs Akeela Al-Hameed
Mallory Martin vs Tiffany Masters
Loma Lookboonmee vs Melissa Wang
Jade Ripley vs Helen Peralta
We’re kicking off 2018 in style with TWENTY fights! #ACB78 pic.twitter.com/vpDcMKWiGG
— ACAMMA (@ACA_League) January 6, 2018
January 13th: ACB 78: Young Eagles 24
Russian-based promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) returns home to Chechen Republic capital city of Grozny. Unsurprisingly, ACB has put together a bumper 20-fight card which sees local talent face off against foreign fighters. This includes a lightweight scrap featuring UFC and Strikeforce veteran Pat Healy, who takes on Magomed Raisov.
Full fight card (streamed for free on Fite.tv)
Rander Junior vs Yusup Umarov
Pat Healy vs Magomed Raisov
Herbert Batista vs Viskhan Magomadov
Sergio Soares vs Saifulla Dzhabrailov
Damien Lapilus vs Abdul-Rakhman Makhazhiev
Oberdan Vieira vs Alibek Akhazaev
Diego Lopes vs Amir Elzhurkaev
Bruno Roverso vs Magomed Sulumov
David Kozma vs Aslambek Arsamikov
Ednilson Barros vs Adam Aliev
Edi de Castro vs Dzhokhar Duraev
Alberd Zhapuev vs Adlan Mamaev
Alan Gomes vs Shamil Akhmaev
Rafael Dias vs Akhmed Kukaev
Doo Hwan Kim vs Rasul Saithozhaev
Kamil Lebkowski vs Saikhan Dzhabrailov
Anatoli Ciumac vs Anzor Shakhmurzaev
Andreas Stahl vs Usman Bisultanov
Samir Faiddine vs Khamzat Dzhabrailov
Fernando Gonzalez vs Adam Bakaev