Weekends such as the one coming up are why I love being a fight fan. While one would be perfectly content with one televised fight offering on any given weekend, the fact that this week will give fight fans three distinctly unique fight cards should be reason enough for a fan to stock the fridge with beer and cancel all plans of leaving the house. With the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator all on tap this week, it’s only right that we take a look and examine what each fight card will offer viewers.
What: UFC on Versus 3
When: Thursday, March 3
Broadcast: Versus at 9:00 PM EST (Two prelim fights will stream on the UFC’s Facebook page beginning at 8:00 PM.
Primer: Coming on the heels of the successful UFC 127 PPV the UFC will offer fans an intriguing fight card for free. Well, as free as standard cable can be. The fight card will be headlined by a welterweight battle between the always-game Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez.
For both Sanchez and Kampmann, this bout represents a shot at injecting their name into the welterweight contender discussion. Co-headlining the card will be potentially exciting fight between wrestlers C.B. Dollaway and Mark Munoz. Also, don’t be surprised if the Brian Bowles vs. D
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All in all, UFC on Versus 3 is a solid offering that should tide UFC fans over until UFC 128 in a couple of weeks.
What: Strikeforce Columbus: Feijao vs. Henderson
When: Saturday, March 5
Broadcast: Showtime at 10 PM EST
Primer: Let’s state the obvious; the evening’s main event will feature an explosive matchup between Rafael Calvacante taking on Dan Henderson for Calvacante’s light heavyweight title. Calvacante has proven to be a beast in the Strikeforce light heavyweight division following his title winning bludgeoning of former champ “King Mo” Lawal. Henderson’s merits are simply too long to list but his right hand has put many of the game’s best fighters to sleep. When these two fighters meet on Saturday, the force of the explosion may implode Ohio.
As if the afore mentioned title fight wasn’t reason enough to tune in, co-headlining the card will be the Strikeforce women’s welterweight title fight between current champion Marloes Coenen taking on late-replacement Liz Carmouche who was brought in to fight for the title following Miesha Tate being pulled from the card with an injury. Still, Carmouche loves to come forward and bang and Coenen has rapidly gained respect in the sport for her toughness so an entertaining fight is all but guaranteed.
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What: Bellator 35
When: Saturday, March 5
Broadcast: MTV2 at 9 PM EST
Primer: Bellator has been making massive power moves during its off season and as the fourth season premiers on Saturday it is clear that Bellator is quickly looking to make its name resonate the same way that the UFC and Strikeforce’ s do. With a new television deal inked with none other than MTV, it will be curious to see how the cable giant markets its newfound foray into MMA. Of course, Bellator makes it easy for them as this Saturday’s card will feature the quarterfinal round of the welterweight tournament. With names like Rick Hawn, Dan Hornbuckle, Jay Hieron, and Lyman Good, expect Bellator 35 to do well in the rating’s.