Plenty of mixed-martial-arts offerings during crowded weekend
Feel like there's a lull in the MMA calendar this week? Certainly not. While the sport isn't dishing out another major championship fight until next Wednesday (and then again on Aug. 21, followed by Aug. 28), more than enough MMA is available on television the next three days to sate any fight fan.
Bellator will make news this week for more than tit-for-tat lawsuits with Zuffa. The Chicago-based promotion begins its third season Thursday a half-hour north of Miami with opening-round tournament bouts in the women's 115-pound and men's heavyweight divisions.
Fujii meets late replacement
In non-tournament action, Bellator middleweight champion
You have to really want to immerse yourself in the sport to catch this one, but KOTC's latest attempt on HDNet appears to be its most watchable yet. We're still talking mostly mid-tier prospects passed off as budding superstars, but the addition of heavyweight
Also worth mentioning are two additional KOTC title fights:
It's a big weekend for the women. Strikeforce continues to push female MMA with a one-night tournament in
The format has undergone plenty of tweaking. As it stands now, according to the whims of the Arizona State Athletic Commission, tournament bouts will feature two three-minute rounds. There had been talk about adding a round in the event of a draw, but this was scrapped as the event approached.
Women's MMA not your thing? The Challenger's card features the return of veteran welterweight
You spend enough money on MMA pay-per-views, so no one could hold it against you if you decided against dropping $30 for a card full of aging fighters, some of whom are well past the point of no return. But if you're home Saturday night with nothing to do, perhaps the idea of watching veteran heavyweights
It's somewhat surprising the two never met during their respective runs in the UFC, which saw Sylvia twice control the heavyweight belt. Stylistically, there doesn't seem like much of a chance it'll turn out to be a bad fight. Sylvia prefers to stand and use his long frame to frustrate opponents; Buentello usually just wings punches no matter who's in front of him.
Also on the card,