This weekend, Chinese kickboxers cross to MMA, the Japanese are overseas, One Pride continues its atomweight tournament, and Angel’s Fighting is back.
Glory of Heroes 35
Friday starts off with Glory of Heroes 35 in Meishan, China with kickboxing superstars Wei Rui and Tie Yinghua taking MMA bouts. Wei Rui is a world top ten-ranked bantamweight kickboxer (52-3, 21 knockouts) who holds belts in the original Wu Lin Feng, K-1 and Glory of Heroes. Former Legend FC bantamweight champion Ji Xian, China’s women’s flyweight leader Meng Bo, and standout grappler Yang Sen will also be on the card. Glory of Heroes 35 will be live streaming on 12 October via China’s IQYI and many other Chinese portals.
Bellator 207 & 208
Bellator hosts a double header with 207 on 12 October in Connecticut, and 208 the next day in Long Island. While Fedor versus Chael Sonnen is the blazing sun match of the weekend, a fistful of stars will be out as well, including Lorenz Larkin, Roy Nelson, Sergei Kharitonov, Matt Mitrione, Ryan Bader, Alexander Shlemenko, Cheick Kongo and Benson Henderson.
Satoshi Ishii was dropped from a Final Fight Championship title bout against Chris Barnett, but he snapped up another opportunity on short notice. On the 13th, Ishii will face Rokas Stambrauskas in German MMA Championship. The event will be streamed live and free on their website.
One Pride FN 23
Also on the 13th, One Pride continues its weekly run with Fight Night 23: Unbeatable Kings. A semifinal bout in the atomweight tournament has Lorensius Andi versus Alin Anggrianto in a bout that will be nonstop grappling – both men have all finishes by way of submissions. Also on the card is Alfred Sendjaja, a prospect from Martijn de Jong’s Tatsujin MMA in Jakarta, and women’s match, as Wulandari meets Nur Hadijah at strawweight. One Pride can be watched live and free on the TVOne app.
Japan’s Yuki Kawana pops back into the PFL Playoffs against Ramsey Nijem on the 13th in Long Beach, California. He’s lost twice in the lightweight tournament and earned no points, so his bout is an alternate.
Angel’s Fighting 8
On Monday the 14th, Korea’s charity MMA promotion returns, Angel’s Fighting. At the top of the card is a match that’s going well under the radar. Welterweight champion Bae Myung-Ho will face Kunlun champ and grappler extraordinaire Rodrigo Caporal. Since 2010, Bae has not lost a match. Although he took time off for military service after he defended his Legend strap against Li Jingliang, since returning he’s fought in Angel’s and earned three finishes. Caporal had a hard couple of years but turned it all around with a revenge match against Zhang Lipeng in which he won the Kunlun belt. Expect a grinder as both men fight for ground control. No word on whether Angel’s Fighting will have a stream.