Deep breath, here comes the weekend. And what a weekend it is. From headbutts in Mandalay to Kunlun’s 100kg super heavyweight tournament in Shanghai, the next 72 hours are stacked with scraps. Let’s get straight into it.
WLC: Mighty Warriors
World Lethwei Championship will make its debut on UFC Fight Pass tonight from the spectacular city of Mandalay in Yangon. Lethwei has found a cult-like following around the world and with new streaming deals in place, 2019 promises to be even bigger. WLC: Mighty Warriors goes down at the Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium with a light welterweight title fight between Saw Htoo Aung and Antonio Faria to headline the seven-fight card. Keep an eye out for the co-main event of Shwe Yar Mann taking on Ukrainian Sasha Moisa. Wondering where to watch? Try UFC Fight Pass.
ONE: Call to Greatness
ONE Championship is back on home turf for ONE: Call to Greatness tonight. In the main event Stamp Fairtex will look to cement herself as one of the fast-rising stars in ONE Championship when she takes on IFMA World Championship bronze medalist Janet Todd for the Muay Thai atomweight title in Singapore. Stamp made her ONE Super Series debut by dethroning “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chuang to claim the atomweight title in October last year. In her second fight with ONE she vyes for her second belt. There’s also the opening round of ONE’s Lightweight GP, plus the debut of Pancrase veteran Ayaka Miura, who meets Laura Balin in a women’s strawweight clash. Watch the whole thing for free on ONE’s mobile app from 6:30pm local time.
Siam Sub Series 4
Phuket’s no-gi grappling tournament is back for its fourth instalment and this time has some cash to give away. Tournament founder Alex Schild has done a great job of establishing Siam Sub Series in a short amount of time. Being held on Soi-Taied in Phuket has its advantages, especially for those who live and train along the famous street. Tetsuya Yamada will be competing and undefeated Bellator fighter Yaroslav Amosov (21-0) is rumoured to be back after claiming gold in the stacked Advanced 85kg+ division last year. This weekend’s prize pool totals 180,000 Thai Baht so expect fireworks. Check back with The Fight Nation for results.
ROAD FC 52
ROAD FC 52 takes place on Saturday in Seoul, South Korea. The main event is the final match for the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament between Shamil Zavurov and Mansour Barnaoui, while the co-main event sees Kim Min-Woo and Moon Jea-Hoon square off for a third time for ROAD’s bantamweight title. The always exciting Bruno Miranda will face Hong Young-Ki in a striker’s battle that should burn as hot and fast as a firecracker. ROAD FC 52 and Young Guns 41 will be live and free on YouTube from 4pm local time.
Trying to find information about Chinese Kung Fu (or CKF) is like getting blood from a stone. What little information we could find is that there will be an event somewhere in Macau on Saturday at some point. There’s 10 fights on the card and it looks like a China vs. the world type event. CKF lost its CCTV deal last year, so unless you are there in person, it’s near impossible to watch. Results, probably not. Sorry.
Bellator makes its third stop in Ireland on Sunday (Asia time) with Bellator 217. The main event sees Ireland’s own James Gallagher (7-1) take on promotional newcomer Steven Graham (6-3) in a featherweight matchup. The co-main event sees Peter Queally (11-4-1) face Myles Price (10-7). The event airs on Paramount and a tape delay with be on DANZ for those who subscribe.
UFC on ESPN+ 3
The UFC also finds itself on the other side of the pond this weekend for UFC on ESPN+ 3 in Prague – a first time for the promotion. There’s some decent match-ups on the card, but keep your eyes on 26-year-old Russian bantamweight contender Petr Yan (11-1), who will face former flyweight title-challenger and The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner John Dodson (20-10).
Kunlun Fight 80
The first big event for Kunlun in 2019 sees the promotion return to Shanghai for its 100kg and 70kg tournaments. Memories of the 2017 Clash of Titans finals are still fresh, thanks no doubt to Marat Grigorian, who beat all odds to seize the gold with a 29-second KO of former champion Superbon Banchamek. The Grand Finals of Kunlun 70kg World Max Championship will take place this weekend, alongside the 100kg+ eight-man tournament. Kunlun Fight 80 will take place on Sunday in Shanghai and airs live on FITE TV.
ONE Hero Series
Just when you though the hostilities were over, ONE Championship returns with its second ONE Hero Series, which is kind of like the ONE Warrior Series, but just for China. The second Hero Series takes place in a Beijing studio on Monday and kicks off at 4pm local time.
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