By Benjamin Bieker
As with last weekend, there will be no UFC on this weekend as well. For most MMA fans they would be upset by that fact, but the hardcore fans know that just because there is no UFC does not mean that there is no MMA. That rings true especially this weekend, because there is over twenty events taking place all over the world. In this two part article, we will take a look at the top fights coming from the first half of the events.
Maximum Fighting Championship 37
They may have lost their heavyweight title fight, but there is still some intriguing match ups on the card. A bantamweight bout has two big up and comers is set with 26 year old 9-1 Anthony Birchak facing off with 6-1 knockout artist Ryan Benoit. There is also a fight between UFC veterans with Jay Silva taking on TUF contestant Sam Alvey in a matchup that guarantees fireworks and entertainment.
Ultimate Victory Challenge 23
While the card is mostly filled with unknowns the main event of this card features the return of Luke Zachrich. The former TUF contestant returned from a two year layoff last year for the UVC, and he does so again fighting this time against Marcus Finch. With a win he may get a look from the bigger promotion.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships 24
This card features former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky in his first fight since being dropped from the promotion he takes on Claudio Ledesma in what will hopefully be his first win in two years. Also on the card is Kurt Pelligrino protege George Sullivan who takes on undefeated prospect Brandon Becker who has finished all but one of his fights.
La Familia Fight Club
We head to Germany for the next bout where undefeated 23 year old middleweight prospect Benjamin Brinsa will get to test himself against former UFC fighter Daniel Stittgen. With a win, Brinsa may earn a shot in the UFC if he is able to earn an impressive win over an UFC veteran.
This card has it all with up and comers, MMA veterans, and even an intriguing women’s MMA bout. In the main event, TUF champion Efrain Escudero will try to reverse a three fight skid when he takes on PRIDE veteran Jorge Patino who rides a six fight win streak into the bout. This could turn out to be a ground battle with both fighters having over ten submission wins in their careers.
In the co-main event, former Strikeforce fighter Eduardo Pamplona faces off with Leonardo Texeira who lost his only fight in the UFC. It was his only fight ever in the Octagon, but he has earned two big knockouts since then. Both fighters will be head hunting in this fight, and it could end early in a knockout.
Women are slowly becoming the hot commodity on fight cards, and this card is not different. Herica Tiburcio suffered her first loss in MMA in her last bout. Before that she had won five straight fights, finishing four of them by submission. Now, she tries to redeem herself against the undefeated Claudia Gadelha who trains in the famed Nova Uniao camp. She may have a lot on her plate as she already has another bout lined up for Invicta 6, but with over half her fights finished by way of submission she is ready to make a splash in the sport.
What are your thoughts?