By Benjamin Bieker
Bellator Season 9
While the summer series for Bellator is still underway, the promotion is already planning its next tournament and season. While the opening of the ninth season will take place the weekend before, the first event announced officially will take place September 13th which is actually a Friday. No participants have been announced, but it is known that the featherweight tournament will be kicked off that night, and it is not out of the realm of possibilities for the event to be headlined by an actual championship fight as well. There will surely to be more news to come on this upcoming season as time passes.
While Invicta FC’s last event just took place there is some major story lines coming out of the event. After her first round submission win, Jessica Penne opined for a rematch against Michelle who she lost her title to, but the promotion said it would like to allow Waterson to defend her belt once before a rematch. While it is unknown who will face Waterson some champions do know who their next opponents will be. Undefeated Claudia Gadelha will put her streak on the line against current champion Carla Esparza in a bid to take her belt. Also, Leslie Smith made a successful debut at flyweight, and she has the biggest chance of her life to face barb Honchak for her belt.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance
RFA looks to make a name for itself by having the family members of famous UFC fighters on their card. In the main event, Erik Koch’s older brother Keoni Koch looks for his sixth straight win over 8-0 Pedro Munhoz, and this should take place on the ground since out of 13 professional wins they have nine wins by submission combined. Cub Swanson’s younger brother Steve Swanson looks to rebound from his first loss after ten straight wins over 4-1 who is tougher than his young career has shown. Filling out the card is TUF alum Kevin Casey putting is grappling skills up against Casey Ryan, former Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco, and UFC/Strikeforce veteran Chris Spang.
World Series Of Fighting
Ray Sefo has stepped down from the acting president of WSOF to make sure he is properly prepared for his match on August 10th which will be his 100th combat sports match. Also, the fifth event for the promotion has been announced, and they will be going back to Atlantic City. The main event for that card will be a match between Mike Kyle and Anthony Johnson at 205. Kyle had retired after losing in Strikeforce, but came back a few months later to knockout Travis Wiuff in the first round. Now, he has a chance to prove he still belongs in the cage by taking out Johnson.
Legacy Fighting Championship
Coming up this weekend, you have one of the better regional promotions putting on an event filled with veterans and up and comers. In the main event, bantamweight rising stars Matt Hobar and Angel Huerta will face off against one another. Huerta is a knockout machine with four of his six professional wins by knockout in the first round. Hobar is more of an all around fighter, and his only loss comes by an arm injury. Also on the card, former UFC fighter Leonard Garcia makes his debut against the always tough Rey Trujillo, and former professional boxer and potential UFC fighter Holly Holm makes her debut for LFC promotion.
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