Book this one in your diaries, MMA fans, as you absolutely don’t want to miss it…
Within the next 12 hours, fans of combat sports are in for a massive treat. UFC Pittsburgh and Canelo vs. GGG are finally here. Adding to the excitement for these two events is the confirmation of MMA’s hottest new prospects next fight.
Starting with UFC Fight Night 116, here’s our rundown of the best upcoming events this weekend, as well as the headlining story:
UFC Fight Night 116
Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is back in action tonight. Facing two weight WSOF champ David Branch, ‘Rocky’ is hoping to score another UFC title fight with a victory.
‘Platinum’ Mike Perry hopes to continue his brutal streak against late replacement Alex Reyes. Having originally been booked to face Thiago Alves, Perry now takes on a fresh face on three days notice. Full card below:
Full UFC Fight Night 116 Fight Card:
UFC Fight Night 116 Main Event:
185 lbs.: Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
UFC Fight Night 116 Main Card On FOX Sports 1 (10 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Mike Perry vs. Alex Reyes
185 lbs.: Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
155 lbs.: Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
170 lbs.: Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
265 lbs.: Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu
UFC Fight Night 116 Prelims On FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
265 lbs.: Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders CANCELED
UFC Fight Night 116 Prelims On Fight Pass (7:30 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo
And how about Canelo vs. GGG…
Fight Card: Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin (12 rounds, middleweights); Joseph Diaz vs. Rafael Rivera (12 rounds, featherweights); Diego De La Hoya vs. Randy Caballero (10 rounds, super bantamweights); Ryan Martin vs. Francisco Rojo (10 rounds, lightweights)
Preliminary card start time (Youtube): 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT
Pay-per-view start time: 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT
Canelo vs. GGG start time estimate: 10:50 PM ET/7:50 PM PT
MMA’s hottest new female prospect returns at Bellator 185…
As mentioned, Bellator MMA star Heather Hardy returns very soon. Facing Kristina Williams, the red hot former boxing champion will hope to score another big knockout. Last competing at Bellator 180, Hardy scored a brutal knockout.
Not only is she an absolute stunner in terms of looks, she has hands like sledge hammers. As a boxer, ‘The Heat’ is undefeated at 20-0 (1 NC). She’s won international boxing titles in three weight classes, and is now embarked on a new career path.
Former DREAM and Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi returns at Bellator 185 also. ‘The Dreamcatcher’ will take on ‘Storm’ Alexander Shlemenko.
Watch Heather Hardy wreck her opponent in her big stage MMA debut at Bellator 180 below. Thanks for reading and be sure to come back soon!