So, as described here at Caged Insider — last weekend, fight fans had several events to choose from.
The UFC offered UFC Fight Night 62, televised on FOX Sports 1, with a pairing of two bantamweight contenders in the main event. A returning TUF champion highlighted the undercard (for me, anyway), and there were a few other noteworthy fights, too.
A kickboxing event from GLORY World Series looked like the class of the weekend, though. Two of the three best lightweights in the world squared off in the main event, with a one night middleweight tournament and a featherweight contender’s bout featured an unmatched number of the world’s top ten.
There were two boxing events on tap, too — so, lots to choose from.
This weekend? Well, maybe not so much.
The UFC will visit Poland for a UFC Fight Night — but its only available on their web subscription service. Instead of two contenders, it’s two faded heavyweights who are headlining, and little else… unless you count Women’s 115 lb. contender Joanne Calderwood fighting an unknown in Maryna Moroz.
Sadly, World Series of Fighting is limping along to their WSOF 20 event tonight. The promotion lost both their main event due to the hospitalization of Ronny Markes, and one of the event’s few recognized names in Melvin Guillard to a variety of issues (described here at Caged Insider), both in the past week.
A pretty good boxing event tomorrow, featuring middleweight champion Andy Lee, has been tainted by challenger Peter Quillin failing to make weight. It will go on as a non-title affair, but with a bit less luster.
So, tonight’s Bellator 136 may feel like the winner by default.
But it’s not. It’s a pretty solid event in its own right, and actually, it seems to have a little for everyone: from a returning Bellator heavyweight champion in the night’s first bout to a lightweight title bout in the headliner.
Another Bellator 136 highlight is the presence of world class kickboxer Joe Schilling, who won his last bout in GLORY. Watch for him in the co-main event against Rafael Carvalho, who boasted he would stand with Schilling tomorrow.
If you haven’t seen Bellator in a bit, 136 is a good place to start.