Key Fights – Week of November 14
Look, I’m just going to level with you all; there are a lot of fights this week. We’re talking dozens, probably even hundreds of fights. UFC? Yep. Strikeforce? Got it. Bellator? Sure. Strikeforce Challengers notably features an exciting fight between 145 pounders Ronda Rousey and Julia Budd. Bellator is stacked this week with a Lightweight Title defense by Eddie Alvarez, a superfight featuring Hector Lombard, and ranked fighters Marlon Sandro and Jessica Aguilar in action. And the UFC is back after an exciting debut on Fox, this time with an interesting card headlined by Shogun Rua and Dan Henderson.
But there’s more! Ring of Combat has a card featuring Pete Sell and Deividas Taurosevicius, Masanori Kanehara returns to action on the west coast in his first fight since joining Greg Jackson’s camp, and top women’s fighters Yana Kunitskaya, Jasminka Cive, and Chelsea Colarelli are all in action. Special mention goes to Turkish kickboxer Hatice Ozyurt who will be making her MMA debut this weekend at age 24.
Oh, and Fedor! How on earth could I forget about Fedor!? Maybe because he’ll be fighting Jeff Monson very early in the morning on pay-per-view? I think that’s it. Nonetheless, I will be living up to my reputation as the hardest-working, least serious man in MMA pseudo-journalism and I will be live tweeting this epic contest first thing Sunday morning. Maybe I’ll get some donuts, maybe some juice, maybe I’ll sleep through the whole fucking thing and forget I ever made this proclamation. Who knows!? I certainly don’t.
Check out the upcoming fights tab, which includes more details on the rest of November and upcoming fights all the way into February 2012! The latest UFC announcements are listed, including the battle in Japan between Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson along with Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jake Shields. We have many months of great MMA ahead of us, be grateful monkeys.
Strikeforce Challengers 20 (11/18/2011)
- Women’s Middleweight: Ronda Rousey (3-0, No. 10 WMW) vs. Julia Budd (2-1, No. 14 WMW)
Bellator 58 (11/19/2011)
- Lightweight Title: (c) Eddie Alvarez (22-2, No. 5 LW) vs. Michael Chandler (8-0)
- Catchweight (195 lbs.): Hector Lombard (21-3, No. 6 MW) vs. Trevor Prangley (23-8-1)
- Featherweight: Marlon Sandro (19-3, No. 10 FEW) vs. Rafael Dias (15-8-2)
- Women’s Featherweight: Jessica Aguilar (11-4, No. 7 WFW) vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-6)
Bushido – Hero’s World GP Lithuania (11/19/2011)
- Women’s Middleweight: Yana Kunitskaya (4-1, No. 7 WMW) vs. Arune Lauzeckaite (0-0)
UFC 139 (11/19/2011)
- Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua (20-5, No. 4 LHW) vs. Dan Henderson (28-8, No. 6 LHW)
- Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva (33-11-1, 1 NC, No. 18 MW) vs. Cung Le (7-1)
- Bantamweight: Brian Bowles (9-1, No. 3 BW) vs. Urijah Faber (25-4, No. 5 BW)
- Welterweight: Martin Kampmann (17-5, No. 9 WW) vs. Rick Story (13-4, No. 14 WW)
- Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader (12-2, No. 25 LHW) vs. Jason Brilz (18-4-1, No. 20 LHW)
- Bantamweight: Michael McDonald (13-1, No. 21 BW) vs. Alex Soto (6-0-1)
- Middleweight: Tom Lawlor (7-3, 1 NC, No. 22 MW) vs. Chris Weidman (6-0, No. 25 MW)
- Lightweight: Gleison Tibau (23-7, No. 22 LW) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (15-5)
- Bantamweight: Miguel Torres (39-4, No. 9 BW) vs. Nick Pace (6-2)
M-1 Global – Fedor vs. Monson (11/20/2011)
- Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko (31-4, 1 NC, No. 8 HW) vs. Jeff Monson (42-12, No. 24 HW)