Key Fights – Week of November 21
Well a happy early Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! See, I was schooled earlier in the week by a friend who knew much more about American Thanksgiving than I did – an English friend! I certainly did a nice job of embarrassing myself, but it will all be forgotten when I’m eating my turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes. Mmmm, I can’t wait!
Because of the American holiday, there’s a little bit of extra MMA this week. We have the normal Bellator event, which is the season five finale featuring the finals of the heavyweight and bantamweight tournaments and the Bellator debut of Kurt Pellegrino. We get a great event from Polish promotion KSW featuring top middleweight Mamed Khalidov, a Light Heavyweight Title defense by Sokoudjou, and a crazy heavyweight fight between James Thompson and Mariusz Pudzianowski. And we’ll see the twelfth installment of Pancrase’s Impressive Tour series.
But we’ll have some Wednesday night pre-Thankgiving MMA in America, along with a Wednesday show from Japanese promotion Zst. NAAFS will put on a show with some reliably strong women’s MMA action. Aisling Daly and Jessica Eye are the big fighters in action, but you can check out the details about their fights and much more in my This Week in Women’s MMA feature over at Gals Guide to MMA! You can also see information on last week’s WMMA fight and find out who the big winners were for the week.
Also make sure to check the upcoming fights tab for information on the biggest fights of this week!
NAAFS Night of Champions (11/23/2011)
- Women’s 125 lbs. Title: (c) Aisling Daly (12-2, No. 9 WLW) vs. Kelly Warren (3-0)
Bellator 59 (11/26/2011)
- Bantamweight Tournament Finals: Alexis Vila (11-0, No. 8 BW, No. 8 FLW) Eduardo Dantas (12-2)
- Lightweight: Kurt Pellegrino (16-6, No. 19 LW) vs. Patricky Freire (9-2)
KSW 17 (11/26/2011)
- Middleweight: Mamed Khalidov (23-4-2, No. 16 MW) vs. Jesse Taylor (20-7)
Pancrase Impressive Tour 12 (11/27/2011)
- Women’s Bantamweight: Fukuko Hamada (7-6, No. 15 WBW) vs. Kayo Nagayasu (7-6-3, No. 12 WBW)