July was a relatively slow month in the MMA world, but fear not as August is certain to make up for it with wall-to-wall events all month long from most of the major promotions.
August 1st: UFC On Versus 2
Getting right down to business, Sunday, August 1st finds the UFC in San Diego for UFC On Versus 2, headlined by arguably the promotions best young talent Jon Jones going up against seasoned veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.
The card also features an interesting middleweight bout between Yushin Okami and Mark Munoz while former PRIDE star Takanori Gomi faces a tough test in Tyson Griffin.
See the full UFC On Versus 2 fight card here
August 8th: UFC 117
Just a week later the UFC will have packed up the octagon and moved to Oakland for UFC 117 where Chael Sonnen will have to back up his words with actions if he wants to take home Anderson Silva’s middleweight belt.
This is a seriously stacked card throughout with Junior Dos Santos Vs Roy Nelson and a rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves amongst the many highlights.
See the full UFC 117 fight card here
12th August: Bellator Season 3 Premiere
After a brief hiatus Bellator returns for their third season starting on the 12th of August which means plenty of Thursday night entertainment in store over the next couple of months as they seek to crown new champions in a host of weight classes.
This time round the woman get their chance to shine in a 115lb tournament along with the men’s bantamweight and heavyweight tournaments, plus last seasons winners get the opportunity to take on the current champions in their respective divisions.
13th August: Strikeforce Challengers 10
A day later on Friday, August 13th Strikeforce returns for the 10th in their Challengers series headlined by Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs and Louis Taylor, while Randy Couture’s son Ryan Couture makes his pro-debut against Lucas Stark.
The woman’s135lb tournament also begins as the promotions seeks to find a future challenger for the title. There’s four competitors lined up for the tourney including fan-favourite Meisha Tate, Carina Damm, Hitomi Akano and Maiju Kajula.
August 14th: PWP: War On The Mainland
On Saturday the 14th another up and coming promotion, Powerhouse World Promotions, looks to make it’s mark with a card filled with familiar names. Headlining is ex-UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia who’s square off against respectable opposition in the shape of recently released UFC fighter Paul Buentello as both look to find a way back to the promotion that made them famous.
The card also features Jens Pulver who gets set for life after the WEC when he takes on the 4-1 Diego Garijo. With other former UFC fighters like Jason Lambert, Thales Lieties and Terry Martin on the card it’s worth keeping an eye on this one.
18th August: WEC 50
On the following Wednesday the WEC celebrates it’s 50th event with a rematch between current bantamweight champion Dominic Cruz and Joseph Benavidez.
Urijah Faber won’t be on the card after pulling out injured, but with fights like Chad Mendes Vs Cub Swanson and Anthony Pettis Vs Shane Roller including in the line-up this is definitely one that’s not to be missed.
View the full WEC 50 fight card here
21st August: Strikeforce: Houston
I wasn’t kidding when I said it was an action-packed month. Just a few days later another major event, Strikeforce: Houston, gets underway with two title fights taking center-stage. In a light-heavyweight tilt Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal attempts to defend his title for the first time against Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante.
Meanwhile the jam-packed event also features Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Tim Kennedy scrappiing for the middleweight title vacated by Jake Shields, while KJ Noons takes on Jorge Gurgel and Bobby Lashley also gets back in the cage.
August 28th: UFC 118
The month comes to a close in style on Saturday 28th with UFC 118 which plays host to a lightweight title rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.
Much of the attention leading up to this event is going to focus on the much talked about c0-main event bout between UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture and boxing legend James Toney. Meanwhile Kenny Florian Vs Gray Maynard should decide who will be the next challenger for the winner of the headline bout.
See the full UFC 118 fight card here
Major MMA Events In August At A Glance:
- 1st August: UFC On Versus 2: Jones Vs Matyushenko
- 8th August: UFC 117: Silva Vs Sonnen
- 12th August: Bellator 24 (Season 3 Premiere)
- 13th August: Strikeforce Challengers 10
- 14th August: PWP: War On The Mainland – Slyvia Vs Buentello
- 18th August: WEC 50: Cruz Vs Benavidez 2
- 19th August: Bellator 25
- 21st August: Strikeforce: Houston
- 26th August: Bellator 26
- 28th August: UFC 118: Edgar Vs Penn 2