Due to a busy festive season we’re a little late with our round-up of January, 2011’s major events, but better late than never we say!
The first big event of 2011, UFC 125: Resolution is already disappearing in the rear-view mirror, but there’s still some good shows to look forward to in the coming weeks.
7th January: Strikeforce Challengers 13
Strikeforce’s first event of 2011 will be the 13th in their Challengers series on Friday the 7th, headlined by a quality welterweight scrap between the highly touted Tyrone Woodley and another solid prospect in Tarec Saffiedine. Either fighter could (and in Woodley’s case definitely should) graduate to being a main card regular on some of Strikeforce’s bigger cards with a win here.
There’s also a bunch of other notable names on the card, including heavyweight juggernaught Daniel Cormier and light-heavyweight prospect Ovince St-Preux both of whom are also close to being promoted from the Challengers series, while female fighter Julia Budd is also another name to look out for in 2011.
22nd January: UFC Fight Night 23 (Fight For The Troops 2)
The UFC’s next offering in January is a special ‘Fight For The Troops’ event on Saturday 22nd which will help to raise funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Headlining this free Spike TV event, also known as UFC Fight Night 23 will be a lightweight clash between Evan Dunham and Melvin Guillard.
Elsewhere on the main card Cole Miller Vs Matt Wiman is a potential ‘Fight Of The Night’, while heavyweight likes Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry will also feature.
28th January: Titan Fights 16: Silva Vs Wagner
If you want to head off the beaten track a little then how about Titan Fights 16 on Friday, 28th which sees former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia take on TUF 10 dropout Abe Wagner in an event that airs live on HDNet.
While the full card isn’t yet available it is known that Drew McFeddries will be fighting for the first time since being cut from the UFC in 2009, along with former WEC fighter L.C Davis.
29th January: Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Cyborg
The month ends with another big event as Strikeforce pick up where they left off in December by cramming another two title fights into one action packed card. In the headline bout Nick Diaz will look to defend his welterweight title against Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
Meanwhile Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza will make his first middleweight title defense against the hard-hitting Robbie Lawler. With Roger Gracie Vs Trevor Prangley also on tap along with the return of NFL legend Herschel Walker, mark this down in your calender as a must-see.
Major MMA Events In January, 2011 at a glance:
- 7th January: Strikeforce Challengers 13
- 22nd January: UFC Fight Night 23 (Fight For The Troops 2)
- 28th January: Titan Fights 16: Silva Vs Wagner
- 29th January: Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Cyborg