So a new month is fast approaching, and compared to the last few months which have seen more MMA action than ever before, July is going to be considerably quieter.

UFC 116: Lesnar Vs Carwin

Having said that, July 3rd does hold what could arguably the biggest event of the year in UFC 116. The showdown between the two giants of the heavyweight division, Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, has the potential to break the one million pay-per-view buy mark and it now has added significance in light of Fedor Emelianenko’s defeat last weekend.

Much of the attention will focus on the main event, but other interesting bouts on the card include Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs Chris Leben, and potential ‘Fight Of The Night’ candidates in Chris Lytle Vs Matt Brown and George Sotiropoulos Vs Kurt Pellegrino.


A week later on the 10th of July comes DREAM 15. The Japanese promotion has had a relatively quiet start to the year, but this event should attract considerable interest. DREAM Lightweight champion Shinya Aoki headlines the card, taking on fellow top 10 lightweight Katsuya Kawajiri in the headline bout, while the eagerly anticipated light-heavyweight tournament also gets underway which will include the likes of Gegard Mousasi and Melvin Manhoef.

Alistair Overeem was also expected to take part in the event, but there are rumors that may no longer be the case.

Impact FC 1

A special mention must go to upstart Australian promotion Impact Fighting Championship who launch their debut show in Brisbane on the same night with a host of familiar names.

The main event features the return of Josh Barnett who takes on Geronimo Dos Santos, while other UFC veterans like Karo Parisyan, Carlos Newton, Sokoudjou and Jeff Monson are also on the card, making this one to keep an eye on.

Impact FC 2

The rest of the month is decidedly lacking in events from the major promotions unfortunately, though credit must go to the aforementioned Impact FC who return just 8 days after their first show on July 18th for their second event which will help give hardcore fans their MMA fix.

This time the promotion takes to Sydney with yet more recognizable names on the bill. Fronting the card is a showdown between grizzled veterans Ken Shamrock and Pedro Rizzo, while a more relevant fighter in the current MMA circuit – controversial former UFC star Paul Daley makes his return against the 21-9 Daniel Acacio. There’s also an interesting bout between Paulo Filho and Denis Kang, while Shogun’s brother Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua also features.

Strikeforce Challengers 9

The final noteworthy event of the month comes on July 23rd when the ninth edition of the Strikeforce Challengers series rolls into Washington. The woman’s welterweight title will be on the line here as the highly touted Sarah Kaufman takes on the plucky challenger Roxanne Modaferri who recently avenged a previous loss to another tough opponent in Tara LaRosa.

Meanwhile the card also sees the heavyweights in action as the talented 9-0 prospect Shane Del Rosario faces off against 4-1-1 Lolohea Mahe.

And that’s about it for July. If your craving more MMA action then don’t despair as August is set to deliver in a big way, and we’ll be doing our best to deliver quality content here on to tide you over in the mean time.

Major MMA Events In July 2010

July 3rd : UFC 116: Lesnar Vs Carwin

July 10th: Dream 15 / Impact FC 1

July 18th: Impact FC 2

July 23rd: Strikeforce Challengers 9


  1. Just wanted to clarify: The FC 2 fight in Australia on July 18 isn’t headlined by Frank Shamrock (as he just announced his retirement), rather it is his brother Ken Shamrock.

  2. Thanks for spotting the mix-up, I’d only just written about Frank’s retirement a couple of days earlier so I guess he was still on my mind.