April and May were crammed with perhaps more major MMA events than we’ve ever seen before. Surely it can’t continue into June as well though? I’m pleased to report that it can indeed!
June is set to be another remarkable month with no less than five major events happening in a 16 days stretch – and that’s excluding the weekly Bellator shows.
Speaking of which, June sees the culmination of Bellator’s second season, and that means there’s a number of tournament finals to look forward to.
Bellator 21 on the 10th of June sees lightweight finalists Jeff Curran and Tony Imada doing battle, while Bellator 22 the following win houses the welterweight final between Ben Askren and Dan Hornbuckle. The season finale then arrives on the 24th of the month with both the featherweight final featuring Joe Warren and Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire, and the middleweights Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko.
Beyond that the months major action begins with a trip to Vancouver, Canada for UFC 115 which sees two legends of the promotion, Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin taking center-stage as they make a bid to get back to winning ways and make a statement in the light-heavyweight division. The co-main event features two kick-boxing specialists in the shape of Mirko Cro Cop and Pat ‘HD’ Barry in what could turn out to be a battle to discover who has the deadliest leg kicks in the heavyweight division.
See the full fight card for UFC 115 here.
Four days later Strikeforce head to L.A for a mid-week card headlined by what should be an entertaining encounter between middleweight fighters Robbie Lawler and Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral. The event was also set to feature the return of former pro-wrestling star Bobby Lashley, but an injury has forced him out and so the main card is still one fight short at the time of writing. We do however know that DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis will return to take on Evangalista ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
Just three days removed on June 19th the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter reaches it’s conclusion with the two as yet unnamed finalists going head-to-head, while Matt Hamill Vs Keith Jardine will serve as the main event. Infamous TUF season 1 fighter Chris Leben also features in a tough bout with the unbeaten Aaron Simpson.
A crazy week of mixed martial arts continues the following day when the WEC return after a successful PPV debut for their 49th event back on their familiar home on Versus as former lightweight champion Jamie Varner takes on elite wrestler Kamal Shalorus. Before that two featherweight contenders Josh Grispi and LC Davis will look to edge themselves closer to a title shot with a convincing victory.
See the full fight card for WEC 49 here.
After a crammed schedule you’ll have six days to recover before Strikeforce are back in a co-promotion with M-1 Global, and that can mean only one thing – the return of Fedor Emelianenko. The Russian star will finally be getting back into the cage, and this time round he faces Brazilian challenger Fabricio Werdum, with a title shot against Alistair Overeem potentially waiting in the wings if Fedor emerges victorious. The event will also see Strikeforce’s female champion Christiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos looking to continue her dominant run against challenger Jan Finney.
And that’s about it. More than enough MMA action to keep you all amused I’m sure you’ll agree! See the full listing of major MMA events to look out for in June below.
- 10th June: Bellator 21
- 12th June: UFC 115: Liddell Vs Franklin
- 16th June: Strikeforce L.A: Lawler Vs Sobral
- 17th June: Bellator 22
- 19th June: Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
- 20th June: WEC 49: Varner Vs Shalorus
- 24th June: Bellator 23
- 26th June: Strikeforce / M1 Global: Fedor Vs Werdum