Brace yourselves fellow MMA fans, Things are about to step up a gear in March. It’s a stacked month with the UFC somehow managing to shoe-horn in three events plus the return of The Ultimate Fighter, while Strikeforce are also in on the act, Bellator return for their fourth season, and there’s also a few up and coming promotion’s putting on cards worth taking note of.
There’s a lot to get through, so let’s get straight down to business…
Thursday 3rd March – UFC On Versus 3: Sanchez Vs Kampmann
The UFC return to the Versus network for the third time With Diego Sanchez headlining the show against Martin Kampmann, while Mark Munoz takes on C.B Dollaway in the co-main event slot.
Those of you with 3D capabilities should also note that this will be the first ever UFC event to be available in that format.
Saturday 5th March – Strikeforce: Henderson Vs Feijao
Strikeforce have been on a roll lately with a number of entertaining events back-to-back, and there’s every chance that could continue given the strength of this card.
There’s two titles on the line on the night, with Rafael Feijao looking to defend his 205lb belt for the first time against Dan Henderson, while Marloes Coenen also looks to make the first defense of her 135lb woman’s title against late replacement Liz Carmouche.
Saturday 5th March – Bellator 35 (Season Premiere)
Bellator have switched their events from a Thursday to a Saturday for season 4 which gets underway on the 5th March on MTV 2, the same night as Strikeforce.
The quarter-finals of their latest lightweight tournament will be the focus here, with the likes of Jay Heiron, Lyman Good and Dan Hornbuckle in action, while last season’s Woman’s champion Zoila Frausto also returns to take on Karina Hallinan.
Friday 11th March – Shark Fights 14: Horwich Vs Villefort
Up and coming promotion Shark Fight’s return for their first event of 2011 on Friday 11th March, and the good news is that it’ll air on HDNet.
Headlining the show will be ex-UFC fighter Matt Horwich who takes on former Strikeforce middleweight contender Danilo Villefort. There’s also a rematch between heavy-hitting strikers Houston Alexander Vs James Irvin to look forward to.
Saturday 19th March – UFC 128: Shogun Vs Jones
The following Saturday sees the center-piece of the UFC’s March schedule as a major light-heavyweight title fight between Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Jon Jones takes place in the main event of UFC 128.
That fight alone is worth the price of admission, but with a stacked card featuring Urijah Faber Vs Eddie Wineland, Mirko Cro Cop Vs Brendan Schaub and Nate Marquardt Vs Yoshihiro Akiyama to name but a few, a good time is guaranteed.
Friday 25th March – Titan FC 17 – Lashley Vs Jack
on Friday 25th another MMA promotion to keep an eye on, Titan FC holds their 17th event which airs live on HDNet.
Top of the bill for this one is the return of ex-WWE star Bobby Lashley against Bobby Jack, while new signing, former UFC star Phil Baroni makes his debut against Nick Nolte (no, not the film star!).
Saturday 26th March – UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira Vs Davis
The last major event of the month comes at a particularly well put together Fight Night 24 card which will air live on Spike TV.
An intriguing 205lb tilt between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis, plus a potentially explosive Dan Hardy Vs Anthony Johnson showdown at welterweight are amongst the goodies on offer here.
Saturday 26th March – The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Premiere
Immediately following UFN 24 comes the season 13 premiere of The Ultimate Fighter which is sure to be grabbing plenty of headlines thanks to the inclusion of Brock Lesnar as a team coach opposite Junior Dos Santos.
And that rounds up the month’s MMA action. Enjoy the fights!
Major MMA Events in March 2011 At A Glance:
- 3rd March – UFC On Versus 3: Sanchez Vs Kampmann
- 5th March – Strikeforce: Henderson Vs Feijao
- 5th March – Bellator 35 (Season Premiere)
- 11th March – Shark Fights 14: Horwich Vs Villefort
- 12th March – Bellator 36
- 19th March – UFC 128: Shogun Vs Jones
- 19th March – Bellator 37
- 25th March – Titan FC 17 – Lashley Vs Jack
- 26th March – UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira Vs Davis
- 26th March – The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Premiere
- 26th March – Bellator 38