March is going to be unusually quiet in terms of big MMA events with Zuffa owned promotions the UFC and Strikeforce going on something of a hiatus, but there are other avenues to get your mixed martial arts fix as you’ll see below.
Friday March 2nd: UFC On FX 2: Alves Vs Kampmann
Kicking off March’s MMA action we have the one and only UFC card of the month, ‘UFC On FX 2’ which comes live from Australia.
Headlining the show will be welterweights Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann, while the event is also notable for hosting the UFC’s first ever 125lb flyweight bouts via a four-man flyweight tournament featuring Joseph Benavidez Vs Yasuhiro Urushitani and Demetrious Johnson Vs Ian McCall.
Saturday March 3rd: Strikeforce: Tate Vs Rousey
Just a day later we have the only other Zuffa offering in March as Strikeforce returns with a heavily hyped woman’s 135lb title contest between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey taking on headline duties.
elsewhere on the card there’s a lightweight tussle between KJ Noons and Josh Thompson, plus the likes of ‘Jacare’ Souza, Paul Daley and Scott Smith also involved on the Showtime main card.
Friday March 9th / 16th / 23rd / 30th: The Ultimate Fighter: Live On FX
When we said there wasn’t much in the way of UFC events in March we weren’t quite telling the truth as March sees the launch of the new ‘Ultimate Fighter: Live’ show on FX which will bring us one live elimination fight every Friday night a long with alls the goings on from the house during that week.
The premiere on Friday, 9th March however will feature a special two hour show with 16 live fights to establish who will get onto the show.
Friday March 9th /16th / 23rd / 30th: Bellator Season 6 Premiere On MTV2
Also on the Friday, 9th March is the season 6 premiere of the Bellator Fighting Championships over on MTV2.
As with the new season of TUF, Bellator will now be running weekly on Friday night’s. The most notable card in March for them comes during the premiere with the featherweight title on the line as Joe Warren takes on Pat Curran, plus a new 145lb tournament will also be getting underway.
Saturday March 31st: ONE FC 3
The only other notable event on the schedule comes on the very last day of the month when up and coming Asian promotion ONE FC puts on it’s third show.
The full line-up isn’t available yet, but the promotion have just announced that Japanese star Tatsuya Kawajiri has just signed and will fight at the event, while Ole Laursen will face Eduard Folayang.
Major MMA Events in March 2012 At A Glance:
- March 2nd: UFC On FX 2: Alves Vs Kampmann
- March 3rd: Strikeforce: Tate Vs Rousey
- March 9th: The Ultimate Fighter: Live Premiere
- March 9th: Bellator 60 Premiere
- March 16th: The Ultimate Fighter: Live
- March 16th: Bellator 61
- March 23rd: The Ultimate Fighter: Live
- March 23rd: Bellator 62
- March 30th: The Ultimate Fighter: Live
- March 30th: Bellator 63
- March 31st: ONE FC 3