The UFC lead the charge in October with three events on tap that will provide no less than four title fights, and some of the best headliners of the year so far. On the other hand Strikeforce are a notable absentee from the month’s calender meaning that Bellator are the only other major promotion in action here.
Saturday, October 1st: UFC On Versus 6: Cruz Vs Johnson
October’s action begins this evening as the UFC bring their first ever title fight to Versus, with featherweight champion Dominick Cruz taking on Demetrious Johnson.
A solid four-fight main card also includes a heavyweight clash featuring the biggest height difference in UFC history (a full 12″) as Pat Barry goes up against the 6ft 11″ Dutchman Stefan Struve.
Saturday, October 8th: UFC 136: Edgar Vs Maynard 3
The following weekend’s UFC 136 event brings not one, but two major title fights. First off there’s the lightweight rematch between current champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, while featherweight belt holder Jose Aldo also takes on Kenny Florian.
If that wasn’t enough the main card also features a middleweight No.1 contenders bout between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann making this a must-see event.
Saturday October 15th: W-1 MMA 7: Gonzaga Vs Monson
October’s wild-card pick comes on a relatively quiet weekend in the middle of October as the Warrior-1 MMA promotion steps up with a heavyweight headliner welcoming back former UFC star Gabriel Gonzaga to MMA action against the well travelled veteran Jeff Monson.
Another long-time UFC campaigner Marcus Davis is also scheduled to fight against TUF 12 fighter Chuck O’ Neil.
October 29th: UFC 137: GSP Vs Condit
October rounds out on a high with another stacked fight card that’s headlined by dominant welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre’s latest title defense against Carlos Condit.
The co-main event is almost worthy of top-billing itself as former 155lb and 170lb champion BJ Penn squares off against the often controversial, but always entertaining former Strikeforce middleweight title holder Nick Diaz making this event the crown jewel on October’s calender.
Saturday, October 29th: Bellator 56
If that wasn’t enough Bellator are also set to deliver their most anticipated fight of the month as Ben Askren defends his welterweight title against Jay Heiron.
Further bouts are still to be confirmed at this time.
Major MMA Events In October 2011 At A Glance:
- October 1st: UFC On Versus 6: Cruz Vs Johnson
- October 1st: Bellator 52
- October 8th: UFC 136: Edgar Vs Maynard 3
- October 8th: Bellator 53
- October 15th: Bellator 54
- W-1 MMA 7: Gonzaga Vs Monson
- October 22nd: Bellator 55
- October 29th: UFC 137: GSP Vs Condit
- October 29th: Bellator 56