The MMA world really starts to heat up in March with most of the major MMA promotions delivering big shows in the coming month.
Friday, March 3rd: Bellator 174 – Coenen Vs Budd
Where: Oklahoma, USA
It all begins with Bellator 174 on Friday night as former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen headlines against Julia Budd in the promotions first ever woman’s featherweight title fight.
Meanwhile, the co-main event features former TUF winner Kendall Grove going up against another ex-UFC fighter Mike Rhodes.
Saturday, March 4th: UFC 209 – Woodley Vs Thompson II
Where: Las Vegas, USA
UFC 209 brings not one, but two major title fights to pay-per-view, with a welterweight title rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson headlining, while Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson battle it out for the interim lightweight title in the co-main event.
Other notable fights on the main card include Rashad Evans middleweight debut against Dan Kelly and a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.
Saturday, March 11th: UFC Fight Night 106 – Belfort Vs Gastelum
Where: Fortaleza, Brazil
A week later the Octagon makes it’s way to Brazil for UFC Fight Night 106, fronted by a middleweight bout between one of the division’s elder statesmen, Vitor Belfort and one of the rising stars looking to establish himself in the weight class, Kelvin Gastelum.
Also on deck for this one is a co-main event featuring Edson Barboza Vs Beneil Dariush, plus Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua Vs Gian Villante, Francisco Trinaldo Vs Kevin Lee and a rematch between Tim Means and Alex Oliveira.
Saturday, March 18th: UFC Fight Night 107 – Manuwa Vs Anderson
Where: London, England
The UFC returns to the UK on March 18th for a card headlined by 205lb top 10 contenders Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson.
The show also includes Brad Pickett’s retirement fight against Enrique Briones in the co-main event, plus Joe Duffy Vs Reza Madadi.
Saturday, March 18th: WSOF 35 – Ivanov Vs Jordan
Where: New York, USA
WSOF host their first event of the year on the same night with their heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov facing off against ex-UFC fighter Shawn Jordan in the main event.
Lance Palmer Vs Andre Harrison is also scheduled for the event in New York.
Saturday, March 25th: Invicta FC 22 – Evinger Vs Kunitskaya II
Where: Kansas City, USA
Tanya Evinger Vs Yana Kunitskaya’s first bantamweight title fight ended in a controversial ‘no contest’ ruling back in November, so they are set to go at it again in the main event of Invicta FC 22.
Also look out for atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki moving up to strawweight to compete against former titleholder Livia Renata Souza in the co-feature.
Friday, March 31st: Bellator 175 – Rampage Vs King Mo II
Where: Illinois, USA
Bellator round off the month with a big event that sees Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson heading into a second battle with his rival Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal after controversially winning by unanimous decision the last time they fought in 2014.
Other fights are yet to be confirmed for the show in Illinois.