4 non-UFC events to keep your eyes on this month

These are four non-UFC events to watch in February.

The UFC isn’t the only game in town this February. While Bellator is still on their mini-hiatus at the moment, other companies like LFA and ONE Championship are helping fill MMA fans with the missing fights they desire.

While the UFC is posting huge fights in their own right for the month of February, not everyone is a fan of the UFC, and others just want some variety. That’s what these four shows offer fans, a different taste of the MMA landscape.

All four of these events are available for fans in the United States and don’t require much work to get them.

Here are four non-UFC cards to watch in February

ONE Championship: Unbreakable 3 (Feb. 5)

ONE Championship is also back with their next major offering with Unbreakable III. As far as name-value goes, Nong Stamp, aka Stamp Fairtex is the biggest headliner. She’s 5-0 in her MMA career, and 9-2 in her pro fighting career. Already a former ONE women’s atomweight kickboxing champion, the 23-year-old is arguably their biggest draw in the women’s division with Angela Lee out due to her pregnancy. Stamp is one of many Fairtex-brand fighters who are making waves in the Asian MMA promotion, but Stamp may just be the best of them. She’s got a tough task in 12-4 Ukraine fighter, Alyona Rassohyna, who is 7-2 in her last nine fights.

The card also features Japanese fighter Shoko Sato, who casual fans will really love. He’s 35-16 and loves to stand and fight with his opponents, wracking up 18 KO/TKOs. There’s also a battle with heavyweight prospects with undefeated South Korea fighter Ji Won Kang, and his opponent, the 4-2 Iranian Mehdi Barghi.

This is the only card on this list to not be on the UFC Fight Pass service. You can watch it on B/R Live, YouTube, Twitter, or a few other options.

BKFC 16: KnuckleMania (Feb. 5)

Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant makes her bare-knuckle debut against Britain Hart in the main event of BKFC 16: KnuckleMania. For many, the appeal is the extremely marketable VanZant making her debut in a promotion that is seen as a bit more brutal than your more common combat sports promotions.

If VanZant isn’t enough to get you in, former UFC fighter Chris Leben is also on the card taking on Quentin Henry in his last bare-knuckle fight, and the vacant BKFC lightweight championship is on the line as Johnny Bedford takes on Dat Nguyen in the semi-main.

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it might be yours. You can watch it on BKFC’s streaming website.

The Golden Cage 3 (Feb. 6)

Golden Cage is an Italian debuting on the UFC Fight Pass service this month. The headlining bout for the card features two up-and-coming Italian rivals, Leonardo “Puppy” Damiani and Marco Saccaro, who both have just two-losses to their name. They’re competing for the promotions vacant welterweight championship. This is a rematch two and a half years in the making, as both men fought at Italian Cage Fighting 7 in 2018.

The rest of the card looks interesting, albeit with little-known fighters. Undefeated welterweight prospects Franc Agallius and Wisem Hammami will look to give one another someone’s first loss. There’s also another vacant title fight between undefeated fighters’ Michele Baiano and Nizar Ben Amara. The winner walks away with the women’s featherweight championship.

LFA 100 (Feb. 18)

Legacy Fighting Alliance will host two shows this month, both on the UFC Fight Pass, with LFA 99 and LFA 100. While LFA 99 has it’s own reasons to tune in, mostly being the light heavyweight title fight involving prospect Fabio Cherant taking on Myron Dennis, the pick is LFA 100 just due to the main event alone. For the vacant LFA flyweight championship, Victor Altamiran will take on Carlos Mota in a fight that should be a fast place blitz of violence. The other reason to watch LFA 100 (among the many others) is for the man with the greatest name in all of fighting history, Here Dudes.

That’s it. That’s all the reason you need.

Published at Mon, 01 Feb 2021 22:22:55 +0000

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