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The UFC is back in action live and FREE with their triple platform selection spanned across Facebook, FUEL TV and FX with two prelim fights making the Facebook viewing, six on the FUEL TV portion and four main card bouts rounding out the night on FX.
Its a solid card from top to bottom with things getting kicked off on Facebook in a fight featuring Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson. We also see notables on the FUEL TV prelim segment such as Jermey Stephens, Shane Roller, Bart Palaszewski and Danny Castillo to name a few. Then at 8pm ET. the main card features Josh Neer vs Justin Edwards, John Dodson vs Jussier Formiga in a number 1 contender fight. Also Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron and in the main event Travis Browne vs Antonio Silva in a fight that could catapult one man up the heavyweight rankings.
Watch the video below to witness the intense stair down that happened today between Travis Browne and Antonio Silva at the weigh ins.
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Also Friday night Bellator 75 is kicking things off in their latest heavyweight tournament. The main card features four heavyweight bouts that are sure to shake the foundation of The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond Ind.
We will finally see the rivalry between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos put to rest after a no contest in their first match and Santos handing over a shot at now retired champ Cole Conrad after missing weight following a motorcycle accident before their second bout.
Also we see former Strikeforce vet Brett Rogers make his Bellator debut after recent run ins with the law that left many wondering if his professional fighting days were over.
Also featured on the main card will be two fighters that saw time in the UFC when Mike Wessel takes on Richard Hale and Vinicius Queiroz goes toe to toe with Mark Holata. The card is broadcast live on MTV 2 in the U.S.A. and prelims stream live at www.spike.com
Now if that wasn’t enough to keep you going for a weekend your in luck cause that only covers Friday night. We still have two more great cards coming our way on Saturday in the forms of Invicta FC 3 and One FC 6: Rise Of Kings.
Invicta FC puts on what is sure to be another amazing night of fights to follow up their first two cards that left us begging for more. If you are a fan of MMA and haven’t taken the time to watch the women of Invicta throw down you are truly missing out.
The card streams live and free on their website www.invictafc.com and is capped off with a 105lb championship main event featuring Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama. Penne comes in sporting a record of 9-1 with her only defeat coming to current Bellator 125lb champ Zoila Gurgel. Opposite Penne stands Japanese star Sugiyama who puts her undefeated 8-0 record on the line in the bid for the title.
Also featured on the nights card is the likes of Shayna Baszler, Kaitlin Young, Tara LaRosa, Cat Zingano and Julia Budd. The women of Invicta FC always come to fight and this card is stacked and is sure to not disappoint, there will be fireworks top to bottom you won’t want to miss this one.
Finally Saturday we have the 6th card brought our way by the upstart Asian powerhouse One FC.
The nights battles are Asian heavy but also feature notables such as former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver who takes on Yanfei Zhao in the opening round of the One FC bantamweight tournament.
Melvin Manhoef who’s best known for his devestating knockouts takes on Ryo Kawamura. In the main event Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki who has seen time in North America for both Bellator and Strikeforce goes to battle against Arnaud Lepont.
The card streams live via online ppv at www.onefc.com for a cost of $9.99.
With three of four fights coming our way for free this weekend its set up to be a great time to get reacquainted with your favorite seat in front of the t.v. or computer or better yet both.
Contributing Writer ~ Shaun MacQuarrie