…kinda like this young lady.
You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been in one of those month-long lulls between UFC events, but in case you forgot, the drought ends with “UFC 133: Stanky Leg vs Cracked Skull” this weekend. Watching former “unbeatable” destroyers get knocked face-down/ass-up the other night tided us over, but it was a bit rough getting through those few weeks before with nothing but Strikeforce Challengers, a rather meh Bellator show, and the likes of Titan Fighting Championships to satiate our bloodlust.
Well before you resort to alcohol/drug binges and/or snuffing hookers to entertain yourself (presuming you don’t already do that regardless), take solace in the fact that we’ve got a shitload of MMA coming down the pipe in the next few months. There’s already 12 UFC events scheduled between now and mid-December, and while we’ll have to suffer through a couple 3-week gaps, there’s also an epic run of 4 weekends in a row. Not to mention that we get title fights in ALL SEVEN of the UFC’s weight classes… barring injuries, of course. Throw in some Strikeforce shows, Bellator’s next season, plus all the minor-league stuff sprinkled in, and at times there’ll be more MMA than you can shake a little-gloved fist at.
Check out my current exhaustive schedule for the coming months after the jump. Events under the “big three” U.S. promotions (plus DREAM) are shown in bold, the rest are upper-minor-league shows that I figure are probably worth watching and/or will probably be aired on HDNet or some such. Of course your opinion of what’s worth watching can and most likely will differ.
Which cards will rock your eyeballs off and which will suck bowl-fulls of unwashed dicks? Who will hold the UFC belts come 2012? Which matches will fall prey to the dreaded Gypsy Curse? Will Strikeforce wrap up its heavyweight GP by the end of the year, and who will reign supreme? Will Dana finally replace Chandella Powell with Kenda Perez? Fuck man, I dunno… I just work here.
Aug 05 – Tachi Palace Fights 10 (flyweight & featherweight title fights)
Aug 06 – UFC 133: Evans vs Ortiz 2
Aug 12 – Strikeforce Challengers 18: Gurgel vs Duarte
Aug 14 – UFC Live 5: Hardy vs Lytle
Aug 20 – Bellator 48: FW Summer Series Final (plus HW title)
Aug 20 – Shark Fights 18
Aug 27 – UFC 134: Silva vs Okami (MW title)
Sep 10 – Strikeforce: HW GP Semifinals (plus MW title)
Sep 10 – Bellator 49: Season 5 WW Quarterfinals
Sep 10 – BAMMA 7: Watson vs Trigg (MW and LW titles)
Sep 10 – Shark Fights 19
Sep 16 – Legacy Fighting Championship 8 (hey, it’s got Pete Spratt)
Sep 17 – UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs Ellenberger
Sep 17 – Bellator 50: Season 5 MW Quarterfinals
Sep 23 – Strikeforce Challengers 19?
Sep 23 – Titan Fighting Championship 20
Sep 24 – UFC 135: Bones vs Rampage (LHW title)
Sep 24 – Bellator 51: Season 5 BW Quarterfinals
Sep 24 – DREAM 17: Bantamweight GP
Sep 30 – Shark Fights 20
Oct 01 – UFC Live 6: Cruz vs Mighty Mouse (BW title)
Oct 01 – Bellator 52
Oct 07 – Titan Fighting Championship 21
Oct 08 – UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 (LW and FW titles)
Oct 08 – Bellator 53 (presumably)
Oct 14 – Maximum Fighting Championship 31: McKee vs Cobb (LW title)
Oct 15 – Bellator 54: Alvarez vs Chandler (LW title)
Oct 15 – Shark Fights 21
Oct 29 – UFC 137: GSP vs Diaz (WW title)
Nov 03 – Tachi Palace Fights 11
Nov 04 – Shark Fights 22
Nov 05 – UFC 138: Leben vs Munoz
Nov 19 – UFC 139: Velasquez vs Dos Santos (HW title)
Nov 19 – Bellator 55?
Dec 03 – UFC TUF 14 Finale: Bisping vs Mayhem
Dec 03 – Shark Fights 23
Dec 09 – Titan Fighting Championship 22
Dec 10 – UFC 140?
Note: In typical Strikeforce fashion, they have yet to book anything past next month, but I have to presume they’ll have at least a couple more shows coming.