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What’s “Can’t-Miss” This Weekend?

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We have quite the weekend fill of MMA on tap, as the UFC, Bellator, WSOF and even ONE Championship all present live action for our viewing pleasure.

Things get started Friday night with Bellator 146, followed by WSOF 25 later that evening. On Saturday, ONE Championship heads to China, while UFC Fight Night 78 completes things that event.

So, what can you ill-afford to miss? Well, glad you asked.

Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef/Bellator 146

To say fireworks should be in order for the main event would be an understatement.

Kato enters having either finished or been finished in all of his pro fights, while Manhoef owns 27 career KOs to his credit – and has even been finished four more times via strikes.

To put is mildly, there is no chance this one goes the distance.

Honorable mention goes to Bubba Jenkins-Jordan Parsons, as the winner could make a claim to be on the verge of title contender in the featherweight division.

Luis Palomino vs. Mike Ricci/WSOF 25

I’m doing a little bit of forecasting here, but Palomino and Ricci are on opposite sides of the bracket and one would think the odds-on favorites to reach the tournament finals.

But this is a one-night event and anything can happen.

If it’s Palomino and Ricci, a solid back-and-forth affair could be in order, as both men are strong in all facets of the game. Fatigue, though, could play a huge part in what goes down.

Honorable mention for Jason High-Estevan Payan, as these two veterans of many battles lock horns.

Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov for the undisputed ONE featherweight title/ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions

Just a few short weeks ago, Narantungalag and Gafurov were scheduled to collide. Visa issues, though, kept the champion from making it into the country and Gafurov earned the interim title.

The 39-year-old Narantungalag has scored victories over Koji Oishi and Honorio Banario in his last two fights, but will be competing for the first time since August 2014. Gafurov is 2-0 this year, having submitted Martin Nguyen and Ev Ting.

Honorable mention to the second title fight on the card, as Adriano Moraes defends his flyweight title against Kairat Akhmetov.

Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga/UFC Fight Night 78

A future flyweight title shot likely goes to the winner between Cejudo and Formiga, and what an interesting clash of styles we are getting.

Cejudo, of course, is a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling who is also a highly-skilled boxer. Formiga holds black belts in BJJ and judo, and owns eight submission wins to his credit.

Since joining the UFC, Cejudo has earned three decisions, while Formiga’s only losses are to Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson.

Honorable mention for both Kelvin Gastelum-Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez-Ricardo Lamas. Gastelum needs to make weight and have a good showing, while Sanchez is also under the gun.

As always, FightLine will have all the latest news and results involving these cards.

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