Are you a hardcore MMA fan like me? Well, you've come to the right place. Every week I'll let you know exactly where to find the best MMA on TV.
This week (March 19 - March 25) there are 3 solid live MMA cards on TV. Most MMA fans know UFC fighters, but I know exactly where you can find up and coming phenoms that are a thrill to watch in other promotions as well.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19th
LIVE on HDnet: XFC 10, Night of Champions - I really enjoyed watching all 4 Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) live cards last year on the HDnet channel. The HDnet production crew are as good as it gets, which means if feels like your inside the cage! And this one which will air live in Tampa, Florida looks like the best one yet.
Former UFC fighter Junior Assuncao faces John Mahlow are featured in the lightweight title bout. “I’m just exited to be fighting again…if it goes five rounds its going to be a good test for me,” Assuncao said about his upcoming bout against Mahlow. “Mahlow is a good fighter and I’m sure he is going to give me a good fight.” Coming off a three-fight-win streak will no doubt give Assuncao significant momentum.
Undefeated Jason “The Ironman” Wood squares off with reigning XFC featherweight champion “Wild Card” Jarrod Card for the title. Champ Jarrod Card has beaten multiple WEC veterans, and was only the second fighter to beat the very tough, durable, and experienced Jeff Bedard. What's cool about HDnet is that they usually show every fight on the card.
One of the fighters I'm most excited to see again is 23 year old Christopher "Beast Boy" Barnett. Not even in the UFC, have I seen a heavyweight move like the dynamic Beast Boy. At 265 lbs, he moves like a 150lb olympic gymnast/boxer/wrestler! You just have to see this kid move around - it’s shocking. The "Beast Boy" will fight Xtreme Couture's Jay White. Here's the entire XFC 10 fight card (a live 3 hour broadcast.)
Friday March 19th
On HDnet: "Inside MMA" features guests Dan Henderson who will fight Jake Shields for the Strikeforce Middleweight belt on April 17th on CBS, Mike Straka who is the host of "Fighting Words with Mike Straka" which premieres on HDNet on 3/26, and Donovan Craig, the Editor in Chief of Fight! Magazine. I never miss this one hour MMA news show because they always have the hottest names in MMA. I've seen GSP, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, Urijah Faber, Randy Couture and the list goes on and on.
SUNDAY, MARCH 21st
LIVE on Versus: UFC on Versus 1 - Two of the most dynamic light heavyweights in the game clash, when Muay Thai ace Brandon “The Truth” Vera takes on dangerous 22-year-old Jon “Bones” Jones at the 1ST Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo. Also promised to be broadcast is Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello, and Alessio Sakara vs. James Irvin (a live 2 hour broadcast.) These fighters are well known, so I won't go into detail.
MONDAY, MARCH 22nd
LIVE on HDNet: DREAM 13. All seven fights will be televised live from Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan on HDNet at 3AM EST. DREAM fights are true events and are a blast to watch in HD. The DREAM Featherweight Title on the line with Champ Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandez (ranked #4 in the world) vs. Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen who is dropping down to this weight class for the first time.
Former EliteXC champ K.J. Noons who recently signed with Strikeforce after taking an MMA sabbatical to compete in pro boxing, takes his first fight in nearly two years when he meets Andre Dida. This card also features Josh "The Babyfaced Assassin" Barnett who will fight Siala "Mighty Mo" Siligia. The always fascinating Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa, or as some call him Minowa-Man, will fight Jimmy "The Titan" Ambriz.
It is sure to be an action packed card filled with exciting fights from top to bottom. Here is much more on the entire Dream 13 card (a live 4.5 hour broadcast!)