MMA: Brock Lesnar and 10 Fights You Have To Watch In October

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2010

MMA: Brock Lesnar and 10 Fights You Have To Watch In October

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    The month of October is approaching and September is coming to an end.

    In the next month there will be some great MMA action from both the USA and Japan.

    Whether you like the small shows, or the big shows, Bleacher Report's Andrew Gladstone has got you covered in what promises to be a solid month for exciting MMA action.

    These are the top 10 fights MMA fans must tune into in October.

Strikeforce Challengers 11: Bobby Voelker Vs. Roger Bowling 2

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    Event Date: 10/22/10

    Broadcast: Live on Showtime at 11:00 p.m. ET

    At Strikeforce Challengers 11, two exciting welterweight prospects will square off once again as Roger Bowling (8-0) takes on Bobby Voelker (22-8).

    The first fight was incredibly action packed as Bowling came out guns blazing and tried to finish Voelker every chance he had.  

    After the third round started and Bowling came out a bit slower, Voelker looked to be showing signs of life in the fight and then Bowling was accidently poked in the eye and the fight went to the score cards with Bowling getting the win.

    Voelker is known for coming forward and pressing the action, and like I said, so is Bowling.  I expect in this rematch to be fireworks as soon as the opening bell sounds.

Sengoku Raiden Championships 15: Maximo Blanco Vs. Leonardo Santos

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    Event Date: 10/30/10

    Broadcast: Live On HDNet at 3:00 a.m. ET

    One fight MMA fans can't surely miss is when lightweights Maximo Blanco (6-2-1) squares off against Leonardo Santos (8-3) at Sengoku Raiden Championships 15.

    Leonardo Santos is a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and poses some interesting threats for the Venezuelan fighter.

    Blanco is reminiscent of a young more athletic Wanderlei Silva and will go balls to the walls in every fight, but also Blanco has a tremendous wrestling background that we never see.

UFC 120: John Hathaway Vs. Mike Pyle

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    Event Date: 10/16/10

    Broadcast: Will air via tape-delay on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET

    UFC welterweights John "The Hitman" Hathaway (14-0) and Mike "Quicksand" Pyle (19-7-1) will do battle to see which fighter can put himself one step closer to the welterweight elites.

    Hathaway vs. Pyle is such an intriguing match up of styles, because you have a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist and a kickboxer in Pyle against a sound wrestler and incredibly solid striker as evident in Hathaway's fight against Diego Sanchez.

    I don't see how this fight doesn't end up exciting as Mike Pyle has shown in the past how he's a very gritty fighter and doesn't mind getting hit.

    Hathaway is constantly improving and is easily one of the best fighters not ranked in the top 10.

Strikeforce Diaz Vs. Noons 2: Gesias Cavalcante Vs. Josh Thomson

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    Event Date: 10/9/10

    Broadcast: Live on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET

    Former two-time K-1 Heros tournament champion Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (15-3-1) and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (17-3) will do battle as both fighters are looking for a future showdown with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.

    The fight promises to be a barn burner, as Cavalcante is finally fighting without injuries and is recently coming off a split decision win over the current DEEP lightweight champion Katsunori Kikuno at DREAM 15.

    Both men have proven to be solid wrestlers, are both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts, and they both have shown in the past they're quality strikers.

    To me this is about as even a fight as you can get and I tip my hat to Strikeforce for making such an excellent match.

UFC 120: Dan Hardy Vs. Carlos Condit

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    Event Date: 10/16/10

    Broadcast: Will air via tape-delay on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET

    Top 10 welterweight Dan Hardy (23-7) is looking to get himself back towards a title shot after losing to current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

    As for Carlos Condit (25-5), Condit is riding high off a win over Rory MacDonald and is looking to get back into the top 10.

    Both fighters only know how to go one direction and that's how to go forward.

    However long this fight goes, one thing is for sure, the odds are the fight will be very exciting as both fighters will go for broke in any place the fight goes.

Bellator 34: Hector Lombard Vs. Alexander Shlemenko

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    Event Date: 10/28/10

    Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports Net at 8:00 p.m. ET

    On October 28th, Hector Lombard (26-2-1) will defend his Bellator middleweight championship against Bellator season 2 middleweight winner Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko (30-4).

    While many observers are predicting an absolute mugging, Shlemenko is a very durable, gritty fighter, that is hard to put away.

    Shlemenko is a very solid striker and the more Lombard stands with Shlemenko the more the fight will be incredibly exciting.  

UFC 121: Paulo Thiago Vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Event Date: 10/23/10

    Broadcast: Live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00 p.m. ET

    In what guarantees to be a "fight of the night" candidate Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez (21-4) will meet Paulo Thiago (13-2) in the welterweight division.

    Both fighters love to swing for big punches and have are known for their strong grappling games.

    I believe that since Sanchez and Thiago are coming off losses, they both will come out incredibly strong and determined in this fight and put on one hell of a show.


UFC 121: Brock Lesnar Vs. Cain Velasquez

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    Event Date: 10/23/10

    Broadcast: Live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00 p.m. ET

    Every MMA fan from the casual observer to the hard-core fans will have their eyes on Brock Lesnar (5-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (8-0) for UFC 121.  

    The fight is bound to cause headlines worldwide as Lesnar's name is huge in the mixed martial arts community, but for me it's just another great potential fight to watch.

    Will the UFC crown the first Mexican heavyweight champion?  Who really knows?

    I believe that this fight won't go the distance no matter who wins, but I'll definitely be sure to tune in.

Strikeforce: Nick Diaz Vs. K.J. Noons 2

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    Event Date: 10/9/10

    Broadcast: Live on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET

    Nick Diaz (22-7) will finally meet K.J. Noons (10-2) in a rematch three years in the making, when Diaz will defend his Strikeforce welterweight title against Noons.

    The two already fought in the defunct Elite XC promotion, where Noons managed to defeat Diaz via cut.

    Since their first matchup, Diaz has shown tremendous improvement in his boxing and Noons took some time off and competed in boxing.

    Win or lose, Diaz only knows one way how to fight and that's to go forward with everything he's got and Noons will undoubtedly engage Diaz on the feet.

    Either way this fight goes, I believe the fans will get their money's worth as this fight promises to be spectacular.  

Bellator 33: Eddie Alvarez Vs. Roger Huerta

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    Event Date: 10/21/10

    Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports Net at 8:00 p.m. ET

    Some people might think I'm off my rocker by putting a Bellator fight at #1, especially since Brock Lesnar is on here, however it's hard to imagine that this fight won't be incredibly exciting.

    Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (20-2) will meet former UFC fighter Roger "El Matador" Huerta (21-4-1) in a three round Superfight.

    There's no way this fight doesn't end up with Alvarez and Huerta swinging wide punches at each other until someone goes down.