Although the first MMA event of March has already been completed, there are still plenty of great bouts and events to look forward to this month. With Bellator’s return last friday, the UFC planning three more events, and WSOF 9 later this month, there is a ton of MMA action coming your way. In total, there are eight more major MMA events in the month of March.
In six of the upcoming eight events, the main event is a title bout. All four Bellator cards this month are headlined by title fights that should not be missed. UFC 171 is headlined by the Welterweight title bout between Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler. WSOF 9 is headlined by the Welterweight title bout between Rousimar Palhares and Steve Carl. All of the aforementioned fights will be left out of the list due to the fact that they should all be watched.
Since most fight fans do not have the time to catch every single fight from every single event, I will run down the five can not miss fights of March.
5. David Rickels vs Patricky Freire
This fight has all the makings of a fight of the year candidate. The fight will be one of the opening bouts of Bellator’s Season 10 Lightweight tournament at Bellator 113. Besides for Rickels hilarious out of cage ‘caveman’ persona, he is one of the most exciting fighters in Bellator. A former title challenger, Rickels always leaves it all inside the cage. With his penchant for finishing fights, Rickels is not a fighter to miss.
Freire, better known as ‘Pitbull’, is another lighting rod fighter for Bellator. Pitbull’s fights are all over Bellator’s highlight reels, and for good reason. Most of the time, either him or his opponent is going to sleep. The matchup with Rickels is a perfect fit for both their styles and is almost certainly going to be a barnburner.
4. Diego Sanchez vs Myles Jury
Diego Sanchez is one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters and characters in the history of the organization. From his stint on the original Ultimate Fighter, to classic bouts against Clay Guida and Gilbert Melendez, Sanchez has continually left fans jaws agape in amazement. There are few fighters that can match Diego’s intensity and willingness to eat a shot to give a shot. Sanchez never provides a boring fight, and this bout with Jury should be no different.
Myles Jury has won four straight since coming off of TUF Live. Jury has produced some fantastic highlights with his KO victory over Ramsey Nijem, and his guillotine choke over Chris Saunders. Jury is 13-0 in his career, and this fight is a big test for him to see if he can handle the pressure and intensity that Diego Sanchez brings. If Jury is able to defeat Sanchez, expect him to quickly move up the UFC Lightweight ranks.
Former training partners turned heated rivals? Yes please. Both men have an affinity for knocking out their opponents in highlight reel fashion and plan to keep the trend going this Saturday. Add in the fact that they both talked their fair amount of trash beforehand, and we have a war coming to us this weekend.
2. Dan Henderson vs Shogun Rua
Many consider their first bout to be the greatest MMA fight in history. Back at UFC 139, Henderson and Shogun threw down in a wild five round affair that saw both men bloodied, bruised, and almost beaten many a times. While both men have certainly hit the latter part of their careers, the two legends can absolutely still throw down. If this fight is even one iota of the greatness of their first bout, it will be worth watching.
1. Carlos Condit vs Tyron Woodley
Forget all four other bouts on this list; this is the can not miss fight of March. Carlos Condit is undoubtedly one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today. No matter the situation, Condit is fighting and looking to defeat his opponent. Condit is one of the most active fighters in the UFC, and is a technical masterpiece on the feet. Simply put: do not ever miss a Carlos Condit fight.
His opponent, Tyron Woodley, has bursted onto the scene since joining the UFC back in 2013. Once a fighter seemingly destined to point fighting, Woodley unleashed a new found KO power in his two UFC victories over Jay Hieron and Josh Koscheck. Woodley promises to keep the highlights coming, and he will certainly have his hands full when he takes on Condit later this month.