With everything starting to open up around the world, MMA has been able to thrive once again. Especially regional MMA. Nowadays, there are so many options for fight fans to watch around the world thanks to UFC Fight Pass and various other streaming platforms.
This week alone, people can tune into ACA 126, SFT 27, LFA 111 & 112, KSW 62, Bellator 262, Combate Global, and another phenomenal UFC Fight Night, Saturday evening. With options, comes questions; so The Scrap decided to put together a new column — a one stop shop titled ‘3, 2, 1.’
Most weeks we will feature three fights to watch, two fighters to keep an eye on, and one regional card you can’t miss.
3 Fights to Watch
The fight with Law and Mackura will be a battle between two young undefeated prospects. The two fighters will meet at Bellator 262 on Friday night with a combined record of 4-0.
Law made his professional debut in October of last year, and is off to a fast start to his career with this being his fourth fight in his first calendar year of fighting. He’s a prospect to keep an eye on with a collegiate wrestling background. The American Top Team prospect is known to bring the excitement to whichever Bellator prelim card he’s on. Macuka on the other hand will fight for the first time since 2019. He went 1-0 as an amateur and was able to finish his pro debut in 36-seconds of the first round.
There’s no doubt this will be one to watch come fight night.
The UFC card this weekend marks the return of the formerly retired Miesha Tate. While UFC fans will welcome the return of a former champion, it will also be a farewell to Reneau who previously announced this fight would be the last of her MMA career.
Does the former UFC champion get it done in her return? Or does Reneau retire on top with a quality win on her resume? This will be an exciting fight to keep an eye on this Saturday night, which will take place in the co-main event.
The main event of LFA 111 features a banger oof a fight between two young Brazilian prospects. Rangel de Sá vs. Ismael Bonfim has potential to steal the show with the majority of U.S. fans potentially watching them for the first time on Friday night.
Rangel is only 24 years old, but haas a 10-1 record. Ismael on the other hand is 25 years old with a 14-3 record. With the Contender Series mainly highlighting international talent this upcoming season, you have to think there are major implications behind this lightweight headliner. Do not miss it!
2 Fighters to Watch
The newly crowned undefeated flyweight champion, Juliana Velasquez, has all eyes on her at Bellator 262. The 125-pound queen will look to make her first title defense after defeating Ilima-Lei Macfarlane back in December of last year via unanimous decision.
But she has a tough test ahead her in Bellator’s Kickboxing World Champion, Denise Kielholtz. Velasquez showed crisp striking and a solid well-rounded skill set last time out. But can she begin her reign on the right foot tonight? She’s a must watch.
After losing to Guram Kutateladze in his UFC debut, Mateusz Gamrot came back with a bang at UFC on ABC 2. Defeating the tough Scott Holtzman via TKO in the second round, Gamrot reminded fans why he is one to watch in the lightweight division.
But a tough veteran in Jeremy Stephens awaits the 18-1 prospect out of Poland. Do not miss his fight Saturday night, it has potential to be Fight of the Night.
1 Regional Card to Watch
Legacy Fighting Alliance 112
LFA 112 will feature a one-night welterweight tournament to crown a new LFA 170-pound champion. The UFC-feeder promotion will host the welterweight grand prix on their second fight card of the Brazilian double header weekend.
Being in Brazil, the card features Brazilian prospects hoping to show their skills and get their opportunity to showcase their talents on one of the biggest platforms possible.