Outside of all this news involving failed drug tests for steroids and marijuana, the MMA world does have something to look forward to: a plethora of incredible fights on the horizon.
Starting next Thursday night, seven events put on by the UFC, Bellator MMA and World Series of Fighting will hit the airwaves before the month is out.
That’s a lot of action.
So, to break it down a little bit, here’s a look at five of the best fights on deck. We’ll also do a post on five under-the-radar bouts to pay attention to, as well.
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano for the UFC female bantamweight title/UFC 184
Can Cat Zingano solve the mystery that is Ronda Rousey? Or will the former U.S. Olympic medalist secure yet another victory over an unbeaten challenger?
That will be answered on February 28 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Zingano has an impressive resume, securing All-American status four times and a national wrestling title at the collegiate level, but former Rousey foe Sara McMann was an Olympic winner in wrestling and she didn’t stand a chance.
There seems to be something special around “Rowdy,” a certain aura that follows her. Between filming movie roles, she was able to beat Miesha Tate, McMann and Alexis Davis.
Emanuel Newton vs. Liam McGeary for the Bellator light heavyweight title/Bellator 134
Like Zingano, Liam McGeary presents a stiff challenge to Emanuel Newton on paper. The British fighter is unbeaten and coming off six consecutive finishes inside the Bellator cage to earn his shot at the belt.
McGeary is tall, athletic and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Newton counters with an impressive win streak of his own that includes victories over Linton Vassell, Joey Beltran, Atilla Vegh and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal – twice.