Despite having less weeks than January – and fewer days – February is shaping up to be another strong month in the world of MMA.
And that’s even with the losses of bouts like Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort, Douglas Lima-Paul Daley, Rashad Evans-Glover Teixeira, Ronaldo Souza-Yoel Romero, Matt Brown-Tarec Saffiedine and others.
After taking this upcoming weekend off in terms of the main promotions, we amp up heavily starting February 12 with World Series of Fighting: Moraes vs. Hill. That kick-starts a three-event stretch over three days, rolling right into four more cards to close out the month.
Here’s a look at what’s coming up in February:
World Series of Fighting: Moraes vs. Hill/February 12
Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will defend his title against Josh Hill from Canada, looking to extend his win streak to nine. The youngster hasn’t lost since signing with the WSOF, including wins over Cody Bollinger, Josh Rettinghouse, Tyson Nam and Miguel Torres.
Other announced bouts include Chris Gruetzemacher-Antonio Carvalho, Shane Campbell-Brandt Dewsbery and Hakeem Dawodu-Tristan Johnson.
Bellator 133: Shlemenko vs. Manhoef/February 13
Former middleweight kingpin Alexander Shlemenko will try to stop a Bellator losing streak when he takes on knockout artist Melvin Manhoef. Shlemenko lost to Tito Ortiz and Brandon Halsey, but earned a win over Yasubey Enomoto in his native home of Russia.
Another former champion, Pat Curran, returns vs. Daniel Weichel, while the female featherweight division features Julia Budd and Gabrielle Holloway.
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch/February 14
From Matt Brown-Tarec Saffiedine to Brandon Thatch-Stephen Thomson to Benson Henderson-Thatch; that’s what the UFC Fight Night 60 main even train has consisted of.
Henderson, a former lightweight champion, will compete as a welterweight vs. the 12-1 Thatch.
The card also features Max Holloway-Cole Miller, Neil Magny looking to continue off a red-hot 2014 vs. Kiichi Kunimoto and the likes of Ray Borg, Nik Lentz and Zach Makovsky.
UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Bigfoot/February 22
The UFC heads to Brazil with a heavyweight main event between Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Both veterans are in need of a win, and both have excellent finishing skills.
Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson should bring the crowd to a fever-pitch in a lightweight contest, while Brazilians will fill many of the other holes in the lineup.