While the UFC takes this weekend off, MMA fans will still be provided plenty of interesting action.
Starting Friday night with World Series of Fighting 23 and continuing through Saturday’s Bellator: Dynamite 1 and Titan FC 35 card, there will be more than enough cage warfare to go around.
Here’s a look at three key fights – one from each promotion and card to not play favorites – you simply cannot miss:
Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino went toe-to-toe for almost three full rounds back in March before the WSOF lightweight champion finished off his challenger.
Many have called it the best championship fight in promotion history, so officials were quick to book it a second time.
And while some fighters hate rematches, both Gaethje and Palomino have talked about wanting to re-create that same magic.
The unbeaten Gaethje has been a man on a mission since joining the WSOF, putting away Gesias Cavalcante, Brian Cobb, Dan Lauzon, Richard Patishnock, Nick Newell, Melvin Guillard and Palomino.
However, the Peru-native provided him with quite the battle early on. Palomino has scored wins in seven of his last 10 fights overall, including five knockouts.
As interesting as the one-night, four-fight light heavyweight tournament will be, seeing former UFC champion Tito Ortiz try to win Bellator gold takes the cake.
Ortiz, who has shared the cage with the best of the best ever in the sport, has won two straight since signing with Bellator. It appears as if the California fighter has found the fountain of youth, besting Stephan Bonnar and Alexander Shlemenko.
McGeary, meanwhile, showed his heart and determination when he was pushed to the distance for the first time in his 10-fight career this past February. The bout, though, netted McGeary the light heavyweight title, as he claimed a decision over Emanuel Newton.
Prior to that 25-minute battle, the 32-year-old has finished Kelly Anundson, Egidijus Valavicius, Mike Mucitelli, Najim Wall, Beau Tribolet and Anton Talamantes inside of the first round.
I can’t just forget to mention the special tourney, as Newton, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Linton Vassell and debuting Phil Davis compete for a shot at the winner of McGeary-Ortiz.
Pat Healy and Rick Hawn are veterans who are deserving of the Titan FC spotlight Saturday night, but featherweights Andre Harrison and Desmond Green are the two to be on the lookout for.
Harrison, the reigning Titan FC featherweight champion, trains out of the famed Bellmore Kickboxing Academy and has worked with the folks over at Serra-Longo, as well. He is a perfect 10-0 in his career, including recent decisions over Kurt Holobaugh and Cody Bollinger.
“The Bull” made a name for himself by taking on all challengers for Ring of Combat, where he made his pro debut for in 2011.
Green is a previous Titan FC titleholder who lost the belt via split decision to Holobaugh earlier this year. He rebounded with a knockout of Vincent Eazelle to get right back in contention.
Before signing with Titan FC, “The Predator” fought in Bellator, where he went 3-2, including wins over Mike Richman and Will Martinez.