We’ve got two huge cards on this weekend from Bellator and the UFC, both broadcasting from Texas… lucky Texan MMA fans… We can catch Bellator 161 live Saturday, 17th September Australian time. The Bellator 161 maincard should start around 11am, Sydney time. UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Johnson can be viewed in Australia on Sunday, 18th September, the main card is set to start around midday. The cards from both organisations feature some exciting matchups, with some of the best in MMA set to display their skills.
Bellator 161 is headlined by heavyweights Tony Johnson and Cheick Kongo. Both men are highly skilled athletes; both have faced and defeated some of the best in the game. Johnson is on a roll having recently defeated Raphael Butler and the former champion, Alexander Volkov. Though it is fair to say that Kongo is a more well rounded mixed martial artist than Johnson’s previous two opponents, Johnson believes he will have a distinct advantage when it comes to cardio. A victory over Kongo would surely propel Johnson towards the vacant Heavyweight belt.
The main event is set! @kongo4real vs @HulkJohnson tomorrow night in @spike #Bellator161 pic.twitter.com/DP1HS2EBZ6
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) September 15, 2016
At the age of 39, Joe Warren will go up against Sirwan Kakai in the co-main event. Warren, a Greco-Roman world champion wrestler, has lost two of his last three, after going on a five-fight win streak. Occupying the gatekeeper role in the bantamweight division, Warren has the pleasure of meeting the Swedish athlete for his second bout under the Bellator banner.
Earlier in the evening, Veta Arteaga will face the Russian Muay Thai champion, Anastasia Yankova. Despite being a well versed in Muay Thai, Yankova has won all of her three MMA fights by submission. However, Arteaga is a purple belt and should have the advantage on the ground. Having already shown her skills in striking and now showing off a developing ground game, we’re sure that Yankova has a long future ahead of her in MMA.
Cheick Kongo vs. Tony Johnson – Heavyweight
Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Warren – Bantamweight
Veta Arteaga vs. Anastasia Yankov – Women’s Flyweight
Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan – Lightweight
Kenya Miranda vs. Emily Ducote – Women’s Flyweight
Mark Dickman vs. Daniel Pineda – Featherweight
Tommy Burghart vs. Armando Villareal – Bantamweight
Nick Gonzalez vs. Warren Stewart – Lightweight
Deuce King vs. Rey Trujillo – Featherweight
Matt Mazurek vs. Jose Guerra – Featherweight
Garrett Scott vs. Waylon Brunstrup – Welterweight
Sean Clements vs. Jonathan Taylor – Featherweight
UFC Fight Night Poirier vs Johnson is headlined, as the name of the event suggest, by Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson, two lightweight contenders who are pushing their way to the top. Both men are highly skilled, technical athletes. This fight should be utter madness.
“Since the move from featherweight to lightweight, I feel rejuvenated.” @DustinPoirier #UFCHidalgo https://t.co/0V3KUIvHIF
— UFC (@ufc) September 15, 2016
Urhiah Hall will go up against Derek Brunson in the co-main event. Like most MMA fans, we’re excited to see Hall back in the octagon. Despite giving us glimpses of his potential throughout The Ultimate Fighter, Hall has struggled to solidify his position in the middleweight division. His opponent, Brunson, has won four in a row, but if Hall has his head in the right space by the time the fight starts, Brunson will definitely have his hands full.
Evan Dunham will meet Rick Glenn at the centre of the octagon. Dunham is a well-known name on the UFC roster and is on a three fight win streak. Glenn’s last loss was back in 2010. We’ll have to wait and see if he can maintain that winning record in the UFC.
Alejandro Perez was originally meant to face Manvel Gamburyan on this card. Gamburyan had to pull out due to undisclosed personal reasons, so Albert Morales has stepped up to take his place. Due to the change in personnel, this fight was moved to the Fight Pass Prelims.
Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson – Lightweight
Uriah Hall vs Dereck Brunson – Middleweight
Evan Dunham vs Rick Glenn – Lightweight
Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson – Welterweight
Chris Wade vs. Islam Makhachev – Lightweight
Maximo Blanco vs. Chas Skelly – Featherweight
Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia – Featherweight
Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad – Welterweight
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Leonardo Augusto Leleco
Joey Gomez vs. Jose Quinonez – Bantamweight
Fight Pass Prelims
Randy Brown vs. Erick Montano – Welterweight
Albert Morales vs. Alejandro Perez – Bantamweight