Juliana Velasquez

Yes, many consider Saturday and Sunday the official weekend, but in the MMA world, we like to throw Friday in there. That gives us quite the action-packed stretch here with UFC, Bellator and Combate Global cards all on deck.

The UFC will feature a fun lightweight showdown between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises, but Bellator kicks things off with an interesting lineup on Friday night.

Live on Showtime, Juliana Velasquez defends her flyweight belt against kickboxing sensation Denise Kielholtz. 

Yes, inside the cage, Velasquez has an advantage. But Kielholtz holds quite the resume and should present a challenge to the reigning titleholder.

But that’s not all.

Tyrell Fortune looks to make a name for himself in the heavyweight division when he collides with Matt Mitrione. We also get Arlene Blencowe against Dayana Silva and a fun bantamweight match that will see Matheus Mattos take on Cee Jay Hamilton.

Sure, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier might be in the past – at least for now – but that does not mean the MMA world stops spinning and moving forward.

Along with UFC, Bellator and Combate Global events, LFA will air two live cards from Brazil on UFC Fight Pass and KSW hosts a card as well.