It's March Madness in the mixed martial arts world. This month is filled with title fights and other intriguing matchups everywhere you look. A mix of familiar names and promising contenders are eager to prove their worth. Don't dare miss these must see fights in March:
Anthony Pettis vs Rafael dos Anjos
Pettis, the reigning lightweight champion, has rarely fought in the last few years due to injury. That's a shame because when he's healthy, he puts on a great show and dominates his opponents. Rafael dos Anjos isn't as flashy but he gets the job done through sheer grit. Will Pettis add another knockout to his already long highlight reel or will dos Anjos shock everyone with a win? Find out in UFC185.
Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Ronda Rousey has raised the profile of women in the MMA and now others are following in her footsteps. Carla Esparza was a former Invicta FC champion, TUF20 final winner, and current holder of the UFC strawweight belt. On March 14, she is set to defend her title against the hardy Joanna Jedrzejczyk who had just won against Claudia Gadelha.
Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown
Hendricks has tangled with Robbie Lawler is his past two fights with both ending in close decisions. A trilogy would be fitting but fans will have to wait a little longer as Lawler is unavailable. Still, all Hendricks matches are filled with fireworks and worth watching no matter who is at the opposite side of the ring. In this case, the opponent is Matt Brown, another fighter who likes to go all-out on the Octagon.
Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson
Overeem and Nelson are two veterans who have faced significant setbacks in their career. "Big Country" Nelson may not have an intimidating physique but he is capable of devastating knockouts, while Overeem has impressive strike and takedown accuracy. Both are on the path towards redemption and will try to score a big win to show that they still belong in the UFC.
Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino
WSOF19 is set to entertain fans on March 28 with a lightweight title bout as the main event. The young and undefeated belt-holder Gaethje has already beaten respectable veterans like Nick Newell and Melvin Guillard. Palomino has more experience winning 23 matches in his career but he has also lost 9. The champion is expected to win but he will have to work for it against a game challenger.
Joe Warren vs. Marcos Galvao
Bellator MMA is showcasing the bantamweight title defense of Joe Warren on March 27. Warren is coming off a great win over Eduardo Dantas and is looking to cement his legacy as a great MMA fighter. Galvao is a familiar opponent as the two have already tangled back in 2011 and the Brazilian is eager to avenge his loss.
Adriano Moraes vs. Asuka Mikami
One FC is set to ignite Kuala Lumpur on March 13 with a full card headlined by a flyweight title defense. Adriano Moraes is a BJJ black belt while Asuka Mikami is an underground fighter. The clash of styles alone makes this an intriguing fight.