Here are five must-see fights that are taking place this weekend.
Legacy, Invicta FC, and the UFC are throwing down events this weekend. The fights are available on cable TV or UFC Fight Pass. Of those events, we’ve narrowed it down to five fights you absolutely cant’ miss.
Curtis Millender vs. Nick Barnes – LFA 30 Friday Night – AXS TV
Why do you need to see it? Curtis Millender is one of the best Welterweights you may not have seen. In his last fight, he faced the highly regarded Matthew Frincu and knocked him out in 38 seconds with a perfect head kick. Curtis enters this fight on a five-fight winning streak. He’s a fighter who generally puts on good fights, so this should be the same.
Nick Barnes only has two losses in his career, and they come against UFC level talent Brian Camozzi and Jesse Taylor. Barnes is a big fan of submissions and has a dangerous choke. This is a great fight between two Welterweights who will likely be in the UFC sooner rather than later.
Who’s going to win? At the end of the day, I feel Curtis Millender is one of the best at 170 not in the UFC. I think he wins, and in doing so finds his way into the UFC.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Pannie Kianzad – Invicta FC 27 – Saturday Night – FightPass
Why do you need to see it? Well, first things first, it’s Sarah Kaufman’s debut in Invicta and for that reason alone, it’s must-see. One of the elite women fighters in the sport, Sarah will fight for Invicta against the very entertaining Pannie Kianzad. Pannie has lost two in a row, but she’s still a very dangerous competitor. Ironically the fighter who both Kaufman and Kianzad both defeated last was UFC competitor Jessica Rose-Clark. The fact that Sarah Kaufman isn’t in the UFC is unbelievable. That said, she is going to be a great addition to Invita, which is my favorite promotion.
Who’s going to win? Sarah Kaufman is just too talented at this point and too well rounded I think for Pannie. I expect Sarah Kaufman to get the win.
Michael Johnson vs. Darren Elkins – UFC Fight Night 124 – Sunday Night – Fox Sports 1
Why do you need to see it? Michael Johnson is coming off of the fight of the year against Justin Gaethje and making his Featherweight debut. Darren Elkins is a fighter who will always show up ready to go. He doesn’t have boring fights and he’ll find a willing partner in violence in Johnson. This fight should be a blast from start to finish and is my favorite to earn Fight of the Night honors. Elkins has won five in a row and could really elevate himself with a win here.
Who’s going to win? This is a tough one. I expect this to be a firefight and either fighter is capable of stopping the other. We don’t know how Michael Johnson will look at Featherweight, and for that reason, I’m going with Darren Elkins with a late round TKO.
Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek – UFC Fight Pass 124 – Sunday Night – Fox Sports 1
Why do you need to see it? Usman has won ten fights in a row, and it seems as if nobody wants to face him in the Octagon. He’s a beast, and he has been on an absolute tear. These two were supposed to meet at UFC 219, but visa issues kept Meek from fighting. Meek has won four in a row, and in the fight, prior to his UFC debut, he beat Rousimar Palhares. These are both tough young fighters, the winner will likely be cemented in the top ten of the division.
Who’s going to win? Love this fight, but I think Usman is too good and too strong for Meek.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi – UFC Fight Pass 124 – Sunday Night – Fox Sports 1
Why do you need to see it? Well, it’s easy really, Jeremy Stephens and The Korean SuperBoy are fighting, and that’s all you need to know. Choi showed his heart and ability when he fought Cub Swanson in what was the war of 2016. Jeremy Stephens is a remarkably heavy-handed boxer who can end the fight with either hand, at any time.
Choi is 3-1 since coming to the UFC and won all three via first-round finishes. Jeremy Stephens has dynamite in his hands so basically, someone is getting knocked out Saturday night. You don’t want to miss it.
Who’s going to win? I don’t know. If I have to choose, I’ll go with Doo Ho Choi because of his accurate hands.