Many MMA fans are eagerly anticipating next weeks Rousey vs Holm fight, but this weekend produced some exciting fights of its own.
The action started with Bellator 145 "Vengeance." Heavyweight Bobby Lashley avenged his last loss to James Thompson via TKO at :54 of round 1. Former Lightweight champion Michael Chandler defeated David Rickels for the second time, this time by way of TKO at 3:05 of round 2. In the first of two title fights, "Ill" Will Brooks successfully defended his Lightweight belt despite popping his knee out in round 1. Brooks won via unanimous decision over Marcin Held. In the main event, Daniel Straus won the Featherweight strap by unanimous decision from Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, a man who previously defeated him twice.
At RFA 32 Lightweight Landon Vannata took out Chad Curry with a TKO (elbows) of Chad Curry at 1:29 of round 1. In the main event, Bantamweight Leandro Higo defeated Melvin Blumer via TKO at 2:58 of round 1.
Finishing off the weekend was UFC Fight Night 77. Bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida remained undefeated with a vicious KO over Anthony Birchak at 4:24 of round 1. Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira got back on track with a TKO victory against Patrick Cummins at 1:12 of round 2. In the main event Middleweight Vitor Belfort won the rubber match against Dan Henderson with a first round KO (head kick, punches). The stoppage came at 2:07 of round 2.
UFC on FOX 18, which takes place on Jan 30, got its headlining fight. Light Heavyweights Ryan "Darth" Bader and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will meet in what is most likely a number one contenders match.
GLORY kickboxing has found a new home on ESPN platforms. GLORY - which was formerly partnered with Spike TV - signed a broadcast deal with ESPN.
Bellator veteran Brett Cooper has retired from MMA.
Rizin FC, an affiliate of Bellator, has announced more plans for their inaugural event on New Years Eve. A fight between Gabi Garcia and Lady Tapa will take place as well as Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal competing in a Light Heavyweight grand prix.
Bellator announced that a fight between legendary Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock will headline Bellator 149. The co-main event will consist of a match-up between Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000. Weights have not been set yet.