The next few months are jam packed with action from all the major MMA promotions and it all started this past weekend.
Legacy FC 54 saw undefeated Middleweight Andrew "The Sniper" Todhunter keep his streak alive with a first round rear naked choke of Even Thompson at 2:28. In the main event Rafael Lovato claimed the vacant Middleweight title by defeating Marcelo Nunes via TKO at 4:51 of round 2.
Bellator made its way back to the states for Bellator 153 after last weeks successful debut in Italy. Welterweight Evangelista Santos shocked opponent Brennan Ward with a heel hook coming at just :30 of round 1. Former Lightweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire took another step closer to regaining his title when he defeated Henry Corrales via guillotine at 4:09 of round 2. Welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov destroyed former UFC and WEC champion Benson Henderson in a five round assault that ended with a Koreshkov unanimous decision.
Two belts were on the line at UFC 197. But before that, Featherweight Yair "Pantera" Rodriguez knocked out Andre Fili at 2:15 of round 2, earning him a spot on the Sports Center top 10 in the process. Lightweight Edson Barboza earned an impressive unanimous decision win over fromer champion Anthony Pettis. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson successfully defended his Flyweight belt with a TKO of Henry Cejudo at 2:45 of round 1. In the main event Jon Jones made his return. Jones got past Ovince Saint Preux by way of unanimous decision, which got him the interim Light Heavyweight strap.
The wait is over. A rematch between Welterweights Josh Koscheck and Paul "Semtex" Daley has been booked as the co-main event for Bellator 158 in London.
All week long a confusing controversy with UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor has unfolded. The result of said controversy is that McGregor will no longer be fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 200.