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Now that the UFC 205 madness (greatness) is over, the MMA world is given a much needed rest this coming weekend...


There are actually four cards, so get ready.

Invicta FC kicks off the weekend madness with two title fights in Kansas City, then the UFC is holding TWO (yes two) UFC Fight Night cards on Saturday, and Bellator is holding one massive card on Saturday night.

Here are 9 fights you cannot miss this weekend.

Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler - Bellator 165

Former UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson is looking to nab his third belt, this time under the Bellator banner, when he faces the current champion, Michael Chandler. This will be Henderson's second chance at a Bellator belt (the first was at welterweight, where he lost to Andrey Koreshkov), and he's looking to take one home with him this time.

Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi - UFC Fight Night Belfast

You can't sleep on this fight. Uriah Hall is an animal (remember that spinning back kick that nearly killed his opponent on TUF), and Mousasi is on a three-fight win streak. In fact, his last loss came at the hands of none other than - Uriah Hall.

This gon' be goooood.

Thomas Almeida vs. Albert Morales - UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo

The co-main event at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo is going to be a bloodbath, mark my words. Did anyone see Albert Morales' UFC debut? It was BRUTAL. He impressed enough to be given a co-main slot for only his second fight, and against a phenomenal vet like Thomas Almeida. I'm getting SO pumped for this one.

Ian McCall vs Neil Seery - UFC Fight Night Belfast

Will Ian McCall FINALLY get to fight? His last two fights were scrapped due to issues with his opponents. The poor guy just wants to throw hands! Can you imagine all the pent up aggression he probably has stored inside from those two failed bouts?

The other reason this fight is so special is that it will be Seery's last. The Irish veteran of 28 fights over the last 11 years has decided to hang up his gloves after this bout, adding some extra nostalgia and emotion to what is bound to be a scrap for the ages.

Ryan Bader vs Antonio Noguiera - UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo

The main event for the UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo card is a couple of beasts. Bader is coming off a win over Ilir Latifi and thinks he's one away from the next title shot. Noguiera is coming off a first round TKO over Patrick Cummins at UFC 198. Either way, this fight is going down to Chinatown (Did I just say that?).

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Tonya Evinger vs. Yana Kunitskaya - Invicta

The last time Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger fought, she puked and then kissed cageside reporter, Laura Sanko squarely on the mouth. Evinger fights are always off the wall, and I'm sure this one will be no different. Watch as she defends her belt against Yana Kunitskaya, who is making her Invicta FC debut.

Michael Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez - Bellator

Michael "Venom" Page literally crushed a man's skull during his last fight.

'Nuff said.

Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson vs Aaron Hamilton - Bellator

This will be Kimbo Slice's son's third attempt at an MMA debut. His previous two bouts were cancelled due to injury and weight issues. Finally, he looks to ACTUALLY be making the debut we have been anxiously awaiting.

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Angela Hill vs. Kaline Medeiros - Invicta

Angela Hill captured the Invicta strawweight title from previously undefeated Livia Renata Souza and looks to make her first title defense on Friday. She's set to face Kaline Medeiros, who is on a five fight win streak stemming from her fights in NEF, Bellator, LFC and two previous Invicta appearances.


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