It’s not just the UFC or Bellator that will be putting on fights this weekend, as GFL.tv is back with a slew of MMA events featuring some notable bouts. There are a number of quality matchups on the slate, but here are the top five fights for you to check out, all of which take place on Saturday, only on GFL.tv.
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Two-time UFC veteran Wendell Oliveira looks to get a second-straight win on the regional circuit when he takes on Gilmar Manaus in a welterweight bout at Immortal FC 5, which takes place at Max Rosenmann Sport and Leisure Center in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, Parana, Brazil.
Oliveira won 18 of 19 fights to get signed to the UFC, but he suffered two-straight knockout losses to Santiago Ponzinibbio and Darren Till before he was cut. He then lost his first fight on the regional circuit to Antonio Trocoli, leading to a three-fight losing streak in the process, but bounced back with a knockout win over Paulo Henrique Teodoro de Oliveira, and another win over Manaus is necessary if he ever wants to make it back to UFC.
Manaus has fought many popular fighters out of Brazil during his career including the likes of UFC veterans Iliarde Santos, Leandro Silva, Elias Silverio, Ronys Torres and Joao Zeferino, but he’s been used more as a gatekeeper in his career. At 31, he’s finally put together a nice little two fight win streak and a win over Oliveira, yet another UFC veteran, might finally be what he needs to get called up to the big show.
With Oliveira owning 10 stoppage wins in his career and Manaus holding 19 finishes himself, there is a good chance someone gets a victory in this fight in devastating fashion and possibly gets a shot in the UFC on a Brazil card later this year.
Two prospects will battle as Callum Gaghan takes on Onur Caglar in a lightweight fight at Almighty FC 2, which takes place at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, England. Neither fighter has much in the way of professional experience, but both fighters have solid potential in the sport.
Since turning pro in 2015, Gaghan has went an impressive 3-0 with three finishes. He is well versed in both the ground and standup games, and trains out of the HAMMA Academy of MMA in Liverpool. He is a solid prospect and he’s just getting what could be a potentially very good career started.
As for Caglar, he’s 1-1 as a pro after having recently returned to the pro ranks following a multi-year absence, picking up a win via submission in his debut. He trains under UFC veteran Danny “The Cheesecake Assassin” Mitchell so expect him, like his coach, to go after all sorts of crazy submissions in this bout against Gaghan, a fight that is vital for both fighters to win at this point of their respective careers.
Two bantamweight prospects fight each other as Robert Walker Jr. takes on Joe Pegg at IT Fight Series 45, which goes down at Action Sports Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Walker has been a pro for nearly a decade but he has taken long stretches of absences during his career which is why he only has seven pro fights. He was recently supposed to fight Nick Pace in Ring of Combat but the fight was scrapped and when he takes on Pegg this weekend, it will be Walker’s first pro MMA fight in nearly four years.
Pegg, on the other hand, has been a pro for five years and was quickly moving up through the regional circuit bantamweight rankings until getting knocked out by Sergio Pettis in 2013. He has floundered since then and hasn’t been able to get on a win streak, but he has the potential to finish fights and that experience against Pettis will come in handy when he fights Walker.
Matt Doerflinger takes on Tyler Lowe at Cagezilla FC 8 at Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn, Virginia in a welterweight contest. The catch? This isn’t an actual MMA fight, but rather a Boonchu Cup style match, which is a type of fight invented by the great John Wayne Parr in Australia. Basically, it’s a Muay Thai fight but with MMA gloves and it takes place in a cage instead of a ring. It’s the only non-MMA match on this list, but it’s a really interesting concept, and it should be a fun fight to watch.
5. Kenny Gaudreau (6-5) vs. Ralph Johnson (9-18) at Fire & Ice Fighting Championships 3: Blood and Honor
Titan FC veteran Kenny Gaudreau returns to the cage for the first time since losing to veteran Micah Miller in Titan when he takes on journeyman Ralph Johnson in a welterweight bout at Fire & Ice FC 3, which takes place at Body Renew Fitness & Family Sports Center in Winchester, Virginia.
Both of these fighters often finish their fights or get finished themselves, which leads to a poor record but also exciting fights. Neither of these fighters is going to be making the UFC anytime soon, but both men are capable of putting on a fun fight for the fans, which is exactly what this fight is likely to be. Considering the way these two guys fight, it’s very likely someone gets finished in the first round.