Another Great (PPV-less) Weekend of MMA!

With the UFC still on it’s “summer vacation” three promotions are stepping up this weekend to fill the gap with quality match-ups and what should be an exciting weekend of fighting!

Friday brings Strikeforce Challengers 17 to Showtime, while HD-Net has Legacy Fighting Championships 7. Saturday marks the return of Bellator (finally!) on MTV2 with it’s 47th event.

Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling 3

Friday marks the first time Strikeforce has had an event in Las Vegas (coincidentally after Zuffa acquired them…) and looks to be a great event.

Main Card fighter Bobby Voelker’s got his own version of the “Voelker Rule”: Speculate all you want before the bout, but come fight time, he’s gonna knock you out! (Had to throw one in for the political junkies!)

This is the “rubber match” between these two: Voelker lost a decision to Bowling in mid-2010, then returned five months later to knock Bowling out, handing him Bowling’s only professional defeat. This should be a solid fight!

The card is strong. Along with Voelker vs. Bowling, we get to see Devin Cole take on Shawn Jordan, Joe Cason vs. Ovince St-Preux, Liz Carmouche face Sarah Kaufman and Adlan Amegov fight Ron Stallings, all on Showtime.

Legacy Fighting Championships 7

Also Friday, HD-Net presents Legacy Fighting Championships 7, from Houston, Texas. Strikeforce-vet Carlo Prater takes on UFC Veteran Cameron Dollar in the Main Event, their co-main event is a title bout (featherweight) and the undercard is just as impressive. Legacy has been around for about four years, and the Houston-based promotion has been consistently putting on exciting events that will benefit from HD-Net’s wide audience.

Bellator 47

Bellator’s Summer Series returns to MTV2 Saturday, with both featherweight tourney semi-finals: Pat Curren vs. Ronnie Mann and Nazareno Malegarie vs. Marlon Sandro. Both fights promise to be explosive. Winners face each other for the right to face belt-holder Joe Warren.

Honestly, I would love to see any one of these four battling Warren. Based on the strength of these two bouts alone this looks like an awesome night of fights!

Add to that Heavyweights Neil Grove vs. Zak Jensen and Lightweights Chris Horodecki vs. Chris Saunders, in addition to any of the undercard bouts that makes it’s way to MTV2 because of an early end to any (possibly all?) of the matches, and it should make for quite the event.

I would normally ask you to excuse my enthusiasm, but when you’ve got a weekend this strong in MMA action, I am a very enthusiastic fan!