UFC 190 has come and past along with WSOF 22, which left a plethora of memories – both good and bad. Undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey knocked out outspoken challenger, Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged Antonio Rogerio “Lil Nog” Nogueira in an epic rematch and Rousimar Palhares became the first man to submit Jake Shields albeit with plenty of controversies.
With all the great fights that just happened, there’s still plenty left for the month. Here are rest of the most notable fights for the month of August:
5. Mizuki Inoue vs Emi Fujino III (Women’s Strawweight)
Deep – Jewels 9: Main Event (Aug 29)
Though not known to most MMA fans, Inoue and Fujino are two of Japan’s most prominent women fighters and are now set to scrap for the third time. Inoue is arguably Japan’s best prospect and only at 20 years old, she already has wins over UFC fighters Alex Chambers and Bec Rawlings. She has the poise and technicality of a fighter twice her age. Fujino is a pioneer who’s fought the likes of Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii. Both have already fought earlier and will meet for the third time in what would be a very technical kickboxing MMA fight.
4. Glover Teixeira vs Ovince Saint Preux (Light Heavyweight)
UFC Fight Night 73: Main Event (Aug 8)
A crossroads battle between two top ten UFC light heavyweights; Teixeira has looked worse for wear since his back-to-back losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis but still possesses some incredible boxing to be a perennial threat. Nashville’s own “OSP” has won six of his last seven and has finished five of them. He is coming off impressive knockouts of Patrick Cummins and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and looks to keep riding the hot streak. Teixeira and OSP will collide in a battle of heavy-handed strikers jockeying for a title shot in a newly wide open division.
3. Rick Story vs Erick Silva (Welterweight)
UFC Fight Night 74: Co-Main Event (Aug 23)
Originally scheduled two months ago for UFC Fight Night 70, visa issues forced Erick Silva to delay the fight to the UFC’s debut in Saskatoon, Canada. Silva and Story have been division mainstays and have put on countless barnburners. Silva has won all his fights in the first round thanks to his explosive attack while Story has gone the distance in back-and-forth brawls. Their contrast in styles will make for a very intriguing matchup as the winner could debut in the top ten of one of the deepest divisions in MMA.
2. Michael Johnson vs Beneil Dariush (Lightweight)
UFC Fight Night 73: Co-Main Event (Aug 8)
A collision course pitting two streaking lightweight fighters on the verge of a title shot; “The Menace”, Johnson and “Benny” Dariush have both won four in a row and have looked more impressive with each outing adding new wrinkles to their fighting games. On paper this is a striker (Johnson) versus grappler (Dariush) fight yet both are adept enough in the other category to make this highly competitive wherever it goes. An even fight that also has a high chance of a spectacular finish and a preview of a possible title fight in the future.
1. Max Holloway vs Charles Oliveira (Featherweight)
UFC Fight Night 74: Main Event (Aug 23)
Two of the UFC’s youngest and brightest prospects; that Holloway and Oliveira are only 23 and 25 and already ranked in the top 8 of a stacked division is remarkable. Holloway has won six in a row with his last loss coming to the current Interim UFC Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor while Oliveira has won four in a row after losing a competitive bout against former UFC Lightweight Champion, Frankie Edgar. With a title shot very close, expect the two young guns to be in their best form as they will put on what could be the month’s best fight.
Marlon Sandro vs Soo Chul Kim (Bantamweight) (RFC 25 – August 22)
Sean O’Connell vs Misha Cirkunov (Light Heavyweight) (UFC Fight Night 74 – August 23)
Raphael Butler vs Brent Primus (Heavyweight) (Bellator 141 – August 28)