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Friday Night (2.16.18) MMA & Kickboxing Preview



After two relatively quiet weekends of combat sports, we have an absolute MONSTER this weekend, and it all starts tonight. If you haven’t already checked out my Bellator 194 preview — you can dig into that right here. For the rest of the top flight regional MMA and kickboxing — continue reading below!

LFA 33

The Bomb Factory
Dallas, Texas
9 p.m. ET (AXS TV)

MMA’s top regional promotion heads back to one of their strongholds in Dallas, Texas with two undefeated welterweights battle in the main event, as Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series vet and former marine Kyle Stewart (7-0) battles Memphis’ Jaleel Willis (8-0). Another DWTNCS vet Alonzo Meinfeld (5-0) continues his progression, facing Brice Coe (4-4), and Texas strawweight prospect Maycee Barber (2-0) faces Kalia Thompson (0-1).

But the big news maker on this card will be disgraced former NFL All Pro and Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy having his third amateur fight against somebody called Ryan Chester. I don’t believe it’s being televised or streamed, but you’ll hear about Saturday morning no matter what…

Titan FC 48

Watsco Civic Center
Coral Gables, Florida
7 p.m. ET (UFC Fight Pass)

Despite being in the MMA heavy state of Florida and having the most awesome title belts of any company in MMA, I don’t usually include Titan FC cards on these previews, but you should definitely watch this Friday as they will feature one of the top prospects in all of MMA as Chicago’s Jose “Shorty” Torres, the Titan FC flyweight AND bantamweight champion, will defend his 135 title against Columbia’s Alberto Orellano (3-2). If you have Fight Pass, he is well worth the watch…

Glory 50

UIC Pavilion
Chicago, Illinois
Prelims — 8:30 pm ET (UFC Fight Pass), Main Card — 10 pm ET (ESPN3)

The premier kickboxing organization returns to America with a card that includes two title fights and a four-man heavyweight tournament. The main event features Dutch sensation Murthel Groenhart (65-23-3, 37 KOs, 10-6 Glory) defending his Glory welterweight title Harut Grigorian (55-11, 32 KOs, 5-2 Glory), who won a welterweight contender tournament last August in Chicago. This is the third time those two have met in Glory, with Groenhart winning both matches by knockout (the first one was particularly crazy).

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