3 Fights You Don’t Want to Miss Before the End of August

Image via sports.yahoo.com

Image via sports.yahoo.com

By Matt Juul

Sadly, August is coming to a close, meaning that the warm weather and fun of summer will soon be over as well.

Luckily for mixed martial arts fans, there are plenty of exciting fights happening at the end of the month to take your mind off of the coming change of seasons.

Here are three fights you don’t want to miss before the end of August.

1. UFC 164: Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis II

As Anthony Pettis’ foot bounced off the cage, landing square of Benson Henderson’s jaw, the MMA world collectively lost its mind on Dec. of 2010 when “Showtime’s” fifth round kick emphatically won him the decision, as well as the WEC lightweight crown.

The overplayed highlight reel kick has long shadowed Henderson since his loss to Pettis at WEC 53, despite amassing a perfect record inside the Octagon and winning a shiny, new  UFC belt. “Smooth” will have a chance to erase this memory when he takes on “Showtime” again, this time in Pettis’ backyard of Milwaukee when the UFC comes to town for UFC 164 on Aug. 31.

As one of the biggest rematches in lightweight history, this fight will surely bring fireworks as these two fighters will look to prove who the real top dog at 155 is.

2. UFC Fight Night 27: Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann II

Another exciting rematch to help close out August, this battle of welterweight contenders has Fight of the Night written all over it.

Condit and Kampmann first faced each other in 2009, with “The Hitman” taking the close split decision victory against “The Natural Born Killer” durin his Octagon debut.

Following the loss, Condit went 5-0 en route to the interim welterweight title. However, the now former champ is 0-2 in his last two fight, dropping decisions to champ Georges St-Pierre and top contender Johny Hendricks.

Kampmann has gone 5-4 since his first fight with Condit, recently suffering a brutal KO loss to Hendricks at UFC 154.

As both men look to get back in the win column, expect these two strikers to look to make a statement when the take each other on again at UFC Fight Night 27.

3. UFC 164: Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier

As two of the featherweight division’s most exciting prospects, the UFC 164 battle between Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier will be a fight that diehard MMA fans definitely can’t miss.

Prior to his recent loss to Ricardo Lamas, Koch was on a nice hot streak, winning four in a row over the likes of Raphael Assuncao and Jonathan Brookins.

Poirier, despite recently losing a tough decision to Cub Swanson, has also proven to be a force in the featherweight division, highlighted by his Fight of the Year winning bout opposite Chan Sung Jung as well as his Submission of the Night winning victory over Max Holloway.

Both fighters are known for their willingness to leave it all in the Octagon, so this fight should be a great back and forth battle that could determine the next rising contender at 145.

Leave a Reply