This coming Fight Weekend October 12-13 (local time) brings us as many as seven international kickboxing and MMA events held across the World. The roster includes three WKN shows in Europe and South America, the next edition of GLORY Kickboxing taking place in Germany, the return of Bellator to Italy, UFC Tampa and a highly anticipated ONE Championship event in Japan.
The World Kickboxing Network hosts two back to back events on Saturday, October 12. The organisation returns to Latvia with LNK Fight Night 13 held in Riga. The event features a mixed fight-bill comprising kickboxing, boxing and MMA. The fight card is headlined by Ricards Bolotniks (14-5-1, 14 KO) up against Sergei Ekimov (18-0, 9 KO) in the contest for WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title. Also on the card Daniil Vesnenoks (9-2) and Davide Di Deo (5-1) battle it out for WKN European Featherweight MMA title. In addition, Andrejs Podusovs (16-11-1, 5 KO) faces Vahram Vardanyan (19-1-1, 13 KO) in defense of his IBA International Lightweight title.
Meanwhile, Germany accommodates 2. Wolgaster Kampfkunst-Gala in Wolgast. The event is headlined by WKN International Heavyweight title fight between heavyweights Daniel Alberti and Gennaro Micillo.
In the same time, GLORY Kickboxing presents its event No. 69 in Dusseldorf. The headline-bout features Marat Grigorian in defense of his lightweight title against Tyjani Beztati. Also on the card, Sarah Moussaddak takes on Christi Brereton at women’s bantamweight, and “Slovakian Giant” Tomas Mozny goes up against Antonio Plaziba at heavyweight. In addition, “Super Kick” sensation from Spain Antonio Campoy makes his promotional debut against River Daz of Australia.
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Also on the day, Bellator MMA presents a three-part fight card in Milan, Italy. The headliner of Bellator 230 features Rafael Carvalho (16-3) and Vadim Nemkov (10-2) battling it out at light heavyweight. Top of Bellator Milan is another contest at light heavyweight between Melvin Manhoef (31-14-1, 2 NC) and Yannick Bahati (9-4, 1 NC). The main event of Bellator Kickboxing 12 is a featherweight championship defense between the current titleholder Gabriel Varga (17-6) and challenger Cristian Faustino (31-11-2).
In addition, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presents UFC Fight Night 161 in Tampa, Florida. MMA event on ESPN+ is headlined by former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-3) in a battle against former Invicta FC Atomweight champion Michelle Waterson (17-6).
Sunday continues the series of WKN tournaments in South American capital of Kickboxing, Argentina. The event billed as Estrellas de Acero 4 takes place in San Pedro, Buenos Aires, featuring amateur bouts in kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA. The roster includes junior and adult competitors squaring off in their respective age and weight classes.
In conclusion, October 13 is also theday of the ONE Century event held in Tokyo, Japan. The two-part fight card comprises a total of 22 bouts, including 6 championships. Part 1 is headlined by Angela Lee in defense of her atomweight title against the reigning strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan. The co-main event is a final battle of the flyweight World Grand Prix between Demetrious Johnson and Danny Kingad. Also on the card “Muay Thai Barbie” Ekaterina Vandaryeva makes her ONE Championship debut against Janet Todd, and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev goes up against the current lightweight champion Christian Lee in the final of the division’s WGP.
ONE Century features 6 championship bouts among 22 matchups in 3 sports across 2 fight cards in 1 day – this Sunday in Tokyo ??
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) October 8, 2019
The second part of the bill features two-division champion Aung La N Sang in defense of his light heavyweight title against the reigning heavyweight champion Brandon Vera. Among other bouts, Giorgio Petrosyan and Samy Sana battle it out in the final of featherweight kickboxing World Grand Prix with $1,000,000 USD on the line, and newly-crowned flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon defends his title against Walter Goncalves.
An anticipated boxing bout on October 12 between former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and kickboxing legend Tyrone Spong fell off due to reported drug test failed by the latter, who denies using any PEDs. He was replaced by Chazz Witherspoon.
The seven-event scheduled for this coming Fight Weekend can be found below.
Fight Weekend: Seven-event schedule
LNK Fight Night 13 – Riga, Latvia
2. Wolgaster Kampfkunst-Gala – Wolgast, Germany
GLORY 69 – Dusseldorf, Germany
Bellator 230, Bellator Kickboxing 12 – Milan, Italy
UFC Fight Night 161: Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson – Tampa, FL, USA
Estrellas de Acero 4 – San Pedro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ONE Century – Tokyo, Japan