While UFC Is Done, MMA Action Is Still To Be Had In 2020
While Bellator MMA closed up shop earlier, the UFC put the finishing touches on its last card this past weekend.
However, we still have some live MMA action to look forward to before completely turning the page from 2020 to 2021.
ONE Championship: Collision Course II is set for December 25 with Rizin FF 26 to hold its annual card the following week.
The next UFC event is scheduled for January 16 with Max Holloway squaring off against Calvin Kattar.
ONE Championship 125: Collision Course II
Streaming on B/R Live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, a tape-delayed ONE Championship 125: Collision Course II will take place December 25.
In the main event, Jamal Yusupov squares off against Samy Sana in a battle of top Muay Thai fighters.
The co-main event will see Dae Hwan Kim take on former ONE flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov.
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Other bouts include Momotaro vs. Walter Goncalves, Amir Khan vs. Dae Sung Park, Raimond Magomedaliev vs. Edson Marques and Senzo Ikeda vs. Liang Hui.
Jamal Yusupov Vs. Samy Sana: The Road To ONE: Collision Course II
The main event of ONE: Collision Course II features a pivotal featherweight Muay Thai fight between #2-ranked Jamal Yusupov and #4-ranked Samy Sana! Ahead of this elite striking showdown, relive their roads to ONE Championship’s final event of the year, including both of their upset victories over Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.
Rizin FF 26
Set to go down over New Year’s Eve from the Saitama Super Arena, Kai Asakura and Kyoji Horiguchi square off for the bantamweight title at Rizin FF 26.
Asakura enters as the reigning champion, as the 27-year-old claimed the belt earlier this year with a victory over Hiromasa Ougikubo. He bested Horiguchi back in 2019 in a non-title fight.
That was the last fight for Horiguchi, who won the inaugural belt in 2018 with a victory over Darrion Caldwell. An injury forced him to vacate it, along with the Bellator bantamweight title he won vs. Caldwell in 2019.
In the co-main event, Ayaka Hamasaki and Miyuu Yamamoto collide for the vacant super atomweight women’s title.
Some of the other planned fights include Hideo Tokoro vs. Shinobu Ota, Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Tsuyoshi Sudario and Ulka Sasaki vs. Kenta Takizawa.
Typically, these event features many non-Japanese fighters, but with COVID-19 concerns, it is loaded with local talent.