Schedule of MMA Major Events for 2013

Schedule of MMA Major Events for 2013 -- Your line up of events and activities for this year must have been all-plotted out but, for the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) followers, fans and enthusiasts out there, you got to take special note of these MMA major events in the coming weeks and months.

Thursday, Jan. 17 - Bellator 85
Mixed Martial Arts Poster and ArtworkThis will be conducted at The Bren Center in Irvine, California and will be on Spike TV. The main cards are the following: 1) Michael Chandler vs. Rick Hawn (for Bellator lightweight title) 2) Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire (for Bellator featherweight title) 3) Renato Sobral vs. Mikhail Zayats (light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal)

Saturday, Jan. 19 - UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping
To be held the Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil and it will be on FX. The main cards are: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bispin, C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafia, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares

Thursday, Jan. 24 - Bellator 86
Bellator 86 will be happening at The WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahom. The event will be on Spike TV with the main cards as follows: 1) Ben Askren vs. Karl Amoussou (for Bellator welterweight title) 2) Muhammed Lawal vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala (light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal) 3) Brent Weedman vs. Marius Zaromskis (welterweight tournament quarterfinal)
and 4) Ben Saunders vs. Koffi Adzitso (welterweight tournament quarterfinal)

Saturday, Jan. 26 - UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
This will be at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The main cards for this are the following: 1) Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson (for UFC flyweight title) 2) Quinton Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira 3) Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis 4) Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas
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Thursday, Jan. 31 -  Bellator 87
To be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; On Spike. The main bouts are the ff: Guillaume DeLorenzi vs. Patricky Freire (lightweight tournament quarterfinal), Thiago Michel vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (lightweight tournament quarterfinal), David Rickels vs. Lloyd Woodard (lightweight tournament quarterfinal)

Saturday, Feb. 2 - UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
This could be one of the UFC events that you have been waiting for - Jose Aldo takes on Frankie Edgar for the UFC featherweight title. This will be at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Main bouts are listed as: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (for UFC featherweight title), Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueir, Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva, Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia and Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall

Thursday, Feb. 7 - Bellator 88
The place would be the Arena at Gwinnet Center in Duluth, Georgi. Open via Spike TV. The main cards are:
Maiquel Falcao vs. Alexander Shlemenko (for Bellator middleweight title)

Thursday, Feb. 14 - Bellator 89
To be conducted at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina and will be on Spike TV. The main-card bouts are Eduardo Dantas vs. Marcos Galvao (for Bellator bantamweight title) *More fights to be announced

Saturday, Feb. 16 - UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald
Venue: Wembley Arena in London, England
Television: FUEL TV
Main-card bouts: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald (for interim UFC bantamweight title)
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa
Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna
Justin Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Bellator 90
Venue will be The Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah via Spike TV.
Main-card bouts: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez (for Season 7 featherweight tournament championship) *More fights to be announced

Saturday, Feb. 23 - UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Watch this live at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California or online via Y! Sports PPV
Main-card bouts: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche (for UFC women's bantamweight title), Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida, Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar, Manny Gamburyan vs. Chad Mendes

Thursday, Feb. 28 - Bellator 91
Get the chance to watch this live at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico or through Spike TV. Main-card bouts: Attila Vegh vs. Christian M'Pumbu (for Bellator light heavyweight title)
*More fights to be announced

Saturday, March 2 - UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Perhaps one of the grand events you've been waiting for - The Axe Murderer gets to fight Brian Stann. This will be held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and will be online via FUEL TV. Main-card bouts: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve, Takanoir Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez, Siya Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim, Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares *All cards subject to change. TBD - To be determined

I will be tuning in for some of the events in the schedule listed above. Particularly on UFC on Fox 7 with Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping, this one one explosive match up to see on the octagon. Bisping has been looking for a break to get a title match and I guess this is one of his tickets to get to that vision.

Saturday on Feb. 2 for UFC 156 with Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the main card is also a thing to watch out. These guys will surely make a fight full of surprises and twists. Aldo with his devastating speed will be facing Edgar's drive to self redemption, coming from his previous defeat.

Then comes the card for UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche, where two lady MMA fighters will face each other for one great battle. Well, honestly I want to see former champs Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida for their sort of a come back fight.

Lastly, I want to how will The Axe Murderer Wanderlei Silva deal with Brian Stann on March 2 (Sat) during the UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann event.

There you go for one jam-packed MMA Major events schedule for the early months of 2013. Let's see who takes home the belts. Should I be given the chance, time and resources to watch all of the above-mentioned MMA fights, it would be one great urban sports events to keep in my sports watch jar.

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