Things are heating up in the month of March for MMA fans around the world, as promotions big and small look to put on some stellar shows. March has some huge bouts booked that feature both up-and-coming athletes looking to make a statement, as well as established veterans vying to be the best in the world. With so many bouts happening across multiple promotions, it’s never easy to choose just five. with that being said, here are the five fights you’re not going to want to miss in March.
5: Paddy Pimblett vs Rodrigo Vargas (March 19, London)
Paddy Pimblett (17-3-0, 1-0-0 UFC) is set to take on Rodrigo Vargas (12-4-0, 1-2-0 UFC) in what promises to be a dynamite lightweight bout. What makes this scrap even more fun is the fact it’s expected to take place in London, England. There’s no doubt the London crowd will be heard from when ‘The Baddy’ makes his walk to the famed Octagon.
Pimblett and Vargas are currently on different paths, as Paddy is a young up and comer. Vargas on the other hand is older, and potentially fighting for a job. Paddy is coming off an impressive, albeit reckless UFC debut, where he dispatched Luigi Vendramini via KO in September 2021. With 8 submission wins, and 5 knockout victories, there’s nowhere to hide when the cage door locks.
The Mexican Vargas may be 36 years old, but that doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Rodrigo took care of business in his last outing, as he won a unanimous decision over Zhu Rong at UFC 261. ‘Kazula’ has the ability to put anyone to sleep, and has a solid chin. He currently has 7 wins via knockout, and has never been put to sleep himself.
4: Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus (March 26, Las Vegas)
Two top ten heavyweights will test the Octagon’s limit, when they lock horns in Las Vegas, Nevada. Curtis Blaydes (15-3, 10-3 UFC) will look to keep Chris Daukaus (12-4, 4-1 UFC) out of the top 5 on March 26. If you enjoy knockouts, then you don’t want to miss this one. Both men combined have 19 wins via KO, and there’s no doubt in my mind that number jumps to 20 when this one’s settled.
Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes is ranked fourth in the heavyweight division, as he heads into the fight. Blaydes is no stranger to danger, as he’s stood across from some of the world’s most dangerous men. Curtis rebounded nicely from a nasty KO loss to Derrick Lewis in February of 2021. In his last scrap, he went all 3 rounds against a fierce opponent in Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 266. Curtis has 9 victories via KO, as he’ll be looking to add another victim to his already impressive resume.
Chris Daukaus began his UFC journey a year and a half ago, where he took out Parker Porter late in the first round. Since then, Chris has punched, kneed his way into the top of the heavyweight division. Things didn’t go well for Daukaus in his last battle, where he lost via KO to the feared Derrick Lewis. Chris is truly a do or die kind of fighter. He owns an increadible 10 victories via knockout, and has only gone the distance once in his pro career.
3: Adam Borics vs Mads Burnell (March 12, St. Louis, Missouri)
Two of Bellator’s top featherweights are set to square off in Missouri as the promotion brings us Bellator 276. Adam Borics (17-1, 8-1 Bellator) will face Mads Burnell (16-3, 3-0 Bellator) to determine a true top contender in the division. Borics, and Burnell are both currently ranked second in featherweight, so they’re both within sniffing distance of gold.
Adam ‘The Kid’ Borics is currently riding a three fight win streak, that has seen him go the distance in each one. Adam is a jack of all trades when it comes to martial arts. The Kid has knockout power, slick submission skills, and solid cardio. eight wins inside the Bellator cage in nine fights is no joke, and at just 28 years old, Adam’s future is looking bright.
Mads Burnell has been a wrecking ball of late, as he’s put together seven straight wins, three of those victories coming within Bellator. The Denmark native isn’t known for having heavy hands, but he most certainly is feared on the ground. Mads has a knack for the sneaky dangerous choke called the Japanese necktie, and four of Burnell’s nine submission wins have come via the unique choke.
2: Marlon Moraes vs Song Yadong (March 12, Las Vegas)
Marlon Moraes (23-9-0, 5-5-0 UFC) will be looking to stay relevant in the bantamweight division, when he faces rising star Song Yadong (18-5, 7-1-0 UFC). The two men are currently on different trajectories heading into the co-main of a UFC Fight Night. A desperate Moraes, face to face with a Kung Fu Monkey? Count me in!
Marlon’s been in the game for what feels like a lifetime. The 33-year-old Brazilian made his pro debut way back in 2007. ‘Magic’ has fought for the world’s top promotions throughout the years, and is currently ranked 10th in the bantamweight division. Moraes has struggled as of late though, as he’sdropped 3 in a row via KO/TKO. It’ll be do or die for Marlon on March 12, and that makes for a dangerous man.
Yadong is ranked 14th in the division, as he continues to climb the bantamweight ladder. The ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ is young, hungry, and on a 2 fight tear. To only have one loss in eight fights inside the Octagon is a feat in itself. To do it by the age of 25 is simply amazing. Song has hands, submission skills, and has no problem going the distance. Marlon is a huge test for Song, and the co-main slot is the perfect platform.
1: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal (March 5, Las Vegas)
There’s not much I have to say to sell this fight as a must see. Colby Covington (16-3-0, 11-3-0 UFC) and Jorge Masvidal (35-15-0, 12-8-0 UFC) have done more than enough to write a back story. Former friends, roommates, and training partners. Now seemingly full of hate for one another, two of the worlds best welterweights will settle their differences legally, inside a cage. Number 1 ranked Covington vs number 6 ranked Masvidal has potential to be absolutely mind-blowing, or it could be extremely boring. Either way it’s a must-see fight!
Colby Covington is a fighter one either hates or loves. He’s a veteran of 14 bouts in the UFC and has made some of the toughest opponents look like fish out of water. ‘Chaos’ is a master of disaster, and loves to make things ugly for his opponents. Expect Colby to use his heavy wrestling base here unless he gets lured into a brawl by the streetfighter Masvidal. Covington is smarter than he portrays, and there’s no question he knows what he has to do to ensure a victory, and remain the number 1 contender.
Jorge Masvidal is one of the few remaining gangsters still duking it out in the caged Octagon. ‘Gamebred’ has an astonishing 19 wins via KO, and holds one of the greatest UFC highlights in history over Ben Askren. The bout against Colby will be Jorge’s 21st UFC appearance, as the BMF is coming off back-to-back losses to the pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman. Will Masvidal have the takedown defense to keep things standing? Does he have another highlight-reel finish he’s been working on? These are just a few questions that make this such an intriguing fight.
All bouts and cards mentioned are subject to change.
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