Where / When: Saturday June 7th, Montreal
Why you should care: Montreal’s hometown promotion returns, and they’re still trying to turn hockey enforcer turned MMA fighter Steve Bosse into a star. He’ll be facing off against UFC veteran Wes Sims (who I assumed was dead). Past that it’s a lot of guys with really french names like Thierry, Yannick, Stephane Dube, and Guillaume fighting. I would have gone to this if guys running it weren’t retards who booked it on the same day as UFC85.
How to watch: The Fight Network and RDS both show TKO, but I don’t think it’s live. Sorry if that’s kinda vague, but the Fight Network just upgraded their site and doesn’t have their TV listings.
Where / When: Saturday June 7th, London England
Why you should care: I know it’s not the same without Chucky boy but this card is full of several really important fights that could go either way. While a lot of big PPV cards are the culmination of series events, I think people will look back at UFC 85 as a turning point for a lot of fighters. Is Matt Hughes still as good as he used to be? Is Brandon Vera all hype and no substance? Can Michael Bisping walk the walk? Oh, and there’s the conclusion of the Ipecac bet to think about too!
How to watch: This is in the UK so the show starts at 3pm on PPV and through Yahoo’s awesome streaming service. For those of you who have lives during the day, it’ll get replayed at 10pm. If you can’t get it, we’ll be doing play by play and a post event show.
Sengoku Third Battle
Where / When: Sunday June 8th, Saitama, Japan
Why you should care: While the lineup isn’t that flashy, it should make for solid entertainment. Yoshida, Misaki, and Fujita are all facing off against gaijin that they actually have a chance of beating. So it’ll be a feel good honor time show!
How to watch: As far as I know, there’s no way to watch this until it hits the youtubes after the event happens. If you know more than I do, please message me! JapanMMA is also doing a play by play if you want to know results as they happen.
Kelly Pavlik vs Gary Lockett
When / Where: Saturday June 7th, Atlantic City
Why you should care: Kelly Pavlik is an exciting fighter who took Jermaine Taylor out in back to back fights. Gary Lockett doesn’t stand much of a chance (he’s been given 10-1 odds), so I’m expecting some flair from Pavlik.
How to watch: HBO, 10PM EST