Combat sports fans all over the world suffered through a lackluster schedule in June only to be rewarded with an action packed July. UFC 214 Cormier vs. Jones 2 is still on the horizon and looks to be nothing short of legendary. The following are the top 5 can’t miss matchup’s remaining in July for any fight fan:
5. Lion Fight 37: Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Paul Banasiak – July 28, 2017
Although a lesser known organization in the world of combat sports, Lion Fight always delivers with their high paced, action packed Muay Thai events. Time and time again Lion Fight manages to create an outstanding show for their audience. The matchup between undefeated young stars Chip Moraza-Pollard and Paul Banasiak for the Cruiserweight Title is no exception. Banasiak recently exploded onto the scene after a very successful amateur career. His style incorporates a significant amount of punches compared to typical Muay Thai practitioners, often leading to very exciting bouts. Moraza-Pollard is a MMA crossover who has found a permanent home among Muay Thai’s elite. His technique is second to none and he has picked apart every opponent he has faced thus far. He is a pleasure to watch for any fan of crisp, pure, Muay Thai striking.
Way too early prediction: Chip Moraza-Pollard via TKO Round 3 (Leg Kicks)
4. UFC on Fox: Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum – July 22, 2017
In a highly anticipated Middleweight matchup Chris Weidman looks to snap his 3 fight losing streak against Kelvin Gastelum. Since his move to Middleweight, Gastelum has been nothing short of exceptional with wins over Hendricks, Kennedy, and Belfort (although Belfort was changed to a NC due to smoking the weed). Although Weidman has been on a serious skid, it has been to top competition in Rockhold, Romero, and a controversial loss to recent Bellator defector Gegard Mousasi. The road does not get any easier for Weidman facing Gastelum in what should be an early favorite for fight of the night honors.
Way too early prediction: Chris Weidman via TKO Round 2
3. UFC 214: Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone – July 29, 2017
This bout has been too good to be true since it was announced for UFC 213. This proved to be the case when Cerrone came down with a staph infection forcing the bout to be moved to the stacked UFC 214 card. Lawler has been on a long layoff since his title loss to Tyron Woodley a year ago. Both fighters are coming off a loss, and love to stand and bang. If there is anything these two fighters consistently prove, it is that they want to put on a show for the fans. This fight will stay standing, and live up to the anticipation.
Way too early prediction: Donald Cerrone via TKO Round 2
2. Lion Fight 37: Smokin’ Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek – July 28, 2017
As if there wasn’t already enough reason to watch Lion Fight, the main event is an absolute gem. Super Welterweight Champion Nattawut is an killer in the Muay Thai world. He faces arguably his stiffest competition in recent memory against Banchamek. According to the official Lion Fight press release Banchamek holds 345 Muay Thai victories, an absurd number no matter what level of competition. This fight will likely cap off another overproducing Lion Fight card and serves as more reason not to miss this lesser known event in July.
Way too early prediction: Nattawut via Unanimous Decision
1. UFC 214: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 – July 29, 2017
No surprise here, the long awaited matchup for the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship comes in at number 1 in July. The fight has everything, elite talent, lots of question marks, and tons of bad blood. Cormier has been untouchable to everyone he has faced other than Jones, defending his title successfully against Alex Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. Jones, although coming back from a long layoff due to personal problems, has been untouchable since…forever. There are too many reasons as to why this will be an amazing display of combat and likely the best product the world’s top MMA promotion has to offer. Get your popcorn ready, this one is going to be epic.
Way too early prediction: Jones via submission Round 3