All the fans know the UFC and all the press report on that promotion but where do their fighters come from? What else is going on now? Perhaps most importantly what shows should fans watch to see tomorrow’s stars develop? The Declaration of Independents is a monthly snapshot of what is going on in the non-UFC or “independent” scene
As happens every year most independent promotions are taking the month of July off. What is surprising this year is the amount of promotions that are holding two events before doing so with LFC, CFFC, and even WSOF squeezing in two more by July 5th. Bellator continue with the Summer Series but take the month of August off. Meanwhile about half the standout independents have already finished before the break with CWFC, BAMMA, and RFA having just completed events and MFC not having any word since the May 9th show. The UFC itself of course barely slows during the summer with two events of their own June 28th followed by five in July. Hold on tight for one more month of back-to-back previews and results before a month-long rest.
Here is a list of confirmed MMA events on TV and the internet for the next six weeks:
June 13th LFC 31 (AXS TV)
June 14th UFC 174 (PPV)
June 14th ONE FC (webcast PPV)
June 20th LFC 32 (AXS TV)
June 21st CFFC 36 (webcast PPV)
June 21st WSOF 10 (NBC Sports Network)
June 28th UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens (Fox Sports 1)
June 28th UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt (UFC Fight Pass)
June 28th CFFC 37 (webcast PPV)
July 5th WSOF 11 (NBC Sports Network)
July 5th UFC 175 (PPV)
July 6th TUF 19 finale (Fox Sports 1)
July 16th UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller (UFC Fight Pass)
July 19th UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao (UFC Fight Pass)
July 25th Bellator 122 (Spike)
July 26th UFC on Fox 12: Lawler vs. Brown (Fox)
Bellator Fighting Championships (BFC) – The Summer Series 2014 got under way June 6th at Bellator 121, concludes July 25th at Bellator 122. No Bellator event is scheduled for August while Season 11 starts September 5th.
Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) – Two LFC events take place this month, LFC 31 on June 13th and LFC 32 on June 20th. The 13th is an all-pro card headlined by Bubba Bush defending the middleweight title against Alfonso Gonzales. The 20th is a mix of amateurs and pros with Thomas Almeida vs. Caio Machado headlining.
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) – Birchak vs. Croom for the bantamweight title was dropped from MFC 40 on May 9th but Sam Alvey still defended the middleweight title while Tom Gallicchio took home the vacant lightweight title. At this time there is no word of the next event.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) – In the archives is a report on RFA 15 where Kevin Casey defeated Andrew Sanchez for the vacant middleweight title. At this time there is no word on the next event.
Titan FC (TFC) – At TFC 28 May 16th Jason Brilz defeated Raphael Davis and Dave Herman took out Kalib Starnes. No word is available on the next event at this time.
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) – WSOF Canada 2 just passed and there are still two more events scheduled, June 21st and July 5th. June 21st sees David Branch vs. Jesse Taylor for the inaugural middleweight title, Georgi Karakhanyan defends the featherweight title against Rick Glenn, and Jessica Aguilar defends the women’s strawweight belt against Emi Fujino. July 5th is headlined by Justin Gaethje defending the lightweight belt against Nick Newell.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) – Since leaving AXS TV the UK’s second-biggest promotion have slowed down their schedule with only one “main” show so far this year. Now they are trying a “Fight Night” or local show strategy with the first such event having taken place June 7th, the next one scheduled for August 2nd. The next full event is scheduled for September 13th but at this time the only confirmed information on that card is the return of Paul Daley.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) – The June 21st card is looking strong as former Bellator champion Lyman Good makes his CFFC debut against Matt Secor while former flyweight champion Sean Santella returns to take on Chico Duran. Just one week after that CFFC 37 takes place with Azunna Anyanwu fighting Keith Bell.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) – In the archives is a report on CWFC 69 where Steve Ray regained the lightweight title and Jack Hermansson took the vacant middleweight title. Europe’s largest promotion is now off until August 16th, no word is available on matchups for that card at this time.
ONE FC – In the archives is a report on the May 30th event where former Bellator champion Ben Askren made a successful promotional debut. The June 14th event also sees a ONE FC debut of an American standout as less-known CFFC and Bellator vet Augn La Nsang takes on Egypt’s Mahmoud Salama. Headlining the event is Adriano Moraes vs. Kosuke Suzuki.
Ring of Combat (ROC) – On May 16th Brendan Barrett defended the HW title and Chris Wade the LW title while Jimmy Grant took the vacant flyweight title. No word is available at this time on the next event.
Tachi Palace Fights (TPF) – To start off the year Joe Soto won the bantamweight title and Poppies Martinez added the featherweight title to his lightweight title February 6th. So far a date of June 19th has been set for TPF 19 but at this time no card is yet available.
Battleground MMA – This Oklahoma upstart has been around for four events but now is getting nationwide attention for the upcoming June 27th event. That show will hold an 8-man tournament comprised of some surprising names such as UFC vets Dennis Hallman, Brock Larson, Roan Carneiro, Josh Bryant, David Mitchell, Cody McKenzie, and Luigi Fioravanti all fighting for a $50,000 payday. Headlining the event will be Ryan Couture vs. Jonny Carson.