(PHOTO: Tyrone Woodley on top fights in Strikeforce)
All the fans know the UFC and all the press report on them but where do thosefighters come from? What else is going on now? Perhaps mostimportantly what shows should fans watch to see tomorrow’s starsdevelop? The Declaration of Independents is a monthly snapshot of what isgoing on in the non-UFC or “independent” scene.
The fall season means more than just another season of The Ultimate Fighter, itmeans a flood of independent shows and paydays for those fighters. Big news on the horizon being discussedbackstage includes CBS and ESPN broadcasting shows and New York getting back onsanctioning early in 2010. Add to allthat the ADCC Worlds right around the corner for the grapplers and it is hardto find a grumpy face.
Here is a list of confirmed MMA events onTV and the internet for the next five weeks:
September 18th M-1 Challenge archives (HDNet 8PM ET)
September 18th Adrenaline MMA 4 (HDNet 10 PM ET)
September 19th UFC 103 (pay-per-view)
September 23rd Sengoku (HDNet)
September 25th M-1 Challenge archives (HDNet)
September 25th Strikeforce (Showtime)
October 2nd MFC (HDNet)
October 2nd M-1 Challenge archives (HDNet)
October 3rd UWC (Sherdog)
October 6th Dream 11 (HDNet)
October 9th M-1 Challenge archives (HDNet)
October 10th WEC 43 (Versus)
October 16th M-1 Challenge archives (HDNet)
October 23rd M-1 Challenge archives (HDNet)
October 24th UFC 104 (pay-per-view)
Adrenaline (AMMA)-This weekend Adrenaline finish their current contract withHDNet by airing AMMA 4 live with Tim Sylvia vs. Jason Riley and HoustonAlexander vs. Sherman Pendergarst.
Bellator- Bellator’s second season originally said to begin in “late Septemberor early October” on an “English language cable channel” is now pushed back,rumored to be January.
Dream-October 6th is the next installment of the biggest Japanese show, airinglive on HDNet. Shinya Aoki faces JoachimHansen for the LW title and the featherweight and Super Hulk tournament finalstop the card.
King of the Cage (KOTC)-Live events take place September 26th in CO, October 1stin CA, October 3rd in NV, October 10th in both WI and WA, and November 28th inNM. Currently “Super Stars” from August13th is airing as a pay-per-view on iNDEMAND and Dish Network. No information is available on which of theeight KOTC cards that have taken place since then airs next or on what date.
M-1 Challenge (M1C)-The 2009 semi-finals take place September 26th with USAEast vs. USA West and England vs. Russia Legion. This show will be filmed for later airing onHDNet but rumors the show will webstream live in select countries could not beverified at this time. HDNet continue toair the archives as reported elsewhere.
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC)-The show scheduled for October 2nd has notbeen confirmed as airing live on HDNet but is expected to do so. On the show Jason MacDonald fights TravisLutter, Antonio McKee defends his lightweight title against Carlo Prater, andJohn Alessio faces Luigi Fioravanti.
Sengoku-Next up on September 23rd Sengoku 10 takes place at the SaitamaCommunity Arena in Japan, airing live in the US on HDNet at 3 AM ET. Kazunori Yokota fights Ryan Schultz and NickThompson takes on Dan Hornbuckle.
Strikeforce-Showtime airs the next Strikeforce Challenger Series show liveSeptember 25th from Tulsa, OK with Tim Kennedy vs. Zak Cummings headlining. Strikeforce have already confirmed anotherChallengers Series show for November 6th but not another main card.
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)-August 9th Brian Bowles put an end to the reignof Miguel Torres as the bantamweight champion. Next on October 10th live on Versus Donald Cerrone takes on BenHenderson for the interim lightweight title with the winner to face JamieVarner once Varner fully recovers from his injuries sustained in his Januarywin over Cerrone.
Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC)-The Tampa-based promotion held a showSeptember 5th live on HDNet. Noinformation is available on their next show at this time.
Art of War-the China-based Art of War received much attention for their lastshow in Beijing while ART of War 14 takes place in Macao, the first and lastEuropean colony in China. At this timethere are no details on if the show will be webstreamed.
Ring of Combat (ROC)-New Jersey’s top promotion held a show September 11thwhile the next show is scheduled for November 19th, also to be webstreams as apay-per-view on GoFightLive.
Shine Fights: September 4th was a successful webstream and great card forthis up-and-coming promotion. Next showis tentatively scheduled for January.
Ultimate Warrior Challenge (UWC)-After five months off UWC return to thePatriot Center in Fairfax, VA (Washington, DC suburbs) for another showwebstreamed on Sherdog.com. The card isheadlined by Mike Easton vs. Chase Beebe, a fight that was supposed to takeplace back in February.
Wild Bill’s Fight Night: Georgia’s premier promotion held a show lastweekend. At this time no furtherinformation is available on the next show.
PIC 1: Mike Easton on left fights in UWC
PIC 2: Nick Thompson on top fights in MFC
PIC 3: Rob Broughton fights in M-1 Challenge semi-finals