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
Spring is here and the MMA scene is exploding with events. Bellator are in the midst of Season 10 and just announced the opening of the 2014 Summer Series, CWFC are holding almost as many shows as the UFC, and CFFC even have two shows this month. Not everybody is that active as ROC is still off until May 16th and MFC until May 9th while at this time there is no word on Invicta’s next show and XFC are still on hiatus in the US as they concentrate on Brazil. Basically it is a busy month for most of the promotions but possibly the changing of the guard for others.
Here is a list of confirmed MMA events on TV and the internet for the next six weeks:
April 18th CWFC Fight Night 11
April 18th Bellator MM 117 (Spike)
April 19th UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne (Fox)
April 26th UFC 172 (PPV)
May 2nd Bellator MMA 118 (Spike)
May 9th Bellator MMA 119 (Spike)
May 9th MFC (AXS TV)
May 10th UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva (Fox Sports 1)
May 16th ROC 48 (webcast PPV)
May 17th Bellator MMA: Alvarez vs. Chandler 3 (PPV)
May 24th UFC 173 (PPV)
May 31st UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic (Fox Sports 1)
May 31st UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi (UFC Fight Pass)
Bellator Fighting Championships (BFC) – The second most popular promotion continues Season 10 with a schedule that runs through May 17th. The season culminates with Bellator’s first pay-per-view headlined by Eddie Alvarez vs. Michel Chandler in their third meeting with the lightweight title again on the line. Between now and then the tournaments wrap up while title fights take place at welterweight and bantamweight. Most recent news is the 2014 Summer Series begins June 6th with Pat Curran defending the bantamweight title against Patricio Freire.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) – In the archives is a report from the April 5th event where Gzim Selmani defeated Oli Thompson. At this time there is no word on the next event.
Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) – On April 4th Holly Holm won the inaugural women’s bantamweight title. Next up will be LFC 31 on June 13th with two title fights.
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) – Canada's most significant promotion started the year with Anthony Hamilton successfully defending the heavyweight title for the first time. Now fans have to wait until May 9th for MFC 40 where Anthony Birchak defends the bantamweight title against Kevin Croom, Middleweight champion Sam Alvey faces Wes Swofford, and Tom Gallicchio fights Kurt Southern.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) – At RFA 14 Matt Manzanares won the flyweight title by defeating Junior Maranhao. At this time there is no word on the next event.
Titan FC (TFC) – In the archives is a report from the February 28th event where Mike Ricci defeated Jorge Gurgel and Matt Riddle defeated Michael Kuiper. That was the first Titan event on the CBS Sports Network. Next TFC return to Kansas City April 25th where Bellator vet Raphael Davis takes on UFC vet Jason Brilz.
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) – On March 29th Rousimar Palhares took the welterweight title from Steve Carl while Marlon Moraes won the inaugural bantamweight title. Now WSOF are off until June 14th when Georgi Karakhanyan faces Rick Glenn.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) – Two CFFC events take place in April. On the 19th flyweight champion Sean Santella defends the belt against Nick Honstein while April 26th Scott Heckman defends the featherweight title against Levan Makashvili.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) – On April 12th Brett Johns defeated James Brum. Problem is Johns missed weight so was stripped of the bantamweight title and this win only made him next in line to win it all over again. As of this writing CWFC Fight Night 11 takes place in a couple hours with Jack Mason vs. Patrick Vallee in the main event.
Invicta MMA – Invicta have an uphill battle recently now that the UFC sanctions both women's bantamweight and strawweight divisions while other independents like WSOF and XFC are building strawweights of their own. At this point no word is available on the next event however the all-women’s promotion has been busy signing 14 women including TUF/UFC vets Roxanne Modafferi and Peggy Morgan.
ONE FC – Asia’s biggest promotion has two events in May with “Rise of Heroes” on the 2nd and “Honor and Glory” on the 30th. Bibiano Fernandes headlines May 2nd as he defends the bantamweight title against Masakatsu Ueda. On May 30th former Bellator champion Ben Askren makes his One FC debut as he takes on Bakhtiyar Abbasov.
Ring of Combat (ROC) – New Jersey's legendary but now secondary promotion started out 2014 with five title fights January 24th but those titles are likely to be vacated by the next event May 16th. So far the only confirmed fight for that card is Chris Wade vs. Frankie Perez, assuming of course Wade doesn't vacate the lightweight title he just won in January.
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. At this time there is no word on the next TPF event.
Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) – So far this year XFC has been concentrating on its Brazilian franchise as that arm of the company has held three events, the most recent being March 29th. At this time there is now word on the next event either in the US or Brazil.