Even though UFC Fight Night 30 and World Series of Fighting will not be aired at the same time or on the same network, the two organizations will be competing against each other in a round about way this weekend.
This will be one of the few times, if not the first time, that two major MMA organizations with national television time will be holding events on the same day. Relevance will be on the line in one event, while an inaugural title will be on the line in the other.
UFC Fight Night 30 will open the day off with their event at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports 2. Though the card is lacking when it comes to star power, the event still holds relevance in terms of the middleweight and lightweight ranks.
The main event for the fight night event is Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz. Both fighters are talented and will be looking for a chance to advance up the ladder. The interesting thing about the fight is that Machida will be making his middleweight debut.
It is always interesting when a fighter jumps into a new weight class, but Machida’s track records at light heavyweight makes the fight that much more interesting. Munoz will be looking to get back to where he was prior to a defeat at the hands of Chris Weidman.
The co-main event that day puts Melvin Guillard against Ross Pearson. Pearson is on a two fight win streak and will be looking to make it three in a row. Guillard will be looking to win his second consecutive fight for the first time since 2011.
Although a win does not put either fighter in the title picture at 155, both fighters love to slug it out. That alone makes it a fight people will love to see.
At 9 p.m., World Series of Fighting 6 will take the stage on NBC Sport’s Network. Josh Burkman and Steve Carl will battle it out for the inaugural WSOF welterweight title.
Carl will most likely be the underdog heading into the bout. He earned his title shot by choking out Ramico Blackmon and Tyson Steele by rear-naked choke in the first round of his past two fights. His last loss came by way of unanimous decision to Douglas Lima in Bellator.
Burkman has made a name for himself WSOF. His signature moment that got the MMA world talking was when he put Jon Fitch to sleep in less than a minute. Before that, he beat Aaron Simpson by first round TKO and took a unanimous decision against Gerald Harris.
In the co-main event, rising prospect Marlon Moraes will be fighting Carson Beebe. Moraes has looked superb in his past couple of outings, picking apart Tyson Nam and Brandon Hempleman. His signature win came against Miguel Torres.
Little is known about Beebe, except that he has a 14-2 record. With both fighters being 25 years old and hungry, this fight has the potential to be decent.
Torres and Fitch will also make an appearance on the WSOF fight card this weekend.
With all that said about both fight cards, expect the UFC to bring in the bigger numbers with WSOF possibly bringing in the better fights on Saturday.