This weekend, ONE FC, Legacy FC, and Bellator MMA will deliver on an action packed night of fights with the three promotions putting on their own respective cards. First, Victor Cui’s ONE FC will return to Putra Indoor Stadium in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur for ONE FC 21: Roar of Tigers. Then, MMA fans will be treated to another live showing when Mick Maynard’s Legacy Fighting Championships brings Legacy 36 back to the Allen Events Center in Allen, TX. Finally, Bellator MMA returns after a wild night of fights last week to bring you Bellator 129 live from the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Fight fans, what follows is your official guide to the date of Friday, Oct. 17 in the world of mixed martial arts.

No UFC? No problem!

Yes, MMA fans, this is another weekend in the world of MMA in which a UFC card will not take place, but fear not. While we wait for UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes II live next weekend, you will get to spend some money for a solid product, as the ONE FC 21 card will air on a pay-per-view basis. Those with AXS TV and Spike TV will get to watch Bellator MMA and Legacy FC, and as is the case with most AXS TV and Bellator cards, neither will aim to disappoint.

The best of the (unheralded) best

When fans speak about someone who might just be “the man” one day in their division, they rarely bring up the ONE FC ranks, outside of welterweight champion Ben Askren. Despite flying under the radar as a promotion, though, ONE FC has consistently found some of the best unheralded talent in the world and provided a platform for them to showcase their talents. With undefeated Marut Gafurov at the top of the bill against Rob Lisita, and a slew of unsung talent just waiting to make their name known to the MMA world, ONE FC will once again look to remind the world why they are considered the top name in all of Asian MMA.

Title fights and familiar faces

On paper, Legacy FC 36 could deliver its share of fireworks just by virtue of some of the veteran names on the card. Lenny Lovato, Angelica Chavez, and Donald Sanchez have all fought on one stage or another, whether it be the XFC, Bellator MMA, Tachi Palace Fights or elsewhere. Co-headliners Damacio Page and Brian Hall also share some big-stage experience, as Page is a former WEC and UFC veteran, while Hall edged Pedro Souza under the Legacy banner in August after scoring himself a couple of wins in Bellator MMA. Heavyweight finisher Cody East makes his Legacy debut on home soil when he fights Vernon Lewis, who earned a TKO his last time out in Bellator.

Add in the fact that Page and Hall will fight for the flyweight title, while East and Lewis contend for the heavyweight title, and things get more explosive as we prepare for Friday night’s festivities.

A career rebirth for “The Angel of Death”?

Needless to say, Page experienced something of a career resurgence after losing to Alex Caceres back in 2012. Signing on to fight in Legacy led him to win his promotional debut, and despite a loss to Marcelo Costa at Strength and Honor Championship 8 in Switzerland, he rebounded with two impressive wins over Matthew Lozano and Elias Garcia. If he were to defeat Hall, who played the underdog role against the heavier-touted Souza, it could lead him back to bigger and better things.

“The Dentist” comes home

On top of a Bellator 129 card that features a knockout artist and fan favorite in Houston Alexander against Virgil Zwicker on the televised card, as well as the return of former Strikeforce mainstay Anthony Smith on the preliminary portion, one of Iowa’s favorite sons will return home for what may prove to be one of the Bellator welterweight division’s sleeper matchups. Josh Neer will combat Paul Bradley in a battle of finishers as part of the evening’s main event, and while Bradley certainly holds the distinction of having solid wrestling and trading in the pocket with any man that stands in front of him, Neer’s experience, knockout power, and submission prowess are nothing to overlook once the cage door closes. Add in the fact that Neer’s fighting in Council Bluffs, not too far from Neer’s stomping ground of Des Moines, and Bradley will certainly face an uphill battle, though it should still be entertaining for as long as this one lasts.

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.