Last week in MMA was unfortunately not about fights. With the drug test failures of Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, the sport stepped into the mainstream spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. This weekend will be an entirely different story, though. Just like with all of the controversies that the NFL faced this season; all was forgotten when the players stepped on the field. The same can be said for this weekend. Four major promotions, including the big three, will take to the cage on Valentine’s Day weekend. Let’s take a look at all four cards.

WSOF 18

World Series of Fighting will be the first fight card up. They will be showcasing their fighters in an interesting new time slot. The card will air live on Thursday night on NBC Sports Network. It is an odd time and day, but WSOF will have the eyes of the MMA world all to themselves, and really, what else are fight fans watching on Thursday night? In the main event, arguably the best bantamweight outside of the UFC, Marlon Moraes, will make the first official defense of his title against the undefeated Josh Hill.

Main Card

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill- for bantamweight title
Shane Campbell vs. Derek Boyle
Mukai Maromo vs. Jose Rodriguez
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Tristan Johnson

Preliminary Card

Matt Baker vs. Ali Mokdad
Marcus Hicks vs. Graham Park
Andrew McInnes vs. Cody McKenzie
Mark Drummond vs. Spencer Jebb
Dan Lariviere vs. Garret Nybakken

Bellator 133

One of Scott Coker’s main talking points in how he would change Bellator was just delivering fun fights. Friday night Bellator will host their second card of the year. There aren’t any titles on the line, but the main event is pretty much the definition of a fun fight. Sluggers Alexander Shlemenko and Melvin Manhoef look to get back on the right track after both were upset in their last fights. Former featherweight champion Pat Curran also returns to the cage against Daniel Weichel.

Main Card

Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexander Shlemenko
Pat Curran vs. Daniel Weichel
Julia Budd vs. Gabrielle Holloway
Chris Honeycutt vs. Clayton MacFarlane

Preliminary Card

Nick Bustamante vs. Luis Jauregui
John Paul Elias vs. Cody Sons
Jonathan Contrestano vs. Ryan Tobar
Ray Cervera vs. Adam Piccolloti
Mason Fowler vs. opponent TBA
Art Arciniega vs. Emilio Chavez
Blake Watkin vs. George Zuniga
Paul Ruiz vs. Nick Sperling

Legacy FC 38

Legacy FC will also kick off a run of two cards in three weeks on Friday night. In the main event, UFC veteran Antony Njokauni faces late replacement Dave Burrow. In the co-main event, bantamweight Josh Sampson will look to extend his winning streak to five when he faces Joseph Sandoval.

Main Card

Anthony Njokauni vs. Dave Burrow
Joseph Sandoval vs. Josh Sampson
Caio Machado vs. Steven Peterson
Augusto Mendes vs. Evan Martinez
Evan Thompson vs. Charles Byrd
Saul Elizondo vs. Eli Tamez
Andrew Parker vs. Bilal Williams

Preliminary Card

Mark De La Rosa vs. Keeton Gorton
Tristan Grimsley vs. George Pacarariu
Levi Mowles vs. Ivan “J.P.” Cole

UFC Fight Night 60

The UFC rounds out the action as they give every single man on Earth something fun to do on Valentine’s Day. Colorado’s own Brandon Thatch gets his first main event fight since entering the UFC against an opponent that probably has never been on his radar. Benson Henderson is moving up to welterweight for this fight to save the card after Stephen Thompson had to withdraw due to an injury. Max Holloway will also be trying to get his fifth straight finish when he faces Cole Miller in the co-main event and Neil Magny goes for his sixth straight win overall when he faces Kiichi Kunimoto.

Main Card

Benson Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch
Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Neil Magny
Daniel Kelly vs. Patrick Walsh
Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee
Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades

Preliminary Card

Nik Lentz vs. Levan Makashvili
Efrain Escudero vs. Rodrigo Lima
Jim Alers vs. Chas Skelly
Tim Elliott vs. Zach Makovsky
James Moontasri vs. Cody Pfister

There you have it. Love might be in the air for a lot of people this weekend, but there will also be a multitude of great fights. If for any reason you miss any of the marquee bouts because of a date or something like that, The MMA Corner will have you covered with recaps and video highlights of all of the events.

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.