It seems like this is the first weekend in forever that we have a weekend without a UFC card. The UFC has given us three title fights and three huge cards in the past month and this weekend they will take the weekend off. Whether that is because when building the schedule they just thought they would need a break or they strategically chose to take the weekend off that WWE is holding Wrestlemania 31 we don’t know, but we do know that we won’t see the Octagon this weekend. Even with no UFC we have a stacked weekend of fights with the other two of the big three promotions both taking to the cage.

Let’s take a look below at Bellator 135 and WSOF 19.

Bellator 135

Bellator is back at again with their first card since their first tentpole event of 2015. On that night Bellator’s most recent homegrown star, Liam McGeary, took his spot as light heavyweight champion. This Friday night one of Bellator’s original homegrown stars will look to stay champion when Joe Warren defends his bantamweight championship against Marcos Galvao. Warren has won five straight bouts since he was brutally stopped by Pat Curran way back in 2012. This will be his first defense of his bantamweight gold since defeating Eduardo Dantas for the strap. Galvao has won three straight to earn this shot including two TKO finishes. The rest of the main card is littered with recognizable names like Ryan Couture, L.C. Davis, and the Bellator debut of former UFC middleweight contender, Francis Carmont. Take a look at the full card below.

Main Card

Joe Warren vs. Marcos Galvao- for bantamweight title
Francis Carmont vs. Guilherme Viana
Dakota Cochrane vs. Ryan Couture
L.C. Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro

Preliminary Card

Rashad Coulter vs. Jeremiah O’Neal
Sean Holden vs. Tim Roman
Neal Ewing vs. Logan Nail
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Alejandro Villalobos
Stephen Banaszak vs. Brad Mitchell
Klayton Mai vs. Xavier Siller
J.P. Cole vs. George Pacurariu

WSOF 19

The World Series of Fighting is also back in action this weekend and arguably the best fighter on their roster is back to defend his lightweight title. Justin Gaethje will be looking to make the second successful defense of his title agains Luis Palomino. Gaethje’s last win over Melvin Guillard didn’t turn out to be a title defense after Guillard failed to make weight. This time Gaethje faces Palomino. “Baboon” has had the two best performances of his career since entering WSOF including finishing Lewis Gonzalez in the first round in a main event slot his last time out. This card also features the start of WSOF’s tournament to crown their first ever light heavyweight champion. Matt Hamill comes out of retirement to face Thiago Silva in both of their promotional debut. Before you settle in to watch the fights on Saturday night take a look at the full card below.

Main Card

Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino- for lightweight title
Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva- light heavyweight tournament opening round
Jake Heun vs. Teddy Holder- light heavyweight tournament reserve bout
Timur Valiev vs. Ed West

Preliminary Card

Eddie Arizmendi vs. Clifford Starks
Lucus Montoya vs. Raymond Pina
Benny Madrid vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
Joseph Gigliotti vs. Brendan Tierney
Juan Archuleta vs. Andres Ponce
Israel Aquino vs. Dan Huber
Matthew Frincu vs. Eric Regen
Joe Madrid vs. Erik Villalobos

There you have it a full preview of all the MMA action to get you through the last weekend of March. You can start Friday night by watching “The Baddest Man on The Planet” defend his title, continue on Saturday by watching the best lightweight outside of the UFC, and if you are feeling froggy you can end on Sunday night by watching what could be Brock Lesnar’s last WWE match when he defends the WWE World Heavyweight Title against Roman Reigns in the main event of Wrestlemania 31. As always stay tuned to The MMA Corner for the best coverage of all of the action.

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.