Denis Siver (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)A Look Ahead: This Weekend in MMA 1/16 To 1/18 Trey Downey January 13, 2015 Events, News, Spotlight What a weekend we have ahead of us fight fans. After last week was driven by out of the cage news with Jon Jones entering rehab this weekend we get back to the fights. All three major MMA organizations all have fight cards. Each promotion also has their own stage with Bellator taking place on Friday, World Series of Fighting on Saturday, and the UFC takes center stage on Sunday night. But, more importantly than the fact that we get three separate fight cards are that we don’t have to spend a dime with all three taking place on free television. Let’s look forward to all three cards. Bellator Scott Coker has been in charge for a while now, but last November’s Bonnar vs. Ortiz card was really pegged as the start of the Coker era. Friday night Scott Coker starts his first “season” as the Bellator frontman, but it will be different than seasons of the past. Instead of an event every week highlighting tournaments we will just get the best card the promotion has to offer once a month, with four extra supercards. This first fight card of 2015 is headlined by a stellar featherweight title fight between Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus. Main Card Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus-for featherweight title Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan Houston Alexander vs. Virgil Zwicker Fernando Gonzalez vs. Marius Zaromskis Preliminary Card Dustin Jacoby vs. John Salter Hector Carrillo vs. Everett Cummings Steve Kozola vs. Jonathan Rivera Derek Anderson vs. Danny Navarro Fabricio Guerreiro vs. Nick Piedmont Fabian Gonzalez vs. Albert Morales Luc Bondole vs. Chris Herrera World Series of Fighting Bellator is in California and the UFC is in Boston, so it is World Series of Fighting that has the fight capital of the world to themselves. Jake Shields and Brian Foster will face off in the first main event for WSOF in 2015. The winner of that bout will get the next welterweight title shot against Rousimar Palhares. Their partnership with NBC Sports continues with a five fight main card taking place on NBC Sports Network with the preliminary action on NBCSports.com Main Card Brian Foster vs. Jake Shields Brian Cobb vs. Johnny Nunez Brendan Kornberger vs. Krasimir Mladenov Bryson Hansen vs. Rudy Morales Adam Cella vs. Danny Davis Jr. Preliminary Card Gil Guardado vs. Sinjen Smith Joe Condon vs. Jimmy Spicuzza Soslan Abanokov vs. Jordan Rinaldi Donavon Frelow vs. Taylor McCorriston Jamie Point vs. Trey Williams UFC Since the UFC has partnered up with Fox Sports it hasn’t been uncommon to see some of the biggest cards tied to football. This Saturday’s card in Boston will be no different. The promotion will be heavy during the afternoon’s NFC championship game before the fight card kicks off that night on Fox Sports 1. In the main event Conor McGregor will fight for a title shot against Jose Aldo and in the co-main event Donald Cerrone already fights for the second time in 2015 when he faces Benson Henderson for the third time. Main Card Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson Uriah Hall vs. Ron Stallings Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau Preliminary Card Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez What a slate of fights that is and the great part is we can watch every single one without interruption. Football season might be coming to an end, but MMA in 2015 is starting to heat up.