UFC Fight Night 44 Undercard Preview for ‘Swanson vs Stephens’ Prelims on Fox Sports 1

June 28th, 2014
Jason Nawara

FOX Sports 1 is hosting the second part of a double-header full of UFC action tonight (June 28, 2014), with New Zealand and Fight Pass starting at 2:30 AM, then FOX Sports 1 broadcasting from San Antonio. This is the first time Zuffa has had an event in San Antonio since the WEC visited in…

June 27th, 2014
Jason Nawara

There was a time when MMA fans would stay up from 2:00 am until 9:00 am in the morning to watch obscure fighters battle far across an ocean from the usual battlegrounds of the United States, but those cards weren’t on Fight Pass, and they had far more star power than these cards. Still, that…

June 14th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Ah, Vancouver. A beautiful city that’s ready for some fights tonight with an undercard full of Canadian warriors. We have a light undercard today, only four matches, so let’s get into it. The prelims are on FX, and not FOX Sports 1 for some reason this week, so in the FX prelim main event before…

June 7th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Albuquerque, New Mexico plays host to the first UFC event post the marathon we had last week, and we get UFC Fight Night 42, which will brandish some interesting up and comers and some familiar names on the undercard, which we will be looking at here. In the prelim main event, we have the star…

June 6th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator season 10 is over, culminating in the first ever Bellator pay-per-view (PPV). Now, the Summer Series begins in earnest. Tonight (June, 6, 2014), we’ll have three of the four light heavyweight quarterfinal match-ups and a hard-hitting heavyweight battle in the main event. Eric Prindle (8-5-1) has carved a strange saga in Bellator. He came…

May 31st, 2014
Jason Nawara

We have Germany in the morning, and Brazil in the late afternoon as we get a double-dose of UFC action today (May 31, 2014). We’ll be looking at the Ultimate Fighter 3 finals prelims which will be on just hours after UFC Fight Night 41 on Fight Pass. Lightweights are the prelim main event, as…

May 30th, 2014
Jason Nawara

In what will be the first of two shows tomorrow (May 31, 2014), we have UFC Fight Night 41: Munoz vs. Mousasi. It’s the first time the UFC has been to Germany in four years, but unfortunately, it’s a Fight Pass show, so while the main event is strong, the prelims are filled with only…

May 24th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Memorial Day Weekend is always a time that’s alright for fighting, and tonight (May 24, 2014) we have a fairly-stacked UFC 173 card with a host of up and comers on the preliminary card. Let’s dive right in. In the main event of the FOX Sports 1 prelims, Michael Chiesa (10-1) will take on the…

May 16th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Wow, so here we are; Southhaven, Mississippi. It’s the site of the first Bellator PPV after much turbulence. While Eddie Alvarez is out of his trilogy fight with Michael Chandler, thus changing the main event to King Mo vs. Rampage, this card still has plenty of action for fans of all types. With a strange…

May 10th, 2014
Jason Nawara

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Cincinnati for the first time in nearly seven years tonight (May 10, 2014) with Fight Night 40: Silva vs. Brown, and from top to bottom it’s a fun card. We’ll take a look at the prelims on FOX Sports 2, which broadcasts after the Fight Pass prelims. In…

May 8th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator 119, also known as the show before Bellator delves into the PPV business, comes to us from Rama, Ontario, Canada as an event that has been ravaged by injuries. We are temporarily missing out on a featherweight fight between Fabricio Guerreiro and Shahbulat Shamhalaev as well as Brett Cooper vs Brandon Halsey in a…

May 2nd, 2014
Jason Nawara

After a two week absence, Bellator has made it’s way to Revel Atlantic City for a bantamweight title fight and a smattering of tournament bouts in the light heavyweight and welterweight divisions. This is an underrated show. I’m calling it. In the main event, we have former Bellator featherweight champion, Joe Warren (10-3) who in…

April 26th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Baltimore plays host to UFC 172, and while this card was boasted to be “the best card in UFC history” by Dana White, I think we can all agree that’s some hyperbole. Still, it’s a solid card with some good matchups from the main card to the prelims. In the prelim main event on FOX…

April 19th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Call me a mark, but UFC on FOX 11, coming to us from Orlando, Florida, has one of the best collections of fights on a prelim card in a long time. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Read below. I will try to convince you of this awesomeness. In the prelim main event on FOX Sports 1,…

April 18th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator 117 comes to us from the land where MMA was born (kind of), Iowa. Council Bluffs, Iowa to be exact. Plenty of tournaments continue on in this season 10 card, but most importantly, we’ll see the second Bellator welterweight champion crowned. With Ben Askren sent to the hills of ONE FC due to his…

April 15th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec is hosting the TUF Nations Finale that top to bottom is looking pretty damn fun. Let’s hop right into the prelims and start breaking them down. The prelim main event on FOX Sports 1 should be one hell of a scrap – KJ Noons (12-7) will fight Sam Stout…

April 11th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator 116 is upon us, as we get a double dose of MMA on April 11th, as the UFC is live from Abu Dhabi in the afternoon and Bellator comes to us on Spike from the Pechenga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Not only will we see a semifinal fight for the heavyweight tournament,…

April 10th, 2014
Jason Nawara

The UFC is back in Abu Dhabi, and with that comes a Frdiay afternoon Fight Night. Fight Afternoon? I think so. While these Fight Night cards usually have a relatively weak undercard, there’s some good stuff here across a wide range of weight classes. Exciting? Yes. Even if Camozzi/Craig was taken from the card due…

April 4th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Reno, Nevada plays host to a Bellator card that has changed drastically in the last 24 hours, which has led this poor writer to re-doing most of this breakdown, but that’s okay – this is the life we chose, and it’s one we must trod through for you and for Bellator. This card lost a…

March 28th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator 114 is upon us, and instead of a single tournament running this show, we’re all over the map, but that’s not always a bad thing. In the main event we have have Russian badass Alexander Shlemenko (49-7), middleweight champion and rider of a 12-fight winning streak taking on season 9 winner Brennan Ward (9-1)….

March 23rd, 2014
Jason Nawara

Coming to us on a Sunday evening thanks to March Madness is UFC Fight Night 38, live from the Nelio Dias Gym in Natal, Brazil. The evening is headlined by a rematch that will have the odds stacked against it in topping the original – Hendo vs. Shogun. The prelims are on FOX Sports 1…

March 21st, 2014
Jason Nawara

Mulvane, Kansas seems like a place where cowboys likely shot each other dead over poker money. And while a different type of showdown may be taking place in present day, the stakes are high. The last year of the Bellator light heavyweight division is coming to a head as Attila Vegh and Emanuel Newton vie…

March 15th, 2014
Jason Nawara

UFC 171 is quite the card. We have a veritable welterweight tournament, and the prelims are actually just as stacked with good fights. Let’s dive in!  The undefeated Kelvin Gastelum (7-0) will ride his wave of success into what could be arguably the toughest fight of his career against Rick Story (16-7). Despite Story being…

March 14th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Hammond, Indiana plays host to to Bellator 112 tonight (March 14, 2014). Viewers on Spike TV will be greeted with a featherweight title rematch that was made, not earned, as well as the first round of the welterweight tournament. After seeing year after year of basically the same contenders in the welterweight tournament, this should…

March 7th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Bellator season is in full-swing, people, and Bellator 111 is coming at us full throttle with a title defense and the opening round of this year’s heavyweight tournament. Defending his Bellator bantamweight title for the second time is Eduardo Dantas (15-3) a Nova Uniao product who trains next to Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, but…

February 28th, 2014
Jason Nawara

Another year, another return to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut for Bellator. This time the Connecticut blue bloods will host a light heavyweight tournament that is arguably the best Bellator has ever produced, with King Mo, Rampage, former champion Christian M’Pumbu and Mikhail Zayats rounding out the 2-round tourny. Let’s jump right into…

February 22nd, 2014
Jason Nawara

Ahh, Mandalay Bay in sunny Las Vegas on a brisk, February evening. UFC 170 is upon us, and while it kind of snuck up on the fight world in a midst of cards from around the globe, Rousey vs. McMann still looks like it should be a quality event, especially from the preliminary card if…

February 15th, 2014
Jason Nawara

The  Arena Jaraguá in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil is host to UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi and there’s a host of Brazilian talent looking to prove their worth on the undercard. We start with the preliminary ‘main event’ between lightweights Cristiano Marcello (13-5) and Joe Proctor (8-2), which is one of three lightweight…

February 1st, 2014
Jason Nawara

The UFC shares the limelight with the Super Bowl this weekend, as UFC 169 comes to us from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The main card is stacked and the prelims are looking pretty solid too, with some especially big up-and=coming international names. In the FOX Sports 1 preliminary main event, we get…

January 25th, 2014
Jason Nawara

From Chicago, Illinois comes UFC on FOX 10. This is the third time the UFC has come to Chicago in January, this time in the middle of a polar vortex. Why not visit Chicago, say, during a brisk October? We’ll never know. The prelims are solid throughout, however, with a few relative newcomers looking to…

January 14th, 2014
Jason Nawara

The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia is playing host to UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs. Philippou. The main card is solid, but the undercard is full of newcomers and fighters that may be looking at a pink slip with another loss. Let’s dive right in. In the prelim main event, lightweight veteran…

January 3rd, 2014
Jason Nawara

UFC Fight Night 34, AKA the first international show featured on the UFC Fight Pass and the inaugural UFC show from what has become a hot bed for MMA, Singapore. Let’s take a look at the preliminary card for UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim. Headlining the prelims are two featherweights, one a UFC…

December 28th, 2013
Jason Nawara

The biggest card of the year gets an equally big prelims coming to us from the MGM Grand Garden Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll look at the stacked prelims below. In the prelim main event found on Fox Sports 1, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one legend Chris Leben (22-10) looks to stop…

December 13th, 2013
Jason Nawara

UFC on FOX 9 is one of the best WEC shows that never happened, or is happening. I guess that depends on how you look at it. Team Alpha Male is invading the Sleep Train Arena tomorrow night (Dec. 14, 2013), the same arena they’ve fought in many times before under the WEC banner. We’re…

December 7th, 2013
Jason Nawara

World Series of Fighting continues to trudge on with a rather shocking amount of events, most of which have been stacked. This show tonight (Dec. 7, 2013) however, is a little bit weaker on the star power, but there should be some good fights. In the main event of WSOF 7, top featherweights collide as…

December 6th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Brisbane, Australia will get a compressed FOX Sports 2 preliminary card for UFC Fight Night 33 later tonight (Dec. 6, 2013), with the main card getting shuffled due to injuries. There still looks to be some good action on this Aussie-heavy card, so let’s take a look at who is going to throw down. The…

December 5th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Kansas City, Missouri is once again the home of Invicta Fighting Championships, and we will see a total of three title fights on Saturday night (Dec. 7, 2013) in a typically stacked card for Shannon Knapp and company. We’ll start right away with the main event, a flyweight title fight between the champion Barb Honchak…

November 30th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Ultimate Fighting Championship returns once again to the Mandalay Bay Events Center for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, as the Team Ronda vs. Team Tate drama comes (nearly) to an end. The prelims are full of vets and up and comers, so let’s take a look at what to expect for this Thanksgiving UFC. The…

November 22nd, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania plays host to the final Bellator event of season nine with a stacked card featuring the defense of the middleweight championship as well as the conclusion of the welterweight and lightweight tournaments. Let’s take a look. The best Russian MMA fighter since Fedor, Alexander Shlemenko (48-7) will defend his Bellator middleweight strap for…

November 16th, 2013
Jason Nawara

The UFC’s 20th anniversary is being celebrated in conjunction with UFC 167, and because of this fine occasion, we are being delivered some especially deep prelims. This is a hell of a card. Let’s take a look at the FOX Sports 1 prelims. In the main event, Donald Cerrone (20-6) will seemingly be making his…

November 15th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Tonight (Nov. 15, 2013) on Spike TV, the lingering ghost of what was to be Bellator’s first PPV continues to haunt the hallowed halls of Bjorn Rebney’s fight promotion built atop an Indian reservation, scarily close to a a burial ground. The way things have gone for Bellator over the last year, you would think…

November 9th, 2013
Jason Nawara

YouTube and Facebook are getting a massive dose of UFC this week, with Fight for the Troops on Wednesday, now we have UFC Fight Night 32 coming at us live from Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil and it is good. Headlining the prelims on Facebook/YouTube, are featherweights Godofredo Pepey (9-2) and TUF 15’s Sam Sicilia…

November 8th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bellator 107 comes from the renowned Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, as the finals to the heavyweight,  bantamweight, and middleweight tournaments will all come to a close. Let’s jump right in. Headlining the show is former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo (19-8-2), and will be fighting former K-1 fighter Peter Graham (10-5). This tournament was…

November 5th, 2013
Jason Nawara

I’m not going to try and take away anything from my respected cohorts that will be covering the main card of UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3, but I just want to put it out on the line here and say that this undercard is better than the main card. Hell, to…

November 1st, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bellator 106, once headlined by Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz, has now seen a mish-mash of match-up mangling, to bow to the almighty alliteration usage. Now we have a newfangled card featured on Spike TV Saturday night rather than PPV. Let’s take a look at what fights await us. In this restructured main event, Tito…

October 26th, 2013
Jason Nawara

The World Series of Fighting is upping the stakes tonight (Oct. 26, 2013) in Coral Gables, Florida. Finally, a champion will be crowned in NBC’s fight promotion. The main event is Josh Burkman (26-9), the Fitch killer, 8-1 since being cut loose by Ultimate Fighting Championship coming into the match as the man who should…

October 25th, 2013
Jason Nawara

We take a trip across the pond to Manchester, England, with an interesting night of fights that should still deliver awesome action despite many being torn apart and reshaped due to injuries. The prelims will be on Facebook and YouTube before we switch to to FOX Sports 2 for the main card. In the prelims…

October 25th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bellator rolls on as we take a trip down south to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the semifinals of the season nine lightweight tournament will continue with a few feature fights to help round out the card before the inaugural Bellator PPV. In the main event, we have season eight tournament finalist Saad Awad (15-5) taking…

October 19th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Houston plays host to one of the biggest UFC events in months, as Cain and JDS look to complete their trilogy, and the UFC has stacked the card from top to bottom with great fights. The prelims are featured on FOX Sports 1, and I promise you that somewhere in this breakdown, I will use…

October 17th, 2013
Jason Nawara

Bellator is headed to Iowa, Cedar Rapids to be exact, where the old days of MMA flourished with no holds barred brutality fostered by the Miletich’s of the world. Iowa is also very lovely this time of year. This is the second to last event before Bellator puts on their first PPV, and a lot…

October 11th, 2013
Jason Nawara

The Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas plays host to the continuation os Bellator’s season 9 featherweight tournament tonight (Oct. 11, 2013), and features two fights with Bellator standouts from previous seasons. All in all, it looks like another solid Bellator card that should deliver the action in the cage on Spike TV. The main…