30 Must-See UFC, Bellator, ONE, Cage Warriors Fights In March

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 3, 2022
    UFC

    Below, I’ve compiled a list consisting of 30 must-see fights over the course of March – featuring events from the UFC, Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, and the highly-anticipated U.K. return of Cage Warriors.

    UFC 272 – March 5. – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Marina Rodriguez vs. Yan Xiaonan

    We kick off the list with a pivotal strawweight showdown, on the preliminary portion of UFC 272 this Saturday – as Brazilian striker, Marina Rodriguez tackles division contender, Yan Xiaonan, with the pair attempting to catapult themselves to a title shot. Rodriguez is undefeated in three straight, most recently besting Mackenzie Dern, while Xiaonan is tasked with rebounding from her first promotional loss against former champion, Carla Esparza back in May.

    Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira

    I’m wholly interested to see what Kevin Holland looks like at the welterweight limit for the fist time since 2017, as he meets with Brazilian veteran, Alex Oliveira on the main card of UFC 272. Holland has yet to win since closing the curtain on a splendid 2020 with a knockout over Jacare Souza, while Oliveira attempts to snap a three-fight losing skid in a pivotal 170lbs outing.

    Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell

    A classic striker versus grappling pairing between Muay Thai sensation, Edson Barboza, against the 14-0 Bryce Mitchell, Barboza has looked good at the featherweight limit, apart from a recent loss to Giga Chikadze, while Mitchell returns, camoflague shorts in tow for the first time since an October 2020 win over Andre Fili.

    Rafael dos Anjos vs. Renato Moicano

    Former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos remains on the UFC 272 card despite the fallout of his five round bout with Rafael Fiziev. He features for the first time since November 2020 where he lodged a decision win against Paul Felder – tackling recent winner and compatriot, Renato Moicano who makes a 160lbs walk on just four days’ notice. Hespect. 

    Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal

    What can be said of Colby Covington x Jorge Masvidal that’s not already been scribed time and time again? Grudge match. Semi-significant stakes besides an immediate title shot. A pairing to entice the less than hardcore spectators. 

    Bellator 276 – March 11. – Family Arena, St. Louis, Missouri

    Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Gadhzi Rabadanov

    Kiwi featherweight standout, the undefeated, 8-0, Jay-Jay Wilson is set for his Bellator return on March 11. as he draws the 16-4-2 Russian, Gadzhi Rabadanov. Wilson is undefeated in his seven Bellator outings, most recently stopping Pedro Carvalho with strikes in April last, while Rabadanov, a veteran of PFL and Fight Nights Global stopped Daniel Carey in a July Bellator debut.

    Mads Burnell vs. Adam Borics 

    It really is a travesty that Mads Burnell was released from the UFC, alas, we move. The former Cage Warriors featherweight champion has embarked on a three-fight winning run since his move to Bellator, and books his first promotional headliner against Hungarian contender, Adam Borics. Burnell most recently nabbed a July decision over Emmanuel Sanchez, while Borics, 17-1, scored an April decision win over Jeremy Kennedy. 

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    ONE Championship: Lights Out – March 11. Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

    Bibiano Fernandes vs. John Lineker

    An all-Brazilian bantamweight title showdown is rebooked for co-headline the first of two ONE Championship events in March. Champion, Bibiano Fernandes looks to knock back the streaking UFC bantamweight alum, John Lineker and keep his gold. Expect fireworks from the onset and throughout. 

    Thanh Le vs. Garry Tonon

    More championship spoils on this card – this time at the featherweight limit. 12-2 Thanh Le looks to continue his winning run following an October 2020 triumph against Martin Nguyen, drawing the supreme grappling talent of the decorate grappler, 6-0 challenger, Gary Tonon. New Jersey native Tonon has not featured since a December 2020 win over Koyomi Matsushima. 

    UFC Vegas 50 – UFC Apex facility – Las Vegas, Nevada

    Alex Pereira vs. Bruno Silva

    Brazilian middleweight punishers, Alex Pereira and Bruno Silva look to crack the top-15 with an eye-catching victory at UFC Vegas 50 on March 12. Decorated GLORY Kickboxing veteran, Pereira debuted in the UFC back in November with a flying knee knockout win over Andreas Michailidis. Silva, on the other hand, has enjoyed a three-fight winning run in the UFC, landing another knockout win over Jordan Wright in December at UFC 269. 

    Sodiq Yusuff vs. Alex Caceres

    Nigerian-born featherweight, Sodiq Yusuff returns for the first time since decision loss to Arnold Allen back in April, as he meets the continually resurging, Alex Caceres in a main card clash. Yusuff had previously landed a four-fight winning run in the promotion, while Caceres, a promotional staple, is undefeated in his last five. 

    Marlon Moraes vs. Song Yadong

    This one feels like a real make or break for one-time title challenger, Marlon Moraes, who is staring down the barrel of his fourth straight loss. Despite starting well agaisnt Merab Dvalishvili back in September, Moraes ultimately succumbed to ground strikes. For Song Yadong, the gritty Harbin native has managed wins in his last two, most recently stopping Julio Arce back in November to land at #14 at 135lbs. 

    Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev

    One-time division title challenger, Thiago Santos recently snapped his own disappointing run of form with a forgettable main event win against compatriot, Johnny Walker. And now he’s tasked with knocking back a highly-touted potential title challenger in Magomed Ankalaev, who has landed wins in each of his last seven. 

    Cage Warriors 134 – March 18. – The O2 Arena, London, England

    George Hardwick vs. Danilo Belluardo

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    Vacant lightweight spoils on the line in this one. George Hardwick, 8-1, looks to land Cage Warriors gold against Danilo Belluardo, having began his promotional run with a pair of impressive finishes over both Dean Trueman and Jakub Dohnal. 13-6 Italy native, Belluardo makes his Cage Warriors debut off the back of a win over Daniele Miceli back in February of last year.

    Jordan Vucenic vs. Paul Hughes II

    Champion versus interim champion in this headlining rematch. Jordan Vucenic holds bragging rights over his interim counterpart, Paul Hughes ahead of this pivotal title unification bout. Vucenic landed his title with a close decision win over Morgan Charriere, while Fight Academy Ireland staple, Hughes scored his interim title with a majority judging win over the Frenchman. Stakes don’t higher than this. 

    UFC London – March 19. – The O2 Arena, London, England

    Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev

    Former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion, Jack Shore looks to secure his fifth UFC win on March 19. at UFC London – and extend his undefeated run to a whopping 16 straight fights. He tackles reworked opponent, Timur Valiev – who is undefeated in his last nine, including a recent win over Raoni Barcelos. 

    Jai Herbert vs. Ilia Topuria

    Former Cage Warriors champion, Jai Herbert makes a homecoming – welcoming the undefeated, Ilia Topuria to the lightweight limit. Wolverhampton native, Herbert recently landed his first Octagon win with a stoppage against Khama Worthy, while Topuria is set to return for the first time since a July knockout win over Ryan Hall. 

    Gunnar Nelson vs. Claudio Silva

    Welterweight staple, Gunnar Nelson is finally booked for the first time since UFC Fight Night Copenhagen in late-2019 – returning against Claudio Silva at UFC London. Nelson looks to snap a two-fight losing run to the elite Leon Edwards, and Gilbert Burns, while Brazilian veteran, Silva has also dropped his last two outings.

    Paddy Pimblett vs. Kazula Vargas

    The highly-touted, polarizing, Paddy Pimblett has booked his second UFC outing, on home soil. The former Cage Warriors kingpin returns against Kazula Vargas following a September debut win over Luigi Vendramini. Expect a raucous reception for the U.K. MMA poster boy’s walkout.

    Arnold Allen vs. Dan Hooker

    This one’s a real treat for U.K. fans. Ipswitch contender, Arnold Allen draws Auckland striker, Dan Hooker in his featherweight division return. Allen, riding a 10-fight winning run, most recently beat the aforenoted, Yusuff. Hooker is tasked with a featherweight return following a dominant loss to Islam Makhachev last time out. 

    Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall

    Russian heavyweight contender, Alexander Volkov headlines his second UFC London event – this time drawing Atherton favorite, Tom Aspinall. Volkov most recently bested Marcin Tybura, while Aspinall has turned in four straight UFC wins, most recently defeating Sergey Spiva with strikes in September.

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    ONE Championship: X – March 26. – Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

    Shinya Aoki vs. Yoshihiro Akayama 

    Japanese MMA fans unite. Shinya Aoik x Yoshihiro Sexyama. What more needs to be said on this one.

    Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Demetrious Johnson

    A special rules bout between Muay Thai icon, Rodtang Jitmuangnon and former UFC flyweight great, ONE Championship Grand Prix victor, Demetrious Johnson. Another special pairing on the same card, which has a lot to live up to. 

    Adriano Moraes vs. Yuya Wakamatsu

    Three-time ONE Championship flyweight titleholder, Adriano Moraes returns off the back of a stunning knockout win over the above mentioned, Johnson, tackling soon to be common-foe, Yuya Wakamatsu in a title defense. Wakamatsu is undefeated in his last five straight. 

    Angela Lee vs. Stamp Fairtex

    Undisputed atomweight title spoils on the line between reigning champion, Angela Lee, who looks to land a fifth championship knockback, as she draws Muay Thai ace and atomweight Grand Prix victor, Stamp Fairtex. 24-year-old Fairtex boasts an 8-1 professional mixed martial arts record.

    UFC Columbus – March 26. – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

    Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso

    Irvine striker, Joanne Wood, formerly Calderwood, looks to snap a two-figth losing run as she welcomes surging puncher, Alexa Grasso – who herself has won both her flyweight outings against Ji Yeon Kim and Maycee Barber since her move to the division.

    Matt Brown vs. Bryan Barberena 

    Veteran division staple, Matt Brown looks to land another impressive victory in a storied career – making a hometown return against Bryan Barberena – off the back of a wily knockout win over Dhiego Lima last time out. For Barberena, the Californian knocked back Darian Weeks back in December most recently.

    Neil Magny vs. Max Griffin

    Another division staple returns on March 26. as Neil Magny meets the surging, Max Griffin. Magny the #8 ranked contender recently defeated Geoff Neal, while Griffin landed a win over former interim champion, Carlos Condit in July to score his third straight triumph. 

    Askar Askarov vs. Kai Kara-France

    Beyond a fourth pairing of Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno – both Askar Askarov and Kai Kara-France have their respective opportunities to land their only title siege. Askarov most recently landed a decision win over Joseph Benavidez – who third straight win. While Kara-France stopped former bantamweight champion, Cody Gabrandt with strikes at UFC 269 in December. 

    Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus

    Finally… we’ve got heavyweights on deck in our UFC Columbus headliner. Curtis Blaydes looks to embark on another winning run following a recent decision triumph against Jairzinho Rozenstruik, while Chris Daukaus makes a quick turnaround following a first UFC loss to common-opposition, Derrick Lewis at UFC Vegas 45.