MMA Weekend Primer: UFC, Bellator, LFA, KCFA All Set For Events

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It’s going to be a busy, busy weekend in the world of combat sports starting Friday night.

Both the UFC and Bellator have cards lined up, along with Legacy Fighting Alliance, Kansas City Fighting Alliance and a heavyweight boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy what is coming to you through your television and streaming devices.

The UFC card takes place from Brazil and airs live on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and FS2. In the main event, Thiago Santos battles Eryk Anders. Neither fighter was originally attached to the card, as Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa was the planned main event.

Some other bouts to keep an eye on include Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell and Hector Lombard vs. Thales Leites. Barao, a former UFC champion, missed weight badly and could face serious repercussions if he falls.

Bellator 205 goes down Friday night on both Paramount Network and DAZN, as A.J. McKee takes on John Macapa. McKee is looking to further cement his standing in the division, while Macapa would like nothing more than playing spoiler.

John Salter and Rafael Lovato Jr. square off in the co-main event, with Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Roger Huerta another marquee battle from Boise, Idaho.

Legacy Fighting Alliance 50 begins at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV and features Brendan Allen vs. Tim Hiley for the middleweight title. Kansas City Fighting Alliance 30 goes down Saturday on MMA Futures with Anthony Gutierrez vs. Adam Ward in the main event.

Also Saturday will be Joshua defending his belts against Povetkin live on DAZN from London, England.

UFC Fight Night 137

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10:30 p.m. ET)

Thiago Santos (203.7 lbs.) vs. Eryk Anders (205.6)

Alex Oliveira (171) vs. Carlo Pedersoli Jr. (170.3)

Sam Alvey (205.6) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205.3)

Renan Barao (141.75 ) vs. Andre Ewell (135)

Randa Markos (115.7) vs. Marina Rodriguez (115.4)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2/8:30 p.m. ET)

Charles Oliveira (153.9) vs. Christos Giagos (155.6)

Francisco Trinaldo (155.0) vs. Evan Dunham (156)

Luis Henrique (204.8) vs. Ryan Spann (203.8)

Augusto Sakai (265.6) vs. Chase Sherman (257.1)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Sergio Moraes (170.8) vs. Ben Saunders (170.3)

Mayra Bueno Silva (125.4) vs. Gillian Robertson
 (125.6)

Thales Leites (185.9) vs. Hector Lombard (185.7)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (170.6) vs. Luigi Vendramini (170.4)

Livia Renata Souza (116) vs. Alex Chambers (115.8)

Bellator 205

MAIN CARD (Paramount Network/9 p.m. ET)

A.J. McKee (145.5 lbs.) vs. John Macapa (145.5)

John Salter (185) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (185)

Veta Arteaga (125.5) vs. Denise Kielholtz (124)

Patricky “Pitbull” Freire  (156) vs. Roger Huerta (156)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/7 p.m. ET)

Kyle Frost (170) vs. David Rangel (171)

Joe Aguirre (134) vs. Stephen Stirewalt (135)

Vince Morales (135) vs. Justin Hugo (135.5)

Johnny Nunez (155) vs. Josh Wick (155.5)

Adam Borics (146) vs. Josenaldo Silva (147.5)

Bryce Edminster (145) vs. Leon Taylor (144)

Andrew Cruz (145) vs. Nathan Stolen (144)

Ben Moa (243) vs. Steve Mowry (240)

Jarod Trice (189) vs. Sean Powers (186)