• Antoine Hoffman

Marathon of Mayhem

Remember a few months ago, on a fight heavy weekend, when I implored you the viewers to watch Bellator 260: Lima vs. Amosov and then UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vittori the following night, instead of choosing between the two?

Three months later, my guidance remains the same!

This time around, the Mixed Martial Arts Gods have bestowed upon us a tremendous blessing in the form of a Saturday night MMA marathon. Kicking things off is UFC Fight Night 192 where former number one Light Heavyweight title contender and ESPN MMA analyst Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (ranked sixth) with lock horns with rising contender Ryan “Superman” Spann. That card gets underway at 4pm, by way of the prelims and a main card start of 7pm, exclusively on ESPN+. Capping off the night is Bellator 260, which pits Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis again another former UFC light heavyweight, the debuting Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero, only on Showtime. The prelims start at 7pm with a 10pm kickoff for the main card.

Since suffering lopsided, back-to-back to Glover Texiera and Aleksander Rakic, Smith has secured a two-fight winning streak at the expenses of Devin Clark and Jimmy Crute. Meanwhile, Clark has won three of his last four over the aforementioned Clark, Sam Alvey and Misha Cirkunov; with the lone blemish coming at the hands of Johnny Walker (no not the whiskey mascot).

“Mr. Wonderful”, coming off a loss to current champion Vadim Nemkov, is looking to once again trend in the right direction. Prior to said loss, he rattled off three straight wins over Liam McGreary, Karl Albrektsson and former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. The “Soldier of God”, on the other hand, hasn’t been so Godly as of late. His last win came three years ago as a middleweight at UFC 221 with a jaw dropping knockout of former champion Luke Rockhold. He’s since been on a three-fight free fall, all decision losses to Robert Whittaker (former champion), Paulo Costa and current Middleweight king Israel Adesanya; both performances we all would love to forget.

Tonight, Christmas comes early, as the Light Heavyweights will be lit. Can Smith continue his road to redemption with a third straight win, or will “Superman” prove to be “Lionheart’s” kryptonite? Will Romero remind MMA Nation he’s still God’s soldier, or will Davis extend his losing streak? Tune in to find out!

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