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A look at a very busy June 2014 MMA fight schedule & card slate

By Zach Arnold | June 2, 2014

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Event: Bellator 121 (Friday, June 6th at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma)
TV: Spike TV

Event: UFC Fight Night (Saturday, June 7th at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque)
TV: Fox Sports 1

Event: UFC 174 (Saturday, June 14th, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., Canada)
TV: Fox Sports 1/PPV

Event: UFC Fight Night (Saturday, June 28th at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand)
TV: Internet

Event: UFC Fight Night (Saturday, June 28th at the AT & T Center in San Antonio, Texas)
TV: Fox Sports 1

Topics: MMA, Media, UFC, Zach Arnold | 17 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

17 Responses to “A look at a very busy June 2014 MMA fight schedule & card slate”

  1. Nepal says:

    Here are the fights I have some interest in:

    Hatsu Hioki vs. Charles Oliveira: Great jitz match up.
    Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo: really only because Jury smashed Diego.
    Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nico Musoke: curious to see if Kelvin is real.
    Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens: Guys I’ve known for a long time.

    Otherwise: Nate (last seen as a WW now fighting at LHW….. as Dr. Evil would say “riiiiiiiiiiiiight”). Who possibly cares?

    I’ll watch the Palelei fight because I like HW fights when they’re not really bad.

    We’ll see how I feel when these 2 cards happen whether I watch more than the above mentioned 5 fights.

  2. frankp316 says:

    Germaine De Randamie has been replaced by Valerie Letourneau at UFC 174.

  3. Tradition Rules says:

    I’m looking forward to UFC 174, that’s a pretty good card, but these other events are SO watered down, I barley recognize most of the names of most of the fighters,…and I consider myself a pretty die-hard MMA fan.

    UFC FIGHT NIGHT HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV looks pretty watchable, but not worth be going out to a sports bar to watch. A show like that should be on FOX/free TV.

    UFC 175 I’m planning on watching, but with all the events they are presenting, (3 out of 7), that is not impressive…

    I’m not a complainer, just noting that promoting so many sub-par events is more damaging then anything else.

  4. 45 Huddle says:

    How can you guys complain about the UFC? Dana White is super smart and knows what he is doing. He would never water down his product to the point that his core fan base stopped caring about the events.

    Take the last Fox Sports 1 show. It got an amazing 609,000 viewers. That is like totally awesome. The UFC is more popular then both International Football and American Football combined.

    And so far in June, the UFC has 42 scheduled fights. MOAR UFC!! MOAR UFC!! MOAR UFC!! This is the best time to be a MMA fan in the history of the galaxy.

  5. klown says:

    I’m interested in exactly *one* of the above-listed fights: MacDonald vs Woodley.

  6. edub says:

    2 Really good cards (by today’s standards) could be created from these 4 offerings.

    • 45 Huddle says:

      That seems to be the trend with the UFC. If you look at March-June, they have about 2 quality cards worth of fights to offer. But instead they are putting on 4 cards per month.

      Let’s do that exercise again….

      Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov
      Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald
      Andrei Arlovski vs. Brandan Schaub
      John Dodson vs. John Moraga
      Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante

      Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nico Musoke
      Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo
      Jared Rosholt vs. Soa Palelei
      Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ryan Jimmo

      Ben Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov
      Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens
      Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson
      Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Jason High
      James Te Huna vs. Nathan Marquardt
      Hatsu Hioki vs. Charles Oliveira

      The PPV still wouldn’t be great, but that is mostly because the month isn’t filled with great fights. But the prelim card would be filled with that the prelim card should be filled with…. Which is good prospect fights. And the FN card would be solid from top to bottom. Nothing great but something worth sitting down to watch and see some solid contenders.

      • Diaz's cashed bowl says:

        How about making one good card of that slop?

        • 45 Huddle says:

          I think there is enough talent for 24 cards a year. One major and one minor per month.

          MMA should be about special events not Marquardt vs. Te Huna garbage….

  7. david m says:

    I hope UFC 174 gets a lower number than Bellator’s ppv, and think it is actually within the realm of possibility that such an event shall occur.

  8. Diaz's cashed bowl says:

    A ppv I would like to see.

    First off lets get some momentum and a plan going with an 8 man lw tournament to play out over 3 events during summer. change up the matches and give alternate slots to pearson high and 2 others.

    (insert fightpass undercard here)
    undercard main Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jeremy Stephens

    main card
    Abel Trujillo vs. Cub Swanson
    Yves Edwards vs Diego Sanchez
    Ben Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov

    Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald
    Andrei Arlovski vs. Soa Palelei
    Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov

  9. Diaz's cashed bowl says:

    Arlovski Shaub, boy what a stinker.
    Arlovski is now in the “over 11 ufc wins at HW club” along with Mir at 14 Kongo at 11. Notably absent from the ufcs list of winningest HW fighters is Couture with 12 wins at HW.

    • Diaz's cashed bowl says:

      Other than some good asian action 174 was a total “nothing to see here move along” snoozefest. 4 boring decisions and 1 injury stopage…Tyron “heavy bag” Woodley, Ryan “blanket” Bader mighty mouse and the rest aren’t worth the PPV money imo.
      Remember when dana was saying a Diaz Silva fight would never happen… its ridiculous or some such? I wonder if he’ll still try and low ball nick with that BIG fight.

  10. Tradition Rules says:

    Personally, I enjoyed the show overall.

    But Woodley needs a new corner man. after the first round, the only thing they should have been telling him is “don’t back up, move sideways, use your angles!” And after the second round the should have been yelling that to him, saying “don’t worry about getting takedowns, worry about not letting take you apart with his striking”. It was three rounds of him standing in front of Rory letting him use him as a heavybag. Woodley has the talent & potential, he just is not ready for a shot at the title.

    And I’m NOT saying Rory didn’t look great, he did: just that Tyron did just as much to lose as Rory did to dominate that fight.

  11. Diaz's cashed bowl says:

    Bellator 120 > UFC 174


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