MMA This Week – Your Weekly MMA Schedule (August 17 – August 23)

An event graphic promoting Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov. Credit: Bellator

In the (often typed) words of UFC President Dana White, it’s “Fiiiiiight Week!”

From Tuesday to Sunday, the week of August 17 – August 23, there are plenty of MMA events around the globe for fans of the sport.

Here at MMA-Prospects, we’ll let you know what events are coming up this week and when they start!

Tuesday, August 18

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Cosce vs. Reyna

The event graphic for DWSC: Cosce vs. Reyna. Credit: UFC
  • Where: UFC APEX Center
  • When: 8 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN+

It’s a summer Tuesday, and that means one thing for MMA fans: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWCS).

This Tuesday is no different. Beginning at 8 PM EST on streaming platform ESPN+, the UFC will feature five bouts between prospects eager to earn their way into the promotion.

You can learn more about the DWCS: Cosce vs. Reyna fight card by checking out MMA-Prospects.com’s staff predictions for the event!

Thursday, August 20

Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA) 109: Haratyk vs. Strus

A bout graphic for ACA 109’s Haratyk vs. Strus main event. Credit: ACA
  • Where: Poland
  • When: 3 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ACA PPV

Arguably Europe’s – and certainly Russia’s – top MMA promotion in terms of current roster talent level, Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA) on Thursday offers what it is billing as “The Most Important Tournament of the Year,” ACA 109: Haratyk vs. Strus.

The Poland-located event, headlined by a middleweight clash between natives RafaƂ Haratyk (12-3-2) and former title challenger Piotr Strus (15-5-2), features ten bouts with notable fighters from across the European continent.

The event is available for PPV in the U.S. for the price of roughly $5.45 USD.

Friday, August 21

ONE Championship: No Surrender III (Sangmanee vs. Kulabdam)

Event poster for ONE: No Surrender 3. Credit: ONE Championship
  • Where: Bangkok, Thailand
  • When: 8:30 AM ET
  • How to Watch: ONE Super App, Bleacher Report Live, YouTube

Singaporean-based combat sports promotion ONE Championship is back with another event jam-packed with early morning action for stateside MMA fans.

ONE’s August 21 event, No Surrender III, is a six-fight event that features both MMA and Muay Thai straight from Bangkok, Thailand.

The main event will pit Muay Thai bantamweight contenders Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort against Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai in the semifinals of a tournament to face champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 88: Willis vs. de Jesus

Event poster for LFA 88: Willis vs. de Jesus. Credit: LFA
  • Where: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • When: 9 PM ET
  • How to Watch: UFC Fight Pass

While ONE Championship rules Friday morning, the MMA doesn’t stop there!

Top developmental organization Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is back in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with another card stacked with impressive prospects and fighters on the doorstep of a major promotion.

MMA-Prospects.com highlighted three of the fighters competing on LFA 88, including both title fight headliners – Memphis’ Jaleel Willis (12-2) and Brazil’s Vinicius de Jesus (9-2) – and undefeated prospect Evan Elder (3-0).

Get to know all three prospects above, and the remainder of the card, ahead of the UFC Fight Pass broadcast.

Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov

Event poster for Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov. Credit: Bellator
  • Where: Uncasville, Connecticut
  • When: 10 PM ET
  • How to Watch: Paramount Network, DAZN

Also taking place on Friday night is Bellator MMA’s Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov.

The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated light heavyweight title fight between champion – and, with now-ex UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ announced move up to heavyweight, arguably the world’s top light heavyweight – Ryan Bader (27-5) and surging Russian super-prospect Vadim Nemkov (12-2).

The card also features veterans like Roy Nelson (23-18), former Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd (13-3), and Adam Piccolotti (12-3); and new blood like Sidney Outlaw (14-4), Valentin Moldavsky (9-1), and Yaroslav Amosov (23-0).

Saturday, August 22

Gorilla Fighting Championship (GFC) 27: Romanov vs. Kalinin

Event poster for GFC 27. Credit: Tapology

One of Russia’s fastest-growing MMA promotions, Gorilla Fighting Championship (GFC), is back on Saturday morning with GFC 27: Romanov vs. Kalinin.

The promotion, which has produced a wide array of Russian prospects from the Caucus regions and beyond, will feature two title fights on GFC 27 – the organization’s middleweight and interim welterweight championships will be on the line.

Sergey Romanov (19-3) and Sergey Kalinin (5-1) will square off for GFC 185-pound gold, while Saygid Izagakhmaev (16-1) and Rasul Mammaev (9-2) will battle for the interim welterweight title.

UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar

Event poster for UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar. Credit: UFC
  • Where: UFC APEX Center
  • When: 5:30 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN, ESPN+

As is the case for most Saturdays, the so-called ‘Best Day of the Week’ will feature a UFC event.

This Satuday will see former UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) drop yet another weight class to make his bantamweight debut against Brazil’s Pedro Munhoz (18-4).

The bout, which has been postponed three times to date, will headline a card that features the second UFC appearance for flyweight prospect Maria Agapova (9-1), a bout between Ovince St. Preux (24-14) and Alonzo Menifield (9-1), and the long-awaited UFC debut of Russian bantamweight prospect Timur Valiev (16-2).

Special thanks to Twitter user @DanFromOR for the help in compiling this schedule.