The MMA world will feature elite action from Inglewood, California, and Las Vegas on Saturday night as Bellator and the UFC share the combat spotlight.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will take on A.J. McKee at The Forum in one of the biggest bouts in Bellator history. The fight is the finale of the promotion’s Featherweight World Grand Prix, and it features two stars who established themselves in Bellator, instead of being fighters who signed as free agents after stints in other promotions. The winner will win $1 million and be considered by some to be the best featherweight in the world, although UFC champ Alexander Volkanovski, among others, would argue that point.
What had been a respectful lead-up to the fight got heated Thursday during media activities as the fighters tried to get at each other.
The Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas will be headlined by a pair of middleweights on four-fight win streaks as UFC No. 8-ranked Uriah Hall takes on No. 11 Sean Strickland. The winner will be looking to climb in the rankings and potentially face a top-5 opponent next.
Marc Raimondi will be on hand at the Forum to provide results and analysis while Brett Okamoto will cover the events unfolding at the UFC Apex.
Watch the UFC card on ESPN+.
Fight in progress:
Welterweight | Phil Rowe (7-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Orion Cosce (7-0, 0-0 UFC)
Still to come:
ESPN/ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET
Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland | Middleweight
Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula | Strawweight
Jared Gooden vs. Niklas Stolze | Welterweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Collin Anglin | Men’s featherweight
Bryan Barberena vs. Jason Witt | Welterweight
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Rafa Garcia | Lightweight
Danny Chavez vs. Kai Kamaka | Men’s featherweight
Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Yoder | Strawweight
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ryan Benoit | Men’s flyweight
Showtime, 10 p.m. ET
Patricio Freire vs. A.J. McKee | Men’s featherweight
Mads Burnell vs. Emmanuel Sanchez | Men’s featherweight
Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Manny Muro | Lightweight
Brent Primus vs. Islam Mamedov | Lightweight
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Chris Gonzalez | Lightweight
YouTube pages of Bellator and Showtime, 7 p.m. ET
Vanessa Porto vs. Ilara Joanne | Flyweight
Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Daniel Carey | 150-pound contract weight
Khasan Magomedsharipov vs. Jonathan Quiroz | Men’s featherweight
Johnny Cisneros vs. Joshua Jones | Welterweight
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kiefer Crosbie | Lightweight
Brian Moore vs. Jordan Winski | Bantamweight