July a slow month for MMA events
After a hectic June, most of the major MMA promotions are slowing down a bit in July. Still, there are a few big events taking place this month, so here's a breakdown of where and when they are.
UFC 73 (July 7; Sacramento, Calif.): I will have a full preview of this event in the next 24 hours. Suffice to say, this is one of UFC's most complete cards in a while. There are two title matches (for the middleweight and lightweight crowns) as well as a grudge match between Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans.
Fans not heading to ARCO Arena to watch the fights in person can view them on pay-per-view starting at 10 pm. EST on Saturday. This card is definitely worth the $40+ bucks it will cost you.
IFO: Fireworks in the Cage (July 7; Las Vegas, Nevada): International Fight Organization (IFO) is Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele's fledgling MMA league. And while the league should be considered nothing more than a minor league, this next event does boast a couple of well-known fighters in Marvin Eastman and Wes Sims.
Bodog Fight (July 14; Trenton, New Jersey): This is quite an intriguing card that I will be attending live. There are two title fights (including a women's title matchup), a main event featuring Eddie Alvarez vs. Matt Lee, and Baltimore's own Binky Jones. I will have more on this card and on Jones' preparation for his fight against Nick Agallar as the event nears.
The August MMA schedule looks quite promising and I will have more news on August events closer to the end of this month.
Have I missed a July MMA event? Drop me an email or post a comment if there's an event that should be on my radar.