5 Can’t Miss Fights For July

Having no major combat sports events this weekend means we are ramping up for some major fights in July. Going in order of dates, here’s a look at some of the best fights you won’t want to miss.

 

Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson – UFC 264: July 10

The co-main event of UFC 264 is a pivotal matchup in the welterweight division, as Stephen Thompson battles Gilbert Burns. At 38-years of age, this is likely Thompson’s (16-4-1) last chance at a UFC championship. The Upstate Karate Product has gone 2-2 in his last four fights and has fought just four times since the beginning of 2018 as injuries have hindered “Wonderboy” for the latter half of his career. For Burns (19-4) it’s a fast track back to the 170-pound contender’s seat after coming off his TKO loss to former teammate and welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 258.

 

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier III – UFC 264: July 10

The UFC 264 headliner will conclude the rivalry between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier on July 10. McGregor (22-4) looks to avoid back-to-back setbacks for the first time in his career as he’s coming off a knockout loss to Poirier at UFC 257. Meanwhile Poirier (27-6) looks to push his winning streak to three straight as the 32-year-old has won six of his last seven fights.

Adrian Yanez vs. Randy Costa – UFC Fight Night: July 24

Two of the hottest up-and-coming prospects in the bantamweight division go to war on July 24th as Adrian Yanez battles Randy Costa. Yanez (13-3) has won two straight fights by knockout in the Octagon so far and has amassed an impressive six-fight win streak in the process. The 27-year-old has only gone the distance once in his last six fights. Costa (6-1) is also coming off two straight knockout wins over Boston Salmon and Journey Newson and has never gone to the judge’s scorecards in his seven-fight career. Expect this matchup to be an early candidate for “Fight of the Night”

 

TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandagen – UFC Fight Night: July 24

Originally scheduled for May 8th, this main event is one of the most interesting matchups we’ll see this year. Sandhagen (14-2) is coming off two massive TKO wins over Marlon Moraes and Franke Edgar, which pushed his UFC record to 7-1 overall. The former bantamweight champion Dillashaw (16-4) will be competing for the first time since January 2019 since he was suspended for PED’s. The 34-year-old is coming off a 32-second knockout loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+1 and will be looking for his first win since August 2018.

 

Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire (c) vs. AJ McKee – Bellator 263: July 31

Dare I say, this may be the best fight in Bellator MMA history. Two division champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire defends his featherweight title against undefeated phenom AJ McKee. Freire (32-4) carries a seven-fight win streak into the matchup, including three-first round finishes over the likes of Michael Chandler, Pedro Carvalho and Emmanuel Sanchez. The 26-year-old McKee (17-0) has finished five of his last six opponents and will look to push his winning streak to 18 in a row.

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