As 2017 nears it’s first UFC event of the new year, the UFC organization also enters into it’s first full calendar year under the new ownership of WME-IMG. Fresh on the heels of ringing in 2017 the UFC has just announced a UFC Fight Pass free weekend on January 13th - 15th, 2017. There have been rumors of less PPV’s and more TV broadcasts under the new regime, does this move also trend in that direction?
Not only does the weekend play host to UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn (UFC Fight Night 103) but also TKO 37 and Invicta 21. Below we take a look at all 3 of these events.
UFC Fight Pass Free Weekend Viewing Guide
The UFC Fight Pass free weekend kicks off with TKO 37: Rivals from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Friday January 13th, 2017. The Fight Pass broadcast begins at 6:00 PM ET and the card is headlined by a middleweight clash between Strahinja Gavrilovic and Jonathan Vallée. The complete 16 bout fight card is as follows.
Official TKO 37: Rivals Fight Card
Middleweight (185): Strahinja Gavrilovic (5 - 2) vs. Jo Vallee (5-1)
Featherweight (145): Charles Jourdain (2 - 0) vs. Michael Cyr (2-1)
Featherweight (145): T.J. Jaramie (4-1) vs. Maxime Dubois (5-2)
Lightweight (155): Jeremie Capony (3-0) vs. Remy Bussieres (3-1)
Women Strawweight (115): Lindsay Garbatt (4-1) vs. Griet Eeckhout (2-0-1)
Heavyweight (265): Adam Dyczka (3-0) vs. Jared Henderson (3-2)
Bantamweight (135): Tyler Wilson (0-0) vs. Louis Jourdain (3-0)
Middleweight (185): Francis Charbonneau (3-1) vs. Drayton Angus (5-4)
Middleweight (185): Yan Pellerin (10-13) vs. Marcus Hicks (19-25)
Lightweight (155): Kevin Genereux (0-2) vs. Matar Lo (0-0)
Bantamweight (135): Jonas Rubiano (0-0) vs. Eric Daigneault (1-2)
Flyweight (125): Alex Slicer (0-0) vs. James Clarke (0-0)
Flyweight (125): Keith Lee (0-0) vs. Tony Laramie (0-0)
Middleweight (185): Alex Beaule (0-1) vs. Virgile Beaulieu (2-1)
Women’s Strawweight (115): Ashley Nichols (0-1) vs. Ashley Letourneau (0-0)
Flyweight (125): Derek Falk (1-0) vs. Stevie Yhap (2-0)
UFC Fight Pass free weekend action continues on Saturday with Invicta Fighting Championship. Invicta FC 21 takes place on January 14th, 2017 with the broadcast scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM ET from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO. The 21st Invicta all female women’s MMA event will feature a main event championship bout between Meagan Anderson and Charmaine Tweet. The winner of the fight, and the title, likely headed next to the UFC and their newly created Women’s Featherweight Division.
While the event was originally slated to feature the highly anticipated debut of boxing star Heather Hardy, a concussion suffered by her opponent during training forced the bout cancellation. While always slated for the main event, Anderson vs. Tweet was elevated to a championship fight when the news of current champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos was flagged for a potential USADA doping violation.
The young Anderson is coming in on a three-fight win streak including “Performance of the Night” bonuses in recent TKO wins over Peggy Morgan and Amanda Bell. The 13 year elder, Tweet, comes into the bout at 39 years old and unbeaten since suffering defeat to Santos in 2015.
Official Invicta FC: 21 Fight Card
Featherweight (145): Megan Anderson (7-2) vs. Charmaine Tweet (9-5)
Bantamweight (135): Pannie Kianzad (8-1) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (5-5)
Catchweight (120): Jodie Esquibel (5-2) vs. Kali Robbins (4-0)
Featherweight (145): Elizabeth Phillips (5-4) vs. Leah Letson (3-1)
Bantamweight (135): Aspen Ladd (4-0) vs. Sijara Eubanks (2-1)
Flyweight (125): Andrea Lee (4-2) vs. Jenny Liou (6-4)
Strawweight (115): Amy Montenegro (7-2) vs. Celine Haga (10-13)
Flyweight (125): Christine Ferea (0-0) vs. Rachael Ostovich (3-2)
On Sunday, January 15, 2017 the UFC heads to Phoenix, Arizona for UFC Fight Night 103 headlined by a featherweight matchup between prospect Yair Rodriguez and UFC Hall of Famers B.J. Penn at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The event’s main card will air on FS1 following FS1 prelims and exclusive UFC Fight Pass early-prelims, which are FREE to all for the UFC Fight Pass free weekend. The UFC Fight Pass prelims begin at 6:15 PM ET. The event features 3 heavyweight bouts, and though the fighters may not be overly well known to the UFC fan, the heavyweight division always has the potential for highlight reel knockout finishes.
Official UFC Fight Night 103 Fight Card
Featherweight (145): Yair Rodriguez (9-1) vs. B.J. Penn (16-10-2)
Lightweight (155): Marcin Held (22-5) vs. Joe Lauzon (26-12)
Welterweight (170): Court McGee (18-5) vs. Ben Saunders (20-7-2)
Flyweight (125): John Moraga (16-5) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2)
Bantamweight (135): Augusto Mendes (5-1) vs. Frankie Saenz (10-4)
Heavyweight (265): Aleksei Oleinik (50-10-1) vs. Viktor Pesta (10-3)
Lightweight (155): Tony Martin (10-3) vs. Alex White (11-2)
Lightweight (155): Drakkar Klose (6-0-1) vs. Devin Powell (8-1)
Women’s Strawweight (115): Nina Ansaroff (6-5) vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (6-3)
Heavyweight (265): Walt Harris (8-5) vs. Chase Sherman (9-2)
Light Heavyweight (205): Joachim Christensen (13-4) vs. Bojan Mihajlovic (10-4)
Heavyweight: Cyril Asker (7-2) vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov (8-1)