The Calm Before MMA’s Summertime Storm

Written by Tom Ngo
April 13th, 2011

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After “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” wrapped shop this past Saturday, the sport of MMA has embarked on a bit of a lull. While there will be plenty of “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields” pre-fight hoopla available, as well as some thrilling Bellator action, the April 30th extravaganza in Toronto, Canada marks the only major mixed martial arts show over the next 44 days.

Thankfully for fight fans, the UFC, along with their new little brothers, will come storming back to kick off the summer in style. Beginning with “UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III” on May 28th, fanboys will be treated to six consecutive weekends of MMA excitement.

The cards will include a handful of spectacular scraps, four Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix participants, three non-pay-per-view broadcasts, two thrilling championship affairs and a partridge in a pear tree.

Here’s a look at MMA’s early summer schedule:

UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III (May 28th):

Preliminary Bouts:

Renan Barao vs. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson
Chris Cariaso vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Bart Palaszewski vs. Cody McKenzie
Kendall Grove vs Tim Boetsch

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Miguel Torres vs. Brad Pickett
Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story

Main Bouts:

Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale (June 4th):

Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman
Scott Jorgensen vs. Ken Stone
Josh Grispi vs. George Roop
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Malonado
Jonathan Brookins vs Jeremy Stephens
TUF 13 Finalist # 1 vs. TUF 13 Finalist # 2
Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida

UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos (June 11th):

Preliminary Bouts:

Dave Herman vs. Joey Beltran
Nick Ring vs. James Head
Chris Weidman vs. Jesse Bongeldt
Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Anthony Perosh vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Mac Danzig vs. Donald Cerrone
Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya

Main Bouts:

Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo
Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos

Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum (June 18th):

Individual Bouts:

Gina Carano vs. TBD
Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs
Shane Del Rosario vs. Daniel Cormier
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Ovince St. Preux

Heavyweight Grand Prix (Quarterfinals):

Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers
Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

UFC on Versus 4 (Sunday – June 26th):

Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
Michael Johnson vs. Edward Faaloloto
Tyson Griffin vs. Manny Gamburyan
Rich Attonito vs. Matt Brown
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft
Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo

UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber (July 2nd):

Preliminary Bouts:

Erik Koch vs Cub Swanson
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman

Main Bouts:

George Sotiropoulos vs. Evan Dunham
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz (UFC Bantamweight Champion)

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