There’s still a few days left in 2017, moreover one more show, UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm, which finalizes the season on Sunday, but we already have a handful of top fights and world-class events booked for the next year. So, what do we know to date, what to expect in 2018?
As early as on January 21 UFC 220 takes place at TD Garden in Boston with two championships featured on the card. In the main event the reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defends his title against Francis Ngannou. In addition, the current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier faces Volkan Oezdemir in defense of the belt.
The following month we will see the season finale of the women’s kickboxing tournament Girl Power (Ep. 5) scheduled for February 9. The event airs live on TV from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, featuring eight international featherweights, battling out for WKN strap.
Up next, is UFC 221 held at Perth Arena on February 11, when Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its debut here in Western Australia. The headline bout is the middleweight title clash between the champion Robert Whittaker and the former titleholder Luke Rockhold. “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt tops up the bill battling out against Curtis Blaydes.
The world of kickboxing highly anticipates to witness the return of Badr Hari on March 3. “The Golden Boy” is back, facing off his old foe Hesdy Gerges in the rematch booked for Glory 51: Rotterdam.
The next year’s IFMA Muay Thai World Championships is held as far as in Mexico. The event takes place in the city Cancun from Tuesday May 10 to Saturday May 19.
Another blockbuster, announced yesterday, is scheduled for June 2 here in Perth, featuring Toby Smith up against Sam Gough for World Kickboxing Network middleweight title. The contest headlines Domination Muay Thai 20, which marks the return of World Championship to Australia.
In addition, Terence Crawford appears as the mandatory challenger to Jeff Horn’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title. The bout is not yet formally announced, however it is reportedly in the making and expected in April.
In summary, there is indeed several interesting fights and events, not to be missed next year. If you want to share what do you anticipate in 2018, you can drop a comment below.