Wednesday, February 04, 2009

10 February Tussles Worth Watching

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January was a crazy month for mixed martial arts. It started with Takanori Gomi’s passing of the Sengoku torch to Satoru Kitaoka and continued with a glimpse of the old Vitor Belfort and another night of brief work for Fedor Emelianenko. It ended with Georges St. Pierre’s annihilation of B.J. Penn at UFC 94.

Even a business as active as MMA has to take a breather from time to time, which is why February does not offer as much in terms of star power. Still, has compiled 10 February tussles fans should not miss. As usual, this list does not focus on the major bouts you already know to watch but rather fights from all over the planet that are worth seeing.

10. Antwain Britt vs. Jamal Patterson
UWC “Man ‘O’ War,” Feb. 21 -- Fairfax, Va.

East Coast promotion Ultimate Warrior Challenge -- not to be confused with a fight organization that bears the same name in England -- will put on a classic striker-versus-grappler confrontation in the co-headliner of its first show of 2009. Britt, a hard-hitting “The Ultimate Fighter” alumnus, has been on a tear since he broke his hand in season eight’s light heavyweight preliminary round. The “Juggernaut” will face arguably his toughest test to date in Patterson, a former International Fight League title contender. Patterson will make his first appearance since he lost to Vladimir Matyushenko in April.

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