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It’s not unheard of for Bellator and the UFC to run shows on the same days, but with Cris “Cyborg” Justino debuting, now is the time to compare the cards.
Bellator and UFC are competing for MMA fans on a daily basis. This clash in rival companies and professional ethos will collide once again on Jan. 25, 2020 as both companies are holding shows against one another. For the UFC it’s UFC Raleigh. For Bellator, it’s Bellator 238 starring former UFC featherweight champion, Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Here we compare the two cards.
The UFC Raliegh event will see Curtis Blaydes and Junior dos Santos compete in the main event. Blaydes is 6-1 in his last seven, losing only to the streaking Francis Ngannou. Dos Santos, on the other hand, is 3-1 in his last four, with a loss to Ngannou as well. Neither man is that far out of the heavyweight title picture and the winner could be facing off with Ngannou for a title shot or the title depending on who wins the Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier fight; a bout that many expect to be Cormier’s last.
Also on the card is Cory Sandhagen (12-1 ) taking on Frankie Edgar. Edgar is 3-3 in his last six and has lost to Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega, and Max Holloway. Not the weakest of competition but a clear sign that Edgar may have some more weaknesses to his game than most people realize. The rising prospect in Sandhangen could earn himself a big win and a bump up that rankings list.
The last big fight will feature Rafael dos Anjos taking on Michael Chiesa. Dos Anjos is 1-3 in his last four and Chiesa is 2-2 over the same stretch. Both are hoping to correct their path and get back to their winning ways.
The main event is where the bread is buttered. Justino will face off with arguably one of the three best female fighters in the world and the best to not be in the UFC, Julia Budd. The two women are colliding over the featherweight championship in the biggest women’s MMA fight in Bellator history. Budd’s only losses came to Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes near the beginning of her career with Strikeforce, but since then has gone on an 11 fight, eight-year undefeated streak. Justino, on the other hand, has held world titles in Strikeforce, Invicta FC and the UFC, and hopes to add a fourth by dethroning Budd – the inaugural women’s featherweight champion.
We also see Aaron Pico’s return. Pico was someone who came in with the entire world watching, making his debut in Madison Square Garden against a no-name jobber. He got choked out in 24 seconds. He then went on a four-fight streak of wins, finishing everyone by KO/TKO. Then he lost two back-to-back fights by KO/TKO. Such is life. Ironically enough, he’s helped generate interest in the men that beat him, Henry Corrales and Adam Borics. Both of whom got slots in the Featherweight Grand Prix, over Pico. He came in as a wrestling prodigy but now he’s found legit power in his fists. He has to find a way to balance them out against Daniel Carey or he could be soon cut from the promotion.
We also have the aforementioned Borics taking on Darrion Caldwell in the previously mentioned Grand Prix tournament. Caldwell is the former bantamweight champion of Bellator and besides back to back losses against the best bantamweight fighter in the world, Kyoji Horiguchi has been an unbeatable beast at the weight. Now up at featherweight, he looks to continue his championship ways by beating Borics, who has become a top prospect for Bellator, who is undefeated and has wins over Josenaldo Silva, Pico, and Bellator icon Pat Curran.
Also announced for the card is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu bad boy, AJ Agazarm taking on Adel Altamimi and Dillon Danis is also in the works to appear.
If you can’t decide who to watch, go with Bellator’s 238 on DAZN. Bellator 238 has the better main event and more fun undercard fights to look forward to.
But who says you can’t watch both?
Bellator 238 and UFC Raleigh both take place on Jan. 25, 2020 with Bellator 238 taking place at the Forum in Inglewood, CA and UFC Raleigh at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights.