It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! It’s the end of the work week and what better way to kick off your weekend with some live MMA action! So go to your local liquor store, grab a six pack, order a few pizzas, because we have an action packed weekend of fights! From the MFC to Bellator to the UFC we highlight some of the featured attractions coming up this weekend.

Friday 10/7/2011 – MFC 31:

Why you should watch? – If you have the luxury of having HD Net it’s free (main card starts at 7PM PT / 10PM ET)! Also the informative and comedic stylings of legendary fight commentator Michael Shicavello will be your voice for the fights. In the main event we have former PRIDE and UFC stand out Rameau Thierry Sokoujou taking on the most dominate Light Heavyweight champion outside of ZUFFA, Ryan Jimmo. There was fire works at yesterday’s weigh-ins and it should be an action packed main event. Word on the street is if Ryan Jimmo successfully defends his title, he could be UFC bound. Two exciting lightweight contenders will square off in a battle of elite camps, Tristar vs. Team Quest. Kajan Johnson and Richie Whitson will also provide us with a break neck speed fight showcasing spectacular grappling and striking. It could very well be fight of the night when the card is through.

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Fight Card:
Light Heavyweight TitleRyan Jimmo vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Welterweight – Terry Martin vs. Allen Hope
LightweightKajan Johnson vs. Richie Whitson
LightweightAdam Lynn vs. Curtis Demarce
Lightweight – Sabah Fadai vs. Mukai Maromo
Welterweight Ryan Chiappe vs. Cody Krahn

Saturday 10/8/2011 – Bellator 53:

Why you should watch? – As usual, Bellator (MTV2 9PM ET / 6PM PT) is going head to head with the UFC on the the Saturday night slot but this is an exciting card continuing the Welterweight tournament featuring two fantastic semi-final bouts. Stand out striker and former UFC fighter “Killa B” Ben Saunders will be facing Luis Santos and the dynamic Douglas Lima will be fighting Chris Lozano. In opinion though, the fight between Kenny Foster and Ronnie Mann will be a must see 145lbs bout and it has fight of the night written all over it.

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Fight Card:
Welterweight Semifinal bout Ben Saunders vs. Luis Santos 
Welterweight Semifinal bout – Chris Lozano vs. Douglas Lima
Featherweight boutRonnie Mann vs. Kenny Foster
Heavyweight bout – Thiago Santos vs. Josh Burns

Saturday 10/8/2011 – UFC 136:

Why you should watch? – Some say the best thing in life comes in threes (PPV 6PM PT / 9PM ET). The original Star Wars trilogy, the Back to The Future trilogy etc. Threes are always good and the lightweight championship fight between Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar will have some big shoes to fill in their third fight. I don’t know if they could repeat the drama of last fight, but who knows. It’s a must see bout none the less. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be defending his strap against Kenny Florian. Also featured on the card Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann, Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan II, and Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon. This very well could be UFC card of the year! Did I mention Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens and Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago on the Spike prelim card? Whoa. What a Saturday night of fights.

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Fight Card:
Lightweight bout –
Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon
Featherweight bout –
Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan
Middleweight bout –
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Featherweight Championship
bout –
José Aldo vs. Kenny Florian
Lightweight Championship
bout –
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

To my fellow Canadians, happy Thanksgiving weekend and to the rest of you enjoy the fights!

Chael Sonnen, right, fights Yushin Okami at UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on October 24, 2009. Francis Specker