UFC 293 Is September’s Big MMA Event
The UFC’s most polarizing champion, Israel Adesanya, returns to headline UFC 293. In this one, he fights another divisive figure: Sean Strickland. They might be the names carrying the UFC’s flagship event this month. But as far as being an entertaining fight, it’s not even in our list of 10 Best UFC Fights in September 2023.
10. Ciryl Gane vs Serghei Spivac, UFC Fight Night (Sep. 2)
Getting emasculated by Jon Jones gets you a winnable fight. That’s how Gane returns to his country as a favorite against Spivac. Gane will put his clinical striking skills to the test against Spivac’s more grappling-based approach. If Gane has his way, this could be a snoozer. But fighting in front of the rowdy French might just goad him to put on a show.
9. Eduardo Neves vs Jhonata Diniz, Contender Series (Sep. 12)
Along with four UFC events this September are four Contender Series events every Tuesday. The UFC features a pair of Brazilian knockout artists at 265 pounds. It’s a Four Loko for the soul with all 12 of Neves’s and Diniz’s combined wins coming via KO. Enjoy irresponsibly.
8. Charles Jourdain vs Ricardo Ramos, UFC Fight Night (Sep. 23)
Jourdain and Ramos are fun scrappy featherweights who will go back and forth here. Both are just outside the UFC rankings and a big win for either will move them closer. The early UFC lines should be lined closely here though the best bet could be for a finish.
7. Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov, UFC 293 (Sep. 9)
Tai Tuivasa is rarely in a boring fight. And the big Aussie will come at Volkov with guns blazing. That’s a recipe for a short fight as Tuivasa either scores the spectacular KO or gets finished trying. Early odds have Volkov as the -180 favorite.
6. Bruno Lopes vs Brendson Ribeiro, Contender Series (Sep. 5)
The first Contender Series bout in September is another Brazilian-on-Brazilian crime waiting to happen. Both Lopes and Ribeiro are fast starters and finish fights. The lines could favor the former here though expect the total to go under 1.5 rounds and be heavily juiced.
5. Taylor Lapilus vs Muin Gafurov, UFC Fight Night (Sep. 2)
An underrated UFC Fight in September features two bantamweights with master’s degrees in ass-kicking. Taylor Lapilus and Muin Gafurov each have 18 wins and have fought across the globe. Both are primarily kickboxers so expect some “spinning ish” and a finish. Current odds have Lapilus slightly favored.
4. Manon Fiorot vs Rose Namajunas, UFC Fight Night (Sep. 2)
Not to be overlooked in this packed UFC schedule in 2023 is the return of Rose Namajunas. The former champ has laid low since her disgraceful performance against Carla Esparza. Now, she has to get by the berserker, Manon Fiorot in her home country. At +160, Namajunas is the underdog. But that’s when she shines brightest.
4. Rafael Fiziev vs Mateusz Gamrot, UFC Fight Night (Sep. 23)
Fiziev and Gamrot are youngish contenders looking for a rebound. This could be the recipe to get them to put together another head-turning performance. In this competitive match, the betting line will be tight and the total may be listed at 4½ rounds. But it will be an intense fight for as long as it lasts.
2. Kevin Holland vs Jack Della Maddalena, Noche UFC (Sep. 16)
This is low-key the best UFC fight for September 2023 if we’re just talking about pure entertainment. Holland may never fight for a UFC title, but he consistently brings it: 21 of his 25 wins are finishes and he’s won seven post-fight bonuses. Della Maddalena, who has four first-round finishes and a Fight of the Night in his young UFC career, is the perfect partner.
1. Alexa Grasso vs Valentina Shevchenko 2, Noche UFC (Sep. 16)
We can’t resist topping the list with a cliche. But the Grasso–Shevchenko rematch in Mexican-themed UFC event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day is a chef’s kiss from the matchmakers. This battle between the former UFC champion and current one still moderately favors “Shev” at -230. But another win from Grasso (+190) could just blow the top off the T-Mobile Arena.