Ares FC 1

Ares FC 1

Ares FC 1

There may be a new player on the horizon in African MMA.

Ares Fighting Championship will host its inaugural event on Saturday 14th December in Dakar, Senegal, and there’s plenty of buzz about it in the continent and beyond.

The upstart promotion’s first offering is a 12-fight card featuring competitors from across the globe.

For the main event, Lithuania’s Laurynas Urbonavicius takes on former UFC light heavyweight Ildemar Alcantara.

While the main event lacks a fighter from Africa or a European fighter with lineage from the continent, the vast majority of the Ares 1 bouts features at least one combatant either from Africa or of African stock – north and south.

The co-main event features French Cage Warriors veteran Sofiane Boukichou and the debuting Senegalese wrestling champion Oumar Kane.

That fight is pretty symbolic of what it seems Ares FC is trying to achieve in its first event: feature some well-known names from Europe or South America and pair them with an African talent or a fighter from the African diaspora.

Elsewhere on the card, the likes of Joe Meunier, Damien Lapilus and Taylor Lapilus will be hoping to delight the Dakar crowd on Saturday night.

I love seeing knew promotions sprout from the ground up and it will certainly be interesting to watch Ares 1’s first show.

Luckily for you, it’s easy to watch. Ares 1 will be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass and could serve as the perfect appetiser for UFC 245 later that day.

Check the event out here to see when the event starts in your timezone.

Full Ares 1 fight card:

Light Heavyweight: Ildemar Alcântara vs. Laurynas Urbonavicius
Heavyweight: Sofiane Boukichou vs. Oumar Kane
Bantamweight: Taylor Lapilus vs. Marcos Breno
Middleweight: Glenn Sparv vs. Gregory Babene
Heavyweight: Marat Aliaskhabov vs. Moussa Togola
Featherweight: Damien Lapilus vs. Łukasz Sajewski
Lightweight: Asikerbai Jinensibieke vs. Joanderson Brito
Welterweight: Jonathan Meunier vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Women’s Bantamweight: Rizlen Zouak vs. Jamila Sandora
Heavyweight: Matunga Djikasa vs. Josh Parisian
Lightweight: Baba Boundjou Nadjombe vs. Mairon Santos
Middleweight: Djati Melan vs. Eslam Abdul Baset

*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.