The MMA plug previews UFC Auckland, Bellator 239, LFA 82, and more in the latest Colorado MMA News weekend preview!

UFC Auckland takes place Saturday, February 22nd, and Shana Dobson (3-3) of Elevation Fight Team will fight on the card as she takes on Priscila Cachoeira (8-3) in a clash of flyweights.

Dobson was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter tv show and recently moved to Denver to further her mixed martial arts career. You can watch her fight on the prelims portion of the card, on ESPN+ starting at 2:00 pm MST.

Bellator 239 goes down on Friday night in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and two Genesis Fight Team stablemates will be competing on the card.

Brandon Girtz (16-8) will fight in the co-main event as he takes on UFC veteran, Myles “Fury” Jury (18-5) in a lightweight showdown. Girtz is coming into the fight on the back of a unanimous decision win against Saad Awad his last time out, at Bellator 219.

Girtz’ teammate, Grant Neal (2-0), will showcase his ever-evolving skills on the Thackerville undercard as he takes on Claude Wilcox (1-1) in a clash of Light Heavyweights. Neal is coming off of a dominant unanimous decision win his last time out over Jimmy Lugo at Bellator 233. Neal is the number one ranked Light Heavyweight in Colorado according to, and he will be looking to pick up the third win of his pro career on Friday night.

You can watch the fights live, on the DAZN app, starting at 7:00 pm MST.

Also, on Friday night, LFA 82 takes place in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and two Colorado fighters will be featured on the card.

Pauline “Pita” Macias (3-0) of Factory X Muay Thai will put her undefeated record on the line when she takes on the Peruvian prospect, Dana Grau (2-2), in a fight at strawweight. Macias is coming into the bout after most recently winning by unanimous decision at LFA 65 and will be seeking the 7th overall win of her career and her 4th as a pro.

Additionally, Nate “Savage” Smith (5-0) of Elevation Fight Team will fight fellow unbeaten, Sean Stebbens (2-0) in a battle of flyweights. Smith is coming into the bout riding a seven-fight win streak and most recently won by first-round rear-naked choke at Midwest Championship 17. Smith has won his past three fights by first-round submission. Look for another impressive performance from Nate “Savage” Smith at LFA 82.

You can stream the fights live on UFC Fight Pass starting at 7:00 pm MST.

Local Martial Arts:

Strike Muay Thai hosts their first event this Saturday, the 22nd, at the Watering Bowl in Denver. Fights start at 1:00 pm MST. Go check out the local Muay Thai action!

New Matchup Announcements:

Fury FC returns to Colorado on April 10th at the Grizzly Rose, and a couple of pro matchups have been announced.

Caleb Hall, 2-0 of Elevation Fight Team, will look to keep his undefeated pro record intact as he takes on Whit Campbell (0-1) of Pariah MMA. Campbell will look to avenge his teammate’s loss to Hall in Hall’s last fight. The lightweight bout will take place at 155 lbs.

Lance, “The Boogeyman” Wright (5-1) of Elevation Fight Team, will throw down with Josh Watson (5-5) of Pariah MMA in a meeting of middleweights. Watson is riding a three-fight win streak going into the bout, with all three wins coming by early stoppage.

His five wins as a pro have all come by submission or KO. Wright, on the other hand, will be looking to make it two wins in a row, and he has won 4 of his five pro victories by submission.

Mark your calendars and get your tickets from your favorite fighter on the card!

Check back on Monday to get the results from this weekend’s fight action in the Colorado MMA News, Weekend WrapUp.

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