As the world’s top mixed martial artists prepare to face off, there will be plenty of elite MMA action in the upcoming weeks and months. A number of high-profile fights are coming up in January to start the year, and 2023 is shaping up to be a year of extraordinary drama in mixed martial arts. January features a mix of UFC and Invicta you won’t want to miss. Let’s take a closer look at the top MMA events to bet on before the end of January.
MMA Events to bet on before the end of January
UFC Fight Night 217 – January 14th
In the UFC’s first “Fight Night” event of the 2023 new year, the headliner of Nassourdine Imavov vs. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 14, will no longer happen because Gastelum injured his mouth during training camp. Middleweights No. 7-ranked Sean Strickland (25-5) and No. 12-ranked Imavov (12-3) will be featured in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday at the Apex Center.
Since the fight is taking place at light heavyweight, the result may not matter in terms of middleweight rankings, but Imavov is looking to leave a lasting impression on UFC officials and fans after a five-fight win streak with two knockouts.
Additionally, Dan Ige (15-6) will also try to rebound from a three-fight losing streak against Damon Jackson (22-4-1) at UFC Fight Night. Punahele Soriano (9-2) and Roman Kopylov (9-2) will square off at middleweight, and Ketlen Vieira (13-2) will face Raquel Pennington (14-9) to round out an exciting main card.
Invicta 51 – January 18th
On Wednesday, January 18, Invicta Fighting Championships will return to Reelworks in Denver with a championship doubleheader at Invicta FC 51. Get ready for another exciting night of action in the Mile High City as this Main Card features two pairs of Women’s fighters who are amongst the best in the world.
Taneisha “Triple Threat” Tennant (5-1) defends her bantamweight title against UFC veteran Talita Bernardo in the evening’s main event (9-4). In addition, the vacant flyweight title will also be on the line when Kristina “Warhorse” Williams of Oklahoma (6-3) and Ketlen “Esquentadinha” Souza of Brazil (12-3) square off in the co-featured match.
UFC 283 – January 21st
Fans should be running to bet this matchup on Mybookie as the UFC has released the year’s first pay-per-view program with UFC 283 headlining Glover Teixeira (33-8), a former UFC champion, against Jamahal Hill (11-1) for the vacant light heavyweight championship in the main event in Rio de Janeiro on January 21. Even more impressive, this card also features Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1), the current UFC flyweight champion, and Brandon Moreno (20-6-2) squaring off for the fourth time in the co-main event.
MMA fans will also be happy to see Gilbert Burns (20-5) on the main card as he returns to Brazil to fight welterweight veteran Neil Magny (26-10). Jessica Andrade (23-9) and former championship contender Lauren Murphy (16-5) will square off at flyweight. The last bout of the main event, a light heavyweight match between two seasoned veterans, features Paul Craig (16-5-1) and Johnny Walker (19-7).