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GFL preview: Former Bellator Champ Emanuel Newton featured, plus Big Brody battles Tyrone

Freakshow fights are back!

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The combat sports world is buzzing with activity this weekend, and there is certainly a lot more to watch than just the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) debut in Croatia. is set to stream several combat sports events from the regional scene all across the world over the next two days, featuring some noteworthy veterans and former title holders.

Once again, as a gift to MMAmania readers, GFL is offering 25% off any event, using the exclusive coupon code "ManiaGFL."

This week's selections provide the freakshow fight of the year, the return of the "Hardcore Kid," several title fights and a whole lot more. Without further ado, let's take a look at the top five fights to watch on GFL this week.

5. Marcus Sursa vs. Haze Wilson - Xtreme Fight Night 28

If you are wondering why the name Marcus Sursa rings a bell, it's probably because you remember "Money" utterly destroying former UFC contender Thiago Silva late last year.

The 33-year old Light Heavyweight fights out of Jackson Wink MMA, boasting 15 career finishes in 16 victories.

While Sursa is most successful in MMA, he dabbles in other combat sports, proving to be a must watch fighter in any scenario.

This weekend, Sursa will look to earn yet another knockout when he faces the dangerous Haze Wilson at Xtreme Fight Night 28 for the Super Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship.

Wilson too has proved to be an all-action fighter, often putting himself at risk in order to punish his opponents.

With two heavy-handed knockout artists set to square off in a kickboxing match inside the XFN cage, be sure not to blink, as this one could be over in a hurry.

4. Big Brody vs. Tyrone - WXE Presents Celebrity Boxing

Remember how hilariously awful Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 turned out to be? Well now is your chance to re-live that excitement with a "celebrity" Boxing match pitting Social Media stars Tyrone and Big Brody against one another.

You've likely seen the duo's videos on Instagram, Vine, or YouTube, and their simmering hatred for one another has hit a boiling point.

Brody and Tyrone have no formal training experience and are certainly not fighters by any means, but this freak show fight is simply a must watch.

While it's probably impossible to be as infamous as Kimbo vs. Dada, we can only hope both these men will give it their all to put on a show.

Don't miss this one Friday night.

3. Vincent Fricilone vs. Chris Bennett - Alaska Fighting Championship 123

If you haven't yet heard the name Vincent Fricilone, prepare to hear a lot more about this Lightweight stud over the next few years.

The Vale Tudo product is undefeated in MMA, earning four straight wins to kick off his professional career alongside three sensational finishes.

With Dana White recently attending an Alaska Fighting Championship event, you know UFC brass has a close eye on the up and coming talent in the promotion.

Fricilone is still very green in the sport, but his talent and athleticism inside the cage is evident. If he is able to secure the interim Lightweight title at AFC 123, he could very well earn a UFC roster spot.

Standing in his way will be late replacement Chris Bennett, who took the interim title fight on less than a week's notice.

The "Samurai" hasn't had the best career thus far in MMA, going 6-4 in his first 10 bouts, but he simply could not pass up this opportunity.

Bennett's biggest failure is his willingness to take damage in order to deliver a massive haymaker, causing him to lose two fights via knockout.

While Bennett's fight IQ leaves a lot to be desired, there is no question he makes for an entertaining fighter.

For however long this fight lasts, it should be thrilling.

2. Cody McKenzie vs. Ryan Machan - Fight Night Medicine Hat

Cody McKenzie is back!

The affable UFC veteran has lost four straight fights and gone 1-5 since being cut by the world's leading MMA promotion, but that won't stop him from continuing to battle.

McKenzie and Ryan Machan have been scheduled to fight three separate times for two different organizations, and their bad blood is as real as it gets.

Boasting arguably the greatest nickname in MMA today as the "Sylvan Lake Strangler," Machan will look to earn his sixth straight finish victory this weekend.

The Canadian has fought some very talented fighters during his decade long career, including a win over UFC veteran Kajan Johnson, as well as a loss to Jordan Mein.

With a win over McKenzie, Machan could very well be getting a call-up to the big leagues later this year.

This fight likely won't be all that aesthetically pleasing, but how could you possibly miss Cody McKenzie in action?

Someone is getting choked out, and either way, it should be a glorious ride to the finish line.

1. Emanuel Newton vs. Matt Baker - Fight Night Medicine Hat

After three straight difficult losses to top contenders, former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton returns to the regional scene for the first time in nearly five years to battle Matt Baker at Fight Night Medicine Hat.

"The Hardcore Kid" is best known for his legendary spinning back fist knockouts over King Mo and Joey Beltran, and he will look to get back in the win column with another violent finish this weekend.

While Newton is the heavy favorite, it would be unwise for him to overlook Baker on Saturday night.

"The Riotmaker" hasn't exactly had the greatest MMA career -- owning a 13-8 record -- but with 12 career finishes, Baker can absolutely pull off the upset.

Even with his current losing streak, Newton has proven to be a must-watch fighter over and over again, and this Saturday night is no different.

Can he return to Bellator with a regional title around his waist?

We will find out exclusively on GFL.

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