With the biggest Mixed Martial Arts organizations coming off a triple-header last month; UFC, Invicta FC and World Series of Fighting are wasting no time as they will have six events before 2015.
The UFC leads the pack having four scheduled events in December, the biggest, UFC 181: Hendricks vs Lawler 2, this Saturday night. Not only does this card have one of the biggest rematches of the year in the main event, Robbie Lawler looking to avenge his first loss to current welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks, it also will also showcase the return of UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis putting his title on the line versus #1 contender, Gilbert Melendez. Pettis has not fought since being injured eighteen months ago but after coaching against one another on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter 20, the two look ready to put on a great main event.
Speaking of TUF, on Saturday, December 13th, The Ultimate Fighter Finale will also take place. After what has been an action packed all female season, the first ever UFC strawweight champion will be crowned that night. And if that wasn’t enough, UFC on FOX will take place the very next night, with a stacked card featuring a knockout fan’s dream line up as Matt Mitrione and Gabriel Gonzaga kick off the night’s fights followed by Alistair Overeem versus Stefan Struve, Rafael dos Anjos and Nate Diaz and the main event being #2 ranked heavyweight, Junior dos Santos taking on Stipe Miocic.
The UFC will then end the year in Brazil on December 20th with a card on Fox Sports 1 headlined by #10 ranked middleweight CB Dollaway as he tries to rise up the division’s ladder with a win over #4 ranked Lyoto Machida in the main event. The co-main event features former UFC bantamweight champion, Renan Barao taking on Mitch Gagnon.
As for Invicta FC and World Series of Fighting, Invicta FC 10 will take place this Friday, December 5th, streaming only on UFC Fight Pass and will feature fast rising star and current Invicta Atomweight champion, Michelle Waterson in the main event as she takes on Herica Tiburcio. Waterson is coming off her first title defense back in September as Tiburico comes in riding a three fight win streak. And in a big turn of events, due to a delay in her visa processing, flyweight title contender, Vanessa Porto was pulled from her fight with Roxanne Modafferi and was replaced by Andrea Lee. Lee is coming off a win from Invicta FC 9 just four weeks ago.
The World Series of Fighting will end their year off on Saturday, December 13th, with WSOF 16 featuring a main event welterweight world title fight between current WSOF champion Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch.
With six events in four weeks, some of which are on the same night, it can be hard to know what fights are going to be the ones you want to watch. But lucky for us, they make DVRs. And if you don’t have a DVR or a laptop to watch the replays, maybe ask Santa for an early Christmas present.