It’s been a busy week for the Ultimate Fighting Championships with a ton of bouts announced and 2 major injuries shaking up UFC on Fox 9; we recap the promotions recent activity.
UFC on Fox 9 takes place on December 14, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
Partial MCL & ACL tears will sideline John “The Magician” Dodson (15-6) who was scheduled to meet Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen (14-7). Jorgensen in his Flyweight debut will instead square off with in his promotional debut former RFA Flyweight and Bellator Bantamweight champion Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky ().
Matt “The Immortal” Brown (18-11) has suffered herniated disks that will force the cancellation of a scheduled top 10 Welterweight encounter with “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (29-7). Replacing Brown vs. Condit on the main card will be a Lightweight battle pitting Joe Lauzon (22-9) vs. Mac Danzig (21-11-1).
UFC Fight Night 34 takes place on January 4, in Singapore.
In the Featherweight division Japanese superstar Tatsuya Kawajiri (32-7-2) will collide with Sean Soriano (8-0) a CFA vet and member of the Blackzilians.
In the Bantamweight division Evolve MMA’s Leandro Issa (11-3) will clash with former Tachi Palace Bantamweight champion Russell Doane (12-3). Both men will be making their promotional debut and both men have 10 wins by stoppage.
UFC Fight Night 35 takes place on January 15 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth Georgia.
Elias Silverio (9-0) coming off a unanimous decision win over Joao Zeferino, will square off with Jackson’s/Winkeljohn’s fighter Isaac Vallie-flagg (14-3); who has not lost in over 6 years.
Looking to rebound from a failed bid to capture the UFC Flyweight title MMA LABs’ John Moraga (12-3) will throw down with Roufusport product Dustin Ortiz (12-2) ; who is coming off a promotional debut win over Jose Maria.
UFC on Fox 10 takes place on January 25, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Coming off a debut unanimous decision win over Walt Harris, Jared Rosholt (9-1) will welcome Russian Oleskiy Oliynyk (2-0) to the Octagon. Oliynyk is coming off of submitting Mirko Cro Cop, with a neck crank.
Heavyweight in search of a better 2nd showing will meet when Walt Harris (5-2) collides with Nikita Krylov (15-3). Harris is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jared Rosholt, while Krylov is coming off a 3rd round TKO loss to Soa Palelei.
In what is sure to be a striking dual Yves “Tiger” Jabouin (19-8) faces former WEC Bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (20-9-1). Jabouin is 4-1 in the UFC and coming off a split decision win, while Wineland looks to bounce back from a TKO loss to Renan Barao in a interim Bantamweight title bout.
UFC 169 takes place on February 1, Super Bowl weekend at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Fighting at home Nick Catone (9-4) will tangle with England’s Tom “Kong” Watson (16-6). Catone has lost consecutive bout to Chris Camozzi and TJ Waldberger, while Watson is coming of a loss to Tales Laties.
UFC Fight Night 36 takes place on February 15, at the Arena Jaragua in Jarahua Do Sul, Santa Catarina; Brazil.
Thiago Tavares (18-5-1) has decided to make a move from 155 to 145 and his first opponent will be promotional newcomer Zubair Tuhugov (15-3). Tavares in 3-1 in his last 4 and coming off a submission win over Justin Salas. Tuhugov comes to the UFC on the strength of a 6 fight winning streak.
UFC 170 takes place on February 22, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Having signed a new 8 fight deal with the UFC Daniel Cormier (13-0) coming off wins over Frank Mir and Roy Nelson will debut at Light Heavyweight against former LHW champion “Suga” Rashad Evans (19-3-1); who has strung together consecutive wins over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen.
Top 10 Welterweight will battle as Rory MacDonald (15-2) meets Damien Maia (18-5). MacDonald is coming off a decision loss to Robbie Lawler while, Maia is coming off a decision loss to Jake Shields.
Streaking Lightweights are set to meet with Rustam Khabilov (17-1) taking on Rafael Dos Anjos (20-6). Khabilov most recently earned his 4th straight win with a decision over Jorge Masvidal, while Dos Anjos is coming off a decision win over Donald Cerrone; for his 5th straight win.
UFC 171 takes place on March 15, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas; headlined by Jon “Bones” Jones (19-1) defending the UFC Light Heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira (22-2).
Also at Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva (16-3) meets Ovince St. Preux (14-5) in a bout that has been rescheduled from UFC Fight Night 36. Silva is coming off a decision win over Matt Hamill, while OSP at UFC Fight Night 26 knocked out Cody Donovan.
At Middleweight Bubba McDaniel (21-7) meets fellow TUF 17 alum Tor Troeng (16-5-1). McDaniel is coming off a decision loss to Brad Tavares that ended a 7 fight winning streak. Troeng just had his 5 fight winning streak ended by a decision loss to Rafael Natal.