If all goes according to plan, and by that we mean the pesky injury bug doesn’t come rearing its ugly head again, MMA fans will be in for quite a treat as 2013 comes to a close.
After watching Anderson Silva get knocked unconscious by Chris Weidman at UFC 162, company president Dana White announced his Octagon will be hosting some of the MMA’s biggest stars beginning in September.
Some of the UFC’s winter agenda was previously announced, but White did provide some new tidbits Saturday night.
Starting on September 21 with UFC 165, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his throne against Alexander Gustafsson inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Interim bantamweight title holder Renan Barao meets Eddie Wineland in the co-main event.
The UFC will then be taking its talents to Houston, much like Dwight Howard, on October 19. Toyota Centre hosts UFC 166, which showcases the heavyweight trilogy between champion Cain Velasquez and former champ Junior dos Santos.
UFC 167 goes down November 16 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre defends his throne against top contender Johny Hendricks in the show’s featured attraction.
On December 28, the UFC returns to Vegas (venue TBD) for UFC 168. For the first time in company history, two ladies will headline the Octagon’s New Year’s Eve weekend card when women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (pictured) fights bitter rival Miesha Tate.
Buckle up, fight fans. This should be an explosive close to 2013.