Oh, you thought the Holiday season was over after New Year’s Day? Think again. The UFC will be kicking off 2015 in style with four cards, which features three potential top contender bouts, two former UFC champs, one box office championship affair, and a partridge in a pear tree.
UFC 182 starts things off on January 3 with arguably the most anticipated light heavyweight title tilt in MMA history between reigning king Jon Jones (pictured) and shoe flinger extraordinaire Daniel Cormier.
A critical lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury co-headlines.
Fast forward 15 days and the UFC’s new golden boy makes his return to action. Conor McGregor meets Dennis Siver in a freebie fight card on Fox Sports 1. Eddie Alvares and Benson Henderson open up for the featherweights.
UFC on FOX 14 creeps around the corner just six days later. That January 24 event showcases a 205-pound title eliminator with Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi serve as the co-featured attraction.
UFC 183 rounds out the month of January with the highly anticipated return of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and somewhat-highly anticipated return of Nick Diaz.
That’s several significant scraps and countless big names. In addition, none of the lineups for the four events are complete, so there’s more to come.
Let’s just hope the pesky injury bug will be on vacation until after January…
Louis Gaudinot vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson
Nate Marquardt vs. Brad Tavares
Danny Castillo vs. Rustam Khabilov
Josh Burkman vs. Hector Lombard
Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones (UFC light heavyweight champion)
UFC Fight Night 59:
Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez
Matt Van Buren vs. Sean O’Connell
Paul Felder vs. Johnny Case
Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell
Jorge Masvidal vs. Norman Parke
Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou
Benson Henderson vs. Eddie Alvarez
Dennis Siver vs. Conor McGregor
UFC on FOX 14:
Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Anthony Johnson vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos
Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein
Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva