The month of November was huge for MMA fans. We had Sengoku 11, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, UFC 105, WEC 44, Strikeforce – Challengers Series 5, and UFC 106. We also had The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights each Wednesday night.
These shows produced some of the best fights of the year. “Pee Wee” Herman knocked out “Big” Jim York with a crazy heel smash, Fedor knocked out Brett Rogers, Dan Hardy took out Mike Swick, Michael Bisping finished Denis Kang, Jose Aldo knocked out Mike Brown, Josh Koscheck choked out Anthony Johnson, and “Lil’ Nog” made a very impressive UFC debut with his knockout of Luiz Cane.
Let’s take a look forward to December to see what big shows we have coming up.
First up is next Wednesday night, Dec. 2, we have the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights on Spike TV. The remaining quarterfinal and semifinal bouts will be shown, revealing who will be fighting Saturday, Dec. 5, at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in Las Vegas.
So far, we do know that Kimbo Slice will be fighting on the card, and although not officially announced, it looks as if his opponent will be Houston Alexander. And of course, a six-figure contract will be awarded to the TUF 10 finalist. Other notable fights on the Dec. 5 card include John Howard vs. Dennis Hallman, and Jon Jones vs. Matt Hammill.
The next big MMA event for December will be Saturday, Dec. 12, when UFC 107 comes to the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The main event for that card will have B.J. Penn defending his light heavyweight title against Diego Sanchez. Other notable matches include Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo and Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, WEC 45 takes place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. This card is headlined with what will surely be a war between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Ed “9 mm” Ratcliff. Also, Chris Horodecki will make his WEC debut against Anthony Njokuani, Joseph Benavidez will take on Rani Yahya, and Takeya Mizugaki will take on Scott Jorgensen.
On the very same night, Dec. 19, Strikeforce: Evolution takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. This card will feature the Strikeforce debut of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, as he takes on Mike Whitehead, Matt Lindland will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Cung Le returns to action versus Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in the main event.
Finally, on Thursday, Dec. 31, we look to Japan for their traditional New Year’s Eve cards. This year, World Victory Road (Sengoku) and FEG (K-1 Dynamite!!) are teaming up to hold one giant event. Only a few fights have been announced thus far, but 18-19 fights are expected for the card (stay tuned for these announcements).
With this New Year’s Eve blowout in Japan we will finally see the MMA debut of Olympic Judo Gold-Medalist Satoshi Ishii, as he takes on Hidehiko Yoshida, and Ikuhisa Minowa will take on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in Sengoku’s Super Hulk Tournament finals. Japan does it big on their New Year’s Eve events. If you have never witnessed one of their year-end shows, make plans to watch this one.
There is only one month left in 2009 for MMA fans, but once again, it is a stacked month that will surely end the year with a bang. Stick with us here at ProMMA.info, as we will be there every step of the way to bring you the results and coverage you have come to expect.