We’re into the final month of the year and there’s still a lot of MMA action on the horizon before things quieten down briefly over the Christmas period.
Friday, December 5th: ONE FC 23: Warriors Way
Where: Manila, Philippines
We get underway tomorrow in the Philippines with ONE FC’s latest offering which is headlined by bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes who’ll face the undefeated Dae Hwan Kim.
In the co-main event Brandon Vera makes his ONE FC debut against Igor Subora, while another former fighter Roger Gracie also makes his first appearance against TUF 10’s James McSweeney.
Saturday, December 6th: UFC 181: Hendricks Vs Lawler II
Where: Las Vegas, United States
The UFC’s pay-per-view show for December is a good one with two title fights topping the bill, including a welterweight rematch between current champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
In the co-main event it’s a battle of TUF 20 coaches as Anthony Pettis attempts to defend his title versus Gilbert Melendez, while Travis Browne fights Brendan Schaub.
Friday, December 5th: Invicta FC 10: Waterson Vs Tiburcio
Where: Texas, United States
Invicta FC are also in action on Saturday night with their 10th show on the UFC Fight Pass service which is headlined by atomweight title holder Michelle Waterson who’s looking for her seventh win in a row against Herica Tiburcio.
The co-feature here sees Tonya Evinger going up against Cindy Dandois and Roxanne Modaferri fights Andrea Lee.
Friday, December 12th: TUF 20 Finale
Where: Las Vegas, United States
The headliner for the TUF 20 Finale has still to be announced, but it will feature the two finalists who’ll be battling it out to become the first ever woman’s strawweight champion.
The card will be filled with other TUF 20 bouts like Joanne Calderwood Vs newcomer Seo Hee Ham, Tecia Torres Vs Angela Magana and Felice Herrig Vs Lisa Ellis, while Jeremy Stephens Vs Charles Oliveira and Daron Cruickshank Vs KJ Noons will make up the male contingent.
Saturday, December 13th: UFC On FOX 13: Dos Santos Vs Miocic
Where: Pheonix, United States
The final ‘UFC On FOX’ card of the year features a heavyweight fight that was originally supposed to happen earlier in the year between Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.
The main card for this one also features Nate Diaz returning against Rafael dos Anjos, Alistair Overeem Vs another long-term absentee Stefan Struve and more heavyweight action with Matt Mitrione Vs Gabriel Gonzaga.
Saturday, December 13th: WSOF 16: Palhares Vs Fitch
Where: Sacremento, United States
The same night WSOF end the year with a big welterweight fight between current champ Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch.
Not a great deal to write home about on the rest of the main card though, but in the co-main event there’s Rick Glenn (15-2-1) fighting Lance Palmer (8-1).
Friday, December 19th: ONE FC 24: Dynasty Of Champions
Where: Beijing, China
ONE FC are rounding off their year with a notable visit to China with a main event featuring Xian Ji (11-2) Vs Yadong Song (4-0).
Amongst the other fights on the card there’s also a four-man, one-night tournament that will crown a new featherweight champion
Saturday, December 20th: UFC Fight Night 58: Machida Vs Dollaway
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil
And finally, the UFC brings the curtain down on 2014 in Brazil with Lyoto Machida providing CB Dollaway with his biggest fight to date.
The card also features a return to action for long-time bantamweight champ Renan Barao in the co-main event against Mitch Gagnon.