The UFC told us they were planning to “Go Big” with the rest of 2015. Well they have done just that. The calendar is flat out stacked for the rest of 2015. Here are the four can’t miss fights left this year.
Paige Van Zant vs. Joanne Calderwood, UFC Fight Night, 12/10
Van Zant’s legend is growing quickly in the UFC, but for the first time she’ll be presented with a fighter that’s actually on her level. Calderwood is 10-1 including her last victory over Courtney Casey which earned Fight of the Night honors. 12 Guage (Van Zant) is an absolute star in the sport, and if she can get through this one, her first main event, she’ll be in line for a title shot very soon. This fight will be right here in Vegas, and tickets will be relatively cheap. I definitely recommend you attend.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone, UFC on FOX, 12/19
Any time Cowboy Cerrone fights it’s a must watch, but this one is for a title, so it’s a double-super-mega-must watch. dos Anjos will be defending his Lightweight title for the first time after taking it from Anthony Pettis, but he may have a tougher task in Cerrone. I’ll admit though, part of the draw for Cerrone fights are the post-fight antics when he wins, I’m really just looking forward to that.
Chad Mendes vs. Frankie Edgar, TUF 22 Finale, 12/11
The fight itself is an awesome matchup, but my favorite part of this fight is it’s place in the division. Mendes just lost to Conor McGregor, albeit on a short camp, and Edgar can’t seem to get his chance at the brash Irishman. McGregor claims that if/when he knocks out Jose Aldo that he’ll move up to Lightweight leaving these two in the dust. Someone has to win this fight, and the winner absolutely deserves a shot at the winner of McGregor/Aldo, but the drama that will ensue is certainly well worth the watch.
Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo, UFC 194, 12/12
Right here in Las Vegas will be one of the most hyped fights in UFC history. We almost got to see it back in July, but Aldo had to pull out due to a rib injury. This time it almost has to happen, otherwise it’ll kill Aldo’s career. McGregor is a show that you can’t miss, whether you like the UFC or not. Name a characteristic that makes a good fight, and this one has it. It’s going to be awesome, and if there’s ever been a time to purchase your first UFC PPV, this is it.