- Igor Pokrajac And Five Others Cut From The UFC
- Julianna Pena Returns Against Milana Dudieva At UFC Fight Night 63
- UFC 183: Up Close & Personal – Anderson Silva
- Rashad Evans Predicts Anthony Johnson Will Knock Out Jon Jones
- Cris Cyborg Return Set For Same Weekend & City As Ronda Rousey
- Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor Postponed Until Mid-Summer
- UFC 183: Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz Fight Breakdown
- Akira Corassani Announces Retirement From MMA
- Did A Head Butt Cause Alexander Gustafsson To Lose In Sweden?
- Daniel Cormier Wants To Fight Alexander Gustafsson In Louisiana
UFC 182 Is The End Of Year Show For 2014, Takes Place January 3, 2015
The UFC’s end of year shows are always a huge draw for fans, and quite rightly too. With festivity and parties happening the world over, and most people away from work, shows that fall between Christmas and New Year are an almost guaranteed hit. MMAJunkie.com reports that this years end of year showing has been moved back, and will take place on the first Saturday of 2015.
The event is UFC 182, and the headlining bout is rumored to be the return of lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, as he squares off against exciting former Strikeforce boss Gilbert Melendez. Last year the end of year show was UFC 168, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman II, and sold over a million PPVs. As reported by Junkie:
“The move was necessitated by the calendar. Christmas falls on a Thursday this year, and rather than hosting an event just two days later, UFC 182 will take place the following Saturday, after the new year. Other year-end shows have also technically taken place in the new year due to the calendar. UFC 125, for example, took place on Jan. 1, 2011, rather than on Christmas Day in 2010.”
Perhaps Ronda Rousey would be available to partake in the proceedings at UFC 182, although it all depends how long she plans to take off after fighting Alexis Davis at UFC 175. Anderson Silva has spoke about an early 2015 return to fighting, and that would surely get 2015 off to a great start.
After six months of injury woes, TRT controversy and a serious lack of championship bouts, it looks like things may be starting to look up for the UFC. There is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of UFC 182, and I’m excited to see Anthony Pettis attempt to defend the belt against ‘El Nino’ in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.