12-12-14, By JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.com
This weekend presents us with another fun fight weekend for all of us fight fans! On Friday night you have the TUF finals where we will see a new division take place along with “A Champion Will Be Crowned”. On Saturday we have UFC on Fox and WSOF, as well. Let’s take a better look at this weekend’s fights.
On Friday night, December 12, 2014, I am going to be very busy at South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa, California attending their Old Dog Boxing tournament. Because of that, I will be taping, for later review, the UFC and the TUF Finals where the winner of the Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas match will become the first champion of the brand new women’s Strawweight division.
Esparza and Namajunas have gone through hell at the TUF house and the inconvenience of having to train at home for this fight. Carla Esparza, who was the the first Invicta FC World Strawweight Champion, the UFC’s ranked #1 fighter and also Team Pettis’s first pick, had the biggest target on her. Along with that, she was expected to make the finals and after seeing her fight and really demonstrate why she is number 1, I think Esparza just might take it all. Rose Namajunas should change her nickname from “Thug” to “Lone Survivor” because she was the only one from Team Melendez to make it at all the way through this tournament. She kept surprising us all with her ground game and with sick submissions all through the season. If Namajunas sticks to her game plan and remains focused, I think she could take this fight as well and become the first UFC Women’s World Strawweight Champion. Without a doubt, these two ladies have a tough test ahead of them.
On Saturday December 13, 2014 we have a big weekend with the UFC and WSOF live on free TV, so lets talk about this.
UFC on Fox 13 is coming to us from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ. There are a lot of fighters on this card who are coming back from injuries or having just taken time off to improve their fight game. This is where former UFC World Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos, is making his long awaited return against up and coming contender, Stipe Miocic. Miocic has been on a tear since he experienced his first and only loss to Stefan Struve back in 2012. These two giants have fixed their eyes on a title shot and are not looking past each other for this main event fight.
In the co-main event we have a lightweight fight where Nate Diaz, one of the most beloved fighters by fight fans, makes his return after a laying off for a year. He will be taking on Rafael dos Anios who is coming into this fight with one of his biggest wins to date over former UFC World Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson. A lot of people are saying if dos Anios wins on Saturday he could be positioned for a title shot.
This is a stacked card and I am very excited about it.
WSOF 16 is being held at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, California. This card contains not one, but two title fights and I think it is really cool for them to do this at the end of the year. In the co-main event we get to see WSOF World Featherweight Champion, Rick Glenn, defend his title for the first time against Lance Palmer. Both of these men want to begin the new year by becoming the WSOF World Featherweight Champion.
In the main event we have the WSOF World Welterweight Champion, Rousimar Palhares, defending his title for the first time when he takes on Jon Fitch. Both of these men are ground specialists and they are former UFC veterans. Fitch, as you know, is a former title challenger for the UFC World Welterweight Title where he came close, but couldn’t take down GSP, the former champ . Palhares was mostly a middleweight in the UFC until he went down to welterweight. Once there we saw him looking like he should have been in this division the whole time. He won his first fight with a great submission win with a heel hook but he got into trouble for not letting go of the heel hook when his opponent and the referee asked him to release it. As a result, the UFC let him go and he has learned a lesson and is moving on to show why he is champion material.
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