In September 2012, Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez made history as the first two athletes to fight for the UFC flyweight title. On December 14th, more than a year after the epic five-round battle won by Johnson, the two best 125-pound fighters in the world will meet again in Sacramento. Plus, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber returns to his hometown to meet Michael “Mayday” McDonald, and welterweight standouts Carlos Condit and Matt Brown face off in what promises to be a Fight of the Year candidate.
December 14, 2013126Sacramento, CASleep Train Arena
Making his UFC debut, Alptekin “The Turkish Delight” Ozkilic with his 8-1 record including back-to-back KO/TKO wins in his most recent bouts would square off against Ralph Gracie trained submission specialist Darren Uyenoyama who was 2-1 in the UFC.
In the rematch of their August clash, North Carolina’s Abel Trujillo displayed some incredible explosive stand-up in their first meeting and was ready to collide again with “Relentless” Roger Bowling who wanted to make “Killa” his 8th pro win via KO/TKO.
Striking vs. submissions as Canadian kickboxer Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout making his 17th UFC appearance including 6 Fight of the Nights entered the Octagon against TUF 12’s owner of the world’s most effective guillotine choke Cody McKenzie.
Former NCAA D1 wrestlers turned electric MMA fighters were set to tangle in the UFC’s flyweight division as Octagon newcomer Zack “Fun Size” Makovsky took on 2x Fight of the Night winner Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen in his first drop to 125 pounds.
Strikeforce studs “King” Bobby Green and Pat “Bam Bam” Healy aimed to close out 2013 with a bang as Green put his eye-opening 6 fight win streak on the line against the relentless grinding offense of Healy.
It was a tale of two fights as Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo and former Brazilian Muay Thai champion Edson Barboza clashed where one had victory within their grasp then it was gone and in the other’s, which, in the end, lead to a Fight of the Night.
What would happen when two welterweights with stand-up skills & never-ending gas tanks tangled inside the Octagon? We found out when undefeated Ryan LaFlare had quickly impressed with 2 UFC wins took on TUF 11 winner Court “The Crusher” McGee.
Stuck between a rock & a hard place after back-to-back losses, two talented veteran lightweights in UFC bonus leader Joe Lauzon and TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig took to the cage in search of a tough win against an event tougher opponent.
Whose UFC featherweight win streak would come to an end? Team Alpha Male’s Chad “Money” Mendes and his power-punching that was growing by leaps-and-bounds was set to scrap with American Top Team’s Nik Lentz who had hit his stride at 145 pounds.
In a little over a year following their title fight split-decision, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson would make his 3rd belt defense against his original rival Joseph Benavidez who had won 3 straight including back-to-back KO/TKOs.