2012
2012 in the UFC.
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs Velasquez II
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs Velasquez 2 from December 29, 2012. The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s final event of 2012 is literally the biggest of the year, as UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos meets former titleholder Cain Velasquez in a highly-anticipated rematch. The first time these two titans met in the Octagon, Brazil's Dos Santos took Velasquez' belt. Now a year later, the former All-American wrestler with fight stopping power in both hands looks to get even.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale: Nelson vs Mitrione
TUF 16 Finale: Nelson vs Mitrione from December 15, 2012. Two of the heavyweight division’s heaviest hitters meet on Saturday, December 15th in Las Vegas. Knockout artist Roy “Big Country” Nelson faces off against Matt Mitrione, his former The Ultimate Fighter teammate. Plus, two TUF finalists will compete for a six-figure UFC contract.
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Diaz
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Diaz from December 8, 2012. UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz showcased a stacked card featuring two former champs, a current champ, and some of the best & brightest who could own a gold belt in the future. In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson faced Nate Diaz.
UFC 154: St-Pierre vs Condit
UFC 154: St-Pierre vs Condit from November 17, 2012. The undisputed UFC welterweight champion will be crowned when Georges St-Pierre looks to extend his five-year, nine-fight winning streak against interim titleholder, “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit. After an injury sidelined St-Pierre for nearly a year, Condit claimed the interim title by defeating Nick Diaz in February. Now, the two will battle it out on St-Pierre’s home turf to determine the world’s best 170-pound fighter.
UFC Fight Night: Franklin vs Le
UFC Fight Night: Franklin vs Le from November 10, 2012. Ni hao, China! UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le marked the Octagon’s entrance to Asia’s “The Middle Kingdom” with an event in Macao. Headlined by former UFC middleweight champ Rich “Ace” Franklin taking on former Strikeforce middleweight champ Cung Le.
UFC 153: Silva vs Bonnar
UFC 153: Silva vs Bonnar from October 13, 2012. Already 2-0 in the UFC at light heavyweight, middleweight champion and pound for pound king Anderson 'The Spider' Silva will take the risky move 20 pounds north once more to meet former Ultimate Fighter finalist Stephan Bonnar, who has won three in a row. Plus, heavyweight legend 'Minotauro' Nogueira takes on the always dangerous Dave Herman, and Fabio Maldonado battles Glover Teixeira in an all-Brazil slugfest.
UFC Fight Night: Browne vs Bigfoot
UFC Fight Night: Browne vs Bigfoot from October 5, 2012. UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot presented a five round main event heavyweight collision between Travis “Hapa” Browne and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Also in action, Jake Ellenberger faced Jay Hieron, and TUF 14 winner John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga.
UFC Fight Night: Struve vs Miocic
UFC Fight Night: Struve vs Miocic from September 29, 2012. HEAVYWEIGHTS! At UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic, presented a collision of three fight UFC win streak having heavies as the 7’ tall “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve was set to rumble inside the Octagon with undefeated knockout artist Stipe Miocic.
UFC 152: Jones vs Belfort
UFC 152: Jones vs Belfort from September 22, 2012. It will be a historic night when hard charging 125-pounders Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson compete in a five round battle to become the first flyweight champion in UFC history. Plus, top middleweight contenders meet as Michael “The Count” Bisping faces “All-American” Brian Stann in a pivotal 185-pound match.
UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar II
UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar 2 from August 11, 2012. One of the leading candidates for 2012’s Fight of the Year will get a second chapter as UFC lightweight champion Benson 'Smooth' Henderson meets Frankie 'The Answer' Edgar in a rematch of their epic 5 round war.
UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Vera
UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Vera from August 4, 2012. Apropos for its 4th network event, UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera hosted four clashes between proven fight finishers as Mike Swick fought DaMarques Johnson, Joe Lauzon battled Jamie Varner, Lyoto Machida met Ryan Bader, and “Shogun” scrapped with Brandon Vera.
UFC 149: Faber vs Barao
UFC 149: Faber vs Barao from July 21, 2012. The interim UFC bantamweight championship is on the line on Saturday, July 21st, when former WEC champion and current 135-pound superstar Urijah Faber attempts to strap gold around his waist yet again in a five round battle against dynamic Brazilian battler Renan Barao, owner of the longest winning streak in mixed martial arts today. Plus, former Cuban Olympian Hector Lombard makes his long-awaited UFC debut against Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch, and the legendary “Minotauro” Nogueira returns to face Cheick Kongo.
UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs Weidman
UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs Weidman from July 11, 2012. From sunny San Jose, California, UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman delivered a five round, middleweight main event between two former All-American wrestlers turned MMA elite as “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz took on the undefeated Chris Weidman.
UFC 148: Silva vs Sonnen II
UFC 148: Silva vs Sonnen 2 from July 7, 2012. In August of 2010, Chael Sonnen came within less than two minutes of dethroning one of the greatest fighters of all-time, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. On July 7th, the self-proclaimed 'Gangster from West Linn' attempts to finish what he started against Silva, the pound-for-pound king, in the most eagerly anticipated rematch in UFC history. Plus, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin look to settle the score in the final bout of their trilogy.
UFC 147: Silva vs Franklin II
UFC 147: Silva vs Franklin 2 from June 23, 2012. Since their epic first meeting in 2009, Wanderlei Silva has sought redemption against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, eager to even the score. On June 23rd, in Silva’s home country of Brazil, the two legendary powerhouses will meet again in a UFC 147 main event guaranteed to produce the most explosive fistic fireworks seen in years. Brazilian grappling legend Fabricio Werdum looks to follow up his Fight of the Night win over Roy Nelson when he squares off against heavyweight Mike Russow, who is unbeaten in four UFC bouts. Also, the first winners of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will be crowned.
UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs Guida
UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs Guida from June 22, 2012. Returning to Atlantic City, NJ for the first time in seven years, UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida hosted a five round non-title bout between Clay “The Carpenter” Guida and Gray “The Bully” Maynard. Also, Spencer Fisher took on Sam Stout to settle their trilogy.
UFC Fight Night: Johnson vs McCall
UFC Fight Night: Johnson vs McCall from June 8, 2012. UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall saw a main event rematch between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall, which won a Fight of the Night in their first bout, to decide who would take on Joseph Benavidez for the UFC flyweight title.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
TUF 15 Finale from June 1, 2012. The Ultimate Fighter: LIVE Team Cruz vs Team Faber Finale saw the crowning clash between Michael Chiesa and Al Iaquinta to be the season’s lightweight winner, and a main event melee between Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger and Martin “Hitman” Kampmann.
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir from May 26, 2012. It’s the biggest night the heavyweight division has ever seen, as four of mixed martial arts’ best take to the Octagon. In the UFC 146 main event, heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos defends his crown against Frank Mir who is looking to make history by becoming only the second man to win the title three times. But that’s not all, as former champion Cain Velasquez hits the comeback trail in a pivotal matchup with Brazilian star Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva.
UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs Poirier
UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs Poirier from May 15, 2012. Tuesdays shouldn’t be this exciting! At UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, the Octagon spiced-up a generally mundane week night with a Fight of the Night/Year clash between “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier.
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Miller
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Miller from May 5, 2012. UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller had heavyweight knockout artists, must-see-TV middleweights, wrestling welterweights ready to war, and, in the main event, BJJ blackbelts Nate Diaz and Jim Miller battled to be the #1 contender for the UFC’s lightweight title.
UFC 145: Jones vs Evans
UFC 145: Jones vs Evans from April 21, 2012. The most highly-anticipated light heavyweight title fight of all time comes to Atlanta as UFC 205-pound champion Jon 'Bones' Jones defends his crown for the third time against former title holder 'Suga' Rashad Evans. They once were friends but now the time has come for them to settle their grudge in the octagon.
UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Silva
UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Silva from April 14, 2012. Välkommen, Sweden! UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva was the first Octagon event in Sweden and the fastest selling European event in UFC history. Headlined by the country’s own UFC superstar Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson taking on Thiago Silva.
UFC Fight Night: Alves vs Kampmann
UFC Fight Night: Alves vs Kampmann from March 2, 2012. The fight fans in Sydney, Australia were utterly spoiled at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann with a two UFC flyweight tournament semifinals bouts, and(!) a main event melee between top welterweights Thiago “Pitbull” Alves vs. Martin “Hitman” Kampmann.
UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson
UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson from February 25, 2012. The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Japan for UFC 144, and the high-stakes battles on tap translate into excitement in any language. In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, fresh from his stirring knockout of Gray Maynard, defends his title for the fourth time against former WEC champ Ben “Smooth” Henderson, who is coming off a big win of his own over Clay Guida. Plus, former PRIDE standout Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to the site of some of his greatest victories when he takes on Ryan Bader, and Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama makes his welterweight debut against submission specialist Jake Shields.
UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Ellenberger
UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Ellenberger from February 15, 2012. Starting a new series on a new network, UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger saw an action-packed night of fights from Omaha, Nebraska, which is the hometown of Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger who faced Diego “The Dream” Sanchez in the main event.
UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Davis
UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Davis from January 28, 2012. Evans vs. Davis featured a trio of top-ranked tangles as BJJ ace Demian Maia faced undefeated Chris Weidman, Chael Sonnen had a war of words & fists with Michael Bisping, and former UFC champ Rashad Evans battled undefeated Phil Davis.
UFC Fight Night: Guillard vs Miller
UFC Fight Night: Guillard vs Miller from January 20, 2012. The second event to air as apart of the UFC/FOX agreement, UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller showcased Octagon talent from bantamweights to the heavies. Headlined by, the explosive KO power of Melvin Guillard vs. the BJJ blackbelt skills of Jim Miller.
UFC 142: Aldo vs Mendes
UFC 142: Aldo vs Mendes from January 14, 2012. It’s a homecoming celebration for one of Brazil’s most dynamic champions, UFC featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo, but unbeaten number one contender Chad “Money” Mendes wants to crash the party and take the belt home in the main event of UFC 142. Plus, UFC superstar, Vitor Belfort fights in Brazil for the first time in over 13 years when he squares off against crushing knockout puncher Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
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