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6 Must See Scraps: December 2011

It’s December and the holiday season is upon us. Family, friends, coco by the fire, and hey, why not some of the best mixed martial arts action of the year? Three UFC events will close out what has been a historic year in the world of MMA, specifically the UFC. There will be battles for respect, relevance, number one contendership and most important of all, championship glory.

December will undeniably have a number of memorable fights, however, only six can make the list. With that said, here are the fights you CANNOT miss this coming month:

(In Chronological Order Of Date)

The Who: Michael Bisping vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (Middleweight Bout)
The When:
Saturday, December 3rd – The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale
The Where:
The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Goods: After a heated season as opposing coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, Michael "The Count" Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller will finally settle their differences inside the octagon in a five-round middleweight bout scheduled as the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on December 3rd.

Bisping (21-3) is coming off a controversial second round TKO victory of Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 in February. He was originally slated to coach the show opposite middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, but those plans fell through and "Mayhem" was backup. Bisping has hovered near a middleweight title shot for years, but has never cleared the final hurdles, a win over Miller would move a win or two away from challenging for the belt.

Miller (24-7, 1 NC) will fight for the UFC for the first time since 2004. His lone fight in the octagon was decision loss to current welterweight champion. Since then, "Mayhem" has fought in the top organizations in the world against some of the best fighters in the world. "Mayhem" is known for his outlandish personality but he is an extremely talented and exciting fighter. Black-belt level grappling abilities are his strongest weapon, but Miller has constantly improving stand up that should not be overlooked.

The Verdict: It will be only the second time coaches of the show face off in the show’s TV finale. Bisping and Miller is a highly anticipated bout after months of build up on Spike TV. The two men have developed a strong distaste for each other after lots of pranks, and even a few physical altercations throughout the 10-week season. Lots of trash talk has been exchanged between Bisping and "Mayhem", tune in to see who can back it up.

The Who: Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung (Featherweight Bout)
The When:
Saturday, December 10th – UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
The Where:
Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Goods:
Featherweight action will occur on the UFC 140 main card as two of the most exciting fighters in the division will face off in a "Fight of the Night" candidate as Canadian Mark "The Machine" Hominick fights the Korean, Chan Sung Jung.

Hominick (20-9) will fight for the first time since coming up short in his featherweight title fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in April. With knockout wins over Ben Greer, Yves Jabouin, and George Roop, the Canadian is one of the best strikers in the division. Hominick is a former IKF North American Super Welterweight Championship and has some of the most technical kickboxing in the game. Hominick will try to put his accurate striking to use and become only the second man to finish Jung.

Jung (11-3), also known as "The Korean Zombie", defeated Leonard Garcia with a rare twister submission hold in his last outing. The Taekwondo black belt is a well-rounded and exciting fighter who puts it all on the line every time he steps into the octagon.

The Verdict: It will be an important fight for both men, Hominick needs a victory to rebound from the loss to Aldo, and Jung wants to win two consecutive fights for the first time under the ZUFFA banner. Hominick will look to win big in front of his hometown crowd while Jung will be fighting for the upset.

The Who: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida (Light Heavyweight Championship Bout)
The When:
Saturday, December 10th – UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
The Where:
Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Goods:
The third UFC light heavyweight championship fight of 2011 will main event the UFC 140 card in Toronto as Jon "Bones" Jones attempts to defend his title for the second time when he takes on former light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.

Jones (14-1) has dominated every foe placed before him in his nine-fight UFC career, most recently defeating Quinton "Rampage" Jackson by submission at UFC 135 in September. The 24-year old appears untouchable at this point, looking more impressive every time he steps in the cage. Jones will fight in his third championship bout this year, and his fourth fight overall in 2011, making him the most active champion in the UFC. Jones will continue his surge up the pound-for-pound list with another impressive top-10 win, this time over Machida.

Machida (16-2) is receiving criticism as being an undeserving title challenger after compiling a sub .500 record of 1-2 in his past three fights. However, in his last bout, Machida did score one of the most devastating knockout finishes in UFC history, landing a picture perfect jumping front-kick to the jaw of UFC Hall-of-Fame inductee Randy Couture. With victories over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans on his resume, Machida has some of the most precise striking in the division and will look to put that skill to use and regain the title the Brazilian once had around his waist.

The Verdict: Jones’ flashy and unpredictable style against Machida’s elusive counter-striking karate game. Machida is a huge underdog and will need the best performance of his career to score the upset, Jones, on the other hand, shows the fans something new in every fight so there is no telling what kind of performance the champion will put on.

This fight has come sooner than most expected, but it is one fans have been clamoring for since Jones established himself as a light heavyweight contender. Don’t miss it.


The Who:
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal (Lightweight Championship Bout)
The When:
Saturday, December 17th – Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal
The Where:
Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, USA
The Goods:
Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez attempt to defends the Strikeforce lightweight championship for the third time against powerful striker Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal in the main event of the December 17th Strikeforce event. The card will be the last for Strikeforce in 2011, and the two lightweights are looking to close out the year with a bang.

Melendez (19-2) is considered one of the best lightweights in the world. His relentless wrestling attack and developing striking has led to victories over Clay Guida, Josh Thomson and Shinya Aoki. Melendez has defeated essentially every lightweight contender on the Strikeforce roster and wants to make a statement with a win over Masvidal and make the move to the UFC for his next fight.

Masvidal (22-6) earned the title shot when he defeated KJ Noons by unanimous decision in the biggest victory of his career. With 10 career knockouts, Masvidal has concussive knockout power in every limb, Melendez must be careful on the feet. Masvidal will look to derail Melendez’ hopes of heading to the UFC on a high note by taking the Strikeforce belt.

The Verdict: This should be an all-out war. Melendez and Masvidal are highly entertaining fighters that go 110% from start to finish. Melendez is a heavy favorite going in, but Masvidal is very capable of the upset. If you have never seen Melendez fight before, tune in to watch one of the top-5 lightweights in world.

The Who: Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone (Lightweight Bout)
The When:
Friday, December 30th – UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
The Where:
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Goods:
Two of the most exciting lightweight fighters in the world will clash as "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 5 winner Nate Diaz will square off against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the co-main event of the night at UFC 141.

Diaz (14-7) scored the most impressive victory of his career last time out, submitting Takanori Gomi with an arm-bar in the first round at UFC 135. Hot off the heels of the big win, Diaz will now face Cerrone in a fight that is guaranteed fireworks. Diaz has never been part of a boring fight in the UFC, and he is not about to start here. His grappling skills are well documented, but his boxing has really jumped off the map as of late. Diaz will look to pressure Cerrone and make it a war, just like every other time he fights.

Cerrone (17-3, 1 NC) is on a hot streak since making his UFC debut in February. He has fought four times thus far in 2010, having defeated Paul Kelly, Vagner Rocha, Charles Oliveira and Dennis Siver. Cerrone is one of the most exciting fighters in the division, and is the only man to win "Fight of the Night", "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" awards all in one year. With lethal kickboxing and a slick submission game, Cerrone is quickly climbing the ranks towards a lightweight title shot. A win over Diaz could put him right on the doorstep.

The Verdict: Realistically, everyone is fighting for second place behind Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for fight of the year. However, the match up between Diaz and Cerrone could end up close to it. Two of the brightest young contenders in the lightweight division throw down and with 10 post-fight bonuses between them; it has all the makings for the best fight of the month.

The Who: Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem (Heavyweight Bout)
The When:
Friday, December 30th – UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
The Where:
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Goods:
The UFC saved the best for last this month as the biggest (literally) heavyweight fight of all time will go down December 30th when former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar welcomes former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem to the octagon with an opportunity to fight Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight championship on the line.

Lesnar (5-2) will compete for the first time in 14-months when he steps into the cage with Overeem. The former heavyweight titleholder was suffering from a severe case of diverticulitis and required potentially career-ending surgery. Healthy and looking better then ever, Lesnar will bring his smothering wrestling game and brutal ground-and-pound back to the octagon after losing the belt to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. A lot of questions surround Lesnar, but he appears to be rejuvenated after recovering from surgery, that could spell trouble for Overeem.

Overeem (35-11, 1 NC) makes his long-awaited UFC debut after signing with the organization in September. The 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix champion is arguably the best heavyweight striker in MMA and is coming into the fight with Lesnar on an 11-fight unbeaten streak. He will be thrown into the deep end immediately as he draws the former UFC heavyweight championship in his first outing. Overeem has one-strike knockout power and with Lesnar showing weakness on the feet in previous bouts, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion will look to make good of his significant striking advantage.

The Verdict: So many questions about both fighters with so much on the line. How will Lesnar perform after a life-altering surgery? Can he handle the world-class striking of the Dutchman? How will Overeem handle the pressure of making his UFC debut in the main event? Will he be able to stop the overpowering takedowns of Lesnar?

Lesnar vs. Overeem is without a doubt the most highly anticipated fight of the month. The fans should thank the UFC for the late Christmas present.

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