The End of the Year is Always the Best Time to Be A UFC Fan

Michael Herman, Maroon-News Staff

Coming off of an extremely exciting and thrilling UFC 228 Woodley vs. Till, in which we saw several high-level submissions and brutal knockouts in this regular schedule of fights and events, the hype train has only just taken off. The anticipation surrounding UFC 229 Khabib vs. McGregor is palpable in the MMA and combat sports community. Not only is this pay-per-view event expected to break the old UFC record sale (previously held by UFC 202 Diaz vs. McGregor 2), but it’s been touted as the greatest match up of all time.

Conor McGregor, being the deadly striker he is, meets an immovable object in the current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is an undefeated wrestler known for overwhelming and mauling his opponents on the ground.

The rest of UFC 229’s card does not disappoint either, featuring bouts between Anthony Pettis and Tony Ferguson at lightweight, Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov at heavyweight and Sean O’Malley and Jose Quinonez at bantamweight.

Regardless of the outcome of UFC 229, next month’s offering is equally mouthwatering. Despite no official main event, this card is stacked: lightweight bouts Dustin Porrier vs. Nate Diaz and Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata, as well as a series of middleweight bouts including Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya, Jacare Souza vs. David Branch and Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold. Rumors of Jon “Bones” Jones making his return against Daniel Cormier in his home state at Madison Square Garden for either the light heavyweight or heavyweight championship were recently put to bed by Dana White in a press conference, which was disappointing nonetheless. We should also expect to see a contest between the featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, the pound-for-pound most dominant women’s fighter, and the bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, a ferocious striker with amazing cardio.

However, if shelling out $60 to $80 to watch men and women in spandex beat each other up isn’t your thing, there are some free alternatives. UFC Fight Night Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie, live from Denver, Colorado on Saturday, November 10, will air for free on Fox Sports One. This card features Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Jung Sung (other- wise known as the Korean Zombie for his durability and will), which will be an interesting contest for both fighters regarding where they will end up in the lightweight rankings. Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry at welterweight is a fight that has serious title shot implications for the winner, and the exciting up-and-coming fighter Luis Pena vs. Michael Trizano at lightweight. UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 features a rematch on Saturday, November 24 between heavyweight standouts Curtis Blaydes, known for dominant wrestling, and Francis Ngannou, one of the vicious and hardest hitting heavyweights of all time.

While the rest of this card has yet to be announced, this contest is not one you are going to want to miss.

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