This year was filled with great comebacks in fights, but one fighter defiantly stuck out when it comes to a career comeback. Jamie Varner went from losing in local shows in 2011, and practically calling it quits to winning two fights he was the heavy underdog for in the UFC, and almost a third in a fight of the night performance.
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The UFC closed out the 2012 year with tonight’s UFC 155 and while the card had its highs and lows, the final two bouts ended things in style. Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and televised across Facebook, FX and PPV tonight’s UFC 155 saw former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez avenge his loss to Junior Dos Santos to reclaim the UFC heavyweight championship.
The time has come, 2012 is nearing its end and Saturdays UFC 155 closes out a strange year for the MMA promotion. Headlined by the heavyweight championship bout between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez and filled with 11 other fights, UFC 155 looks to end the year on a high note.
Am I the only person mad at Christmas for costing us a weekend of fights? Probably. Well, with that useless holiday out-of-the-way, we have my real present on the 29th, as Cain Velasquez will look to reclaim his Heavyweight title at UFC 155. Junior Dos Santos is no Santa Claus though and won’t willingly hand over the strap in the last title bid of the year. It’s action across nearly every weight class, so settle in with that last glass of egg nog and let me break down these UFC 155 bouts for you.
Amidst everything else going on, the UFC has themselves a busy day today with the UFC on FX 6 taking place in Australia and The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale weigh-ins. All 24 fighters made weight today for tomorrow’s event that will crown The Ultimate Fighter 16 welterweight winner.
Not only is The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale taking place this weekend but the second international version of the reality shot, TUF: Smashes will also be holding their finale in Australia. With the time difference the Australian card airs on Friday, while the domestic TUF 16 finale will air live on Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In some tricky scheduling, we have two TUF Finales in two days, with TUF: The Smashes and TUF 16: Carwin vs. Nelson. While Carwin vs. Nelson itself will be put on the shelf due to Carwin’s knee injury, we’re still treated to a solid card with Matt Mitrione stepping in on short notice against Nelson. Being as us American folks missed out of The Smashes, I’ll be combining these two cards into one epic fight report for your reading pleasure, so let’s dig into the massive report.
Typically The Ultimate Fighter Finales are reserved for the season’s final match, along with many of the fighters coming off the reality show. For next months The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale though this does not seem to be the case. Obviously the fight to determine the season’s winner will appear on the fight but things don’t look good for the other 14 fighters.