Here’s a list of events Arizona fight fans should watch in December:
UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot(Brisbane, Queensland Australia. Televised event.)
A bit under the radar is the fight between Power MMA fighter and former Sun Devil wrestling All-American Ryan Bader and Anthony Perosh. It was less than three years ago that Bader was in contention for the UFC light heavyweight title before being beaten by eventual(and current) 205 lb champion Jon Jones; he has since gone 3-3. Perosh has been fighting for the UFC for over three years now but has yet to beat top talent. This fight will help gauge where Bader is at this point in his career. This event will be capped off by explosive striker Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva as the main event. Fights will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
Bounded Fist Muay Thai(Mesa, Ariz. Local event.)
Bounded Fist returns to the Arizona Event Center with a night of Muay Thai capped off by one of Arizona's best, Adrien Grotte. After spending about two years away from the ring due to injury Grotte returned to action in early November, earning an emphatic first round knockout at Lion Fights 12 improving to 14-0. He now faces Jay Orallo of Results Martial Arts in Las Vegas for a USMTA regional championship title. Other featured fighters include Gilbert Pimentle and Jarell Madrid, both in title fights, and Ashley Muenz of Power MMA taking on Brianna Frazier of Best Muay Thai.
Duel for Domination(Mesa, Ariz. Local event.)
For the second straight weekend the Arizona Event Center plays host to local fights as Crank it Up Promotions presents another Duel for Domination event. This is a promotion started with the intention of “legitimizing” amateur MMA in Arizona, giving local fans a chance to get an early look at some of Arizona‘s top up and comers. Feature fights will include Jesse Van Dyke vs. Xavier Ramirez while the main event is to be a flyweight title fight between Bobby Tinney and Justin Rascon.
UFC 168: Silva vs. Weidman II(Las Vegas, Nevada. Pay-per-view)
The terms “biggest ever,” and “most anticipated ever” are thrown around by the UFC so much that at this point they have become cliché. However, it has been a long time since Anderson Silva has found himself as the challenger for the UFC middleweight title. In that sense, “biggest UFC fight of 2013” is a more than appropriate title for the rematch between Silva and Weidman.
Arizona fans should pay close attention to one of the under-card bouts as Estevan Payan makes his second appearance in the Octagon against Robbie Peralta. While he showed incredible heart, Payan’s UFC debut was memorable for the wrong reasons. Early in the fight Payan was cut, eventually leaving him on the wrong end of an unanimous decision in one of the bloodiest fights in UFC history. Without a doubt Payan is a better fighter than he showed in his first UFC bout, and has the perfect opportunity to redeem himself. A five time veteran of the Octagon, Peralta is a striker who loves to keep things on the feet, a fighter tailor made to showcase Payan’s Boxing ability. Find more about Payan at AZCageWarrior.com or click here.
The UFC has stacked this card to end 2013 with a bang. In addition to the main event, the fight card features UFC standouts Jim Miller, Josh Barnett, Chris Leben, and the rematch between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate for the UFC women's 135 lb title. For a list of bars showing this event, click here then enter zip code.