Jones vs. Evans: The First Big Event in Epic Three-Month Stretch for MMA Fans

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2012

There is a whole lot in store in the UFC right now.
There is a whole lot in store in the UFC right now.Michael Nagle/Getty Images

We are officially through that MMA drought. Most survived, but many did not. Those that made it, though, are being rewarded, greatly.

It is now April and combined with May and June, we are approaching perhaps, the best three months to be an MMA fan, ever. Seriously. Just looking over the lineup of events shows how much there is to look forward to.

We are just now stepping into the circus. The festivities were kicked off with the UFC on Fuel TV card, headlined by Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva and filled with exciting stoppage finishes from Brian Stann, Siyar Bahadurzada, John Maguire and Brad Pickett. As you have probably noticed, immediately following this up is UFC 145, headlined by the hotly-anticipated Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans.

Fast forward a couple weeks. May gets kicked off with UFC on Fox 3, which features some exciting fights topped by a probable lightweight top contender fight between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller. Following that is another UFC on Fuel TV card featuring Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens, Igor Pokrajac vs. Fabio Maldonado and helmed by Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier. May then gets wrapped up with the epic, all-heavyweight UFC 146 (read more about it here).

Then comes June, where things start immediately with The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale on June 1, headlined by Martin Kampmann against the surging Jake Ellenberger, and wrapping up the reality show's still-ongoing tournaments. Following that is the absolutely tantalizing pair of UFC on FX events headlined by Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall and Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida respectively. The cherry on top is the UFC 147 showdown between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva.

Three months with a total of nine events. Each have excellent headlines and each is a must-watch. There is a lot of MMA incoming and, as stated, there is more to be excited about right now than at any other point in the history of the sport.