UFC: 5 Reasons to Be Excited for a Very Active December

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIDecember 2, 2012

UFC: 5 Reasons to Be Excited for a Very Active December

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    The month of December is poised to be a very busy time for the UFC.

    Between now and December 31st, there are a total of four UFC events on tap.

    These shows feature a wide variety of fights including a heavyweight and lightweight title fight, a legend returning and top middleweight contenders fighting for a shot at Anderson Silva.

    There are many reasons to be excited for a very active month of UFC fights. The UFC has delivered in spades, and now it's time for fans to reap the benefits of some pulse-pounding and exciting fights.

A Heavyweight Title Fight

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    Two bruising heavyweights will meet inside the Octagon with the heavyweight strap up for grabs.

    The UFC brass decided they wanted to end 2012 on a high note. What better than a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior dos Santos and the man he took the belt from, Cain Velasquez?

    Both heavyweights are finishers and are guaranteed to thrill.

    The fight will be a barnburner, and there's no chance fans go home disappointed for this one.

Young Lion vs. Legend

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    On Saturday, December 8th, BJ Penn will come out of retirement and step into the Octagon for the first time since his loss to Nick Diaz.

    Across from him will be the young Canadian welterweight, Rory MacDonald.

    Fans and media alike are up in the air as to who wins this fight. Will it be MacDonald with his superior size and strength, or is BJ Penn motivated and ready for a career performance?

    We won't know till Saturday, but only one man can emerge a winner.

    Will it be the lion or legend?

A Lightweight Title Fight

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    Not to be forgotten is a lightweight title fight that is guaranteed to produce fireworks.

    Benson Henderson will go to war with one of Stockton's bad boys, Nate Diaz.

    Both guys are high level fighters with tons of skill. Who wins this fight is a toss-up.

    Will Henderson be too strong and versatile for Diaz? Or will Diaz's pressure boxing and slick submissions finally be the answer to "Smooth"?

    Saturday night all of these questions will be answered.

Two TUF Finales

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    December will feature two TUF finales this year.

    Both events feature a bevy of talented fighters. The TUF 16 Finale features Roy Nelson taking on Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry fighting Shane del Rosario and Melvin Guillard against Jamie Varner.

    Dustin Poirier will also make a return at this event.

    TUF Smashes Finale features a main event of Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos, a middleweight collision of Rousimar Palhares and Hector Lombard and featherweights Hacran Dias against Chad Mendes.

    All quality matchups.

A Stacked Card to End 2012

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    The UFC has gone all out to make sure its fans are treated to an end of 2012 to remember.

    That product is UFC 155. It is one of the most sacked cards of the year, featuring notable bouts JDS vs Velasquez 2, Yushin Okami taking on Alan Belcher and Forrest Griffin facing Phil Davis.

    It doesn't end there, as Tim Boetsch faces Costa Philippou, Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller square off and hard-hitting bantamweights Eddie Wineland and Brad Pickett try to knock each other's heads off.

    The UFC wanted to go out with a bang, and this card is the epitome of the word. Stacked head-to-toe with fantastic fights.

    Go big or go home. The UFC has definitely gone big.