'Tis the season—for bloody fists and bludgeoned faces.
While violence is no sane substitute for swashing eggnog and unwrapping gifts, it's great news for fight fans everywhere.
Barring unforeseen injuries, which have become the norm of late, December has the perfect amount of Octagon brutality on deck and in the hole—whether you've been naughty or nice.
Championship grudge matches, No. 1 contender bouts, Fight of the Year candidates and heavyweight scintillators will surely fill the void left by any unfortunate stocking stuffer.
Here are seven fights you absolutely cannot miss before the start of the new year.