Both Lauzon and Danzig have done a solid job in the Octagon since showing up on TUF. While the latter hasn’t necessarily lived up to his potential after winning Season 6, he’s still around six years later and been part of some memorable match-ups. Of course, Danzig’s days in the UFC could be numbered after losing three of his last four fights, and Lauzon is in a similar position with back-to-back defeats to his credit despite a slew of performance-based bonuses. Fortunately, neither is apprehensive when it comes to action, so their shared desperation for victory and general aggression should ultimately deliver a highly entertaining effort on the evening’s undercard. There are plenty of fighters who would benefit by moving down a division but few fans pegged Jorgensen as one of them. However, he clearly feels he can make 125 pounds in a healthy manner, and the work he put in as a bantamweight is definitely cause for excitement when considering his future as a flyweight. Meanwhile, McCall remains one of the best 125ers on the UFC roster and shouldn’t have any problem matching Jorgensen’s speed, technique, or enthusiasm to succeed. There’s “Fight of the Night” potential written all over this affair. This bout could very well produce a title-contender depending on how featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s health holds up in terms of allowing him to remain active. Lentz is on a three-fight winning streak but lacks a big name in the bunch, giving him an opportunity to truly show he belongs amongst the division’s elite by taking out Mendes. On the other hand, Mendes has been tearing through opponents as of late, and with four consecutive knockouts to his credit he will no doubt be headhunting come showtime. Faber has brought home three straight wins since falling to interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao via decision, two of which came by submission, while McDonald scored a solid stoppage of Brad Pickett in an August outing since his stumble to the Brazilian phenom. They’re both athletic, technically sound, and itching to get another shot at beating Barao. It’s always interesting when you match an up-and-coming youngster against a seasoned veteran, and when you factor in the level both McDonald (22) and Faber (34) fight at you’ve got the makings of one of the year’s best bouts. Pettis has dropped jaws time and time again with the most recent instance coming when he tapped out Benson Henderson in the opening round of their rumble to become lightweight champion. The win proved the polished pugilist is not just a scintillating striker but a submission threat as well. Though Thomson has faced a ton of tough opponents in his career, he’ll have to take things to the next level to beat Pettis. Then again, considering his knockout of Nate Diaz, it’s definitely difficult to count “The Punk” out.
2013 has been a historic year for the
UFC in terms of their partnership with FOX. In addition to producing four events for the chief network, the organization also helped launch FOX Sports 1 and delivered a ton of additional action through FX/Fuel TV. Both parties look ready to end the twelve-month period on a high-note with a steadily growing star-studded lineup for . The December 14 event already features a title-fight, plus two tilts with contendership implications as well as a pair of bouts between seasoned veterans with something to prove. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) UFC on FOX 9