The UFC in particular and MMA in general is heading into an absolutely massive month of November. There is a UFC event every weekend for the next four weeks, with the jewel in the crown being the UFC on FOX event scheduled for November 12th. That November 12th date was well selected, and is a huge date in UFC history.
For those who don’t already know, the very first UFC was held on November 12th, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. So it is the 18 year anniversary for the UFC.
I don’t know about you guys, but this coming November 12th, I think I will start my day by rewatching UFC 1, to help get pumped up for the UFC’s first show after this FOX deal. Since it is only one fight being featured, and that is the heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and champion Cain Velasquez, I’m more looking forward to seeing the overall presentation, and to see if any surprise news or announcements are made on the show. Announcements such as the return of Georges St Pierre, the signing of Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen and things like that.
The weekend before, on November 5th in Birmingham, England, the UFC presents what is generally considered a flat card, headlined by Mike Munoz versus Chris Leben. However it isn’t a PPV card, it will be shown free on SPIKE TV bia tape delay, so if a few solid brawls break out, it will keep everybody happy.
After 2 weeks of free UFC on SPIKE and FOX, the UFC is back on PPV for UFC 139. Scheduled for San Jose, California, the 139th edition is headlined by a 205 lb match between Dan Henderson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. The card also features Cung Le taking on Vanderlei Silva in a middleweight match, and at bantamweight the card has Urijah Faber taking on Brian Bowles.
The non UFC MMA world is also presenting a lot of fights, as ProElite, Bellator, Strikeforce and M-1 all run events.
One match I’m interested to see is the bout scheduled for Russia between Jeff Monson and Fedor Emelianenko. It will be fascinating to see how the betting public goes on this one as well, as Monson has been very up and down throughout his career. He is talented enough to win this bout however if he comes in focused with his A game on. The bottom line for Fedor is that he is in a must win situation. A fourth loss in a row would likely signal the end of his career.
So for the hardcore MMA fans out there, this is going to be a November to remember.