Is it just me or does Dana White always appear as if he is laughing? Or at least always smiling? Well, these days he has good reason to be!
The president and unanimous voice of the UFC® is getting ready for, quite possibly, the biggest start of a year in the organization’s history.
In a press conference to release the 2015 schedule to the media and fans, White said just as much.
White claimed, “December, January and the beginning of February are unbelievable. Probably the greatest run in UFC history of unbelievable fights."
After an admittedly strange year, speckled with injuries and hiatuses, the UFC® is gearing up for what looks to be an outstanding line-up in 2015.
Jan. 3 UFC® 182 Jones vs. Cormier
And appropriately, the year is starting with the heated rivalry bout between current light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and Daniel Cormier.
To say this fight is a long time coming might be one of the biggest understatements of all time. Cormier, a co-host on Fox Sports1 UFC Tonight and former Olympic wrestler, has even referred to the fight as “all-consuming.”
UFC® 182 is going to end with one half of the biggest current UFC® rivalry out for blood, or at least, enraged. However, in the primordial world of mixed martial arts, the sure to be explosive fight is certainly the fire the UFC® was searching for to kick start the 2015 year.
Jan. 31 UFC® 183 Silva vs. Diaz
Ready or not, at the end of January, MMA legend Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon™ after a year of recovering from his gruesome injury at last year’s UFC®168.
He is set to face another returning middleweight, the Stockton-bred, street-fighting, Nick Diaz. Silva has been open about his fears coming back into fighting after such a traumatic injury.
The loved Brazilian native, who has always done most of his talking in the Octagon™, will be an interesting match against the loud-mouthed, polarizing Diaz.
Feb. 28 UFC® 184 Weidman vs. Belfort/Rousey vs. Zingano
Following Silva’s return, Chris Weidman, the man who took Silva out twice, will defend his middleweight belt against Victor Belfort at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Originally, the two were supposed to face off at UFC® 181.
However, as the fight-life would have it, Weidman suffered a hand injury, pushing the card back to UFC® 184.
The two will be joined by long-reigning UFC® queen, Ronda Rousey, who will fight against Cat Zingano to maintain the women’s bantamweight title she has held since 2012.
Attend a 2015 UFC® as a VIP
If this is just the beginning, folks, we are in for quite the ride with UFC® for the 2015 calendar year.
The UFC®, as always, has continued with its theme of placing the fights in cities of equal excitement: Las Vegas and Los Angeles. With UFC VIP Experience, you can receive VIP treatment while attending any of these anticipated fights.
UFC VIP Experience offers exclusive, behind-the-scene looks at the UFC®, including Octagon™ tours and access to pre-fight weigh-ins!
UFC VIPs also have the chance to receive exclusive photo-ops with Octagon™ girls, fighters and attend fighter Q & As.
You will not want to miss a moment of the start of UFC’s 2015 season.