A lot has been said about the UFC’s pay-per-view product being watered down because of the number of shows that they have run this year. That criticism was valid on certain events like UFC 174 or even UFC 180 when it came to the depth of the card. But next month, the UFC is going to deliver one of the best pay-per-view cards we have seen in recent memory.

On December 6th in Las Vegas, the titles in arguably the UFC’s two most competitive divisions will be on the line. Johnny Hendricks will defend his welterweight title in a rematch of one of the best fights of 2014 against Robbie Lawler, and Anthony Pettis will finally make the first defense of his lightweight title when he clashes with fellow TUF coach, Gilbert Melendez.

If it weren’t for the recent bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, most would still probably consider the March matchup between Hendricks and Lawler as the fight of the year. It is very rare that you say a fight with that high of stakes comes down to the final minute of the final round. That is exactly what happened in this one. Both men’s power striking styles weren’t enough to get through each others’ granite chins, so it was a timely takedown that secured Hendricks the victory and the title. Hendricks was injured in that bout, but since then, Lawler has knocked off welterweight contenders Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown to reassert himself as the number one contender.

Anthony Pettis is still a budding superstar. The lightweight champion won his belt all the way back in August of 2013 with a submission victory over Benson Henderson. Ever since then, the lightweight division has been on hold. Then it was announced Pettis would coach The Ultimate Fighter alongside Gilbert Melendez. The end of the season is drawing near and we will finally see another lightweight title fight. Melendez earned this shot with an amazing decision victory over Diego Sanchez last October. In the year that these two have been out of the cage a multitude of new contenders have emerged at 155 pounds, making the division more interesting than ever.

Before these two title fights happen next month, watch the video preview above to wet your appetite. (video is courtesy of the UFC)

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.