On Saturday, December 13, 2014 the UFC heads to the US Airways Center in Phoenix for UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic.

With 2014 winding down the UFC is really looking to end the year on a high note. UFC 181 this past weekend was easily the best pay per view event of the year and UFC on Fox 13 looks to keep pace as the best free event of the year.

While there are no titles up for grabs at UFC on Fox 13 there are two bouts with title implications in addition to some tremendous storylines to keep an eye on.

Henry Cejudo’s Debut

Cejudo was initially set to make his UFC debut at flyweight at UFC 177 but due to medical issues on the day of weigh-ins Cejudo’s bout against Scott Jorgensen was scrapped. Even though Cejudo wrestled at 121 pounds in the Olympics his body has matured and making that weight is no longer possible. Now he will be making his UFC debut at 135 and it will be interesting to see how he fares in the Octagon. Cejudo has some of the best wrestling credentials in the sport today, but he is still a very raw prospect everywhere else. Can he be a factor in the UFC? We will find out on Saturday.

Joe Riggs vs. Ben Saunders

Neither Riggs nor Saunders will ever be a true contender in the UFC welterweight division, but they bring an excitement to the cage that the organization needs. Riggs and Saunders are entertaining fighters who look to finish fights and they are unafraid to go out on their shields. This one has “Fight of the Night” written all over it.

Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

On Friday night the UFC will crown the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale and on Saturday night the number one contender for that title could be determined when undefeated fighters Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk meet at UFC on Fox 13. Gadelha is a three time world BJJ champion and she should emerge as the number one contender to the new title.

Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve

Overeem was once widely considered to be the best heavyweight fighter in the world, but since joining the UFC he has looked pedestrian at best. Overeem is one of the best strikers in the world, but he has been knocked out in all three of his UFC losses. Overeem needs a big win in his fight against Struve and he is going to have his hands full. Struve is finally getting a chance to compete after having been sidelined for over a year with a heart condition. Struve is hungry to get back into the mix and a win over Overeem would be a huge statement.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz

In the co-main event of the evening, lightweight title contender dos Anjos looks to welcome Diaz back to UFC competition with a thorough beating. It’s been over a year since Diaz last stepped inside the Octagon because of his contract dispute with the company, but don’t expect Diaz to be rusty because he has been in the gym getting better everyday. Diaz isn’t getting an easy first fight back in dos Anjos though as dos Anjos has emerged as one of the best lightweight fighters in the world and he is 7-1 in his last eight bouts. Both of these fighters have solid striking and superb ground games so expect this one to be fierce.

Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

In the main event of the evening, UFC heavyweight title contenders dos Santos and Miocic are looking to throw their names into the hat for a shot at Fabricio Werdum and the UFC interim heavyweight title. It looks like heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is going to be out of action for some time so the division is wide open and the winner of this bout has a great shot at earning a title fight.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.