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UFC, Bellator Will Push The Envelope To Close 2015

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Just two UFC events will take place in this month of October, a slow time for the company.

However, that all leads to an incredible – and maybe ridiculous – finish to the calendar year when it comes to November and December.

UFC 192 recently went down, and the Octagon returns October 24 with a “Fight Night” card from Ireland that features Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier and Ben Rothwell vs. Stipe Miocic.

Then, it’s the start of what will be eight UFC cards in November and December – with another planned for the second day of 2016.

Bellator will also be hosting a pair of events during that time, meaning MMA fans will get their fill – and then some.

Bellator 145: Vengeance starts the mad rush on November 6 with Will Brooks defending his lightweight title against Marcin Held and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire doing the same for featherweight gold vs. Daniel Straus.

Pat Curran-Justin Lawrence, Bobby Lashley-James Thompson and Michael Chandler-David Rickels round out the Spike TV broadcast.

Then it’s the UFC’s turn, as Fight Night 77 goes down the next day from Brazil. A third meeting between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson highlight the card along with Glover Teixeira-Patrick Cummins, Thomas Almeida-Anthony Birchak and Gilbert Burns-Rashid Magomedov.

We quickly shift gears to Australia and the UFC’s push to break the attendance record with UFC 193. Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight belt vs. Holly Holm and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her strawweight title on the line vs. Valerie Letourneau.

The event takes place from Melbourne and the Etihad Stadium, marking the third such stadium show put on by the promotion.

A third country in three events follows with UFC Fight Night 78 from Mexico. Matt Brown and Kelvin Gastelum headline, along with the likes of Ricardo Lamas, Diego Sanchez, Jussier Formiga, Henry Cejudo and Erik Perez battling.

Before returning to Las Vegas for three straight events in December, the UFC will land in a fourth different country, as UFC Fight Night 79 touches down from Seoul, South Korea. Former champion Benson Henderson battles Thiago Alves in the main event, with Mirko CroCop fighting Anthony Hamilton and several Korean fighters doing battle, as well.

UFC Fight Night 80 and the Paige VanZant show are set for December 10 to kick-start three events in three days from the home base of the promotion in “Sin City.”

Between that and The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale with Frankie Edgar-Chad Mendes, Bellator comes back for Bellator 146. Melvin Manhoef is scheduled for the Spike TV main event there.

We are then treated to a double-title pay-per-view on December 12 with Jose Aldo meeting Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman facing Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. There really isn’t anything more that needs to be said about those two fights, as they just might be the biggest and best of the year.

But, that’s not all, as Donald Cerrone challenges Rafael dos Anjos for lightweight gold the following week on FOX.

Bellator also returns next week with Bellator 144, as the bantamweight title is defended and a new middleweight champion is crowned.

But it’s hard to not think about the end of 2015 for what it is in this sport: a showcase of epic proportion.

For a look at the latest up-to-date card information, check out our Events section on FightLine.