Fightful Disqus: Which Fight Are You Most Excited For In January?


Beginning Jan. 19, UFC will begin the ESPN era. One week later, Bellator will hold the finals of their Heavyweight Grand Prix. Both cards are stacked with big fights and intriguing names. UFC on ESPN+ 1 features TJ Dillashaw going after the Flyweight Title in what could be the last Flyweight Title fight for the foreseeable future. Also on that card will be the UFC debut of former NFL star Greg Hardy, the return of Paige VanZant and the always exciting Donald Cerrone. Bellator 214 has Fedor against Bader, rising star Aaron Pico and the MMA debut of professional wrestler Jack Swagger (Jake Hager).

Here are the complete UFC and Bellator cards for January:

Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez Scheduled For February

UFC Fight Night Brooklyn (Jan. 19)

UFC Flyweight Title Fight
TJ Dillashaw (16-3) vs. Henry Cejudo (c) (13-2)

Paige VanZant (7-4) vs. Rachael Ostovich (4-4)

Belal Muhammad (14-2) vs. Geoff Neal (10-2)

Glover Teixeira (27-7) vs. Ion Cutelaba (14-3, 1NC)

Alonzo Menifield (7-0) vs. Vinicius Moreira (9-1)

Randy Brown (10-3) vs. Chance Rencountre (12-3)

Joanne Calderwood (12-3) vs. Ariane Lipski (11-3)

Greg Hardy (3-0) vs. Allen Crowder (9-3, 1NC)

John Lineker (31-8) vs. Cory Sandhagen (9-1)

Donald Cerrone (34-11, 1NC) vs. Alex Hernandez (10-1)

Jessica Penne (12-5) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-4)

Joseph Benavidez (26-5) vs. Dustin Ortiz (19-7)

Gregor Gillespie (12-0-0) vs. Yancy Medeiros (15-5, 1NC)

Dennis Bermudez (16-9) vs. Te Edwards (6-2)

Bellator 214 (Jan. 26)

Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Finals
Fedor Emelianenko (38-5) vs. Ryan Bader (26-5)

Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0) vs. TBA

Aaron Pico (4-1) vs. Henry Corrales (16-3)

Jake Hager (Pro Debut) vs. JW Kiser (1-1)

Juan Archuleta (21-1) vs. Ricky Bandejas (11-1)

Weber Almeida (1-0) vs. Odan Chinchilla (Pro Debut)

Which fight from these two events do you have your eye on? Or are you looking forward to a non-UFC or Bellator bout? Let us know in the comments section below.

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