For many people, December is the busiest month of the year. They appear to be running non-stop from one event to the next, their calendar filled with holiday parties and yearly traditions.
The MMA calendar isn’t much different. Several organizations have saved some of their best events and biggest matchups for December.
PFL 2018 Championship
Ray Cooper III vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov
When the PFL announced the 12 fighters who would comprise their 2018 season welterweight field, Jake Shields was the betting favorite. Unfortunately for Shields, he was matched up with Cooper, the son of one of his early career victims. “Bradda Boy” entered the bout as a massive underdog but defied the odds when he knocked out Shields in the second round.
Natan Schulte vs. Rashid Magomedov
Calling the PFL lightweight field loaded might have been an understatement. Showcased by former Bellator champion and UFC veteran Will Brooks, it also included UFC veterans Chris Wade, Thiago Tavares, Johnny Case, Ramsey Nijem, Efrain Escudero, Jason High and Rashid Magomedov. Pride FC veteran Luiz Firmino and former LFA champion Robert Watley rounded out the division.