The Ultimate Fighting Championship presented UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs Bigfoot on Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Due to the time difference, this event actually took place in Australia on Saturday, December 7, 2013 (12/7/13), but aired live in North America on December 6th. The main card aired on FOX Sports 1, and the preliminary card aired on FOX Sports 2.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship presented The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale: Team Rousey vs Team Tate on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card and part of the preliminary card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 was the first season of the long-running reality show to feature female fighters, and was coached by UFC Womens Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and number one contender Miesha Tate. Now that the tournaments are complete, with Julianna Pena becoming the inaugural female TUF winner alongside the 30th male TUF winner Chris Holdsworth, the coaches will fight each other on New Year's Eve weekend at UFC 168.
The Resurrection Fighting Alliance, an official UFC feeder league, presented RFA 11: Manzanares vs Makovsky on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The main card aired live on AXS TV.
In the main event, former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach "Fun Size" Makovsky captured the inaugural RFA Flyweight Championship with a 5-round drubbing of RFA veteran Matt Manzanares. Makovksy scored takedowns at will and worked over Manzanares on the ground for most of the 25-minute bout.
Undefeated Brazilian featherweight prospect Raoni Barcelos also scored a dominant decision win in the co-main event. Barcelos scored multiple takedowns on former WEC fighter Tyler Toner during the first two rounds, and then dropped him with a left hook in the third round. Toner was able to recover from the knockdown, but was handed a clean sweep unanimous decision loss by the ringside judges.
Chinzo Machida, the older brother of top UFC star and RFA 11 special guest Lyoto Machida, made his MMA return after a nearly 3-year hiatus. Now fighting in the featherweight division, Chinzo showed a bit of pizazz with a flying knee knockout that had to make his KO-artist brother proud.
Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented their ninth season finale, Bellator 109: Shlemenko vs Marshall, on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 12 of Season 9.
In the main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko successfully defended his 185-pound title with a first-round liver shot knockout of Doug "The Rhino" Marshall. Shlemenko buckled the former WEC champion with a nasty left hook to the ribs, and shortly thereafter landed the kill shot in the form of another left hook, this time directly to the liver. Marshall dropped to the canvas, holding his side and wincing in pain, and the ref stopped the fight.
Former Olympic judoka Rick "Genghis" Hawn won his second Bellator tournament with a third-round knockout of Ron Keslar. After a slow start that lost him the first round, Hawn came back strong to win the second round. With the fight likely even on the judges' scorecards going into the third round, Hawn took matters into his own hands, quite literally, by knocking out Keslar just 55 seconds into the final stanza. With this Bellator Season 9 Welterweight Tournament win, the former lightweight tourney winner Hawn will now go on to fight fellow 170-pound tournament winner Douglas Lima for the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship. The title was recently vacated after Bellator released the now-former champion Ben Askren after the two parties were unable to come to terms on a new contract.
"Ill" Will Brooks captured the Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament crown with an upset victory over the previously once-beaten Alexander "Tiger" Sarnavskiy. The American Brooks used his superior wrestling to dominate the Russian for fifteen grueling minutes. While this one-sided beatdown wasn't the most entertaining fight ever televised by Bellator, it looked like a masterpiece following the opening TV bout.
Terry Etim and Patrick Cenoble not only put on the night's worst fight, but probably the worst fight of the season. The former UFC lightweight Etim completely nullified Cenoble for three full rounds, mostly by landing seemingly effortless takedowns on his flat-footed and plodding opponent. Cenoble offered up very little resistance to Etim's control, allowing the Brit to cruise to what should have been a clean sweep unanimous decision victory. Of course, with the common dysfunctionality of MMA judging, one judge actually gave a round to Cenoble, scoring the fight 29-28, despite the fact that none of the rounds were even remotely close.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship held their 20th anniversary show, UFC 167: St-Pierre vs Hendricks, on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card aired live on PPV.
In the main event, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre scored a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks. After the fight, the long-reigning champ announced that he is going to "step away" from MMA to focus on personal issues in his life. GSP stopped short of saying he was retiring when asked for clarification from Joe Rogan. The two-time 170-pound kingpin has been defending his current title for over half a decade.
Bellator MMA Championship Tournaments presented Bellator 108: Rampage vs Beltran on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main card aired live on Spike TV as Episode 11 of Season 9.
In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson made a successful Bellator debut with a first-round knockout of fellow former UFC fighter Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran.
After being neutralized for most of the opening round by being pushed up against the cage by Joey Beltran, Rampage lured Beltran into a firefight with just seconds remaining in the round. Rampage caught Beltran with a debilitating left hook and then finished him off with a big right hand. The finish came with just a single tick left on the opening round clock, and put an end to the first 3-fight losing streak of Rampage's MMA career.
In the co-main event, Vitaly Minakov won the Bellator Heavyweight Championship with a first-round TKO victory over his Russian countryman Alexander "Drago" Volkov. Minakov will defend his title for the first time next season against Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament winner Cheick Kongo.
The televised portion of the card kicked off with the finals of the Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament. Patricio "Pitbull" Freire dominated former Strikeforce fighter Justin Wilcox, finishing him off with strikes in less than 2 and a half minutes to win his second Bellator 145-pound tournament. After winning the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament with a unanimous decision over Daniel Straus in 2011, Pitbull was out of action for nearly 2 years due to injuries. Pitbull returned in early 2013, but failed in his title bid via split decision to then-champion Pat Curran. Since that fight, Curran lost the title to Daniel Straus. With tourney winners Magomedrasul "Frodo" Khasbulaev and now Patricio Pitbull waiting in the wings for a crack at his newly won title, Straus will face an uphill battle in keeping Bellator's most prestigious belt around his waist.