1. Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, January 31 

      Set to headline UFC 183, SuperBowl weekend 2015.

      Probably the biggest fight of all time between two guys coming off consecutive losses. In terms of styles, this is a mouth watering matchup.

    1. Holly Holm Signs with the UFC 

      A much-needed acquisition for the UFC’s female bantamweight division.

      Holm is an ex-champion boxer, and has racked up a 7-0 record (6 stoppages via strikes) since making the transition to MMA.

    1. Speaking of UFC 174… 

      Meltzer reports the latest PPV buy rate estimates at 95,000-115,000 – a disastrously low figure that is likely the worst in the modern era of the UFC.

    2. “Puncher King” Pops Hot 

      Ali Bagautinov tests positive for erythropoietin (EPO) and is suspended for one year. Again, it was a random drug test (prior to his UFC 174 title shot against Demetrious Johnson) that picked it up.

      Disappointing – especially given that this test concerned a title shot.

      On the other hand, the NSAC are doing a great job with random testing. Step up the standard suspension to 18 months, and we might see PED use drop through the floor.

    1. Vitor Ribeiro to Referee Two UFC Fight Night 45 Bouts 

      Apparently “Shaolin” has been a referee in New Jersey since late 2013. Who would have known. It will be strange to see him in the cage as an official.

      Ribeiro’s last fight was a loss to Justin Wilcox in Strikeforce, late 2010.