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ESPN launches Christmas countdown of top UFC events
The UFC and ESPN UK have combined to bring you the ultimate Christmas gift for 2011, delivering blockbuster UFC events - old and new - on 24 out of 31 days in December.
The month will be marked by two live events on ESPN, with UFC 140 set for December 10. Headlining the card is Jon Jones' light-heavyweight title defence against Lyoto Machida, which will then be repeated on December 11.
Then comes UFC 141 at the end of the month, featuring Brock Lesnar's return to the Octagon against Strikeforce heavyweight king Alistair Overeem. The event takes place on December 30 and is repeated on December 31.
In addition to those two live events, ESPN will be counting down the 21 most outstanding cards to have taken place since UFC 101. The No. 1 card will be shown on Thursday December 29, 24 hours before Lesnar battles Overeem.
Want to see Anderson Silva embarrass Forrest Griffin again? How about the Brazilian's unbelievable knockout of Vitor Belfort? Missed Jon Jones' demolition of Shogun Rua or Cain Velasquez's stoppage of Brock Lesnar? ESPN will bring all those moments and more during December.
Disagree with our countdown list? Think your top five is stronger? Give us your views on Facebook and Twitter (use the hashtag #ESPNUFC) now and your comment could appear during the screenings of the cards throughout December
UFC events to be shown on ESPN during December:
Dec 1: UFC 110 - Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira v Cain Velasquez; Michael Bisping v Wanderlei Silva
Dec 2: UFC 129 - Georges St-Pierre v Jake Shields; Jose Aldo v Mark Hominick
Dec 4: UFC 123 - Rampage Jackson v Lyoto Machida; Matt Hughes v BJ Penn
Dec 6: UFC 103 - Rich Franklin v Vitor Belfort; Mirko Cro Cop v Junior Dos Santos
Dec 7: UFC 107 - BJ Penn v Diego Sanchez; Frank Mir v Cheick Kongo
Dec 8: UFC 121 - Brock Lesnar v Cain Velasquez; Jake Shields v Martin Kampmann
Dec 9: UFC 137 - BJ Penn v Nick Diaz; Cheick Kongo v Matt Mitrione
Dec 10: UFC 140 - Jon Jones v Lyoto Machida
Dec 11: UFC 140 repeat
Dec 11: UFC 102 - Randy Couture v Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Keith Jardine v Thiago Silva
Dec 13: UFC 135 - Jon Jones v Rampage Jackson, Matt Hughes v Josh Koscheck
Dec 14: UFC 112 - Anderson Silva v Demian Maia; BJ Penn v Frankie Edgar
Dec 15: UFC 111 - Georges St-Pierre v Dan Hardy; Frank Mir v Shane Carwin
Dec 16: UFC 101 - BJ Penn v Kenny Florian; Anderson Silva v Forrest Griffin
Dec 17: UFC 116 - Brock Lesnar v Shane Carwin; Yoshihiro Akiyama v Chris Leben
Dec 18: UFC 128 - Shogun Rua v Jon Jones, Urijah Faber v Eddie Wineland
Dec 20: UFC 126 - Anderson Silva v Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones v Ryan Bader
Dec 21: UFC 113 - Shogun Rua v Lyoto Machida II, Josh Koscheck v Paul Daley
Dec 22: UFC 136 - Frankie Edgar v Gray Maynard III, Jose Aldo v Kenny Florian
Dec 23: UFC 139 - Shogun Rua v Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva v Cung Le
Dec 24: UFC 132 - Dominick Cruz v Urijah Faber; Wanderlei Silva v Chris Leben
Dec 27: UFC 134 - Anderson Silva v Yushin Okami, Shogun Rua v Forrest Griffin
Dec 29: UFC 117 - Anderson Silva v Chael Sonnen; Jon Fitch v Thiago Alves
Dec 30: UFC 141 - Brock Lesnar v Alistair Overeem
Dec 31: UFC 141 repeat