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UFC Schedule January 2017: Upcoming UFC Fights & Events

UFC Schedule January 2017

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The UFC January schedule will be seriously lacking in terms of events and star power. With only two scheduled events for the month of January, the UFC seems to be starting off the year slowly in hopes of gearing towards much more exciting and star-studded events. After finishing 2016 with with some top notch cards featuring fighters such as Conor McGregor and the return of Ronda Rousey, the January 2017 is considerably weaker than what the UFC showcased in the previous months. Originally three events were scheduled for January but on Thursday December 1, 2017 the UFC changed it so that UFC 208 will instead be taking place in February due to a lack of headliners for this event.

UFC Fight Night 103: Rodrìguez vs Penn

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona
TV Channel: FS1

Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight winner Yair Rodrìguez (8-1) will be looking to extend his six-fight winning streak against returning UFC veteran B.J. Penn (16-10) this bout. After an 18-month hiatus Penn made an announcement back in January of 2016 on his return to the sport. Penn was first scheduled for UFC Fight Night 97 to fight against Ricardo Lamas however he pulled out of the event due to an injury,an eventually the UFC cancelled the event all together.

UFC on Fox 23: Shevchenko vs Peña

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado
TV Channel: Fox

UFC on Fox 23: Shevchenko vs Pena Fight Card

The event headliner will feature Valentina Shevchenko (13-2) square off against The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Peña (8-2) who has won five straight since her UFC debut. While the UFC has made this official, this fight is expected to be a potential UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship title eliminator meaning the winner of this fight will be moving on to the bantamweight title fight.

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