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The world of mixed martial arts (MMA) is eagerly awaiting December 6th, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be holding its 300th event.

The pay-per-view in question is UFC 181: Hendricks vs Lawler II, and to commemorate the milestone of 300 events the UFC has put not one, but two titles on the line.

In the co-main event of the evening, Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be making his first title defence against the always-dangerous Gilbert Melendez.

Both fighters are technical strikers with underrated ground games, as Pettis showed when he shocked the world last year by winning the title via an armbar submission.

However, that impressive victory - all the way back in August 2013 - was the last time Pettis fought.

Since then, injuries have kept him from competing. Melendez equally has not been in the cage for over a year, however, so perhaps 'ring rust' will not play a factor in this bout. With this being equal, which fighter has the edge in this matchup?

Arguably, Melendez is the better boxer out of the two, while Pettis is the more creative striker and utilises a range of unorthodox punches, kicks and knees.

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On the ground, Melendez might have the advantage as he has a black belt under renowned grappler Cesar Gracie.

However, as Pettis showed last August, he is much better at submission fighting than many think.

Meanwhile, the main event of the event is a collision between Welterweight champion Johnny Hendricks and the division's number one contender Robbie Lawler.

These talented fighters are set to battle it out in a rematch of their original title bout in March at UFC 171, where Hendricks walked away with the title.

Their first match was incredibly close, with Hendricks edging out Lawler in a unanimous decision victory, winning three rounds to his opponent's two.

Widely considered the fight of the year, it is hoped that these two warriors will produce fireworks once again on December 6th.

With top fighters such as Urijah Faber, Travis Browne and Brendan Schaub filling out the rest of the card, this is definitely one that true fight fans will want to watch.

UFC 181: Hendricks vs Lawler II takes place on Saturday December 6th at the Mandalay Bay arena in Las Vegas, and is live on BT Sport.

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