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The UFC is putting on a stacked card this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona with UFC on FOX 13. In the main event, heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic will meet.

Other big names on the card include Alistair Overeem and returning lightweight Nate Diaz.

Watch the full weigh-ins below (live at 10pm UK time).

Former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos will be looking to get back on the right track this weekend against Stipe Miocic at UFC on FOX 13, having suffered a crushing defeat to Cain Velasquez last October at UFC 166.

In this week's Friday Fight we look back on JDS' last win, a KO win over Mark Hunt at UFC 160 which was nominated for 'KO of the Year' at the 6th annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards.

Watch the full fight below.

The first ever UFC women's strawweight champ will be crowned this Friday night as The Ultimate Fighter season 20 finalists Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas meet in the TUF 20 Finale main event.

Watch the full weigh-in video below (live at midnight UK time).

Phoenix, Arizona will host a stacked UFC card in UFC on FOX 13 this weekend with Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic meeting in the main event.

The open workouts took place yesterday with all high-profile main card fighters showing off their skills for fans and the media. All, that is, with the exception of Nate Diaz who didn't show up at the event. 

“I didn’t realize it was time to be there,” Diaz explained to MMAjunkie. “I woke up and they were calling me, and they said, ‘You kinda missed open workouts.’ I kind of slept in. I wish I could’ve made it, but I didn’t make it in time... I got in late and I woke up this morning and I looked at it.”  

Watch the full open workout highlight video below.

After well over a year out of MMA competition due to health complications, UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve will finally make his return this weekend at UFC on FOX 13 against Alistair Overeem.

Stefan was originally scheduled to return to competition at UFC 175 in July against Matt Mitrione, but was forced out of the event on fight night after fainting in the locker room. Speaking just days before this Saturday's card, the Dutchman says he's now back to his old, healthy self.

"I'm just back to being me and being positive," Struve told MMAFighting.com. "The side-effects from the medication I was on... I don't ever want to feel like that again - depressed, all the negative things would get more negative. I was just not able to be me with that, but I'm back."

Now, thanks to being on a new, better medication and also receiving coaching from a psychological specialist, Struve is feeling far better pre-fight than he was back in July; although he admits the normal nerves are still very present.

"It's fight week, you get anxious. But the way I felt in the locker room (at UFC 175) was like something I've never felt before. It was just no fun. I was really good at dealing with the pressure in the past and I tried to deal with it the same way I always did but then I put the medication in my system and, obviously, it's a little different then."

Despite being inactive for so long, Struve still remains ranked in the official UFC rankings at #15 in the heavyweight division. A win over #11-ranked Overeem would prove he is still very much in the game. And Stefan isn't exactly expecting the best Alistair ever.

"If you look at his last couple of fights, he got one win and no offence to him but they way he got that win against Frank Mir, Frank didn't seem like he wanted to fight," he said regarding his upcoming opponent. "He's not the same fighter he was, that's no secret. I think everybody agrees on that. You see mentally he's not the same fighter, physically he's not the same fighter; he's not as imposing as he was. I think he's dropped down a tremendous amount of weight since he fought Brock Lesnar, so it's definitely a completely different fighter.

"But, the thing is, I don't care what he does. I don't care how much he weighs, I don't care how strong he is. I'm me. If I fight my fight and push myself to fight the best fight I can fight, he's not even coming close to beating me."

Competing in the main event at UFC on FOX 13 is Stipe Miocic, who Struve earned his last victory over at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in September 2012. If Miocic is able to defeat his opponent this weekend, former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos, he should find himself very close to a title shot.

Struve believes he's still at that same championship level, and intends to prove it to the fans in his Octagon return.

"Time has flown by, like over two years since we fought in Nottingham. And then another guy, Mark Hunt, who was my last fight (at UFC on FUEL TV 8, March 2013) just fought for the belt. Stipe has got a good chance of earning a title shot this Saturday. That's where I'm at, that's my level. I just need to show it in the cage again, and that's exactly what I'm going to do Saturday. Simple as that."

UFC on FOX 13 is set to take place on Saturday December 13th at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

The truth is finally out as we now know, after defeating Randa Markos via first-round submission in the Ultimate Fighter season 20 semi-final, Rose Namajunas has advanced to the TUF 20 Finale where she will face Carla Esparza for the inaugural UFC women's strawweight championship.

Although she was far from being the favourite to win the show when she entered the TUF house some months ago, Namajunas says she was always confident in herself.

"Yeah, if you rewind back to the first episode or something like that I had mentioned what I thought about the rankings," Rose told MMAfighting.com. "I was ranked number-seven but in my heart and soul I knew I was number-one, it's just a matter of proving it to other people. I'm not here for anybody but myself. I know what I'm capable of, it's just a matter of showing everybody else."

With two submission wins in three bouts on The Ultimate Fighter, Namajunas earned more stoppages than any other competitor on the show. Her upcoming opponent Esparza, meanwhile, earned the majority of her wins via decision.

"I think a finish is way better than a decision," she stated. "But sometimes a three-round war can be very exciting. That fight with Jessica Penne was a little more action-packed, a little more striking, you saw [Carla's] boxing a little bit more and less just holding people. But I think it pales in comparison to my fights with the aggression that I bring and the intensity that I have."

One of Rose's biggest supporters since the start of her career has been her fiancé, former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry.

"I've been saying it since we met, I've been telling everybody since day one; for years now," said an extremely hyped-up Pat. "Keep your eyes open, Rose is coming up and when she gets here everyone's gonna know. This is gonna be a name that's gonna last forever. This is gonna go down in the history books."

Regarding Rose becoming the UFC's first ever 115lb champ, Pat added: "It's everything that I saw and everything I knew she was capable of accomplishing. It's happening now, it's so close."

Namajunas vs Esparza is due to take place at the TUF 20 Finale on Friday December 12th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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