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UFC returns to Phoenix on Jan. 15; three fights announced

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The UFC is making its way back to Phoenix.

The company announced Friday it will hold a UFC Fight Night card at Talking Stick Arena on Sun. Jan. 15.

No main event has been announced yet for the FS1 card, but three bouts were named for the show: Heavyweights Cyril Asker (7-2) of Avignon, France vs. Dmitri Smoliakov (8-1) of Kaliningrad City, Russia; heavyweight Viktor Pesta (10-3) of Prague, Czech Republic vs. Damian Grabowski (20-4) of Opole, Poland; light heavyweights between Joachim Christensen (13-4) of Copenhagen, Denmark vs. Bojan Mihalovic (10-4) of Serbia.

Both heavyweight fights feature competitors looking to get on track. Asker attempts to rebounded from a knockout loss to Jared Cannonier in his UFC debut, while Smoliakov attempts to rebound from a submission loss to Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira at UFC on FOX 20 in his UFC debut. Pesta has dropped two straight and is 1-3 in the UFC; Grabowski has lost both of his UFC via stoppage.

The card marks company's first in Arizona since a UFC on FOX card on Dec. 13, 2014, which was headlined by Junior dos Santos' grueling decision win over current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

It's also the third straight year FS 1 will televise a Sunday night event on on NFL playoff Sunday. The previous two years, featuring Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver and Dominick Cruz's bantamweight title win over T.J. Dillashaw, both in Boston, drew two of the biggest UFC ratings in FS1 history,