After a disappointing 2012, just over a month into 2013 the UFC is off to a strong start which looks to continue with a slew of upcoming fights announced this week by the company. The first of said fights scheduled are for The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 which is headlined by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title for the second time this year against challenger John Moraga. Other notable fights on that card include heavyweights Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga squaring off as well as what will be the second fight between women competitors in the octagon as Miesha Tate takes on Cat Zingano. A week later Chad Mendes, who was scheduled to face the recently injured Manny Gamburyan at UFC 157 will now meet Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 7. In bigger news both literally and figuratively heavyweights will take center stage at UFC 160 on May 25 as Cain Velasquez defends his heavyweight title against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a rematch of their fight from November 2011 that Velasquez won by first round stoppage. The co-main event will feature a long-awaited showdown between former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem in a bout that could determine who faces the winner of the main event. One last fight that has been announced is Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold making his octagon debut against Vitor Belfort in Brazil at UFC on FX 8 on May 18. Mark your calendars as there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months for MMA fans.