UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Normally, the UFC’s December event is allowed as the big end-of-year display with a card that is piled from top to base. On the other hand, the present menu for UFC 219 lacks a little sizzle.
The principal event has Cris Cyborg defending her featherweight title against the other ferocious puncher at Holly Holm. On paper, it might seem one-sided, but recall the last time we doubted Holm in perceived mismatch title fight?
It is a great matchup, to be sure. Yet, there are worries that it will not sell pay-per-views. Thus now, rumors are swirling about last-minute additions to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy struggle with Conor McGregor has been the fantasy, but that won’t be occurring as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and punching a drug cartel associate. Oops.
Those transgressions will continue to keep the Irishman out of the UFC octagon for a protracted time period, if not permanently.
As for Diaz, he seemingly was provided everything but the moon. However, the Stockton native is demanding a celestial body, where I mean totes and bags of money, before he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two bouts could be added to provide the card some extra pugilistic goodness, it appears that the major event is set, and I am ok with that. What fans actually need at this stage are quality fights, not just big names. And as well as Cyborg/Holm, we’re going to see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a massive battle that could give us another lightweight contender. The weigh-in may be just as dramatic as the battle handed Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait patiently for more shine to be added, let us stir the present pot and break down the main and co-main events of this evening for your gambling needs.
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