UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Typically, the UFC’s December occasion is allowed as the large end-of-year show 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 protecting her featherweight title against the other ferocious puncher in Holly Holm. On paper, it may look one-sided, but recall the last time we doubted Holm in perceived mismatch name fight?
It is a fantastic matchup, to be sure. Still, there are concerns it will not sell pay-per-views. Thus now, rumors are swirling about last-minute developments to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy fight with Conor McGregor has been the dream, but that will not be occurring as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and bumping out a drug cartel associate. Oops.
Those transgressions will continue to keep the Irishman out of the UFC octagon for an extended time period, or even permanently.
In terms of Diaz, he apparently was offered everything but the moon. But the Stockton native is demanding a celestial figure, by which I mean totes and bags of cash, before he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two bouts could be inserted to give the card a few extra pugilistic goodness, it appears that the major event is set, and I’m ok with that. What fans actually need at this stage are quality fights, not just big names. And in addition to Cyborg/Holm, we’re also going to visit Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a massive battle that could give us another lightweight competition. The weigh-in might be just as striking as the fight given Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait for more shine to be added, let us stir the existing pot and divide the main and co-main events of this evening to your betting needs.
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