UFC 219 is set to occur in Las Vegas on December 30th. Typically, the UFC’s December occasion is allowed as the big end-of-year show with a card that is stacked from top to base. However, the present menu for UFC 219 lacks just a little sizzle.
The principal event has Cris Cyborg protecting her featherweight title against another ferocious puncher in Holly Holm. On paper, it might seem one-sided, but recall the last time we doubted Holm in perceived mismatch title fight?
It’s a fantastic matchup, to be sure. Still, there are worries that it will not sell pay-per-views. So now, rumors are swirling about last-minute developments to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy struggle with Conor McGregor was the fantasy, but that won’t be happening as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and bumping 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 seemingly was offered everything but the moon. But the Stockton native is demanding a celestial body, where I mean bags and bags of money, until he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two more bouts could be added to give the card some extra pugilistic goodness, it looks like the major event is set, and I am ok with that. What fans actually need at this point are quality conflicts, not only big names. And as well as Cyborg/Holm, we are also going to visit Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a huge battle that could give another lightweight contender. The weigh-in might be just as dramatic as the battle given Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait patiently for more spice to be added, let us stir the present pot and break down the main and co-main events of the day to your gambling needs.
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