MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JONES INJURED, BOUT WITH CORMIER PUSHED TO JANUARY

26/11/2019

It appears UFC 178 just is not meant to be the blockbuster event everyone had it pegged as since way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson reclaimed his #1 competitor’s slot with a victory over Jimi Manuwa. Few saw Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as over a mere detour on the road to Jones/Gustafsson 2, and the masses were right. Even though it took some time to choose a particular date and place, the bout was highly expected whenever and where it would happen. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson was forced to drop from this struggle with a torn meniscus. No problem, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own place and the MMA planet was even more excited. Then the infamous media day brawl took place, and UFC 178 became a must-watch occasion for more than simply the MMA community. It had the kind of buzz that number of UFC events garner, and probably would have become the biggest grossing light heavyweight bout since Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back at UFC 114. Of course, things rarely ever go to program in MMA, as well as the backup plans fall through occasionally. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he also was hurt in training and forced out of UFC 178. The company has rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, where they will likely share the card with Ronda Rousey at a year-end (or starting) card which hearkens back to the times of piled events around the New Year. The one issue with all of this however, is that it was assumed to function as Alexander Gustafsson’s battle all along, and by January he will likely be prepared to go. Will the UFC really forego what could be another classic between Jones and Gustafsson for its buck signs seemingly obvious for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out during the next few weeks, but early indications are that the Swede is going to end up a very unhappy camper. Of course in MMA news as it rains, it pours, and it was a busy day beyond the Jones injury. UFC 177 along with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson believed that the domino effect from the accident, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will now be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Knowing that lovers will be frustrated with the change, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),”Bad: You’ll have to wait a bit longer to see me triumph . Good: I’m the newest UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a real principal event.” To fill out UFC 177, the organization has gathered a bout between a pair of highly touted champions from the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete only three weeks after his most recent bout, and he’ll be taking on former MFC winner Anthony Birchak in one of the better conflicts between UFC newcomers that’s been produced in 2014. The bantamweights will likely fill out a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old promotion also announced a set of bouts yesterday, as heavy hitters Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125 on September 19th. Although this bout is of nearly zero relevance in any kind of divisional ranks, it needs to be violent and fun for however long it lasts. Following in precisely the same mold is the co-main occasion on the card comprising Brian Rogers and James Irvin, two of the guys found on any highlight reel of flying knees in MMA history. Betting lines will probably lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their respective bouts, as they are the more talented strikers in what ought to be completely striking contests. A set of AXS TV promotions announced upcoming bouts too, with Legacy FC 37 being headlined by two of its former winners, Leonard Garcia and Daniel Pineda. Garcia simply lost his featherweight belt to Damon Jackson at Legacy FC 33, and Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the advertising — was only re-signed after being cut from the UFC. It is quite likely that Jackson is going to be signed into the UFC before this bout takes place on November 14th, and if that’s the case this could determine a new champion as well. After Garcia’s rapid loss in his last outing, anticipate the people to favor Pineda, and he will likely open as a slight favorite. RFA continues their tour across the Western United States since RFA 18 takes place at Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 12th. The event will be headlined by flyweight champion Matt Manzanares defends his belt against undefeated Albuquerque native Joby Sanchez. Sanchez only knocked off Antonio Banuelos a week at Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will be taking this particular bout on just over a month’s notice. This line must be shut, but the people can push it slightly towards Manzanares because he is the well-known of both.

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