UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Typically, the UFC’s December event is allowed as the big end-of-year show with a card that’s piled from top to base. On the other hand, the present menu for UFC 219 lacks just a little sizzle.
The main event has Cris Cyborg defending her featherweight title against the other 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 is a fantastic matchup, to be certain. Still, there are worries it won’t sell pay-per-views. Thus now, rumors are swirling about last-minute additions to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy fight with Conor McGregor was the dream, but that won’t be happening 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 from the UFC octagon for a protracted period of time, if not permanently.
As for Diaz, he apparently has been offered everything but the moon. However, the Stockton native is demanding a celestial figure, by which I mean bags and bags of cash, until he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two bouts could be inserted to provide the card some additional pugilistic goodness, it appears that the major event is set, and I’m ok with that. What fans actually need at this point are quality fights, not just big names. And in addition to Cyborg/Holm, we are going to see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a massive fight that could give us another lightweight contender. The weigh-in might be just as dramatic as the battle given Nurmagomedov struggles to create 155.
While we wait for more spice to be inserted, let us stir the present pot and divide the main and co-main events of this evening to your gambling needs.
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