UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Normally, the UFC’s December occasion is earmarked as the big end-of-year show with a card that is stacked from top to bottom. However, the present menu for UFC 219 lacks a little sizzle.
The main event has Cris Cyborg protecting her featherweight title against another 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 fantastic matchup, to be certain. Still, there are worries that it will not sell pay-per-views. So now, rumors are swirling about last-minute additions to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy struggle with Conor McGregor was the fantasy, but that will not be happening as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and bumping out a drug cartel associate. Oops.
Those transgressions will 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. However, the Stockton native is demanding a celestial body, by which I mean totes and bags of money, until he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two bouts could be inserted to provide the card a few additional pugilistic goodness, it appears that the major event is put, and I’m ok with that. What fans actually need at this point are quality conflicts, not just big names. And in addition to Cyborg/Holm, we are going to see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a huge battle that could give another lightweight contender. The weigh-in may be just as striking as the battle handed Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait patiently for more shine to be added, let’s stir the existing pot and break down the main and co-main events of this evening for your gambling needs.
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