UFC 219 is set to occur 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 piled from top to bottom. On the other hand, the present menu for UFC 219 lacks a little sizzle.
The main 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 that it won’t sell pay-per-views. So now, rumors are swirling about last-minute additions to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy fight with Conor McGregor has been the dream, but that won’t be occurring as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and punching 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 seemingly has been provided everything but the moon. However, the Stockton native is demanding a celestial figure, where I mean bags and bags of cash, before he steps inside an Octagon again.
While one or two bouts could be added to provide the card some additional pugilistic goodness, it looks like the main event is set, and I’m ok with that. What fans actually need at this stage are quality fights, not just big names. And as well as Cyborg/Holm, we’re also going to visit Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a massive fight that could give us another lightweight competition. The weigh-in might be just as dramatic as the fight given Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait patiently for more spice to be added, let’s stir the present pot and break down the main and co-main events of this evening to your betting needs.
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