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 display with a card that is stacked from top to bottom. However, the present menu for UFC 219 lacks just 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 great matchup, to be certain. Still, there are worries it will not sell pay-per-views. Thus now, rumors are swirling about last-minute developments to the card, such as Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy fight with Conor McGregor has been the fantasy, but that won’t be happening as McGregor is dealing with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and punching 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 seemingly was provided everything but the moon. But the Stockton native is demanding a celestial body, by which I mean totes and bags of cash, before he steps inside an Octagon again.
While one or two more bouts could be inserted to give the card a few additional pugilistic goodness, it appears that the main event is set, and I am okay with that. What fans actually need at this stage are quality fights, not only big names. And in addition to Cyborg/Holm, we are 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 striking as the fight given Nurmagomedov struggles to create 155.
While we wait for more spice to be inserted, let’s stir the present pot and break down the main and co-main events of the day to your gambling needs.
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