UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Normally, the UFC’s December event is earmarked as the big end-of-year display with a card that is stacked from top to base. On the other hand, the current menu for UFC 219 lacks just a little sizzle.
The principal event has Cris Cyborg defending her featherweight title against another ferocious puncher in Holly Holm. On paper, it might seem one-sided, but remember the last time we doubted Holm in perceived mismatch name fight?
It’s a great matchup, to be certain. Yet, there are concerns it won’t sell pay-per-views. So 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 occurring as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and bumping a drug cartel associate. Oops.
Those transgressions will keep the Irishman from 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 figure, where I mean bags and bags of money, before he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two more bouts could be added to give the card a few extra pugilistic goodness, it appears that the major event is set, and I am ok with that. What fans actually need at this point are quality conflicts, not just big names. And as well as Cyborg/Holm, we are also going to visit Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a massive battle that could give another lightweight contender. The weigh-in might be just as striking as the fight handed Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait for more shine to be inserted, let us stir the present pot and break down the main and co-main events of the day for your betting needs.
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