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 piled from top to base. However, 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 may look one-sided, but remember the last time we doubted Holm in perceived mismatch title fight?
It’s a great matchup, to be certain. Still, there are concerns 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 dream, 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 continue to keep the Irishman from the UFC octagon for a protracted time period, or even permanently.
In terms of Diaz, he apparently was offered everything but the moon. But the Stockton native is demanding a celestial figure, where I mean bags and bags of cash, until he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two bouts could be added to give the card some additional pugilistic goodness, it appears that the major event is put, and I am 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 might be just as dramatic as the fight handed Nurmagomedov struggles to create 155.
While we wait for more shine to be added, let’s stir the existing pot and divide the main and co-main events of this day for your gambling needs.
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