February 23, 2018
February 23, 2018
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  • UFC 222 on March 3 recently saw it’s main fight fall apart, after UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered a leg injury in camp, which saw his fight with Frankie Edgar collapse for the second time. Edgar though is not to rest on his misfortune and he will now face unbeaten Brian Ortega, who has been on a tear and was perhaps on the verge of challenging the winner of Holloway-Edgar for the title. Now he could skip a step with a win over Edgar in what will be the co-main event on March 3 in Las Vegas.
  • The card will now be headlined by Cris Cyborg, who will defend her UFC women’s featherweight belt against Yana Kunitskaya on March 3. Kunitskaya is the current Invicta bantamweight champion and will be making her UFC debut on the card. There aren’t many that don’t consider her to be the next lamb to the slaughter, as Cyborg is expected to continue her dominant reign. The UFC reportedly pursued a rematch between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, but Dillashaw declined the offer citing the birth of his first child, not being in camp, disbelief that Garbrandt deserves the title shot and his ambition to fight flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson amongst many reasons.
  • Also added to the card is a fight that was due to happen on February 3 between ranked bantamweight’s John Dodson and Pedro Munhoz. Munhoz failed the weight in Brazil and Dodson refused to fight at a catchweight, so it has been rearranged to March 3 in Las Vegas.
  • Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley remains out of action, as he comes back from surgery, yet he is once again at loggerheads with UFC President Dana White. Woodley claimed he was in discussions for a fight with Nate Diaz, to which White simply responded that he was “full of shit”. This is the latest in a series of disagreements between Woodley and White and a sit-down meeting is planned for next week between the pair. There are many who would love to be a fly on the wall for that meeting.
  • There have been a raft of new fights delivered this week by the UFC ahead of their upcoming schedule including an April 14 meeting in Glendale at welterweight between Yushin Okami and Dhiego Lima and ranked middleweights Thiago Santos and David Branch in Atlantic City on April 28th. Also announced is a women’s flyweight clash between Bec Rawlings and Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC 223 on April 7 and for British fans, Brett Johns who gained mainstream attention for his calf-slicer submission last year faces Aljamain Sterling in the bantamweight division, also in Atlantic City.
  • One fight that has been seriously discussed over the past week is for UFC 225 on June 9. The card will take place in Chicago, Illinois and could signal the return to the Octagon for former WWE star CM Punk, in his hometown, who was dominated by Mickey Gall back in September 2016 in his UFC debut. In the opposite corner could be another Gall victim in Mike Jackson, who like Punk is still searching for his first win as a pro MMA fighter. Someone’s 0 has to go if the fight goes ahead in June.
  • Talking of WWE, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, who recently signed a long term deal with the company is due at the Elimination Chamber PPV on February 25 in Las Vegas to sign her contract for Monday Night RAW. We could well have the answers to her first moves in the WWE that night, as they build towards Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans on April 8.