UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Typically, the UFC’s December event is allowed as the big end-of-year show with a card that’s piled from top to base. On the other hand, 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 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 worries that it won’t sell pay-per-views. Thus now, rumors are swirling about last-minute additions to the card, such as Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy struggle with Conor McGregor was the fantasy, but that won’t be occurring as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and punching 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 has been provided everything but the moon. But the Stockton native is demanding a celestial body, by which 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 main event is put, and I’m okay with that. What fans really need at this point are quality fights, not just big names. And as well as Cyborg/Holm, we’re also going to see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a massive fight that could give us another lightweight contender. The weigh-in might be just as dramatic as the battle given Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait patiently for more shine to be added, let’s stir the present pot and divide the primary and co-main events of this day for your betting needs.
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