Storylines: UFC 229
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Happy Conor Week, friends. It is about time there is a UFC card and Conor McGregor is headlining. It is long overdue. Now, with that, he is not the sole story that is worth mentioning this weekend. Here, we are going to mention some other noteworthy storylines.
McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov: Great Googly Moogly
Wow. This is finally maybe happening *knocks on wood.* This seems like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object sort of a bout, as it seems nobody in the UFC, aside from one Mr. Diaz, has had any real answers for Conor McGregor, whether it be at 145 or 155 (sorry, Eddie). 155 seems to be McGregor’s home and Khabib currently sits on his throne. “The Eagle” has made comments that he is going to “maul” Conor, but time will tell. This fight is going to break all kinds of records for MMA, and the outcome is important. If Conor wins, an aura of invincibility at 155 may surround him. Khabib wins, he is invincible; no way around it. In the aftermath, however, it is a very sticky situation, which we will go over next week once the dust settles.
Pettis vs. Ferguson: (Maybe) #1 Contender fight
This fight is good. So good even that it is a co-main on likely any PPV card this year that is not a title fight. Anthony Pettis has shown that he still may be the same man that once held the crown in this division, and Tony Ferguson hasn’t lost since 2012. Throw in a few X-factors, like Ferguson coming off of a surgery and the fact that this fight might get scrapped if one half of the main event falls through, and it becomes something even better: a hard-to-predict maybe fight. Plus, this isn’t even going to guarantee who gets the shot at the winner of the main event because of how talent-rich this division is. Either way, the winner is on a VERY short list of who could fight the winner of the main event.
Pettis vs. Formiga: Little Pettis continues his quest for gold
Sergio Pettis, who not very long ago was the better of the two Pettis brothers in the promotion, is set to square off against sixth-ranked Jussier Formiga. If he pulls out another which, which would make it 2 in a row and 6 of 7 with his one defeat coming at the hands of the new Flyweight king, he could make a case for either a Mighty Mouse fight, or, if Mighty Mouse decides to move up or take time off, get the next shot at Cejudo himself. For Formiga, this could be the win that finally gets him a title shot, which has so far eluded him in his UFC tenure. He has lost to 4 separate title challengers, always when he was on the cusp for a shot of his own. Although it is only a prelim, be sure to check this one out.
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