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Going into UFC 234, everything was shaping up nicely for the immediate future of the division. The champion was going to defend his belt with the #1 contender fight being the co-main. It was all going to plan. Then BAM, there was a hernia and collapsed bowel, Gastelum parading a belt around, unimpressvie outing in the now main event, and a long line of killers waiting behind them. So, the question remains, what is next for the 185 lb. division?
It is nearly time! UFC 234 is tomorrow, and it is time to preview the headliner. Robert “The Reaper/Bobby Knuckles” Whittaker squares off against Kelvin “The Legend Killer” Gastelum in a showdown of 20-somethings for the 185 strap.
It was recently announced by a number of sources that Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon to face Middleweight prospect/contender Israel Adesanya. “The Spider” has not fought in nearly two years, and will be days shy of a year layoff at UFC 234 in February. “The Last Stylebender,” however, has been extremely active, fighting 4 times in 2018, winning all of them with 2 finishes, most recently over Derek Brunson. Many critics are saying this is a dangerous fight for an aging Silva and criticize the UFC and Dana White for condemning Chuck Liddell’s fight while announcing this one in the same breath. HOWEVER, this is truly the fight to make for both parties.
In a huge week of fight announcements and withdrawals, one that stood out to me was that Derrick Lewis got a long-awaited title shot against Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Truly, this is such a Derrick Lewis way to get a shot, and we will explain why, but I just want to say that Derrick Lewis is getting what he deserves.
UFC 229 is this weekend, and the main event is one for the ages: Conor McGregor returns to the UFC for the first time in nearly 2 years to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. There gave been claims of mauling and knockouts from both sides of the exchange, and today we are going to give a scenario where Khabib beats Conor and retains his UFC Lightweight belt.
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.
This weekend, the UFC returns to Sao Paulo, and it is headlined by Thiago Santos and “Ya Boy” Eryk Anders (all-time nickname) in their Light Heavyweight debuts. Today, I preview that fight and give my prediction.
This weekend, James Vick FINALLY has the chance to prove himself against an elite guy at 155 after a rather disappointing result against Beneil Dariush in 2016. "The Texecutioner" (an all-time good MMA name) is facing Justin Gaethje, and although he's on a two fight skid currently, he's a guy that will be around the top as long as he is in the organization.
Yesterday, MMA did not take a break, as there was the season premeire of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series (wow that's a mouthful), where prospects fought in front of the boss in hopes of making it to the UFC. Well, two contracts were given. One of those contracts was that of the polarizing, controversial former NFL Pro-Bowler Greg Hardy, who took 57 seconds to dismantle his co-former NFL player opponent. So, like him or not, Greg Hardy is going to fight in the UFC (at some point).
Although the main event has changed slightly, UFC 223's Co-Main has remained rock-solid this entire time and pits former champion Joanna Jedrzejcyzk against the woman who took her belt, Rose Namajunas. Strap yourselves in because you're going for a ride.
So, good news and bad news. Starting with the bad news, Tony Ferguson is out. Again. That will be touched upon another time, but the good news is that Max "Blessed" Holloway has stepped up on 6 days notice and will fight Khabib for the Lightweight Championship to headline UFC 223. And let me tell you something, boys and girls, this is gonna be interesting.
With UFC 223 being the next on the UFC's calendar, we begin our coverage of it by touching some of the biggest storylines heading into the biggest PPV of the year so far.
As a continuation of our UFC 221 coverage, we move onto the main event, an Interim Middleweight Title fight between Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold. Today, we cover Yoel Romero.