It seems UFC 178 simply is not supposed to be the blockbuster event everybody had it pegged as way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson recovered his #1 competitor’s slot with a success over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as over a mere detour on the road to Jones/Gustafsson two, along with the masses were correct. Although it took a while to decide on a particular date and place, the bout was highly anticipated whenever and wherever it would happen. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson has been made to drop out of the fight with a torn meniscus. No issue, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his position and the MMA planet was even more enthusiastic. Then the infamous media day brawl took place, and UFC 178 became a must-watch occasion for more than simply the MMA community. It had the kind of buzz that number of UFC events garner, and likely would have been the largest grossing light heavyweight bout because Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back at UFC 114. Of course, things rarely ever visit program in MMA, and even the backup plans fall through occasionally. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he too was injured in training and pressured out of UFC 178. The company has tentatively rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, where they will probably share the card with Ronda Rousey at a year-end (or starting) card that hearkens back to the times of piled events around the New Year. The one issue with all this however, is that it was supposed to be Alexander Gustafsson’s battle all together, and from January he will probably be ready to proceed. Will the UFC really forego what could be another classic involving Jones and Gustafsson for its dollar signs seemingly evident for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out during the upcoming few weeks, but early signs are that the Swede is going to wind up a very unhappy camper. Obviously in MMA news as it rains, it pours, and it was a busy day outside of the Jones injury. UFC 177 along with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson felt that the domino effect from the injury, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Understanding that fans would be frustrated with all the change, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),»Bad: You’ll have to wait a bit longer to see me triumph again. Good: I’m the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card gets a true main event.» To fill out UFC 177, the organization has put together a bout between a pair of highly touted winners in the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete just three weeks after his most recent bout, and he will be carrying on former MFC champion Anthony Birchak in one of the better conflicts between UFC newcomers that has been made in 2014. The bantamweights will probably complete a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old promotion also announced a set of spells yesterday, as heavy hitters Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125 on September 19th. Although this bout is of almost zero significance in any sort of divisional ranks, it needs to be violent and entertaining for however long it lasts. Following in precisely the exact same mould is the co-main occasion on the card comprising Brian Rogers and James Irvin, just two of those men found on any highlight reel of flying knees in MMA history. Betting lines will likely lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their various bouts, as they are the more talented strikers in what should be completely striking contests. A pair of AXS TV promotions declared upcoming bouts as well, together with Legacy FC 37 being headlined by two of its former winners, Leonard Garcia and Daniel Pineda. Garcia simply lost his featherweight belt to Damon Jackson in Legacy FC 33, also Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the promotion — was only re-signed after being cut from the UFC. It’s quite probable that Jackson is going to be signed to the UFC before this bout occurs on November 14th, and if that’s the situation this could determine a new champion as well. Following Garcia’s quick loss in his last outing, expect the public to favor Pineda, and he will likely open as a small favorite. RFA continues their tour across the Western United States since RFA 18 Occurs in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 12th. The event will be headlined by flyweight champion Matt Manzanares defends his belt against undefeated Albuquerque native Joby Sanchez. Sanchez only knocked off Antonio Banuelos a week at Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will probably be carrying this particular bout on just over a month’s notice. This line must be shut, but the people may push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he is the well-known of the two.
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