Well it seems UFC 178 simply isn’t supposed to be the blockbuster event everybody had it pegged as way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson reclaimed his #1 contender’s slot with a victory over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as more than a mere detour on the route to Jones/Gustafsson 2, and the masses were right. Although it took some time 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 forced to drop out of this fight with a torn meniscus. No issue, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own place and the MMA world was even more enthusiastic. Then the infamous media day brawl took place, and UFC 178 became a must-watch event for more than just the MMA community. It had the kind of buzz that number of UFC events garner, and probably would have become the largest grossing light heavyweight bout because Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back at UFC 114. Obviously, things seldom visit plan in MMA, and even the backup programs fall through occasionally. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he too was hurt in training and pressured out of UFC 178. The organization has tentatively rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, in which they will likely share the card with Ronda Rousey in a year-end (or starting) card that hearkens back to the times of piled events across the New Year. The only problem with all this yet, is that this was assumed to be Alexander Gustafsson’s battle all together, and from January he will probably be prepared to go. Will the UFC actually forego what could be another classic involving Jones and Gustafsson for the buck signs apparently obvious for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out during the upcoming few months, but early signs are that the Swede is going to wind up a very unhappy camper. Of course in MMA news when it rains, it pours, and it was a busy day outside of the Jones injury. UFC 177 along with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson believed that the domino effect from the injury, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will now be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Understanding that fans will be frustrated with the shift, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),»Bad: You’ll have to wait a bit more time to see me triumph again. Great: I’m the newest UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a true principal event.» To complete UFC 177, the company has put together a bout between a set of highly touted champions from the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete only 3 weeks after his latest bout, and he will be carrying on former MFC winner Anthony Birchak in one of the better fights between UFC newcomers that has been made in 2014. The bantamweights will likely fill out a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old promotion also announced a pair of bouts yesterday, as heavy hitters Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125 on September 19th. While this bout is of nearly zero relevance in any sort of divisional ranks, it should be violent and fun for however long it lasts. Following in the same mould is the co-main occasion on the card comprising Brian Rogers and James Irvin, just two of the men discovered on any highlight reel of flying knees in MMA history. Betting lines will probably lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their various bouts, since they are the more talented strikers in what should be exclusively striking contests. A set of AXS TV promotions declared upcoming bouts too, together with Legacy FC 37 being headlined by two of its former champions, Leonard Garcia and Daniel Pineda. Garcia just lost his featherweight belt to Damon Jackson in Legacy FC 33, and Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the promotion — was just re-signed after being cut from the UFC. It is quite probable that Jackson is going to be signed into the UFC earlier this bout occurs on November 14th, and if that is the situation this could establish a new champion too. After Garcia’s quick loss in his final outing, anticipate the people to favor Pineda, and he will probably open as a small favorite. RFA continues their tour across the Western United States as RFA 18 takes place 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 last week in Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will be carrying this bout on just over a month’s notice. This line should be close, but the public may push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he is the well-known of both.
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