Following Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s decisive win over ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry at UFC Denver earlier this month, the UFC veteran teased reporters that he would be heading back to lightweight and that the UFC already had a big fight lined up for him.
The UFC celebrates it’s 25 year anniversary this week and to mark the occasion the promotion went back to where it began all those years ago, in Denver, Colorado.
It was a momentous occasion for both the promotion and the sport as a whole and the anniversary fight card certainly did not disappoint. The main event alone felt like the perfect fight to celebrate a quarter of a century of the Ultimate Fighting Championship with Yair Rodríguez and Chan Sung Jung putting on a fight of the year worthy performance before Rodríguez ended the fight with arguably one of the single greatest knockouts of all time.
Let’s take a look at what could be next for ‘El Pantera’, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and the other main card winners following an entertaining evening in Denver.
Speculation that the UFC were on the brink of closing down their flyweight division began last month with the news that long time champion Demetrious Johnson had been ‘traded’ to ONE Championship with undefeated welterweight Ben Askren coming the other way.
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson may not be done with fighting after all.
The popular 34-year-old left the sport following a failed title challenge against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in April 2017.
Johnson (22-6-0) has confirmed he intends to come out of retirement and return to MMA, this time at heavyweight, provided one sizable condition is met by the UFC.
It wasn’t until after UFC 230 was over that I remembered that this card should have included Nate Diaz, Dustin Poirier, Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold. It’s testement to the quality of the fights we saw on Saturday night that it honestly didn’t matter than we’d seen so many changes to the original line up.
While the UFC’s marquee event at Madison Square Garden may have lacked the volume of title fights that their previous visits claimed, the event definitely didn’t scrimp on the action with exciting fights, dramatic finishes and standout performances up and down the card.
Let’s take a look at what could come next after an historic night for Daniel Cormier and the other UFC 230 main card winners.
Manchester’s own Brendan Loughnane and Kane Mousah are amongst a slew of fighters set to feature on an action packed card as Celtic Gladiator return to Manchester, more than nine months since their first show in the city.
Unbeaten prospects Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy (6-0-0) and Jordan Barton (4-0-0) compliment what is shaping up to be a memorable evening for both European and domestic mixed martial arts.
Following the news that we are on the brink of an historic ‘trade’ deal which would see UFC flyweight great Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and ONE Championship’s undefeated welterweight king “Funky” Ben Askren switch promotions, Askren has wasted no time at all in calling out half of the UFC’s top 10 welterweights.
The UFC’s anti doping partner, USADA, confirmed this afternoon that they have handed Bradley Scott (11-6-0) a two year suspension stemming from a positive test earlier this year.
After months of speculation, ONE Championship have officially announced the signing of former UFC lightweight champion “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez to a multi fight contract.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, was understandably pleased with his capture of the high profile free agent’s signature.
“I am thrilled to announce that multiple-time world champion Eddie Alvarez will be joining ONE Championship on a multiple-bout contract. Eddie is one of the world’s best martial artists in the world, and is no doubt a tremendous addition to the ONE roster. The ONE Championship roster is incredibly deep with talents such as Shinya Aoki, Eduard Folayang, and Amir Khan, among others. I am excited to have Eddie in that mix and to see some amazing matchups and performances. This is no doubt one of the biggest athlete signings in the history of ONE Championship.”
“The Underground King” is a multiple time former world champion and will arrive in ONE looking to add yet another strap to his trophy cabinet in what is likely to be the final stop of his illustrious career.
With less than six weeks to go until veteran stars Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz lock horns for the third (and probably final) time, Golden Boy Promotions have announced the full fight card for their first foray into the world of Mixed Martial Arts.