With the UFC announcing their plans for something of a middleweight extravaganza at UFC 230 in New York, the stage seemed set for an exciting night of 185lb fights, highlighted by a tantalising rematch between former foes Luke Rockhold (16-4-0) and Chris Weidman (14-3-0).
For Israel Adesanya (14-0-0), his scheduled fight against Derek Brunson (18-6-0) at UFC 230 is nothing more than a straightforward way to add a fifteenth victory to his perfect professional MMA record.
Speaking to Luke Thomas on this weeks episode of the MMA Hour, Adesanya didn’t shy away from calling it as he sees it and in his eyes, Brunson is “in over his head on this one”.
It has now been confirmed that Nate Diaz (20-11-0), after two years out of MMA competition, returns this year at UFC 230 to fight against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirer (24–5–0, 1 NC) at the prestigious Madison Square Garden Arena, New York.
Much has been said about Mackenzie Dern’s dramatic failure to make weight at UFC 224 last month, with the overwhelming opinion being that the 25-year-old should consider moving to flyweight for her next UFC appearance.
Speaking after the event during the post fight press conference, the Jiu-Jitsu protege confirmed that the UFC had invited her to utilise the UFC Performance Institute (UFC PI) in Las Vegas, to help her better manage her nutrition and weight management moving forwards.