In a somewhat surprising twist, it appears that UFC 230 finally has a new main event.
Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will put his title on the line against the number two ranked heavyweight, Derrick Lewis when the promotion visits Madison Square Garden next month.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to break the news that the fight will headline UFC 230 on November 3rd.
After a spectacular KO victory at UFC 229 against Alexander Volkov, Derrick Lewis joked to Joe Rogan that he wasn’t looking to challenge for the title with his gas tank and that he needed to work on his cardio. Despite this, it seems the offer from the UFC was too good to turn down as he will take his second right in a month, this time for the UFC heavyweight title.
The match up is perhaps more surprising given Lewis just completed a tough three rounds with heavyweight contender Alexander Volkov and earlier today was handed a one month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission which would put him out of action until November 6th with no contact until October 28th. Should Lewis honour the no contact ruling, he would have just one week to prepare for the biggest fight of his life.
That said, considering the chaos surrounding the closing moments of UFC 229, chosing to disregard NSAC’s medical suspension of Lewis is the least of the UFC’s worries.
The last main event fight proposed by White was a flyweight title showdown between number one contender Valentina Shevcenko and Sijara Eubanks. ESPN’s Okamoto has since spoken with Dana White via text message to ask if this means that Shevchenko’s challenge for the vacant flyweight title will be moved back to UFC 231 in Toronto. White’s response was simple. “Yes”.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirer’s lightweight contest remains in place as the co-main event for the UFC’s marquee event in the Big Apple.
With just two days to go until UFC 229, reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former two weight UFC champion Conor McGregor will join UFC President Dana White at the Park Theater in Las Vegas for one final press conference.
Unlike their previous press event, this one will be open to the public and with both fighters in the midst of their respective weight cuts, it promises to be an extremely lively affair.
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Tony Ferguson answered questions in a media scrum on Tuesday at the UFC Performance Institue, including questions regarding potential UFC 229 matches between Connor Mcgrergor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as his own match up against Anthony Pettis.
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UFC 230 finally has a main event and it would be fair to say that it’s not exactly what we were expecting.
The promotion’s marquee event at Madison Square Garden is set to be headlined by a flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks.
Continue reading “Report: MMA Twitter reacts to confirmation of UFC 230 main event”
In what can only be described as a shocking turn of events, one of the UFC’S biggest cards of the year is set to be headlined by a flyweight title fight with Valentina Schevchenko taking on Sijara Eubanks for the vacant 125lb belt.
Continue reading “Breaking News: Flyweight title clash between Shevchenko and Eubanks to headline UFC 230”
With tickets for UFC 230 going on sale today and the event still short of a main event, multiple sources have confirmed that the promotion is hoping to headline the event with a light heavyweight title scrap between perennial 205lb contender Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0) and former middleweight title challenger, Yoel Romero (13-3-0).
Continue reading “Report: UFC targeting Yoel Romero vs Alexander Gustafsson for UFC 230 main event”
With UFC 230 now less than six weeks away and fans still awaiting an announcement regarding a main event, speculation is rife regarding who could potentially meet the high expectations of headlining a UFC event at Madison Square Garden, New York.
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UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has confirmed he has suffered a hand injury that will require surgery, which will make him ineligible for the UFC 230 main event slot at Madison Square Garden, New York on the 3rd November. Continue reading “News: Tyron Woodley out 8 – 12 weeks and unable to fill vacant UFC 230 main event slot”
Despite Jon Jones’ USADA ban being lifted next month, Dana White has claimed that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will not be headlining UFC 230 in his home state of New York City, despite rampant speculation that he would.
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has received a 15 month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The suspension is pre-dated to begin immediately after he tested positive for Turinabol, meaning Jones is nearing the end of his suspension with “time already served”.
Continue reading “Report: Jon Jones handed 15 month suspension by USADA – eligible to return in October”