It’s the middle of the week and MMA headlines are coming at us fast and furious. As is expected, we have some good news, bad news and what I deem as ‘I thought so news’. In case you missed some of these stories, let’s take a look at some real quick.
So there’s a report out that TJ Dillashaw will no longer look to make 125 lbs by August. That basically means ‘B-bye’ to that championship title fight versus champion Demetrious Johnson. Looks more like the UFC is sticking it to “Mighty Mouse” after he spoke out regarding his side of the story of poor treatment by the promotion and it’s President Dana White.
Am I the only one worried the UFC will be more than happy to keep DJ on the shelf until further notice? I hope not. In terms of Dillashaw, perhaps his original (next) bout vs bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt could be announced sooner, rather than later.
After his loss to Mark Hunt in New Zealand, heavyweight Derrick Lewis stated he was done and was likely retiring. In our post show for the event, we discussed that within a few weeks, he’ll decide otherwise.
And such is the case: Lewis recently stated that he wants to compete before the end of the year and is hoping to get Francis Ngannou next. Nothing would make me happier, but ...
Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos is being rumored for ‘The City of Champions’. This could easily be the UFC 215 main event, but something tells me the promotion will add a title fight as the headliner.
We were so close … so damn close, but alas, the MMA Gods will not give us Donald Cerrone vs Robbie Lawler. Turns out ‘Cowboy’ has suffered an injury and has had to pull out from the fight.
The good news is that the bout hasn’t necessarily been scrapped, but postponed instead. Cross your fingers folks - we need this fight. I still get goose bumps thinking about it.
And speaking of the MMA Gods, are they telling us something about the UFC’s woman’s featherweight division? Like enough already.
First no Cyborg in the inaugural championship fight. Then in that very fight, we get a bunch of controversy from Germaine de Randamie vs. Holly Holm, including the final decision. Then, GDR says she’s taking time to heal from a hand injury, declines a matchup with Cyborg, is stripped of the title, eventually giving us Cyborg vs. Invicta FC FW champ Megan Anderson.
Now Anderson is injured and will be replaced by Invicta BW champ, Tonya Evinger. Are you dizzy yet?
Tony Ferguson is on fire.
His tweets towards Khabib Nurmagomedov have had me in stitches. Those two guys always have me smiling ear to ear on Twitter, but now Tony is saying his nemesis has to beg for the fight against him, after being unable to make weight the last time they were scheduled to compete.
Let’s be honest - there will be no begging. As soon as Khabib can fight, the UFC will inform both of these lightweight studs to put pen to paper, so the organization can make the announcement all MMA fans have been waiting for.
In closing, we have good news from the family of Matt Hughes. They have stated that the former welterweight champ, despite still being unconscious following the accident with his truck and a train, is actually improving on a daily basis.
I’m just wishing Matt a full recovery so we can have the UFC fly him out to an event and have all of us fight back tears when he’s shown on screen all healthy and farmer-like.