• 4 Oct, 2019

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 success over Jimi Manuwa. Few saw Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as over a mere detour on the route to Jones/Gustafsson two, along with the masses were correct. Although it took some time to choose a particular date and venue, the bout was highly expected whenever and where it would occur. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson was forced to drop out of the fight with a torn meniscus. No issue, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own place and the MMA planet was even more enthusiastic. Then the notorious media day brawl happened, and UFC 178 became a must-watch event for more than just the MMA community. It had the type of buzz that number of UFC events garner, and likely would have been the biggest grossing light heavyweight bout since Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back in UFC 114. Of course, things rarely ever visit program in MMA, and even the backup programs fall through occasionally. Jon Jones announced yesterday that he too was hurt in training and forced from UFC 178. The organization has rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, in which they will probably share the card with Ronda Rousey at a year-end (or starting) card which hearkens back to the days of piled events across the New Year. The only problem with all this yet, is that this was assumed to function as Alexander Gustafsson’s fight all along, and by January he will likely be prepared to proceed. Will the UFC really forego what might be another classic involving Jones and Gustafsson for the dollar signs apparently obvious for Jones and Cormier? It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks, but early signs are that the Swede will end 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 the domino effect from the accident, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will now be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Knowing that lovers would be frustrated with all the shift, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),”Bad: you’ll have to wait a bit longer to see me win again. Great: I am the newest UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a real principal event.” To complete UFC 177, the organization has gathered a bout between a pair of highly touted champions from the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete only three weeks after his most recent bout, and he’ll be taking on former MFC champion Anthony Birchak in a few of the better conflicts between UFC newcomers that’s been produced in 2014. The bantamweights will probably fill out a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old promotion also announced a set of bouts yesterday, as heavy hitters Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125 on September 19th. Although this bout is of nearly zero significance in any sort of divisional rankings, it should be violent and entertaining for however long it lasts. Following in the exact same mold is the co-main event on the card featuring Brian Rogers and James Irvin, just two of those guys found on any highlight reel of flying knees in MMA history. Betting lines will probably lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their various bouts, as they are the more talented strikers in what should be exclusively striking contests. A pair of AXS TV promotions announced upcoming bouts as well, with Legacy FC 37 being headlined by two of its former winners, Leonard Garcia and Daniel Pineda. Garcia simply lost his featherweight belt to Damon Jackson in Legacy FC 33, also Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the promotion — was only re-signed after being cut from the UFC. It’s quite likely that Jackson will be signed to the UFC before this bout takes place on November 14th, and if that’s the case this could establish a new champion as well. Following Garcia’s quick loss in his last outing, expect the public to prefer Pineda, and he will probably open as a slight favorite. RFA continues their tour around the Western United States since RFA 18 takes place at 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 just knocked off Antonio Banuelos a week in Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will probably be carrying this bout on just over a month’s notice. This line should be shut, but the people may push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he is the more well-known of the two. Read more: grand national odds

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Dr. Patrick Cohn is the owner of Peak Performance Sports and a world-renowned mental training expert who works with athletes of all levels including junior, collegiate, professional, and senior athletes.
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