MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JONES INJURED, BOUT WITH CORMIER PUSHED TO JANUARY

Well it seems UFC 178 simply is not supposed to be the blockbuster event everyone had it pegged as way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson reclaimed his #1 contender’s slot with a victory over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April name defense against Glover Teixeira as more than a mere detour on the route to Jones/Gustafsson 2, and the masses were correct. Even though it took some time to choose a certain date and place, the bout was highly anticipated whenever and wherever it would happen. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson has been made to drop from the struggle with a torn meniscus. No problem, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own place along with the MMA world was even more enthusiastic. Then the notorious media day brawl happened, and UFC 178 became a must-watch occasion for more than just the MMA community. It had the type of buzz that few UFC events garner, and likely would have become the biggest grossing light heavyweight bout because Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back at UFC 114. Obviously, things rarely ever go to plan in MMA, and even the backup plans fall through sometimes. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he also was hurt in training and forced out of UFC 178. The company has rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, where they will probably share the card with Ronda Rousey in a yearlong (or starting) card that hearkens back to the days of piled events around the New Year. The only problem with all this yet, is that this was supposed to function as Alexander Gustafsson’s fight all together, and from January he will probably be ready to go. Will the UFC actually forego what could be another classic between Jones and Gustafsson for its buck signs apparently obvious for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks, but early signs are that the Swede is going to end up a very unhappy camper. Obviously 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. Understanding that lovers would be frustrated with the shift, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),”Bad: you’ll have to wait a bit longer to see me win . Good: I am the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card gets a true main event.” To fill out UFC 177, the company has put together 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 3 weeks after his most recent bout, and he will be taking on former MFC champion Anthony Birchak in one of the better conflicts between UFC newcomers that has been made in 2014. The bantamweights will probably complete 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 almost zero significance in any kind of divisional ranks, it should be violent and fun 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, two of the guys found on any highlight reel of flying in MMA history. Betting lines will probably lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their respective bouts, since they are the more talented strikers in what should be exclusively striking contests. A set of AXS TV promotions declared 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 at Legacy FC 33, and Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the promotion — was just re-signed after being cut from the UFC. It is quite likely that Jackson will be signed to the UFC earlier this bout takes place on November 14th, and if that is the case this could determine a new champion too. Following Garcia’s quick loss in his last outing, expect the people to prefer Pineda, and he will probably open as a slight favorite. RFA continues their tour across 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 be taking this bout on just over a month’s notice. This line should be close, however, the people may push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he is the well-known of the two.

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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: JONES INJURED, BOUT WITH CORMIER PUSHED TO JANUARY

Well it seems UFC 178 simply is not meant to be the blockbuster event everyone had it pegged as way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson reclaimed his #1 competitor’s slot with a victory over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as over a mere detour on the road to Jones/Gustafsson two, and the masses were correct. Although it took a while to choose a particular date and venue, the bout was highly anticipated whenever and wherever it would occur. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson has been made to drop from this fight with a torn meniscus. No problem, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his place along with the MMA world was even more enthusiastic. Then the infamous media day brawl took place, and UFC 178 became a must-watch event for more than just the MMA community. It had the kind of buzz which number of UFC events garner, and probably would have been the largest grossing light heavyweight bout because Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back in UFC 114. Obviously, things rarely ever visit plan in MMA, as well as the backup plans fall through sometimes. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he too was injured in training and pressured out of UFC 178. The company has tentatively rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, in which they will likely share the card with Ronda Rousey in a year-end (or starting) card that hearkens back to the days of piled events across the New Year. The only problem with all of this however, is that this was supposed to function as Alexander Gustafsson’s battle all together, and by January he will probably be prepared to proceed. Will the UFC really forego what might be another classic involving Jones and Gustafsson for its buck signs apparently evident for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the upcoming few weeks, but early indications are that the Swede is going to 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 felt the domino effect from the injury, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will now be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Knowing that fans would be frustrated with the shift, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),”Bad: You’ll have to wait a little longer to see me triumph again. Good: I’m the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a true principal event.” To complete UFC 177, the company has put together a bout between a pair of highly touted winners in the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete just three weeks after his most recent bout, and he will be taking on former MFC champion Anthony Birchak in one of the better conflicts between UFC newcomers that has been made in 2014. The bantamweights will likely complete a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old marketing also announced a pair 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 ranks, it should be violent and fun for however long it lasts. Following in the same mold is the co-main event on the card featuring Brian Rogers and James Irvin, two of the guys found on any highlight reel of flying in MMA history. Betting lines will likely lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their respective bouts, as they are the more talented strikers in what should be exclusively striking contests. A set of AXS TV promotions announced upcoming bouts too, 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 at Legacy FC 33, and Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the advertising — was just re-signed after being cut out of the UFC. It’s quite probable that Jackson will be signed to the UFC before this bout occurs on November 14th, and if that’s the situation this could establish a new champion too. After Garcia’s quick loss in his last outing, anticipate the public to favor Pineda, and he will probably open as a small favorite. RFA continues their tour around the Western United States since RFA 18 takes place in 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 only knocked off Antonio Banuelos a week at Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will be carrying this bout on just over a month’s notice. This line must be close, however, the people can push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he’s the well-known of the two.

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