It seems UFC 178 simply is not meant to be the blockbuster event everybody had it pegged as since way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson recovered his #1 competitor’s slot with a success over Jimi Manuwa. Few saw Jon Jones‘ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as more than a mere detour on the road to Jones/Gustafsson 2, and the masses were right. Although it took a while to decide on a particular date and place, the bout was highly expected whenever and where it would occur. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson was made to drop out of this struggle with a torn meniscus. No issue, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own place along with 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 which number of UFC events garner, and probably would have become the biggest grossing light heavyweight bout since Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back at UFC 114. Obviously, things rarely ever visit plan in MMA, and even the backup plans fall through sometimes. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he also was injured in training and forced out of 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 in a yearlong (or beginning ) card which hearkens back to the days of stacked events across the New Year. The one issue with all of this however, is that this was supposed to function as Alexander Gustafsson’s battle all along, and by January he will likely be ready to proceed. Will the UFC actually forego what could be another classic between Jones and Gustafsson for its dollar signs apparently obvious for Jones and Cormier? It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the upcoming few months, but early indications are that the Swede is going to end up a very unhappy camper. Of course in MMA news as it rains, it pours, and it was a busy day beyond the Jones injury. UFC 177 along with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson felt the domino effect from the accident, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Knowing that fans will be frustrated with the change, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),“Bad: You’ll have to wait a little longer to see me triumph . Great: I’m the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a true main event.“ To complete UFC 177, the company has put together a bout between a set of highly touted champions from the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete just 3 weeks after his most recent bout, and he will be carrying on former MFC winner Anthony Birchak in one of the better conflicts between UFC newcomers that has been produced in 2014. The bantamweights will likely complete a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old promotion also announced a pair of spells yesterday, as heavy hitters Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125 on September 19th. While this bout is of nearly zero significance in any sort of divisional rankings, it needs to be violent and entertaining for however long it lasts. Following in precisely the same mould is the co-main occasion on the card comprising 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 talented strikers in what ought to 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 champions, 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 in the advertising — was just re-signed after being cut out of the UFC. It’s quite likely that Jackson is going to be signed into the UFC earlier this bout occurs on November 14th, and if that is the case this could establish a new champion too. After Garcia’s rapid loss in his last outing, expect 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 Occurs 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 at Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will be carrying this bout on just over a month’s notice. This line must be shut, but the people can push it slightly towards Manzanares because he is the well-known of the two.
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