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

Well it seems UFC 178 just is not meant to be the blockbuster event everybody had it pegged as since way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson reclaimed his #1 competitor’s slot with a success over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as over a mere detour on the road to Jones/Gustafsson 2, and the masses were right. Even though it took a while to decide on a particular date and venue, the bout was highly anticipated whenever and where it would happen. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson has been made to drop out of this struggle with a torn meniscus. No problem, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own place along with the MMA planet was even more excited. Then the infamous media day brawl took place, and UFC 178 became a must-watch occasion for more than simply the MMA community. It had the type of buzz that number of UFC events garner, and likely would have become the largest grossing light heavyweight bout since Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back in UFC 114. Of course, things rarely ever visit program in MMA, as well as the backup plans fall through sometimes. Jon Jones announced yesterday that he also was hurt in training and forced out of UFC 178. The organization 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 yearlong (or beginning ) card that hearkens back to the days of piled events across the New Year. The only problem with all this however, is that it was supposed to be Alexander Gustafsson’s fight all together, and by January he will probably be prepared to proceed. Will the UFC actually forego what might be another classic involving Jones and Gustafsson for the dollar signs apparently evident for Jones and Cormier? It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months, but early signs are that the Swede will end up a very unhappy camper. Obviously in MMA news as it rains, it pours, and it was a busy day beyond the Jones injury. UFC 177 and flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson believed that 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 lovers will be frustrated with the shift, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),”Bad: You’ll have to wait a little more time to see me triumph . Good: I’m the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a real principal event.” To complete UFC 177, the company has gathered a bout between a set of highly touted winners in the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete just 3 weeks after his latest 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 spot on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old promotion 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 relevance in any sort of divisional rankings, 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, just two of the guys discovered on any highlight reel of flying in MMA history. Betting lines will likely lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their respective bouts, since they are the more talented strikers in what should be completely striking contests. A pair of AXS TV promotions declared upcoming bouts as well, together with Legacy FC 37 being headlined by two of its former winners, Leonard Garcia and Daniel Pineda. Garcia just lost his featherweight belt to Damon Jackson in Legacy FC 33, also Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the promotion — was just re-signed after being cut out of the UFC. It’s quite probable that Jackson will be signed to the UFC earlier this bout takes place on November 14th, and if that is the case this could establish a new champion too. After Garcia’s rapid loss in his final outing, anticipate the public to favor Pineda, and he will likely 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 only 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 must be close, but the public can push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he’s the well-known of the two.

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