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There’s a saying that goes “SH*T HAPPENS”. That saying should be the slogan for all MMA. Even with the best intentions things can and do go awry. Vegas actually had pretty good odds that DARREN TILL would be the one on the UFC 228 card to miss weight. He actually came in under by a pound. That is if you believe A- the scale they were using for the official morning weigh-ins, and B- the commissioner that was reading the weights. As there were mess ups a couple of times.

Not a single member of the MMA press at the fighter hotel all week would have picked NICCO MONTANO to be the one to miss weight. Well; in fairness she didn’t miss…. she just didn’t make it to weigh-ins. All reports had her looking sharp, and focused. Sometime during Thursday nights weight cut according to her team; she stopped sweating. The UFC’s medical team advised her to stop immediately and to be taken to the hospital for failing kidneys. Early on at weigh-ins the official news came down that she was off the card. Immediately without all the knowledge public; the “KEYBOARD WARRIORS AND DONKS” came out of the wood-work and began calling her chicken, she was running home, wanted no piece of VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO, and was the “worst mma champ since gdr”. Speaking of Valentina; where does this leave the 30 year old “BULLET”? Probably frustrated beyond belief. At mass media day she told ARIEL HELWANI she’d believe the fights going to really happen once they’re both in the cage. Afterall; it was just a year ago her crack at the bantamweight strap was scratched hours before it was supposed to happen vs AMANDA NUNES. Both MONTANA DE LA ROSA, and KATLYN CHOOKAGAIN who are in Dallas tweeted, they’d take the fight vs Shevchenko. Alas; that’s not to be. The new co-main event will be ANDRADE – KOWALKIEWICZ.

Originally the UFC’s MSG card had lots of options for its main event over Diaz-Poirier; and some have since fallen off. There’s even been a rumbling of moving it to the main, and just needing a co-main. NICK DIAZ, GSP, DC are some names thrown around for that slot. But now with this happening, it gives the UFC another option with the stripping of Nicco’s title which happened later in the day. Have the number 1 ranked Valentina fight someone else for the vacant strap. But who? Well both teammates SIHARA EUBANKS, and KATLYN don’t have fights scheduled, and either does CARMOUCHE, or MODAFFERI. But here’s an interesting one: what if  JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK finally makes her debut at flyweight at MSG; for a title. It been a long toyed with idea that someday soon she’d meet Valentina. Is there really  a better place for it to happen? The pair are multi muay-thai champs and could be the flame NYC needs to heat things up during a cold winter.


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