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Despite a huge boost from UFC 217, and the rest of the calendar year of 2017 looking good on paper; the UFC now finds itself back on a slippery bumpy road. They have effectively lost what would have been three tremendous fights over the span of a couple of hours.

First; they lost what would have been their main event for December 2nd’s UFC 218 card. FRANKIE EDGAR was challenging for the featherweight title vs MAX “BLESSED” HOLLOWAY. Breaking the story that Frankie has sustained an undisclosed injury was Canal Combate, then it was verified by Ariel Helwani and MMA fighting. Frankie; later in an instagram post said he won’t have contact for 6 weeks; but was smiling and said he’ll be back. It’s unknown right now if Holloway stays on the card especially with all other top contenders from JOSE ALDO, CUB SWANSON, BRIAN ORTEGA, etc all being booked. It’s doubtful Max would pull an Apollo Creed and give a low ranked challenger a crack at the belt like a DOO HO CHOI. Word has trickled out however that Cub would be interested which means scrapping his fight vs Ortega on December 9th. Perhaps Ortega would then take on Choi.

Then it was confirmed by HOLLY HOLM‘s agent that the December 30th 219 possible main event vs   CYBORG is all but dead. Over the last couple of weeks there has been demands made by both sides that made this fight harder to make. Even though everyone was salivating to see it. With Cyborg looking to defend her featherweight title for the 1st time she’s now in need of an opponent. It’s highly unlikely that AMANDA NUNES would step up from bantamweight for a “super fight” although she has said numerous times in the past she’d consider the move. One name out there is INVICTA’s MEGAN ANDERSON who has wanted a crack at Cyborg now for a long time. After beating TONYA EVINGER to win the belt; it would be the 2nd “invicta” fighter Cyborg would face.

It’s also just come out that former bantamweight champion DOMINICK CRUZ has suffered a broken arm while training for JIMMIE RIVERA. Another serious blow to the 219 card. Unless Jimmie would be interested in facing a much lower ranked JOHNNY EDUARDO he may see himself off the card as well.

There is one other name that may “save” the final card for the company; but negotiations with him would have to be hurried at this point. There is hands down no bigger draw than CONOR MCGREGOR and ownership would love to finish the year with a bang. Him defending the lightweight title against TONY FERGUSON would be a solid way to close the year. Although Conor has expressed interest in getting a piece of the company (which would be the major sticking point); it’s unknown fully what is in his heart of hearts. Does he jump to help the company now?, or does he sit back and return early in 2018 vs Tony?, or perhaps one of the many others that have called him out?, or even another “superfight”?



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