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

It appears UFC 178 simply is not supposed to be the blockbuster event everybody had it pegged as way back in March, when Alexander Gustafsson recovered his #1 competitor’s slot with a success over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April name defense against Glover Teixeira as over a mere detour on the road to Jones/Gustafsson two, along with the masses were correct. Although it took some time to choose a particular date and venue, the bout was highly anticipated whenever and wherever it would happen. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson has been made to drop out of this fight with a torn meniscus. No issue, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his own 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 simply the MMA community. It had the type of buzz that few UFC events garner, and probably would have become the largest grossing light heavyweight bout because Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back in UFC 114. Obviously, things seldom visit plan in MMA, as well as the backup programs fall through sometimes. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he also was injured in training and forced from UFC 178. The organization has tentatively rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, where they will likely share the card with Ronda Rousey at a year-end (or starting) card that hearkens back to the times of stacked events across the New Year. The one issue with all of this yet, is that it was supposed to be Alexander Gustafsson’s fight all along, and from January he will likely be prepared to go. Will the UFC actually forego what could be another classic involving Jones and Gustafsson for its buck signs seemingly evident for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months, but early signs are that the Swede will wind 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 accident, as his title defense against Chris Cariaso will be moving to the main event of UFC 178. Knowing that lovers would be frustrated with all the change, Johnson tweeted (tongue-in-cheek),”Bad: You’ll have to wait a little longer to see me triumph . Great: I am the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card receives a real principal event.” To fill out UFC 177, the company has gathered 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 a few of the better fights between UFC newcomers that has been produced in 2014. The bantamweights will probably fill out a spot on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old marketing also announced a set of bouts yesterday, as heavy hitters Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef will headline Bellator 125 on September 19th. While this bout is of almost zero relevance in any kind of divisional ranks, it should 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, just two of those guys discovered 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 pair of AXS TV promotions declared upcoming bouts as well, together 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 in Legacy FC 33, and Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ in the promotion — was only 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 takes place on November 14th, and if that is the case this could determine a new champion too. After Garcia’s rapid loss in his last outing, expect the public to favor Pineda, and he will likely open as a small favorite. RFA continues their tour across the Western United States as 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 just knocked off Antonio Banuelos last week at Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will be taking this particular bout on just over a month’s notice. This line should be shut, however, the public may push it slightly towards Manzanares simply because he is the well-known of the two.

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