Is it possible to make a 165-pound division in the UFC? We tried to play with the idea on my radio show, holding a mock draft. With names like Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kevin Lee, Georges St-Pierre and more, is there enough talent to go around? We experiment with the idea to see if it’s possible.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier are scheduled to fight at UFC 230, but with no known main event, the two took to Twitter to make a case for their bout being promoted to the main event as well as to be the inaugural title fight in a new 165lbs weight class. What’s the lesson here? Fake news can be valuable, especially when fighting fire with fire.
The legendary B.J. Penn will continue his fighting career when he takes on fellow jiu-jitsu ace Ryan Hall at UFC 232. However, should Penn even be fighting? He has as decorated a career as any fighter and before I go into MMA media as a career, Penn was my favorite fighter. But he also hasn’t won since 2010 and has looked vulnerable in recent performances.
Bellator is holding their first show in Hawaii on December 15th when the promotion will hold an event in the famed Blaisdell Center. Lyoto Machida will be on the card and it will be headlined by Ilima-lei MacFarlane. This isn’t just a new territory Bellator is going to, but a return to a forgotten home of prestige MMA.
UFC strawweight Tatiana Suarez joined me on Monday on my radio show to discuss her big UFC 228 win over Carla Esparza. Suarez admitted to having a mental fog, but believes she’s climbing the ranks of the division. While she stated Jessica Andrade is her toughest potential opponent, Suarez is looking to face Karolina Kowalkiewicz next.
Colby Covington stopped by the show to react to the UFC 228 results between champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Darren Till. Naturally, Covington didn’t have a high assessment of either fighter’s performance, but weighed in on Kamaru Usman as well, noted he could fight as soon as UFC 230 and much more.
On this edition of the Monday Morning Analyst, Invicta FC bantamweight champ Sarah Kaufman reviews TJ Dillashaw’s knockout win over Cody Garbrandt, Henry Cejudo’s win over Demetrious Johnson, and much more about UFC 227. Kaufman also looks at some of the big fights scheduled for the rest of 2018.