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

Well it appears 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 contender’s slot with a success over Jimi Manuwa. Few watched Jon Jones’ April title defense against Glover Teixeira as more than a mere detour on the route to Jones/Gustafsson 2, along with the masses were right. Even though it took a while to choose a certain date and venue, the bout was highly anticipated whenever and where it would happen. Then, all of a sudden, Alexander Gustafsson was forced to drop from the struggle with a torn meniscus. No problem, in stepped Daniel Cormier to take his place and the MMA world was even more excited. Then the infamous media day brawl happened, and UFC 178 became a must-watch event for more than just the MMA community. It had the type of buzz that few UFC events garner, and likely would have become the largest grossing light heavyweight bout since Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans back in UFC 114. Obviously, things rarely ever go to program in MMA, as well as the backup plans fall through occasionally. Jon Jones declared yesterday that he too was hurt in training and forced out of UFC 178. The organization has rescheduled Jones and Cormier to headline UFC 182 in January, in which they will probably share the card with Ronda Rousey in a year-end (or starting) card that hearkens back to the days of stacked events across the New Year. The one issue with all of this yet, is that it was assumed to function as Alexander Gustafsson’s fight all together, and from January he will probably be prepared to proceed. Will the UFC really forego what could be another classic between Jones and Gustafsson for its dollar signs seemingly evident for Jones and Cormier? It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the upcoming few months, but early signs are that the Swede will end up a very unhappy camper. Obviously in MMA news when it rains, it pours, and it was a busy day outside of the Jones injury. UFC 177 and flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson felt the domino effect from the accident, 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 bit more time to see me win again. Great: I am the new UFC 178 headliner. Bout time that card gets a real principal event. » To complete UFC 177, the company has put together a bout between a pair of highly touted champions from the regional circuit. Former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion Joe Soto will compete just 3 weeks after his latest bout, and he’ll be carrying on former MFC champion Anthony Birchak in a few of the better fights between UFC newcomers that’s been made in 2014. The bantamweights will likely fill out a place on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. Soto’s old marketing also announced a set of spells 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 kind of divisional rankings, it should be violent and fun for however long it lasts. Following in precisely the exact same mold is the co-main event on the card comprising Brian Rogers and James Irvin, two of the men discovered on any highlight reel of flying knees in MMA history. Betting lines will probably lean towards Manhoef and Rogers in their respective bouts, since they are the talented strikers in what should be completely striking contests. A set of AXS TV promotions announced upcoming bouts as well, together with Legacy FC 37 being headlined by two of its former champions, Leonard Garcia and Daniel Pineda. Garcia just lost his featherweight belt to Damon Jackson in Legacy FC 33, and Pineda — a former lightweight and featherweight champ from the promotion — was only re-signed after being cut from the UFC. It’s quite likely 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 as well. Following Garcia’s quick loss in his last outing, expect the people to prefer Pineda, and he will likely open as a slight favorite. RFA continues their tour around the Western United States since RFA 18 takes place 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 just knocked off Antonio Banuelos a week in Tachi Palace Fights 20, and will be carrying this particular bout on just over a month’s notice. This line should be close, but the people may push it slightly towards Manzanares because he is the well-known of the two.

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