UFC News Round-Up: London, Sonnen, and Rio

Michael Bisping absent from UFC London Fight Night

The full fight card for the UFC Fight Night event in London on Saturday, 17 March has ben announced and there has ben a surprising twist to the headline event.

Many mixed martial arts fans were expecting to see Michael Bisping compete in what would be his final appearance inside the Octagon.

The UFC this week that the Manchester fighter is not part of its plans and instead, the headline event will feature. Brazilian Fabricio Werdum against rising Russian contender Alexander Volkov.

The five-round heavyweight bout, scheduled at the O2 Arena, will see the winner edge closer towards a shot at the 265lbs belt.

As for Bisping, no further news has been given on the details of his retirement fight. Only time will tell. Fellow compatriot Jimi Manuwa also features on this card; he takes on Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event at light heavyweight.

Chael Sonnen predicts McGregor – Mayweather rematch

Like the strength that simply won’t go away, the saga of Mayweather facing off against McGregor continues to haunt the headlines. The perpetrator of the latest turn of events in this story is Chael Sonnen, who claims to have inside knowledge on Mayweather’s next move.

Ex-UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen is suggesting that Mayweather’s retirement is a rouse and that his true inentions are to fight again, with McGregor as his intended opponent.

On a recent Vlog entry, Sonnen commented: “Floyd Mayweather comes out and he… puts out like, a little video… of him getting into an MMA cage,”

Credit: Twitter / Chael Sonnen

“We know he’s not doing MMA, there’s nothing about that but why would he be wanting to keep his name out there…? I know the answer, I just want to tell you guys. Floyd’s fightin’ again. He’s gonna box.”

Does Chael have access to a crystal ball or is this a controversial ploy to provoke UFC and boxing fans for his own amusement?

Jon Jones’ coach predicts Cormier rematch in 2018

The coach of former light-heavyweight UFC champion Jon Jones has got Twitter in a stir by suggesting the fighter could be close to returning to the Octagon this year.

Brandon “Six Gun” Gibson, who is on the payroll at JacksonWink, launched a social media avalanche when he predicted that Jones would not only have his contract renewed but will face off against long-term foe and current title holder, Daniel Cormier.

Gibson wrote on Twitter: “Let’s give this another try – I predict we see Jones vs. DC 3 for the HW title Dec 29, 18.”

There’s currently no evidence to take these claims seriously as Jones is awaiting the final outcome of his penalty regarding the alleged use of banned substances.

Nunes and Cyborg to collide at UFC 224

Rumour has it that UFC 224 could be hosting superfight between UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg. UFC 224 will take place on May 12 in Rio De Janeiro.

The long-awaited contest between two of the most successful female champions the UFC has ever seen is being lined up as a potential main event in Brazil. This will be the first time that any woman in UFC history has fought to hold two titles simultaneously.

Nunes (15-4) is tipped to bounce back from a rather luke-warm performance against Valentina Schevchenko at UFC 215, which went to the score cards. In her previous fight, she dominated former champion Ronda Rousey in under one minute at 2016’s UFC 207.

Cyborg (19-1) is coming off a recent win against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm, which took place at UFC 219 on December 30, 2017.

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