Five Bold MMA Predictions For 2019 • MMA News
One other yr of combined martial arts is sort of within the books, and now it’s time to start out looking forward to 2019. On this piece, MMA News columnist Adam Martin provides his 5 daring predictions for subsequent yr in MMA.
For months now we’ve heard rumors the UFC might carry within the 165lbs weight class in 2019. UFC president Dana White has went on file to shoot this rumor down, however I’m not completely shopping for it. I nonetheless assume there’s a superb likelihood the UFC decides to usher in 165 and strikes up the welterweight restrict of 170lbs to 175lbs. With the UFC planning on doing much more playing cards now that the promotion is on ESPN, extra title fights are much more necessary than they ever have been. Including 165lbs provides one other marquee title to the UFC, and regardless of White saying it gained’t occur, I don’t fairly consider it. I feel we’ll see the tremendous light-weight/junior welterweight division within the UFC in 2019.
2. The UFC Flyweight Division Will Stick Round
When the UFC traded Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship for Ben Askren and began releasing a number of the different flyweights on the roster, it appeared like a foregone conclusion the promotion was ditching 125lbs. Not so quick. For the reason that preliminary batch of cuts got here out, the UFC has continued to e book flyweight fights, together with a title combat between champion Henry Cejudo and challenger TJ Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1, and a No. 1 contender combat between Joseph Benavidez and Dustin Ortiz on the identical card. If the UFC was really going to chop the division they’d have already launched all of those guys and never even bothered reserving a title combat with a backup. I feel flyweight sticks round, at the very least for a short while longer.
three. GSP Will Return To Struggle Conor McGregor
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre unofficially retired for the second time after beating Michael Bisping at UFC 217 final yr, however I nonetheless consider he has the hearth inside him to combat as soon as extra. And I feel he desires to make some huge cash doing so. That’s why I consider the UFC will attempt to match GSP up in his return combat in opposition to Conor McGregor. Once more, it’s a scenario the place UFC president has denied GSP would combat McGregor if he does return, however as soon as once more I don’t consider White. GSP vs. McGregor is without doubt one of the largest fights the UFC can e book, and it could be the right combat to introduce the brand new 165lbs weight class and belt.
four. Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier three Will Occur At Heavyweight
Though Jon Jones nonetheless has to get via Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, I feel he can be profitable in that combat and as soon as he will get the UFC mild heavyweight title again, he’ll possible be trying on the heavyweight division for marquee fights. UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is Jones’ long-time rival and after the second combat between the 2 was overturned to a No Contest after Jones examined constructive for banned substances, I feel there’s a whole lot of intrigue of a 3rd combat, however this time at heavyweight. I’m not satisfied Brock Lesnar even returns to the UFC in 2019, and Cormier doesn’t have many fights left in his profession. If the UFC presents Cormier a 3rd combat in opposition to Jones I can’t see him turning it down, significantly at heavyweight, the place Cormier is undefeated in his profession. I feel we see these two rivals meet for the heavyweight title in 2019.
5. The UFC Will Launch Tyron Woodley
And at last, my final daring prediction for 2019 is that the UFC will launch Tyron Woodley. UFC brass has not been proud of Woodley these days, with White happening file saying how tough the UFC welterweight is to cope with. The UFC desires to e book Woodley in opposition to Kamaru Usman, and I consider that’s a nasty matchup for Woodley. If he loses, I can see this being a scenario like Demetrious Johnson the place the UFC will give Woodley his launch and let him transfer on to greener pastures. By the top of 2019, I feel we see Woodley becoming a member of forces together with his previous Strikeforce boss Scott Coker in Bellator.
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