18 Oct UFC 219 Odds and Predictions: Cyborg vs. Holm
UFC 219 is set to take place in Las Vegas on December 30th. Typically, the UFC’s December occasion is earmarked as the big end-of-year show with a card that’s piled from top to base. On the other hand, the current menu for UFC 219 lacks a little sizzle.
The principal event has Cris Cyborg defending her featherweight title against another ferocious puncher in Holly Holm. On paper, it might seem one-sided, but recall the last time we doubted Holm in perceived mismatch title fight?
It’s a fantastic matchup, to be sure. Yet, there are worries that it will not sell pay-per-views. So now, rumors are swirling about last-minute developments to the card, including Nate Diaz in some capacity. A trilogy struggle with Conor McGregor has been the fantasy, but that won’t be occurring as McGregor is coping with some fallout from his Bellator fiasco and punching a drug cartel associate. Oops.
Those transgressions will keep the Irishman out of the UFC octagon for an extended time period, if not permanently.
In terms of Diaz, he apparently has been provided everything but the moon. But the Stockton native is demanding a celestial figure, where I mean bags and bags of cash, before he steps within an Octagon again.
While one or two more bouts could be inserted to give the card some additional pugilistic goodness, it appears that the main event is set, and I’m ok with that. What fans actually need at this point are quality conflicts, not only big names. And in addition to Cyborg/Holm, we’re going to visit Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza, a huge fight that could give us another lightweight competition. The weigh-in may be just as dramatic as the battle given Nurmagomedov struggles to make 155.
While we wait patiently for more spice to be added, let’s stir the existing pot and divide the primary and co-main events of the evening for your gambling needs.