Kevin Holland (20-5-0) was set to fight Jack Hermansson in the main card on Dec. 5, but those plans changed when Holland tested positive for COVID a week prior to the fight.
COVID has once again shuffled the deck in the MMA world, this time changing up the previously announced UFC Vegas 16 main event of Jack Hermansson vs. Kevin Holland that was originally scheduled for Dec. 5. Plans changed when Holland tested positive for COVID and had to withdraw from the fight, opening up the spot for Marvin Vettori to take his place at the last minute.
Lightweight UFC fighters Clay Guida (35-17-0) and Michael Johnson (19-16-0) are set to face off against each other Super Bowl weekend in a lightweight bout. The match is expected to take place Saturday, Feb. 6 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The last time UFC fans saw Dominick Cruz (22-3) in the octagon was back in May where he fought Henry Cejudo (16-2) for the Bantamweight Championship. That match ended with Cruz losing by TKO after a flurry of blows to the head.
Scheduling has been a nightmare for the UFC this past year, as COVID has caused many fights to be postponed or scrapped altogether. Cory Sandhagen (13-2-0) was set to take on Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) in a Bantamweight bout but their fight has been beset by these issues dating back to January of last year when they were initially scheduled.
The IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (20-0-0) is set to defend his title against Caleb Truax (31-4-2) on Jan. 30 as the main card for Premier Boxing Champions on Fox.
Liam Walsh (23-1-0) will take on Paul Hyland Jnr (20-2-0) for the vacant British lightweight title Friday, February 19 presented by MTK Fight Night. It will be available to watch in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
One of MMA’s top heavyweight Curtis Blaydes (14-2-0) will go up against Derrick Lewis (24-7-0) in the headline event of UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday, February 20. It will be available to watch on ESPN+.
On January 23rd a shocking upset occurred, when the improbable Dustin Poirier (27-6-0) defeated Conor McGregor (22-5-0) at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. The fight was a rematch between the two, after Mcgregor won the first.McGregor was around a -300 odds on favorite across the board in Vegas while Poirier was hovering around +240.