Well, I was hoping to post this UFC news update earlier in the week, when the real news was all happening. Now, I’m posting it on the same night as a Fight Night 114 card from Mexico City. Anyway, updates on that are here.
Frankly, all the real news happened last week in UFC 214, when Jon Jones KOed Daniel Cormier in round 3 to win back the light heavyweight title. Jones is now saying he wants to be a better champion than he was previously, when he was suspended due to drug use. I hope so.
And we hear the Michael Bisping-Georges St-Pierre bout is back on. It was on, then it was off again, and now finally it’s a go in New York this fall at Madison Square Garden.
Meanwhile, we’ve been getting news about who will be on the card for UFC 215 in Edmonton this September. The main card includes Demetrious Johnson versus Ray Borg and the co-main is Amanda Nunes versus Valentina Shevchenko. But of course, everyone is unimpressed with this second matchup because these two were supposed to be the main event at UFC 213 in which Nunes mysteriously chickened out of appearing in, dropping due to illness (supposedly). So nobody really trusts Nunes to actually show up. We’ll see; if Nunes skips out on a fight again, boy, will the Edmonton fans all be mad.
It sounds like the UFC fight in Edmonton is selling lots of tickets locally, but pay-per-views might be a different story. The main issue is it’s competing for attention right now against this overhyped circus act that is the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match on Aug. 26. That is where the real interest is among fans, but I dunno why we all care because it’s still a joke. The latest news from that is that McGregor’s sparring partner has quit, apparently disgusted with the buildup to the bout.
That’s all; now back to watching the Mexico fights.
Well, the big announcement was made today. After years of rumors and waiting, the UFC has announced it is finally having a show in Edmonton! It is UFC 216, happening Sept. 9 at Rogers Place.
This pay-per-view is the first event under the UFC banner in Edmonton, although it should be noted there was a WEC 49 event in the city back in June 2010. WEC were owned by the same company, Zuffa, that owns UFC.
No cards have been announced for this latest event yet. I’d be interested in finding out who’s fighting before I shell out for tickets. If this card is any good, I’m thinking I ought to maybe make the drive there myself to see the fights (assuming I’m still living here in Sask.).
All in all, these are exciting times for a city still enjoying the Edmonton Oilers playoff run in their brand new, major-league arena downtown.
As an aside, this news is yet another example of why ESPN is failing! They are ignoring the interests and tastes of a wide range of sports fans. If you are a fan of sports like mixed martial arts, or hockey, or NASCAR or horse racing or other sports like that, then good luck finding coverage anymore on ESPN! I guess ESPN still shows soccer games occasionally, but these others? Tough luck! I am willing to bet a big reason why so many people aren’t watching ESPN anymore is because they are disenfranchised fans of these very same sports. For them, ESPN truly is a waste of money nowadays. So, that’s my rant.
That’s that for that news, and I look forward to tuning in tonight to coverage of the NFL Draft.