Fantasy MMA Booking: UFC 230 and UFC 231

By: Giancarlo Aulino

Friday, August 17, 2018

The last few weeks have been quite eventful for MMA fans of both the UFC and Bellator. The promotions have stacked up their events with interesting and compelling matchups like MacDonald vs Mousasi on September 29th, and  Nurmagomedov vs McGregor on October 6th. Even though there have been many big fights announced, there are still some that could be realistic possibilities by the end of 2018.

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (22-1-1) vs Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (22-6) at Heavyweight 

The two were scheduled to fight in the main event of UFC 187 however, the fight was scrapped after Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident, which resulted in him being stripped of his Light-Heavyweight Championship. Jones was then replaced by Daniel Cormier, who defeated Johnson by submission to become the new champion.

During the UFC's recent 25th anniversary press-conference, UFC President Dana White mentioned that the bout between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz would be the co-main event of UFC 230 on November 3rd. This got many fans curious because most of the promotion’s big PPV draws are already scheduled to fight. With that in mind, I think that a Jon Jones vs Anthony Johnson fight could be the only other matchup that could warrant a main event spot over the Poirer vs Diaz fight.

It was reported a couple days ago that Jon Jones had been tested by USADA this month and has been waiting on USADA’s decision on whether he’ll be cleared of his positive test results following his win over Cormier at UFC 214. Johnson on the other hand, hasn’t fought since his loss to Cormier at UFC 210.

There were pictures that surfaced online a few months back of a much larger and healthier looking ‘Rumble’ Johnson that made a lot of people question the dangers of drastic weight cuts and assume if Johnson were to return, it’d likely have to be at heavyweight.

With Daniel Cormier scheduled to fight Brock Lesnar in early 2019, maybe a bout between Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 230 on November 4th in New York, could be a #1 contender fight, with the winner getting the next shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.


Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva (34-8-1) vs Georges ‘Rush’ St.Pierre (26-2)

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For most of their careers in the UFC, there’s always been speculation as to whether the superfight between these two future Hall of Famers would ever take place. When GSP was the welterweight champion, there was always talk about him moving up to 185lbs to fight Silva, who at the time was considered the greatest fighter of all-time. This never happened because GSP wanted time to adjust to a new weight class as well as strict drug testing in place, so that both fighters were on an even playing field.

The 43-year-old Silva recently had his USADA suspension lifted after it had been proven that his supplement was tainted, allowing him to return to competition as early as November 10th. Following the ruling, Silva said that he hopes to return to the octagon immediately and named GSP as somebody he’d like to fight.

Looking ahead to the remaining UFC PPV events this yeat, it looks as though UFC 231 in Toronto, Canada has yet to have a main-event announced.  With the event being held in Canada and GSP being a massive star, I think this would be the perfect time for him to fight Anderson Silva because he’d be able to build on his legacy in the sport and give fans the fight they’ve wanted to see for the better part of a decade.

I think that if the fight were to take place at catchweight, somewhere between 170-185lbs, then it may entice GSP. It would be unlikely that GSP would chose to take the fight at middleweight (185lbs), considering he experienced some health issues from his weight gain and vacated the middleweight title following his victory over Michael Bisping.

If GSP were to come out the winner in a catchweight bout, he'd be in a favorable position because he’d still be able to move down to lightweight and challenge the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov-Conor McGregor fight as both fights would have taken place two months apart.



 

 

 

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