The UFC will make it’s debut on ESPN+ on January 19 with a fight card headlined by a flyweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo.
TJ Dillashaw will enter his title fight with the former Olympic Gold medalist on a four-fight win streak. TJ’s most recent wins came against Cody Garbrandt who he knocked out at both UFC 217 and UFC 227.
Having finally rid himself of his former teammate turned bitter rival “No Love“, “Killashaw” is now focused on becoming the promotions third male “champ champ”.
Meanwhile, Henry Cejudo will attempt to defend his flyweight title for the first time against TJ Dillashaw on January 19. The former Olympian dethroned longtime flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 by way of split-decision.
In the co-main event of the evening, controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy will make his UFC debut against Allen Crowder.
Greg Hardy has gone a perfect 3-0 thus far in his young and budding mixed martial arts career, with all three of those wins coming via first-round stoppages.
Also featured on the main card is a women’s flyweight fight between fan favorites Rachael Ostovich and Paige VanZant.
Get the full UFC on ESPN+ Fight Card below:
UFC on ESPN+ Main Card (10pm EST)
Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira
UFC Prelims on ESPN TV (8pm EST)
Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen
UFC Prelims on ESPN+ (6:30pm EST)
Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards
Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre
Who are you picking to win the UFC flyweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo?
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Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has found a new home. “The Underground King” announced tonight that he has signed with ONE Championship.
ONE Championship’s Chatri Sityodtong shared the following video adding the caption “Please join me in welcoming Eddie Alvarez to @ONEChampionship! I am super excited for our fans to witness Eddie’s high octane, explosive dynamite KO style. Stay tuned for more big news! @Ealvarezfight”
“Hey guys. The moment of truth has arrived. I know you heard the rumors… and they are true. We got our official contract from ONE FC and we’re all signed up.” – Eddie Alvarez
Eddie Alvarez (29-6 MMA) has put together one of the most impressive resumes in the history of mixed martial arts.
“The Underground King” has won championships in MFC, Bodog, Bellator and most recently in the UFC over his illustrious career.
Eddie Alvarez has gone 4-2 over his past six fights, his latest being a second-round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at July’s UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary.
Prior to his setback against “The Diamond“, Eddie Alvarez was coming off an amazing third-round knockout win over Justin Gaethje which occurred at UFC 218 in Detroit.
Now with ONE Championship, Eddie Alvarez has the opportunity to fight against Eduard Folayang, Martin Nguyen, or even complete a trilogy with Shinya Aoki.
Who would you like to see “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez fight in his first bout under the ONE Championship banner?
Former two division Conor McGregor has experienced a significant drop in the pound-for-pound rankings following his stoppage loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
The brash Irishman entered the UFC 229 title fight listed as #2 in the pound-for-pound ranks, but dropped six spots to #8 following his fourth-round submission loss to “The Eagle”.
With his impressive submission victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Khabib not only retained his lightweight world title and improved his overall record to a perfect 27-0, but the undefeated Russian also soared to the #2 spot on the pound-for-pound rankings.
As for how the UFC 229 main event affected the lightweight rankings, Conor McGregor dropped to #2, while Tony Ferguson advanced to the #1 contender spot after defeating Anthony Pettis via TKO.
Following his dramatic win over Ovince Saint Preux, undefeated light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes advanced six spots to land at #6 in the 205-pound divisions rankings.
Another UFC 229 fighter who made a positive leap in the ranks was flyweight standout Jussier Formiga.
He advanced three spots to the flyweight divisions #2 spot, this following his decision win over perennial 125-pound contender Sergio Pettis.
What do you think of the rankings update following last weekend’s UFC 229 results? Are you surprised that Conor McGregor dropped six spots on the pound-for-pound list?
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has released a lengthy statement after finally being served a fifteen-month suspension from USADA.
Jones suspension stemmed from a failed drug test that occurred in July of 2017 just prior to his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.
Following tonight’s ruling, Jon Jones is now eligible to return to action on October 28 of this year.
That means “Bones” could potentially headline November’s UFC 230 event in his home state of New York.
With that said, UFC President Dana White has already come out and stated that the promotions plan is not to have Jon Jones main event UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.
Shortly after tonight’s big news, Jon Jones took to Twitter where he issued the following statement on his imminent octagon return.
“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life.”
“It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.” – Jon Jones
Not everyone was in high spirits following tonight’s Jon Jones suspension news. Current UFC “champ champ” Daniel Cormier lashed out at both USADA and Jon Jones after catching wind of the news.
In fact, a number of different fighters weighed in on tonight’s Jon Jones suspension news which culminated in some very mixed reactions.
What did you think of the fifteen-month suspension that USADA handed down on Jon Jones?