A bantamweight title fight rematch featuring current champion TJ Dillashaw taking on former title holder Cody Garbrandt headlined Saturday’s UFC 227 event in Los Angeles.
The former teammates turned bitter rivals, Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw first met at November’s UFC 217 event in New York. After being dropped in the first-round, Dillashaw would storm back to earn an impressive knockout victory in round two.
Round one begins and Cody comes forward early. He throws a high kick which is blocked by Dillashaw. TJ is smiling. Cody comes forward with another high kick. Dillashaw misses with a low kick. Cody comes forward with a front kick that misses. TJ lands a jab followed by a low kick. Cody circles out and then takes the center of the octagon. Dillashaw with a kick to the body. Cody lands a nice punch that sends TJ backwards. Dillashaw leaps in with a spinning back fist that misses the mark. He lands a low kick. Both men start swinging wildly. TJ lands a big punch and then another that drops Cody. TJ hops on him and takes his back. Cody is holding on to TJ’s gloves and then scrambles back up to his feet. Dillashaw stays on Cody he appears to still be on wobbly legs. Another right hand from TJ and Cody is rocked. He’s back up against the fence and TJ begins unleashing a plethora of strikes. This is close to getting stopped. Somehow Cody is still on his feet. A big knee and more punches. The referee finally steps in and stops it.
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will finally meet inside the octagon!
UFC President Dana White made the announcement this past Friday in Los Angeles.
The current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, will put his title and undefeated record on the line against former division champion Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.
“The Eagle” was last seen in action at April’s UFC 223 event in Brooklyn where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta to capture the promotions vacant lightweight title.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor has not competed inside the octagon since November of 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez via second-round TKO to capture the UFC’s lightweight crown.
McGregor has since been stripped of both his featherweight and lightweight UFC titles due to inactivity.
Who do you think will emerge victorious at UFC 229, Conor or Khabib?
Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz will return to the octagon this November when he takes on Dustin Poirier at Madison Square Garden.
Diaz has not competede inside the cage since suffering a controversial majority decision loss to Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 202 in August of 2016.
Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier was most recently seen in action at last month’s UFC on FOX event in Calgary, Alberta.
Poirier defeated former division title holder Eddie Alvarez that night in “Cowtown”, a win which propelled “The Diamond” right to the top of the UFC’s crowded lightweight title picture.
UFC 230 takes place November 3 live from Madison Square Garden in New York. The event headliner has yet to be named by the promotion.
Who are you picking to win this one? Diaz or Poirier?
UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington was expected to be the next man to challenge Tyron Woodley for the UFC’s undisputed welterweight title.
The promotion wanted Covington and Woodley to settle their heated rivalry in a title unification bout at UFC 228 on September 8.
Unfortunately for fight fans, “Chaos” recently underwent nasal surgery and was thus unable to compete against “The Chosen One” at September’s highly anticipated pay-per-view event in Dallas.
Rather than waiting a coupe of months for Covington to heal, the promotion instead opted to book a welterweight title fight between surging division contender Darren Till and long time champion Tyron Woodley for the main event of UFC 228.
The UFC’s decision definitely raised some eyebrows, but ultimately made sense given the fact that Tyron Woodley has not defended his strap since UFC 214 in July of 2017 when he defeated submission specialist Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
Woodley will enter his fight with Till having gone 5-0-1 over his past six contests.
Meanwhile, Darren Till has gone a perfect 17-0-1 during his mixed martial arts career. Till’s biggest challenge to date has come in the form of the weigh scale. “The Gorilla” has missed the welterweight limit of 171-pounds in two of his past four fights coming in at 174lbs and 176lbs in those aforementioned botched weight cuts.
Till will now have to cut to 170-pounds in order for his championship bout with Woodley to be made official.
The brash UFC interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, recently commented on the UFC’s official Instagram page where he took shots at both Tyron Woodley and Darren Till.
“This is a fine number 1 contenders fight. Tyquil who hasn’t fought in over a year (and his last fight was the least strikes thrown in UFC history) vs Tillsbury doughboy who needs to prove he can make weight championship weight (and was gifted a decision in his home country last fight)” – Colby Covington
Who are you hoping to see emerge victorious in the UFC 228 main event?