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?
A women’s flyweight title fight featuring top contender Valentina Shevchenko taking on current division champion Nicco Montano is in the works for September’s UFC 228 event.
“The Bullet” took to Twitter earlier today with the following message for Nicco Montano encouraging the current 125-pound champion to sign the fight agreement.
“Hey Nicco, finally! Sign the fight agreement first. You changed your word once already. No trust before I will see the paper from you. See you in octagon #ufc228 #september8” – Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina Shevchenko made her highly anticipated flyweight debut this past February in Brazil where she put on an absolute clinic against Priscila Cachoeira which culminated in a second-round submission victory.
“The Bullet” has gone 15-3 during her mixed martial arts career, which includes a victory over former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm.
Shevchenko’s two UFC losses have both come at the hands of current UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, with both decision victories for “The Lioness” being considered highly controversial.
As for Nicco Montano, the first ever UFC women’s flyweight champion was most recently seen in action this past December in Las Vegas where she defeated Roxanne Modafferi via decision to claim the promotions newest title.
Montano has gone 4-2 overall in her young mixed martial arts career, scoring two TKO victories in that time.
The long awaited Shevchenko vs. Montano fight announcement could be made official shortly as BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor reported earlier today that verbal agreements were now in place.
“No contracts have been signed but I’m told verbal agreements are in place to have Valentina Shevchenko challenge Nicco Montano for the UFC flyweight title at #UFC228”
UFC 228 takes place September 8 but the event location and venue have yet to be announced by the promotion.
Two other fights have already been announced for UFC 228. A featherweight scrap between Yair Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov, as well as a bantamweight bout between Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson.
Who are you picking to walk out of UFC 228 with the women’s flyweight title, Valentina Shevchenko or Nicco Montano?
Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will likely be the next man to square off with surging welterweight contender Kamaru Usman.
BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor reported that news earlier today.
“I’m told that the UFC is currently working on booking a welterweight fight between recent interim title challenger Rafael dos Anjos and surging division contender Kamaru Usman for early this fall. What do you folks think of the matchup?” – Chris Taylor
Rafael dos Anjos was most recently seen in action earlier this month at UFC 225 in Chicago, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington in his bid for the promotions interim welterweight championship.
Prior to the setback, the former UFC lightweight world champion had reeled off three consecutive victories at 170-pounds including wins over former champion Robbie Lawler and division staples Neil Magny and Tarec Saffiedine.
Meanwhile, Kamaru Usman improved his overall record to 13-1 at last month’s UFC event in Chile by defeating former division title challenger Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
Since joining the UFC ranks in July of 2015, the “Nigerian Nightmare” has gone a perfect 8-0 scoring two finishes and six decision wins in that time.
If the UFC does in fact book a fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Kamaru Usman next, then it will be very interesting to see what direction the promotion decides to go with #2 ranked welterweight Darren Till.
Interim welterweight champion Colby Covington is clearly next for long time title holder Tyron Woodley, which leaves Darren Till on the outside looking in and currently without a future opponent.
What do you think of the proposed welterweight matchup between Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos?