UFC brought the fire in 2018 with one of its biggest years to date as far as big events go, and if the early slate of 2019 goes according to plan, it might just be better.
Last year wrapped up with Max Holloway returning from a scary brain issue to knockout top contender Brian Ortega, as well as Jon Jones’ return to action. Plus, Khabib Nurmagomedov beat up and bullied Conor McGregor before jumping the Octagon fence and attacking one of McGregor’s teammates in the crowd.
Now, we are set to see three champions in action in the first five weeks of 2019. Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo kicks things off when he takes on bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in a 125-pound superfight at the Barclays Arena. Then in February, Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defends his title on home soil when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum in Melbourne, Australia. Plus, it’s the return of former heavyweight king Cain Velasquez when he battles Francis Ngnanou in his return from a two and a half year layoff.
With a bit more than a month prior to UFC kicks off the 2019 calendar year of occasions, the business has made some alterations to boost their forthcoming show in Brooklyn.
Based on ESPN, UFC has transferred that the Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw for its UFC flyweight name to the main occasion of this January 19 series, set to happen in the Barclays Center at Brooklyn. The struggle was initially supposed to be the main event of UFC 233, occurring in Anaheim, California a week afterwards.
The report also said that the UFC is looking to bring a title fight to become the new principal event of UFC 233. The January 19 series is the first in UFC’s brand new broadcast deal with ESPN. The Brooklyn series is going to be on ESPN and ESPN+ streaming support, but the most important event will broadcast on ESPN+.
Dillashaw is the recent UFC bantamweight champion, but is still going down in order to become only the most recent fighter to acquire a UFC championship in two different weight classes since Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier have done so in the last several decades
The card will also contain Paige VanZant combating Rachael Ostovich at a women’s flyweight bout and the company is reportedly intending to get former NFL player and unbeaten heavyweight Greg Hardy compete on the card too.
Sun, Jan 19 / 9:00 AM +06 / Main Card