This week the UFC and other media outlets have released an array of news regarding upcoming fight and potential rumors involving some big names in the MMA world. Suprisingly, although huge main events have been announced for the coming months, many of the main cards of these shows have not been filled out. Below is a summary of all the delicious match ups released this week but expect many more to come in the near future.
Chris Weidmann (14-4) vs Dominic Reyes (11-0)
When? October 18th
With only 1 win in his last 5, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidmann is moving up to launch a light heavyweight title run. In a relatively thin division, it would appear that it may only take a couple of wins to propel him to the top and challenge the current champ Jon Jones. However wins have been few and far between for Weidmann and Dominic Reyes is no man to sleep on. Undefeated as a MMA competitor ‘The Devastator’ Dominic Reyes has knocked off some of the division premier contenders including Volkan Oezdemir and Jared Cannonier. This will be a chin stroker, a difficult bout to predict the outcome and a crucial fight for both as far as a title shot in the near future is concerned.
Donald Cerrone (36-12) vs Justin Gaethje (20-2)
When? September 14th
A contest that on paper can only produce fireworks, this match up has all the makings of a fight of the year contender. Both fighters have a massive crowd following, are exciting strikers that are willing to bang and are in a division where a win for either could secure them a massive fight in the future. With high stakes and huge fan investment, this is truly a people’s main event.
Dan Hooker (18-8) vs Al Iaquinta (14-5)
When? October 5th
No announcement has been made by the UFC regarding this however it is looking likely that this fight will be booked. After his knockout win over James Vick last weekend in San Antonio, New Zeland’s Dan Hooker got on the mic and expressed interest in being on UFC 234 in Australia. Shortly after this Iaquinta took to twitter, expressing interest and Hooker was more than happy to oblige. Whether the UFC chooses to act on this is another question but the bout would make a great curtain jerker on what is sure to be the biggest combat sports event Australia has ever seen.
Ben Askren (19-1) vs Damien Maia (27-9)
This fight has been tipped by respected MMA journalists to take place post Ben Askren’s medical suspension which ends in September. Nothing has been finalized and plans may change but this would be an intriguing match up for the hardcore fan. Somewhat of a throwback fight, this would see Brazilian jiu jitsu phenom Maia take on the high level wrestler in a true battle of disciplines. In the past Maia has not fared well against wrestlers (losing to Covington, Woodley and Usmann) and on paper this match up should suit Askren. After coming off a devastating knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal, he will look to rebound by controlling Maia on the ground and displaying his high level wrestling abilities.
Yair Rodriguez (11-2) vs Jeremy Stephens (28-16)
Where: Mexico City
When: Sept 21st
It is almost certain that Mexico’s own Yair ‘Pantera’ Rodriguez will fight in the main event on this card but the big question is who the home town boy will face? At the moment the favorite to stand opposite him is long time veteran Jeremy Stephens. This battle of old dog and young bull would be intriguing affair and if Rodriguez could notch another win following his unbelievable knockout of Chan Sung Jung (an upward elbow with 1 second on the clock) he will be carrying a lot of momentum going forward. Speaking of Chan Sung Jung, there has been rumors that he will fight Brian Ortega on the same card. If both fights come to fruition this will be a pivotal night in determining the future of the featherweight division.