A brand-new era for UFC starts on Saturday evening as it begins its brand-new broadcast collaboration with ESPN. This brand-new ESPN age, nonetheless, can likewise note the sad end of another for the 125-pound department. UFC Battle Evening 143 in Brooklyn will see bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw reducing to 125 extra pounds to take on flyweight champ Henry Cejudo as he intends to come to be the 4th simultaneous two-division champion in business history– joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes.
Dillashaw has kept through the build up to this fight, which was gone up a week from its initially scheduled day at UFC 233, which was terminated without an ideal centerpiece, that he has actually been sent out to eliminate the flyweight division.
It’s tough to say offered what has actually unfolded over the last couple of months with UFC cutting ties with numerous 125-pound boxers. However the largest question becomes what takes place if Cejudo is successful? Nobody truly knows for sure since UFC president Dana White has actually remained silent on the issue, wanting to see exactly how Saturday’s centerpiece plays out. Something is for certain though, fireworks ought to be expected.
In the co-main event is a little a shock as previous NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy makes his UFC debut versus Allen Crowder. Hardy was originally scheduled to take part in a developing bout later this month, but UFC decided it was time to call the possibility up to the major leagues for its ESPN launching. He has completed each of his three professional bouts in under a minute.
And also, we obtain the return of follower favorites in Paige VanZant and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. VanZant remains in her very first fight in over a year after enduring a shoulder injury that called for surgical procedure. She takes on Rachael Ostovich, that was nearly knocked off the card after she was the target of a domestic assault by her husband.
Cerrone, meanwhile, reutrns to the Octagon, as well as the light-weight division, after scoring among the leading entries of 2018 versus Mike Perry in November.