MMA you did it. You survived death by hand truck. The week of UFC 223 didn’t teach us anyhting new about the sport and the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill pretty much confirms that.
No matter how big and well oiled the UFC machine looks and felt this week, MMA will still only go as far it’s individual stars. The name on the back (side) of the jersey (fight kit) matters and every since Zuffa sold out, the UFC brand keeps hitting it’s head on the ceiling. Confirmed or unconfirmed, the UFC can only go as far as the rocket to the back of Conor, GSP, Brock, Ronda or Jon could take them.
The UFC’s search for it’s next single name superstar will ultimately determine it’s fate.
As always these are rumors that have been talked about behind closed doors between MMA higher ups, so take them as MMA rumors.
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- Finally an UFC champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov will likely get a huge push from the promotion moving forward. With a possible Russian PPV event in the future still in play, Nurmagomedov’s first title defense has been rumored to be back in NYC, versus Tony Ferguson or a returning Conor McGregor.
- Rumors have surfaced that the WWE has Ronda Rosuey’s next feud in mind. Veteran names like Mickie James, Alica Fox and Natalya may be paired as Rousey’s first post-Mania feud. Also rumors keep popping up that Rousey and current Brock Lesnar advocate, Paul Heyman may be working together in the near future.
- It looks like Rose Namajunas will take a few months and target a end of the summer/early date for her next title defense. Karolina Kowalkiewicz or Jessica Andrade will likely oppose Namajunas in a co-main event of a pay-per-view.
- With Dana White rumored to being looking elsewhere, Fox Sports still appears more interested in WWE than UFC. Rumors continue to pop-up that the WWE and Fox are getting closer to hammering out serious negotiations.
- Rumor is Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns is currently the main event of WrestleMania 34 and it looks like it may be the former UFC’s champions last pro wrestling match in awhile
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