Just like that the UFC lightweight division is moving on without Khabib Nurmagomedov. New rumors point to Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone going down at the UFC’s big summer show.
International fight week will once again turn into little Dublin. Tentatively set for UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone would headline the UFC’s annual International fight week card.
Will it be for a title? Not sure, because this runs into the rumor from last week of Max Holloway versus Tony Ferguson fighting for a 155 pound title at a spring UFC event.
In theory the UFC could do both of those fights, make them both for interim titles and no one would really blink an eye. Sure fans would complain but they would get over it. Again, this is anther sign of the UFC moving on with or without Khabib Nurmagomedov.
At the end of the day, UFC gets two money fights out of the lightweight division. Two pay-per-view headliners when the company is always in search of marquee names for big money spots.
Everybody wins; except those that want a true title lineage and may or may not be fans of Khabib.
Piggybacking off the Mac vs. Cowboy rumor, is Al Iaquinta vs. Dustin Poirier also being in the works.
Real Estate Al versus Diamond Dustin would serve two purposes for the UFC. The winner of the fight could be a de facto number one contender to winners of either PPV headliners above. Or the UFC could book Iaquinta vs. Poirier on the same card either of the two titles as an insurance policy.
It’s almost like UFC 229 and Khabib never existed? UFC is writing it’s own timeline and we’re all just along for the ride at this point.