Even if you are mostly a fan of MMA, chances are you still keep an eye on the boxing world. There was some big news out of there over the weekend, with Floyd Mayweather and YouTube star Logan Paul agreeing to fight next February. It is a bout that does not really make a lot of sense for Mayweather, but the reality is that it will likely pull in a massive PPV crowd, which means another big payday for the champ. What it does for the sport of boxing, though, remains to be seen. Let’s forget about that and move on to the latest news out of the MMA World so you can continue making your bets against our UFC odds.
2020 MMA Betting News & Rumors Update Dec. 7th Edition
A couple of weeks ago, we spoke about the possibility of fight in the Las Vegas Apex potentially being shut down in the light of potential new pandemic restrictions. The reality is that the UFC is not helping its own cause, with three fights either changed or cancelled altogether at UFC Vegas 16 over the weekend. There was time to reschedule the main event, but two other fights on the main card had the plug pulled on Saturday morning. This is not good for the sport or for fans paying good money for PPV events that end up being a shell of what was originally offered.
On the bright side of things, we did have a particularly good bout on the cards over the weekend, with the fight between Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori turning into a bit of a brawl. It was Vettori who came away with the decision victory, while Hermansson is now going to be spending some time in recovery after suffering a broken orbital bone. This one went down as the Fight of the Night, so both fighters were able to pocket a little extra cash at the end of it all.
It’s easy to forget that while the UFC is entertaining, it’s also a business that can be cutthroat at times. We are going to find out just how much before the end of the year. UFC head Dana White announced that 44-year-old Yoel Romero was being cut after another loss, but he also went on to say that this would not be the last of the changes. All told, White believes that roughly 60 fighters would be cut by the UFC before the end of December, so there are going to be a lot of fighters waiting by their phones to see of they receive bad news.
Marvin Vettori started the night ranked at #13 in the Middleweight division, and while he will certainly move up after a big win over Hermansson, Dana White is not so sure that he is ready for a title shot. White says that he would love to see Vettori go against Paulo Costa, but that is not an assessment that Vettori agrees with. He believes that he is ready to go head to head with Israel Adesanya in his next bout, but he really does not get the final say, so expect Costa to be his next bout.