No matter the sport, every athlete who graces the field, the court, the ring, or the octagon reaches a point where they are no longer able to compete at the top level. This past weekend in Las Vegas, we may well have seen a fighter reach that point. We will get into that shortly, but there are also some other stories that we need to touch on from this past week in the world of MMA. That includes a look at what went down in UFC Vegas 26 and what might be next for the fighters who took part in that event. Let’s dig into all the latest news now so you can keep betting against their UFC odds.
2021 UFC Betting News & Rumors Update | May 10th Edition
If you have been watching the UFC for a number of years, you cannot deny that Donald Cerrone was one of the best in the business. The key word in that statement is “was.” As it now appears that the cowboy is reaching the end of the line. While fans seem to be of the belief that Cerrone is done, the man himself stated that he does not want to go out this way. One idea that he floated was to drop down to the 155-pound weight class. It may not change things, but I think most of us are of the belief that he deserves the shot of going out the way he wants.
After his win over Cerrone, Alex Morono had a lot to say, although little of it was about his win, which came after being given a week’s notice of the bout. The reason Morono was in was because Diego Sanchez was booted from the Cerrone bout, as well as the UFC, after video emerged of his trainer essentially using the fighter as a punching bag. Morono stated that he was looking forward to the Sanchez/Cerrone bout and seemed to point the finger at Joshua Fabia, the coach of Sanchez. That seems to be the common thread among other fighters appalled at the video.
One of the more disappointing aspects of UFC Vegas 26 was seeing another top fight cancelled at the last minute. Amanda Ribas was forced to pull out of her fight with Angela Hill after testing positive for COVID-19, which put Hill in an all too familiar position. She has now seen 4 of her scheduled fights cancelled over the last year, including 2 on the scheduled day of the fight. The feeling is that this fight will go in a couple of weeks, but if Ribas is not ready, Hill may just get a shot at Tecia Torres instead.
After her win over Michelle Waterson, Marina Rodriguez is eyeing a title fight against Rose Namajunas, but she is probably going to need to wait her turn. A bout against Mackenzie Dern seems the most likely alternative. A big win for Neil Magny on Saturday night means that he is now on the lookout for his next opponent, with many people believing that Vicente Luque could be that man. Luque has been dominant in each of his last 3 fights, and he deserves a fight against someone with the status of Magny.