Over a week out from UFC 217, and I’m still thinking about how much I enjoyed the fights. Three new champions were crowned, each in spectacular fashion, and the fights prefaced those matches were spectacular as well. An unforgettable night for MMA.
UFC 217 was fortunate not to be compromised by injury, as fans of the sport know injuries occur leading up to scheduled events from time to time. The events of 2017 have been no different ranging from Derrik Lewis pulling out of his UFC 216 match-up with Fabricio Werdum just minutes before the card was about to begin to Amanda Nunes pulling from UFC 213 against Valentina Shevchenko the day of the fight.
At the end of the day, the fighter’s safety and well-being is what’s most important. Though, UFC fans can’t help but be somewhat disappointed when high anticipated fights are canceled. It seems that the closing quarter of 2017 has been struck but this bad fortune. Here’s a few of the latest injuries:
Frankie Edgar - UFC 218 Title Fight vs. Max Holloway
Edgar has been determine to join the exclusive club of two division world champions (in the UFC). His most recent attempt was against Jose Aldo at UFC 200 (July 2016) where he came up short. Since then, Aldo lost the belt to Max “Blessed” Holloway and “The Answer” achieved a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens and an impressive TKO over up-and-comer Yair Rodríguez.
This highly anticipated match-up at UFC 218 has been halted due to an injury suffered by Edgar. It’s been reported that Edgar will have surgery to address a facial injury. On his Instagram account, Edgar stated that he “should be back to full contact in six weeks or so.”
Holloway addressed the injury offering support to Edgar while remaining firm that he intends to fight at UFC 218.
Cub Swanson and Jose Aldo have already showed interest via their Twitter accounts that they’re more than willing to step-up. I’m looking forward to seeing how this cards plays out.
Dominick Cruz - UFC 219 Fight vs. Jimmie Rivera
Cruz’s return has been highly anticipated as his most recent fight was back at UFC 207 where he lost the bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt. T.J. Dillashaw’s upset over “No Love” at UFC 217 has added extra hype to Cruz vs. Rivera, as it could have decided the next title challenger.
Though that talk has been silenced due to Cruz suffering a broken arm, accordingly to multiple sources. Cruz has had a history of unfortunate luck with injuries including a torn ACL in 2012, a groin tear in 2014 and a torn ACL in 2014.
The UFC has not announced if Rivera will still fight as scheduled at UFC 219. Rivera is on an impressive 20 fight win streak (5 in the UFC). So far, bantamweight John Lineker has expressed an interest in the match-up with Rivera.
Additionally, the match-up between Rani Yahya and Aljamain Sterling at UFC Fresno has been withdrawn due to an injury suffered by Yahya. Sterling could be another ideal opponent for Rivera at UFC 219.
GSP & Moving Forward
Other related news includes a neck suffered by George St-Pierre at UFC 217. Since breaking the news of his injury, GSP has been noncommittal about his next UFC fight. He stated that if he does fight again, it will be against interim champ Robert Whittaker. St-Pierre expressed an interest in a vacation before such discussions, though he made clear that he does not want to hold-up the middleweight division.
As the weeks continue we’ll see how the remaining UFC cards take shape.