I guess it wasn’t too soon after all.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) asked mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to be content with a flyweight main event between Valentina Shevchenko and the unheralded Sijara Eubanks, a rather unusual (and somewhat desperate) choice for a marquee pay-per-view (PPV) show at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
Not surprisingly, fans were
lukewarm ice-cold to the idea.
As a result, the promotion brought the UFC 230 fight card back into the shop for repairs and emerged with a heavyweight title fight pitting champion Daniel Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) opposite challenger Derrick Lewis (21-5, 1 NC) for Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 in New York City, assuming the latter gets medically cleared by a physician.
While Cormier has been on the sidelines since July, UFC 230 marks a fairly quick turnaround for the “Black Beast,” who was knocked around for the better part of three rounds at last weekend’s UFC 229 event in Las Vegas, a bout that saw him absorb 121 significant strikes, including 78 to the head, prior to securing a Hail-Mary finish (watch it).
Nothing “scary” about that, amirite?
So, with UFC 230 getting a main event overhaul, the promotion has opted to send Shevchenko back into the UFC 231 co-main event in Toronto, where she’ll battle Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant 125-pound strap.
Maybe “Sarj” can set her “Eye” on this fight instead.
To see how all the recent changes affect the UFC 230 line up, as well as the fight card for UFC 231, head over to our UFC event schedules page by clicking here.