When we scour the MMA news to come up with the headlines and rumors for the week, we always hope that what we find will be positive. The good news is that there are some great pieces of news this week, mostly concerning potential upcoming bouts. You always have to take the good with the bad, though, as we are seeing more disputes about money and the treatment of fighters in the UFC come to light, so we will be covering that, too. There is a lot to get to this week, so let’s jump right in and talk about the MMA news and rumors for the week so you can continue placing your bets against their UFC odds.
2021 MMA Betting News & Rumors Update | Apr. 5th Edition
It’s a big weekend coming up in just a few days, with the UFC on ABC 2 event on tap. The headline event was put in jeopardy when Darren Till was forced to pull out with injury, but the UFC have come up with an outstanding replacement that will be sure to have made fans happy. Kevin Holland loss to Derek Brunson in March, but he is willing to fight on just 21 days rest, stepping in to fill the hole left by Till. This is the perfect opportunity to get the bad taste of that Brunson loss out of his mouth.
While most of the attention is focused on the primetime event coming this weekend, there are some moves being made to book fights for upcoming events. One of those is UFC 263, which I set to go on June 12. Leon Edwards recently announced that he would be facing Nate Diaz next instead of taking a rematch against Belal Muhammad, there were some who began wondering what was next for Muhammad. All signs seem to be pointing towards Demian Maia being the once to step in and take the match at UFC 263.
Last week, we spoke about the return of Jon Jones and the allegation that he is demanding a princely sum to step into the octagon with Francis N’Gannou. Dana White appeared to be suggesting that Jones was using money as a way to back out of the fight because he was scared of the prospect of going against N’Gannou, a statement that the Jones camp shrugged of as ridiculous. While we don’t really know how much Jones is asking for, his coach seems to think that $50 million would be a good starting point, saying that the UFC would still make bank even after paying out that amount.
Jon Jones can be added to a growing list of fighters becoming disillusioned with life in the UFC. It is perhaps no surprise then that Cris Cyborg, who has spoken extensively about her unhappy times in the UFC, would tag Jones in a post she put up in social media calling on fighter to join her in a move to Bellator. There are some who would see the move as a step down, but you can bet that there will be others who might well give it some serious thought.