We had what basically amounted to a bye week this past weekend, with no UFC events on tap. We do have to remember, though, that we had a double feature the week prior, so a few days off was probably in order. What that means, though, is that we have no fight aftermath details to share this week, with most of the news focusing on upcoming events, as well as some rumors of potential fights. There is still quite a bit of news to share, so let’s jump right into those stories and then you can continue betting against our UFC odds.
2021 MMA Betting News & Rumors Update | Feb. 1st Edition
In one of out previous news updates, we spoke about the possibility of the UFC moving all events to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi for the foreseeable future. For now, though, they are going to stick with the routine of bouncing back and forth between Vegas and the island. There is even bigger news to report on that front, with Dana White announcing that we might have limited fan attendance at UFC 259, which is set to be held in the Las Vegas Apex on March 6. It will be a small group of fans that will be allowed into the event, with all of them having to win their way in.
While we don’t have any aftermath news because of the weekend off, we do have news about what Chang Sung Jung went through after losing his last fight in October. The Korean Zombie lost by unanimous decision to Brian Ortega in a fight that was essentially an eliminator, with the winner next in line for a shot at the Featherweight title. Jung admitted in an interview that he sunk into a depression after the loss and gained 40 pounds in the process. No word on what type of shape he is in at the moment or when his next fight will be.
Another fighter who doesn’t have a fight on the upcoming schedule is Cody Garbrandt, but it seems that is about to change. The former Bantamweight champion admitted that he lost his passion for fighting once he won the title. That became rather evident when he fell to 3 consecutive lackluster losses. Things became even worse for the former champ after testing positive for COVID-19, which cost him a shot at a Flyweight title and made it tough to train given that he experienced vertigo type symptoms for months after the virus. Garbrandt is now feeling great and ready to make a return, so watch this space for details.
Looking ahead to UFC Vegas this coming weekend, we have a fighter who looks rejuvenated and ready for a title shot. Frankie Edgar is 39, but since making the move to Bantamweight, he appears to have a new lease on life. He put in a killer display in his win over Pedro Munhoz, his first at this weight, and now believes that a win over Cory Sandhagen this weekend would have him in line for a title shot. This is the co-main event this weekend, but it may well be the fight fans are most looking forward to.