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The return of Conor McGregor may have sparked one of UFC’s best run of events to date



From the time that his return to UFC 229 last Saturday after a 23-month layoff was announced, it was difficult to shake the feeling that the former two-division presence of champion Conor McGregor could trigger a reaction to pay-per-increase chain observes purchases

The fact that McGregor lost his comeback so thoroughly in the defeat in the fourth round against light champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas did not necessarily kill the story, even if it was obscured by the negativity surrounding a post-combat fight triggered by Nurmagomedov.

But it is clear that UFC has never been the same after McGregor's release in 201

6, which ended a record year for sales of UFC PPVs since its departure coincided with the absence of other stars like Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones to create an empty star. The subsequent hangover has seen huge fights few and far between, many of which were planned, hampered by injuries and lost weight.

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The return of McGregor not only brought excitement, the way in which his grudge against Nurmagomedov was promoted created the expectation of a new record for the purchase of PPV. Now, expectations for big fights have suddenly become contagious, as a series of recent announcements have put UFC in the balance for a huge two-month final in 2018, including five titles of the title not to be missed.

Between UFC 230 on 3 November and UFC 232 on 29 December, UFC has eight scheduled combat cards and three loaded PPVs. Finding the exact reason for the upcoming gluttony is not that easy.

McGregor's comeback unleashed a rising wave of all ships? How much the absurd absence of the Irish star over the past two years has allowed the next generation of potential stars to mature for their occasion in the spotlight? Or was it simply a case of stupid luck that cancellations and postponements worked in the orchestra to create an abundance of live bodies for the three largest cards to end the year?

However, UFC is loaded entering the winter in a way that does not seem to end with the turn of the new year either as a title of Robert Whittaker-Kelvin Gastelum middle title and a championship fight Daniel Cormier-Brock Lesnar Heavyweights are expected to follow the recent announcements for the opening of 2019.

Let's take a closer look at the biggest fights in the last two months of the year:

UFC 230 (November 3 in New York): The third trip straight to Madison Square Garden of the promotion includes a tasty last-minute offer from Daniel Cormier against Derrick Lewis for the UFC heavyweight championship and a strong undercard with Luke Rockhold-Chris Weidman II, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza -David Branch and Derek Brunson-Israel Adesanya. (Dustin Poirier pulled out of his light bout against Nate Diaz this week because of an injury.)

UFC Fight Night (Nov. 10 in Denver): The card of the 25th anniversary of the 39; UFC has a complete matching of the major featherweight events in Frankie Edgar and "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung while Donald Cerrone-Mike Perry clash in a welterweight duel. Flyweight contenders, Joseph Benavidez and Ray Borg, join the bantamweights of women Raquel Pennington and Germaine de Ranadamie in a strong undercard.

UFC Fight Night (November 24th in Beijing): This rather slim offer coming from China is characterized by an important heavyweight match as Curtis Blaydes red-hot faces the former title challenger Francis Ngannou in a rematch.

The Ultimate Final Fighter (November 30 in Las Vegas): There is nothing wrong with former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and heavyweight contender Kamaru Usman in the main 170-pound main event.

UFC Fight Night (December 1 in Adelaide, Australia): The next trip of the UFC under former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos against the undefeated and the favorite of the city, Tai Tuivasa.

UFC 231 (December 8th in Toronto): A pair of unmissable headlines on top of the marquee while Max Holloway defends his featherweight championship against the undefeated Brian Ortega, and Former kickboxing rivals Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk meet for women's vacant flyweight title.

UFC Fight Night (15 December in Milwaukee): The recent main event of former title lightweight challengers Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta should produce fireworks in the last major card in wave on FS1 completing a television deal started in 2011.

UFC 232 (December 29 in Las Vegas): What a way to close the solar year. Reports continue to swirl that Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will meet in a rematch of their 2013 fight for the vacant light heavyweight title. The co-main event, meanwhile, is nothing but a super women's fight like the bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes that comes up to 145 pounds to challenge the featherweight champion and the best "Cyborg" crische Justino.

While the post-combat brawl of Nurmagomedov-McGregor was certainly an important black eye for the dominant image of the UFC and dangerously escalating into a disaster, the fact that no one was hurt should just help sport financially while building towards a rematch once disciplinary actions are ordered.

The next two months will see unbelievably healthy promotion with the potential for even bigger fights to come, especially within a 155-pound division. While many of the company's recent decisions are well received, fans are not expected to lack in terms of entertainment.

You can suddenly credit the renaissance at the return of the final milking cow in McGregor or just call it a good dose of luck, but the business is growing for UFC while the momentum continues to grow.


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