There’s been a lot of talk about the next UFC PPV, and whether or not it really even belongs on PPV at this point.
The most recent blow to that UFC 186 event, to take place April 25 in Montreal, Quebec, was the nixing of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s return to the promotion.
Our own Jim Genia described the matter as “Rampage’s UFC 186 Dream Shattered.” The rest of us lost a pretty interesting little brawl of a fight.
The same event had already lost its main event, a bantamweight title bout between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barão; as well as a welterweight contenders bout between Rory MacDonald and the now-suspended Hector Lombard.
Does what’s left for UFC 186 — a flyweight title bout, and a few fighters in the top ten — really belong on PPV? That will be up to fans to decide.
Not all UFC events have so much of an issue with star power, of course.
One such event is UFC 189, scheduled for July 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its main event is among the most highly anticipated in recent memory: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC 145 lb title. MacDonald will challenge Robbie Lawler for the welterweight strap as well.
Another old favorite, Nate Diaz (pictured above), a longtime lightweight contender, is rumored to also appear on the event — in his welterweight debut.
Waiting for Diaz is Matt Brown, who recently enjoyed a seven fight winning streak before running into Lawler in a title eliminator last year.
UPDARE: The bout, along with a heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee (which is to be contested at July’s UFC Fight Night event in San Diego), was confirmed tonight at UFC Tonight.