After what was an outstanding win against Jose Aldo at UFC 237, you’d think Alex Volkanovski would be celebrating. Unfortunately, he had to be hospitalized in Chile for a blood infection that was developing quickly on his flight back to Australia.
He’ll remain under hotel supervision for a further 48 hours before being given permission to fly home if all is ok. Given this news, it’s unsurprising that veteran Frankie Edgar was given a title shot ahead of Volkanovski. Especially if Max Holloway ends up defending his title, you’d have to imagine that Volkanovski gets the next shot.
Luque Excited for Opponent Change
The Co-Main event at UFC Fight Night 152 was set to be the biggest fight of Vicente Luque’s career. Unfortunately, his opponent Neil Magny isn’t allowed to fight as USADA investigates his performance enhancing drug case. This news broke a mere 5 days before the fight was scheduled to take place, leaving the UFC scrambling to find a replacement.
Fortunately, they’ve managed to find an excellent opponent in the form of UFC newcomer Derrick Krantz, who has a 22-10 career MMA record. Luque was optimistic about the opponent change, telling reporters “It’s one more opportunity to show the fans and the UFC what I’m capable of”.
Santos Confident of Dethroning Jones
Jon Jones will put his UFC Light Heavyweight title on the line at UFC 239 against hard-hitting Brazilian Thiago Santos. While most opponents are intimidated by Jones, Santos insists he’s ready for the challenge.
He enters the bout in excellent form, sporting a 21-6 career record and going 13-5 in the UFC, including 3 straight knockouts since moving to Light Heavyweight. While I think Santos is as strong a contender as you can get at this level, beating Jon Jones will prove incredibly difficult.