MMA: A Little Taste of What Is Still To Come in 2018
By Nick Long
2018 has been another phenomenal year of MMA, but with the year coming to a close, we take a look at two must see events that’ll be bringing an end to 2018.
UFC 232 – December 29th 2018.
A stacked end of year card featuring two title fights and promises to be a night to remember.
Jon “Bones” Jones returns from his 15-month absence from the sport to meet #1 ranked Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson for what will be the vacant light heavyweight championship of the world.
This will be an eagerly awaited rematch between the two, with their 2013 matchup going down as possibly the greatest light heavyweight fight of all time. A 5 round war that saw Jones pushed to the brink but ultimately take the unanimous decision victory.
Gustafsson will be out to make a statement this time and will look to prove he can be the first man to outmatch Jon in the octagon.
Another fighter to keep tabs on will be English breakout star Nathaniel Wood who will be making his second UFC appearance when he takes on top French prospect Tom Duquesnoy.
This will very much be a battle of the future. Both former world champions in their respective promotions before signing with the UFC and both just 25 years old.
We could very well be watching the future of the bantamweight division with this one.
Cage Warriors 100 – December 8th 2018.
Cage Warriors will reach a monumental milestone this december when they put on their 100th event. 16 years in the making, Cage Warriors have stamped their mark on the UK MMA scene and boast a wide collective of world champions to prove they are one of the leading promotions in not just the UK, but the world. On December 8th they will showcase the talent they possess.
A full fight card is yet to be released, but a number of high profile names have been confirmed to feature including former champions Paddy Pimblett and Nicolas Dalby.
We will also be seeing hotly tipped, undefeated Welshman Jack Shore (9-0) compete in front of his hometown crowd for the vacant bantamweight championship.
If that’s not mouth-watering enough, fresh off the back of respective semi-final wins we will see Aiden Lee take on Dean Trueman in the culmination of the featherweight tournament. Both men put on highly impressive standout performances in their last fights at Cage Warriors 98, Lee putting on a grappling clinic with a 1st round rear naked choke win, and Trueman taking a dominant, well rounded 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
This will be a must watch fight for the featherweight title.
2018 has been an explosive year of MMA, it certainly plans to end the year with a bang.