Cutting off the Nose to Spite the Face

After months of speculation, a frenzied press conference and boatloads of hype, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has finally announced who will be headlining the promotion’s third event at Madison Square Garden, a stage that is the closest thing to hallowed ground you’ll find in the fight world.

No, it’s not Jon Jones, whose logic-flouting USADA suspension conveniently cleared him to return just in time for the Nov. 3 date; nor UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who looked poised to square off opposite Colby Covington until he was sidelined by a hand injury he sustained pummeling Darren Till’s face into the canvas at UFC 228 last month. It’s not co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier either, whose campaign to pressure the UFC into upgrading them to a main-event, 165-pound title fight generated a tidal wave of buzz before being derailed by UFC president Dana White.

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