The UFC just let slip the superfight set to headline UFC 230
Speculation has been mounting over who will headline the historic UFC 230 card in New York has been mounting for weeks now. An event that features bonafide superstar Nate Diaz as the co-main was always going to require a blockbuster main event and it appears that the UFC may finally have delivered one.
One name that has consistently been put in the run-in for the events featured bout is the return of former pound-for-pound king Jon Jones. The polarising former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion finally received the terms of his suspension from USADA last week and would be clear to return at the Madison Square Garden card, with rematches with Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier touted as potential opponents.
Another superstar that has been rumoured to be involved with the event is the former two-weight UFC champion, Georges St Pierre. The Canadian added fuel to the speculative fire of his return after he shared a photo of himself looking particularly lean, possibly accessing the effects of a weight cut to 155lbs to set up a super-fight at lightweight.
All signs appeared to point to the UFC 229 press conference that was held last Thursday as the date the super fight would be announced. However, Dana White crushed the hopes of Jon Jones fans everywhere by categorically confirming that Jones would not be ready to fight in time for the event. Also as top lightweights, Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, and Nate Diaz are all competing on or shortly before UFC 230 a UFC return for GSP at 155lbs seems to have been ruled out in the short term.
However, despite doing an incredible job at keeping the true main event a secret as of yet, it appears the UFC has accidentally offered a telling clue. A recent Facebook advertisement for the event has featured a photo of current UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw all but confirming a super fight between Dillashaw and UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo will headline the card.
A win would see Dillashaw become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to be a two-weight world champion, and just the third to do so consecutively.