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Jones Injury Windfall Leads To Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo As UFC 177 “Co-Headliner”

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Yesterday (Tues., August 12, 2014), it was announced that reigning UFC light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Jon “Bones” Jones had suffered a leg injury during training and his highly anticipated bout with Daniel Cormier was postponed until January 3, 2015.

The news left UFC 178, perhaps the best card of the year, without a main event. The UFC quickly announced that a flyweight championship bout between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Chris Cariaso would be moved from the UFC 177 co-main event to the main event of UFC 178.

This left August 30’s UFC 177, which is headlined by a rematch between champion TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao, without a co-main event and looking very depleted. According to MMAJunkie.com, the UFC announced that lightweights Danny Castillo and Tony Ferguson would compete in the co-main event of UFC 177. Although these are two talented fighters, neither of them is ranked and this match-up does not seem co-main event worthy.

Going from a second title fight in the co-main event to this fight has caused a bit of uproar among UFC fans, and an understandable one at that. Obviously another title fight could not have been made or even another “big” fight to replace Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso, but there may have been some better options. For example, Scott Jorgensen is competing on the prelims against UFC newcomer and former Olympian wrestler Henry Cejudo. Scott Jorgensen may be on a bit of a downfall, but he has gone up against the best of the best and is a very well known fighter. Putting Jorgensen against an Olympic athlete could make for a great fight.

Another prelim bout that, in my opinion, should be on the main card is Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin. These two men also may not be superstars, but they have both faced tough competition and are solid fighters.

These two fights may also not be co-main event caliber, in my opinion they would be better choices than Castillo vs. Ferguson, who, with no disrespect intended, are simply not big names in today’s crowded 155-pound landscape.

Personally, I think this change has made UFC 177 a very lackluster card and one that may not even be pay-per-view (PPV) worthy with the exception of the main event. Will you still be dropping sixty dollars to watch this card?

The official UFC 177 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao – for bantamweight title

Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson

Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia

Ruslan Magomedov vs. Richard Odoms

Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Ramsey Nijem

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin

Justin Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros

Henry Cejudo vs. Scott Jorgensen

Anthony Hamilton vs. Ruan Potts

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Anthony Birchak vs. Joe Soto

  • Weak card apart from the main event…

    • The card sucked even with two title fights, now it's just horrible. It would make for a decent fox card, but ppv?! Hell no

      • I'll usually watch every single card regardless of what the card looks like on paper. The cards people think are going to be terrible or not worth their time are usually the best ones. Its happened multiple times this year including the first 4 fight pass exclusive cards. The question is do we want to pay 60$? For cards like this they should be tops 40$ IMO.

        • Ferguson may not be a big name, but he is a f*cking animal.

          • Agreed. I may be a bit biased, since Tony is from near where I live, but I am happy to see him get the exposure. The guy is a beast, and should he win, deserves a chance at a ranked fighter in his next match.

  • 90% unknown fighters. I'll wait for Lowkick to post the highlights.

    • If you watch all UFC cards and pay attention to the names from the under card to the top, 90% of them you should know. The last two fighters are unknown in the UFC but Joe Soto is a 135 veteran.

      I'll say it again for everyone on this site, This card might be a contender for card of the year. We never now. Lim vs Saffedine wasn't the best card on paper but it turned out to be a great night of fights, extremely exciting. It ultimately depends on why you watch the UFC. Is it for the names of the big fighters like Jones and DC etc. Or are you a true fan of Mixed Martial Arts. This card won't have the biggest names but the fights might be awesome. We have also seen the fights with the big names like Dan Henderson vs Lyoto Machida and Rashad vs Dan Henderson, Jake Shields vs Tyron Woodley, Rashad Evans vs Lil Nog ,one word, Boring….

  • this card is so weak not even the illegal streaming websites are gonna bother to show this hahaha…i do agree with the lorenz larkin and jorgensen fights being bumped up to the main event though…

    if i were tj dillashaw and i was getting a percentage of the ppv id get injured lol

  • How the card looks on paper doesn't mean shit. It could be an amazing event like many of the other cards this year that looked the same. Those turned out to be some of the best cards.

  • WOOH! I've been waiting for this matchup ever since Tony got into the TUF house. How can there NOT be fireworks when you put Team Alpha Male's worst fighter against the winner of TUF season number whogivesacrap? The winner of this fight will earn their place in an eliminator match for the chance to be considered by MMA pundits when they put together a top20 list for lightweight. I can't wait for this co-main event!