The UFC’s questionable booking of Gustafsson against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for five months down the road fell apart this week when “Little Nog” was forced to withdraw due to injury. Rather than give him a Top 5 foe, the matchmaking team made it clear the company is invested in maintaining the possibility of another go between Gustafsson and champion Jon Jones by tabbing Manuwa as a replacement. The British powerhouse is an excellent striker but he has yet to face a Top 10 foe, let alone beat one. The only saving grace is that the event is scheduled for London so local fans have at least been given a treat. However, beyond that the match-up is head-scratching, as Gustafsson has shown he is one of the best 205ers in the world while Manuwa has only proven he knows how to smash tomato cans.
Welcome back to the 10-Point Must! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from Bellator 106 to a few new UFC match-ups to the hazy future for Dan Henderson beyond his upcoming bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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