UFC 230 still doesn’t have a main event, so here are 8 ideas, ranging from plausible to stupidly fun

Don’t look now, but we’re less than two months away from the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden, and there’s still no official main event for UFC 230. This seems like a problem.

Granted, the card is pretty strong otherwise. With bouts like Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier, plus the rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, there’s a solid supporting cast here. But there’s no blockbuster headliner yet, which is what we’ve come to expect when the UFC visits the heart of the Big Apple.

What could solve that problem? So glad you asked. Let’s look at some possibilities, ranging from the exceedingly plausible to the stupidly far-fetched but still fun to think about.

Tyron Woodley vs. Colby Covington

It’s a quick turnaround, but the welterweight champ says he’s up for it. If Covington feels the same, it would make a lot of sense to strike while the iron is hot.

Plus, with the culture war element that comes along with Covington’s support for Donald Trump, wouldn’t it just make sense to do it in November of an election year? Answer: yes.

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

Look, we all know that Jones is still awaiting his punishment from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. We also know it wouldn’t be that surprising if, any day now, USADA announced he’d been hit with the old “time served” sentence. And you know which card could really use the star power of an upstate New Yorker?

The question then would be who to put him against. There’s always a trilogy fight with champ-champ Cormier, but that doesn’t seem like something you want to throw together last minute. (Plus, there’s Cormier’s impending payday against Brock Lesnar at heavyweight to consider.)

Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Gustafsson gave Jones all he could handle in their first meeting in 2013, and the Swede’s been chirping at him ever since. If Gustafsson is healed from the supposedly “minor” injury that caused him to pull out of UFC 227, he might be available and looking for a fight.

One potential upside here: Putting a Jones fight together on short notice gives him less chance to self-sabotage. So … yay?

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz 2

Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler 2

Andrew Cuomo vs. Cynthia Nixon

Tired: Settling your differences at the polls.

Wired: Settling your differences in the cage.

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

We’ve got to do something with that vacant women’s flyweight title, and the UFC seems intent on making sure Shevchenko is part of it. She’s said she’d welcome a fight against her old kickboxing foe Jedrzejczyk, and it would make sense for Jedrzejczyk to go up in weight since she’s unlikely to get another crack at current 115-pound champion Rose Namajunas any time soon.

And if that doesn’t motivate the former champ, just remind her how many great shoe stores there are in NYC. A sneakerhead like her can’t resist.

Promoting a current undercard fight to the main event and pretending that was the plan all along

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