MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR WEDNESDAY: INJURIES DERAIL BIG FIGHTS
We covered the loss of the huge upcoming heavyweight co-main occasion for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the announcement that Stipe Miocic was made to back from his fight from Ben Rothwell, however there is more to the story and a few other struggle announcements/injuries to go over today. UFC appears to be looking for a short notice substitute for Miocic to intervene and combat Rothwell in Dublin, and a few notable names set their names into the ring. The very first was Matt Mitrione, who was battling very nicely against Rothwell earlier this season before diving into a takedown attempt that got him filed instantly via guillotine choke. Mitrione would not probably be the first option owing to his quick defeat, but he’s a case considering his appetite for redemption. The largest problem with Mitrione right now is that the simple fact that he’s currently booked to combat Travis Browne in January. Another and most intriguing replacement chance came from out of left field as world class kickboxer Tyrone Spong requested a chance to fight Rothwell. Spong, who now trains together with the Blackzilians at Boco Ratan, has made a name for himself as perhaps the very best light heavyweight striker in the world with a kickboxing listing of 74-7-1 with one no contest. His combined martial arts qualifications, however, are much more sparse. Spong is currently 2-0 in MMA, with two victories under the World collection of penalizing banner, even though he hasn’t fought with an MMA bout in over two years and hasn’t competed professionally in any battle sport since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 months ago. The biggest issue here would be cash, as I am sure signing Spong to a UFC bargain on short notice would not come cheap. In other accident replacement information… Justin Lawrence vs Emmanuel Sanchez — Bellator 145 Unfortunately, an accident to former two-time Bellator champion Pat Curran has forced him from his struggle against Justin Lawrence just over three weeks before his bout was set to take place. In measures Emmanuel Sanchez, a 25-year old fighter from the Roufusport Fitness Center in Milwaukee using an 11-2 record all around. Sanchez is now 3-1 under the Bellator bannerlosing a decision to Curran already and many recently picked up a split decision victory over Henry Corrales two and a half weeks ago at Bellator 143. This will surely not be an easy for fight for Sanchez, particularly on short notice and with such a fast turnaround. I would expect Lawrence for a medium to heavy favorite by the time that the odds are drawn upward.
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