We covered the loss of the enormous upcoming heavyweight co-main event for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the statement that Stipe Miocic was made to back from his fight against Ben Rothwell, but there is more to the story and some other fight announcements/injuries to go over now. UFC is apparently looking for a short notice replacement for Miocic to intervene and combat Rothwell in Dublin, and a few notable names put their names to the ring. The first was Matt Mitrione, that had been battling very nicely against Rothwell before this year before diving right into a takedown effort that got him submitted instantly via guillotine choke. Mitrione wouldn’t probably be the first option owing to his quick defeat, but he has a case considering his appetite for redemption. The biggest problem with Mitrione right now is the fact he’s now booked to battle Travis Browne in January. Another and most fascinating replacement chance came out of left field as world class kickboxer Tyrone Spong asked an opportunity to fight Rothwell. Spong, who currently trains with the Blackzilians at Boco Ratan, has made a name for himself as perhaps the very best light heavyweight striker on the planet with a kickboxing record of 74-7-1 with one no contest. His mixed martial arts qualifications, but are much more sparse. Spong is now 2-0 at MMA, with two successes under the World collection of Fighting banner, although he hasn’t fought with an MMA bout in over two decades and has not competed professionally in any combat game since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 weeks ago. The biggest issue here would be cash, as I am convinced signing Spong to a UFC bargain on short notice wouldn’t come cheap. In other accident replacement information… Justin Lawrence vs Emmanuel Sanchez — Bellator 145 Unfortunately, an accident to former Bellator winner Pat Curran has forced him from his fight against Justin Lawrence just over three months before his bout was set to take place. In steps Emmanuel Sanchez, a 25-year old fighter out of this Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee with an 11-2 record overall. Sanchez is now 3-1 beneath the Bellator banner, losing a decision to Curran already and many recently picked up a split decision victory over Henry Corrales just two and a half ago at Bellator 143. This will surely not be a simple for battle for Sanchez, particularly on short notice and with such a fast turnaround. I’d expect Lawrence for a medium to heavy preferred by the time that the odds are drawn upward.
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