We covered the loss of the enormous upcoming heavyweight co-main event for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the announcement that Stipe Miocic was forced to back out of his fight against Ben Rothwell, but there’s more to the story and a few other fight announcements/injuries to go over today. UFC appears to be searching for a brief notice substitute for Miocic to intervene and combat Rothwell in Dublin, and a few notable names put their names to the ring. The very first was Matt Mitrione, who was fighting very nicely against Rothwell earlier this season before diving into a takedown attempt that got him submitted instantly via guillotine choke. Mitrione wouldn’t probably be the first option due to his speedy defeat, but he’s a case considering his appetite for redemption. The biggest issue with Mitrione right now is that the fact he’s now booked to battle Travis Browne in January. Another and most fascinating replacement opportunity came from out of left field as world class kickboxer Tyrone Spong asked a chance 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 a lot more sparse. Spong is now 2-0 at MMA, with two victories under the World Series of penalizing banner, even though he hasn’t fought an MMA bout in over two decades and hasn’t competed professionally in any battle sport since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 weeks ago. The biggest problem here would be money, as I am convinced signing Spong to some UFC bargain on short notice would not come cheap. In other accident replacement information… Justin Lawrence vs Emmanuel Sanchez — Bellator 145 Regrettably, an accident to former two-time Bellator winner Pat Curran has forced him out of his struggle against Justin Lawrence just over three months before their bout was set to take place. In measures Emmanuel Sanchez, a 25-year old fighter from this Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee using an 11-2 record all around. Sanchez is now 3-1 under the Bellator bannerlosing a decision to Curran currently 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 a simple for battle for Sanchez, especially on short notice and with such a fast turnaround. I’d anticipate Lawrence to be a medium to heavy preferred by the time that the odds are drawn upward.
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