We covered the reduction of the huge upcoming heavyweight co-main occasion for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the announcement that Stipe Miocic was forced to back out of his struggle from Ben Rothwell, but there is more to the story and also some other struggle announcements/injuries to go over now. UFC appears to be looking for a short notice substitute for Miocic to step in and combat Rothwell in Dublin, and a few notable names put their names to the ring. The first was Matt Mitrione, that was fighting very nicely against Rothwell before this year before diving into a takedown attempt that got him filed instantly via guillotine choke. Mitrione would not likely be the first option due to his quick defeat, but he has a case considering his desire for salvation. The largest problem with Mitrione right now is the fact he’s currently booked to combat Travis Browne in January. The other 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 on the planet with a kickboxing listing of 74-7-1 with one no contest. His combined martial arts qualifications, however, are much more sparse. Spong is now 2-0 in MMA, with two successes under the World collection of penalizing banner, even though he has not fought with an MMA bout in over two years and has not competed professionally in any battle sport since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 months ago. The biggest problem here would be money, as I am sure signing Spong to some UFC deal on short notice wouldn’t come cheap. In other accident replacement news… 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 out of this Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee using an 11-2 record all around. Sanchez is now 3-1 beneath the Bellator bannerlosing a decision to Curran already and most recently picked up a split decision victory over Henry Corrales two and a half weeks ago at Bellator 143. This will certainly not be a simple for fight for Sanchez, especially on short notice and with such a fast turnaround. I would expect Lawrence to be a medium to heavy favorite by the time the odds are drawn up.
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