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Korean Zombie out of UFC 214 fight with Ricardo Lamas due to injury

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UFC 214 was looking to be a star-studded event and possibly the biggest Pay-Per-View card of the summer.

Today news broke via Robin Black on Twitter that one of the most interesting fights on this card has lost one of its fighters.  Chan Sung Jung aka “The Korean Zombie” has suffered an injury and has pulled out of his scheduled bout with Ricardo Lamas.

Jung (14-4) had just made his return to the UFC following a mandatory stint in the Korean military.  Jung made a huge statement in his return fight with a first round TKO of Dennis Bermudez in February.  Jung is currently ranked fifth in the official UFC rankings. Prior to taking his leave from the UFC, Jung had battled Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship.  There is no word on the severity of this injury, or whether the UFC will look to replace him or simply postpone the fight with Lamas.

Ricardo Lamas (17-5) is ranked third in this incredibly stacked division.  He was looking to possibly secure a title shot with a win over Jung at UFC 214.  Lamas’ last fight ended with a second-round submission victory over Charles Oliveira back in November of last year. Right now there are five fighters in the top ten without fights scheduled, that could possibly step in to face Lamas.  Those fighters are Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Yair Rodriguez, Jeremy Stephens, and Brian Ortega.

This UFC 214 card will be headlined by the much-anticipated rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and the former champion Jon Jones.  This event will take place in Anaheim, California on July 29th.

The remaining card to date is as follows:

  • C-Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones
  • DooHo Choi vs. Andre Fili
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Renan Barao
  • Kailin Curran vs.  Alexandra Albu
  • Joshua Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Eric Shelton vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Sage Northcutt vs.  Claudio Puelles

 

 

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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury

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Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016.  James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.

After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.

Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.

Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”

His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.

 

 

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UFC 216: Paige VanZant Pulls Out of Fight with Jessica Eye

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The UFC 216 card looks to have suffered a major blow as Paige VanZant has been pulled from the card citing a back injury, per Ariel Helwani.

VanZant (7-3) has not fought since losing to Michelle Waterson back in December 2016 and was scheduled to make her Flyweight debut against the unranked Jessica Eye.

As of, MMA Fighting, the number 10 ranked UFC Strawweight suffered an intervertebral disc injury whilst training jiu-jitsu, and was advised by her doctor to miss training for a few weeks.

Not only is this a major blow for VanZant as she looks to regain some momentum following her last outing, but it must be considered a huge blow for the UFC as VanZant is a popular figure who can contribute significantly to the buy rate.

Eye (11-6) will also be feeling hard done by on this occasion, as this marks the second time in a row her opponent has pulled out of scheduled bout, she was looking to make things right after suffering four defeats in a row.

The injury will not require surgery so there is a possibility of rescheduling the contest for a later date, although nothing has yet been mentioned. It remains to be seen whether Eye will wait, or ask to be rescheduled with a new opponent.

UFC 216 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 7th and is headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight Championship, it also features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson as he takes on Ray Borg in his record eleventh title defence.

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Germaine de Randamie out of UFC Fight Night 115

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Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of next weeks Fight Night event in Rotterdam. The Dutch fighter was set to fight Marion Reneau in the UFC’s return to the Netherlands. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.

‘GDR’ won the Women’s Featherweight belt back in February after beating former Women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. The kickboxer won the fight by a controversial decision after punching Holm after the bell in two rounds. Germaine also injured her hand in the fight and announced shortly after that she would need surgery. GDR never ended up getting the surgery and that same injury has now forced her out of the upcoming fight.

Germaine ended up getting her title stripped a few months later after she refused to defend the belt against the now current champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. She told many reporters that she considered Cyborg a cheater after she ended up failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. After a lot of backlash from both fans and fighters, the UFC stripped her title and made a new title fight at UFC 214 between Cyborg and Tonya Evinger. Cyborg ended up winning the fight by TKO in the 3rd round.

The UFC plan on keeping her former opponent Marion Reneau on the card and are currently searching for a replacement opponent. Reneau is currently coming off of a majority draw against Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia. Reneau’s biggest win so far in the UFC is against Jessica Andrade in a fight she won by submission via triangle choke.

The card is currently headlined by a heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. The card takes place on September 2nd in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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