The injury bug strikes another UFC headlining bout.
According to a report from Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, #1 Luke Rockhold has suffered an undisclosed injury and is forced to put his rematch against #3 Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on hold. The pair were set to headline the upcoming UFC Fight Night card on November 26, 2016, at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Jacare Souza’s manager, Gilberto Faria, instantly began campaigning for a fight with the champ Michael Bisping again.
@mikebisping are you serious, we all gave 1st,2nd and 5th round to @danhendo ….. stop hiding under the couch and running away from @ronaldojacare . Serio Bisping…pare de se esconder debaixo do sofá e ficar fugindo do Jacare . 🏃💨💨💨💨💨💨🐊🇧🇷🔝 @jdistak @rogeriocamoes @pedrorizzomma @xgymbrasil @spiderandersonsilva
Backing up those comments made on Instagram immediately after Bisping’s fight with Dan Henderson, Faria told MMA Fighting, “Michael Bisping is running from Jacare. He is so scared of him. He’d rather fight someone like Dominick Cruz, who I would put my money on, by the way.”
Luke Rockhold, holding the number one contender position, had his eyes set on getting back into the win column to earn another shot at UFC middleweight gold. Rockhold was finished in the opening round in his first attempt defending at defending the title back in June at UFC 199 by the current champion, Michael Bisping. Rockhold defeated Chris Weidman at UFC 194 to become king of the middleweight division, after going on a four-fight win streak to earn the title shot. Due to an injury, the former champion will have to wait on the sidelines until he his healthy enough to compete.
For Souza and his camp, they believe he should have been fighting for the title at this point instead of fighting Rockhold. Jacare is 6-1 in the UFC, with his most recent outing resulting in a bonus-earning first-round TKO over Vitor Belfort. The rematch against Rockhold would serve as an opportunity to solidify his right to a title shot, while avenging a loss to Rockhold in 2011 under the Strikeforce banner.
As of the time of writing, the UFC has not announced a replacement bout for the event, nor another matchup for Jacare. Perhaps a couple of wins away from a title shot, the promotion could move New Zealand native Robert Whittaker into the main event slot if another bout cannot be made. The fight card will be televised on FS1 with early preliminary bouts streaming on UFC Fight Pass. While the bout order has not been fully determined, as it currently stands, the remaining UFC Fight Night Melbourne card is as follows:
- #7 Robert Whittaker vs. #8 Derek Brunson
- Jake Matthews vs. Andrew Holbrook
- Kyle Noke vs. Dominique Steele
- Yusuke Kasuya vs. Alex Volkanovski
- Daniel Kelly vs. Chris Comozzi
- Damien Brown vs. Jon Tuck
- Rich Walsh vs. Jonathan Meunier
- Ben Nguyen vs. Geane Herrera
- Dan Hooker vs. Jason Knight
- Yao Zhikui vs. Jenel Lausa
Darren Stewart Among Changes made to UFC Winnipeg
December 16th, the UFC will touch down in the cold Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The third Canadian event for the promotion this year, lost its main event in the second week of November, Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas, when Aldo, replaced Frankie Edgar at last weekends pay-per-view event, UFC 218. Fortunately, Josh Emmett was booked last week, to replace Aldo. The former featherweight champion is not the only one whom won’t make the walk in Canada.
Several fighters on the card have been forced to withdraw. The UFC announced changes to card yesterday releasing an article, indicating the replacements. Justin Scoggins withdrew due to a spinal injury, otherwise known as, spinal process fracture.
Unfortunately I will not be able to compete on December 16th in Winnipeg due to a spinal process fracture. Thank you for the support, I can't wait to put on a show for you next year.
— Tank Scoggins (@ScogginsFlow) December 3, 2017
According to the Winchester Hospital website, most of these injuries heal without long-term damage.
Replacing the injured Scoggins, the undefeated British prospect, Pietro Menga. “Pitbull” compiled a 13-0 record before signing with the UFC. Seven, by way of submission. The British newcomer will face Tim Elliot at flyweight. Elliot, winner of TUF 24: Tournament of Champions, has had a bitter-sweet return to the UFC. With a record of 1-2 since his return, he looks to put on a dominating performance in order to find his way back into title contention.
The other Brit to posthumously join the Winnipeg card, Darren Stewart. Stewart replaces Vitor Miranda, to fight Julian Marquez in the middleweight division, the news was originally announced by MMA Today’s Nolan King.
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 5, 2017
After entering the UFC with an undefeated record, Stewart has gone winless in his three bouts with the promotion. Twice he fought Francimar Barroso, winning their first match-up, only to have the decision overturned by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) for an inadvertent headbutt.
His opponent, Julian Marquez, found his way to the UFC roster through, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Marquez, knocked out his opponent, Phil Hawes, in the second round. Nicknamed, “the Cuban Missile Crisis”, he dominated his opponent, taking him down twice in the round before cleanly landing a head kick as Hawes, stood up against the fence.
The final change to the card comes in the welterweight division. Oddly enough, the opponents of both, Danny Roberts and Nordine Taleb, withdrew. Roberts and Taleb instead, will fight each other, as reported by Nolan King as well.
BREAKING: With Sultan Aliev and Sheldon Westcott out, their opponents Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) and Danny Roberts (@DanHotChocolate) will square off at UFC on FOX in Winnipeg #UFC pic.twitter.com/73zb4EtWGw
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 5, 2017
Hopefully, Canada’s final UFC event of the year proceeds with its twelve scheduled bouts. UFC Winnipeg takes place at the Bell MTS Place, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 16th. The card features, Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos, in the main event, elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on fan favorite Mike Perry.
Sijara Eubanks out of TUF 26 Finale, Roxanne Modafferi steps in on short notice
Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion finale. In her absence the UFC has announced that #1 ranked TUF 26 semifinalist, Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be stepping up to fight Nicco Montano for the inaugural women’s flyweight championship.
Modafferi lost to Eubanks in the very last episode of TUF, she was then set to fight fellow castmember Barb Honchak in the finale that takes place on December 1. Early Thursday afternoon, Sijara has forced to pull out of the fight giving Roxanne the opportunity to fight for the championship against Nicco Montano
UFC released an official statement about the change courtesy of MMA Junkie “Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”
Honchak will now likely be facing TUF 26 alternate Lauren Murphy on December 2. Murphy lost her opponent Priscila Cachoeira after Cachoeira failed to get a visa for the fight.
Eubanks has taken to her personal Instagram to put out a statement to her fans. In the post, she writes, “First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately, there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.
Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC.
God is good and I am truly blessed.”
The entire fight card to date is as follows:
- Roxanne Modaferri vs Nicco Montano
- Emily Whitmire vs Gillian Robertson
- Barb Honchak vs Lauren Murphy
- Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson
- DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian
- Rachael Ostovich vs Karine Gevorgyan
- Montana De La Rosa vs Christina Marks
- Sean O’Malley vs Terrion Ware
- Eric Spicely vs Gerald Meerschaert
- Joe Soto vs Brett Johns
The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale “A Champion Will Be Crowned” is still set to take place Dec.1st at The Park Theater, Paradise Nevada.
James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury
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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