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Luke Rockhold injured, rematch against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza scratched

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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.


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

 

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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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