With UFC 205 mere days away, the card has been dealt a blow today. The historic New York card was sceduled to have eight former or current UFC champions competing on the night. However, news has surfaced that one of those former champions, Rashad Evans, has been removed from this card due to an issue with his pre-fight medical examinations. The news comes courtesy of ESPN’s Brett Okamoto via twitter. Rashad Evans was set to fight Tim Kennedy during the preliminary portion of this event and there is no word yet on whether Evans will be replaced.
With Dana White right now, tells me Evans/Kennedy is off due to an issue with Evans’s medicals. More info to come.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 8, 2016
Tim Kennedy (18-5) was hoping that UFC 205 in New York City would be his homecoming fight. He has not fought in the UFC since September 2014, when he suffered a third round TKO loss at the hands of Yoel Romero. At the time, Kennedy was ranked as a top ten fighter that was circling near the top of the division. Following this loss, Kennedy chose to take some time away from fighting and return to help out with the U.S military. Another reason that he chose to step away from the UFC was the fact that he had issues he had with the organization’s drug testing policy. Kennedy has been very vocal over the past two years about continued drug testing and getting the sport “cleaned up”.
Rashad Evans (19-5-1) was looking to fight at middleweight for the first time in his UFC career after spending the majority of his MMA life as a light heavyweight. The decision to remove him from the card due to an as-yet undisclosed medical issue is believed to be precautionary. His last fight was a loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC on Fox 19 back in April, his fourth loss in his last six. As a native New Yorker Evans was looking to fight for the first time in his home state and get back to winning ways in a new division.
The card for UFC 205 currently looks as follows:
UFC 205 Main Card
- Eddie Alvarez (c) vs Conor McGregor – UFC Lightweight Title
- Tyron Woodley (c) vs Stephen Thompson – UFC Welterweight Title
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC Women’s Strawweight Title
- Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero
- Kelvin Gastelum vs Donald Cerrone
- Miesha Tate vs Raquel Pennington
UFC 205 Preliminary Card
- Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson
- Tim Kennedy vs TBA*
- Vicente Luque vs Belal Muhammad
- Jim Miller vs Thiago Alves
- Rafael Natal vs Tim Boetsch
- Liz Carmouche vs Katlyn Chookagian
*May not remain on card
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.
UFC 216: Paige VanZant Pulls Out of Fight with Jessica Eye
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.
Germaine de Randamie out of UFC Fight Night 115
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.
— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) August 26, 2017
‘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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