Several fights at RFA 31 resulted in broken bones for it’s competitors last week. Four fighters from Friday night’s card, including headlining title challenger Bristol Marunde, could be sidelined for six months due to injuries sustained at the Oct. 9 event that took place in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday the Nevada Athletic Commission released its list of medical suspensions from the event that took place outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, or the “D” as it has recently come to be known.
In a bizarre ending to the main event welterweight title fight, Marunde suffered a broken jaw in his failed attempt to win the title from champion Gilbert “Midnight Magic” Smith. At the time of the stoppage, Marunde was likely ahead on the judges’ scorecards after having an impressive first two rounds. Most observers would have scored the third for Smith, but it was a combination of a right and left hook from the aptly nick-named “Midnight Magic” two minutes into the the fourth round that caused the injury to Marunde and the TKO stoppage. After the punches the Marunde turned to veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy and informed him that he was done for the night. Marunde will be out of action until April 9 unless he is cleared by a doctor sooner. Smith, who suffered “nausea and dizziness” after the bout, was also suspended until Nov. 24.
Zoila Frausto, who was decisively defeated via unanimous decision by Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger in the co-main event, will also be out until April 9 or until her right orbital fracture is cleared by an ophthalmologist. That bout was planned to be for the inaugural Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s Women’s Straw Weight Championship. Frausto missed weight for the bout, weighing in at 116.6 lbs, and the newly created title was only on the line for Lybarger who thoroughly dominated Frausto for the entire 25 minutes of the championship bout. By the end of the fight Frausto had severe swelling on her face and it was later learned that the punishment she endured resulted in the fracture.
Also facing a possible six months of inactivity in the cage is welterweight Bojan Velickovic who may have a possible right orbital fracture, and bantamweight David Arcangel who suffered a injury to his left knee. Both fighters won their respected fights, Velickovic via unanimous decision and Arcangel by rear-naked choke submission in the second round.
Here is a full list of the RFA 31 Medical Suspensions:
Gilbert Smith: Suspended until Nov. 24. No contact until Nov. 9. Nausea and dizziness after bout.
Bristol Marunde: Must have broken jaw cleared by doctor or no contest until April 9, 2016. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 24. No contact until Nov. 9.
Zoila Frausto: Must have right orbital fracture cleared by ophthalmologist/ENT doctor or no contest until April 9, 2016. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 24. No contact until Nov. 9. Multiple head blows.
Bojan Velickovic: Must have possible right orbital fracture cleared by ophthalmologist/ENT doctor or no contest until April 9, 2016. Minimum suspension no contest until Oct. 31. No contact until Oct. 24.
David Arcangel: Must have left knee cleared by doctor or no contest until April 9, 2016. Minimum suspension no contest until Nov. 24. No contact until Nov. 9.
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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