We covered the reduction of the enormous upcoming heavyweight co-main event for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the statement that Stipe Miocic was forced to back out of his fight against Ben Rothwell, however there is more to the story and a few other fight announcements/injuries to discuss now. UFC appears to be looking for a short notice replacement for Miocic to intervene and fight Rothwell in Dublin, and a couple of notable names set their names into the ring. The first was Matt Mitrione, that was fighting very well against Rothwell earlier this season before diving right into a takedown attempt that got him submitted immediately via guillotine choke. Mitrione wouldn’t likely be the primary option due to his speedy defeat, but he’s a situation considering his appetite for redemption. The biggest problem with Mitrione right now is that the simple fact he’s now booked to battle Travis Browne in January. Another and most intriguing replacement chance came from out of left field as world class kickboxer Tyrone Spong requested a chance to fight Rothwell. Spong, who currently trains together with the Blackzilians at Boco Ratan, has made a name for himself as possibly the best light heavyweight striker on the planet with a kickboxing listing of 74-7-1 with one no contest. His mixed martial arts qualifications, but are much more sparse. Spong is now 2-0 at MMA, with just two victories under the World Series of Fighting banner, although he has not fought with an MMA bout in over two years and hasn’t competed professionally in any combat game since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 months ago. The biggest problem here will be cash, as I’m sure signing Spong to some UFC bargain on short notice wouldn’t come cheap. In other accident replacement news… Justin Lawrence vs Emmanuel Sanchez — Bellator 145 Regrettably, an accident to former Bellator winner Pat Curran has forced him out of his struggle against Justin Lawrence just over three weeks before his bout was set to take place. In steps Emmanuel Sanchez, a 25-year older fighter out of the Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee using an 11-2 record all around. Sanchez is currently 3-1 under the Bellator bannerlosing a decision to Curran already and many recently picked up a split decision victory over Henry Corrales just two and a half weeks ago at Bellator 143. This will certainly not be a simple for battle for Sanchez, especially on short notice and with such a quick turnaround. I’d anticipate Lawrence to be a moderate to heavy favorite by the time the odds are drawn upward.
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