We covered the reduction of the enormous upcoming heavyweight co-main occasion for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the announcement that Stipe Miocic was forced to back from his fight against Ben Rothwell, however there is more to the story and a few other struggle announcements/injuries to go over today. UFC appears to be searching for a brief notice replacement for Miocic to step in and fight Rothwell in Dublin, and a few notable names put their names to the ring. The first was Matt Mitrione, who was fighting very nicely against Rothwell earlier this year before diving into a takedown effort that got him submitted immediately via guillotine choke. Mitrione wouldn’t likely be the first option owing to his quick defeat, but he’s a situation considering his desire for salvation. The biggest issue with Mitrione right now is that the simple fact that he’s now booked to battle Travis Browne in January. The other and most fascinating replacement opportunity came out of left field as world class kickboxer Tyrone Spong asked a chance to fight Rothwell. Spong, who now trains with the Blackzilians in Boco Ratan, has made a name for himself as perhaps the best light heavyweight striker in the world with a kickboxing listing of 74-7-1 with one no contest. His combined martial arts credentials, however, are much more sparse. Spong is now 2-0 at MMA, with two successes under the World Series of Fighting banner, although he hasn’t fought with an MMA bout in over two decades and hasn’t competed professionally in any combat game since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 months ago. The biggest problem here would be money, as I’m sure signing Spong to some UFC bargain on short notice would not come cheap. In other accident replacement information… Justin Lawrence vs Emmanuel Sanchez — Bellator 145 Unfortunately, an accident to former Bellator winner Pat Curran has forced him from his struggle against Justin Lawrence just over three weeks before his departure was set to happen. In measures Emmanuel Sanchez, a 25-year older fighter out of the Roufusport Fitness Center in Milwaukee using an 11-2 record overall. Sanchez is now 3-1 under the Bellator banner, losing a decision to Curran already and most recently picked up a split decision victory over Henry Corrales two and a half weeks ago at Bellator 143. This will surely not be a simple for fight for Sanchez, especially on short notice and with such a fast turnaround. I’d expect Lawrence for a medium to heavy preferred by the time that the odds are drawn upward.
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