We covered the reduction of the huge upcoming heavyweight co-main occasion for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the announcement that Stipe Miocic was made to back out of his fight from Ben Rothwell, but there’s more to the story and also some other struggle announcements/injuries to go over today. UFC is apparently looking for a brief notice replacement for Miocic to step in and fight Rothwell in Dublin, and a couple of notable names put their names to the ring. The very first was Matt Mitrione, that was battling very nicely against Rothwell before this season before diving right into a takedown attempt that got him submitted immediately via guillotine choke. Mitrione would not probably be the primary option due to his quick defeat, but he has a situation considering his desire for salvation. The biggest problem with Mitrione right now is that the simple fact that he’s now booked to battle Travis Browne in January. Another and most fascinating replacement chance came from out of left field as world class kickboxer Tyrone Spong asked an opportunity to fight Rothwell. Spong, who now 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 record of 74-7-1 with one no contest. His mixed martial arts qualifications, however, are a lot more sparse. Spong is now 2-0 at MMA, with two successes under the World collection of penalizing banner, although he has not fought with an MMA bout in over two decades and has not competed professionally in any battle game since suffering a leg injury against Gokhan Saki 18 months ago. The biggest issue here will be cash, as I’m sure signing Spong to a UFC bargain on short notice would not come cheap. In other accident replacement information… Justin Lawrence vs Emmanuel Sanchez — Bellator 145 Regrettably, an accident to former two-time Bellator winner Pat Curran has forced him from his fight against Justin Lawrence just over three weeks before his bout was set to take place. In steps Emmanuel Sanchez, a 25-year older fighter from this Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee with an 11-2 record all around. Sanchez is currently 3-1 under the Bellator banner, losing a decision to Curran already and many recently picked up a split decision victory over Henry Corrales two and a half weeks ago at Bellator 143. This will certainly not be an easy for fight for Sanchez, particularly on short notice and with such a quick turnaround. I would expect Lawrence to be a moderate to heavy preferred by the time the odds are drawn upward.
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