Here we go again: Filipovic out, Liam McGeary now meets Brett McDermott in Bellator 173 main event
For the second time in 48 hours, Bellator 173 headliner Liam McGeary has a new opponent for Friday’s card.
On Monday, Bellator officials announced that Chris Fields had been forced out of the Bellator 173 main event against former light heavyweight champion McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) and would be replaced by promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
But today, Filipovic is out, too. Stepping up on two days’ notice to take his place will be Brett McDermott (7-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who like Filipovic will be making his promotional debut.
Uncle Creepy: My body f@$%in’ failed me
Ian McCall is probably the most popular fighter on the UG, and absolutely the most cursed. At UFC 208 McCall was forced off the card at the last moment after suffering gastrointestinal distress. It was his fifth fight in a row to be canceled, and his eight in the past three years.
‘Uncle Creepy’ detailed what happened during a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.
Liam McGeary gets new opponent for Bellator 173 main event
For the second week in a row, Bellator is forced to change a main event on short notice.
Days after pulling Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione from Bellator 172 due to illness, former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary found himself without an opponent after Chris Fields suffered an undisclosed injury. Severe MMA first reported the news.
Headlining Friday’s Bellator 173 in Belfast, McGeary will now take on promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic, who enters the Bellator cage for the first time after winning eight of 10 professional bouts in Serbia and Russia, including six stoppages.
Top flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Rizin
Kyoji Horiguchi didn’t stay long in the open market, as the Japanese star has signed a new deal to return home and compete with Rizin Fighting Federation. Promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara has announced the news on Monday, saying that the contract with the 26-year-old UFC contender has been finalized.
Daniel Spitz replaces Todd Duffee at UFC 209
An unbeaten heavyweight will get a chance to make his UFC debut as a short-notice replacement.
Daniel Spitz will meet Mark Godbeer at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. He’ll replace Todd Duffee, who had to pull out of the bout Thursday for undisclosed reasons.
Ranked light heavyweight Nikita Krylov released from UFC contract
The UFC light heavyweight division is down another man after Nikita Krylov was released from his contract with the organization this month.
Krylov (21-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), a nine-fight veteran of the promotion, was let go in the wake of his most recent fight, a first-round submission loss to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 in December.
A UFC official confirmed Krylov’s release to MMAjunkie. He was removed from the latest version of the UFC official rankings on the promotion’s website.
White makes return of GSP official, discusses opponents and divisions
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points.
On July 1, 2015, the UFC instituted what is arguably the toughest anti-doping program in the sports world. And it time negotiations for the return of GSP commenced but apparently broke down over apparel sponsorship. The UFC is wedded to Reebok, and GSP has a deal with UnderArmor. At one point things got so bad St-Pierre reported that he was a free agent, which the UFC firmly denied. By October, UFC president Dana White said the relationship between the two had never been better.
But there was no contract.
Now UFC President Dana White has told Lance Pugmire for the LA Times that it is official, and discussed potential opponents.
“He’s back. I’m excited,” said White. “We worked at it for a long time and finally got it done.”
Cyborg granted retroactive TUE, cleared to fight
In December it was announced that Cris Cyborg Justino had an anti-doping test flagged. She tested positive for spironolactone, which is prohibited, with a potential one-year suspension. However, Cyborg was by all indications legitimately taking it under the care of an MD, to recover from weight cutting.
Earlier this month her attorney reported that she was applying for a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption. Now USADA has announced that the TUE has been granted.
Bibiano Fernandes re-signs with ONE Championship
Bibiano Fernandes is not going anywhere.
“The Flash” became a free agent after defending his ONE Championship belt in December, and decided to sign a new deal with the Asian promotion after getting offers from some of the top promotions in the world, Fernandes told MMA Fighting.