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News and Notes
- Our rumors page has been updated.
- HDNet has announced that Yarennoka! will be airing live from Japan at 6:00 AM EST on HDNet on New Year’s Eve. Additional re-broadcasts of the event will take place on the same day at 3:00 PM EST, January 4th at 10:30 PM EST, and January 5th at 3:00 AM EST and 3:00 PM EST.
- The Fight Network is reporting that Jesse Veium will replace an injured Cyrille Diabate against Travis Wiuff at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th.
Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.
- Justin McCully has apparently missed the deadline to accept a fight against Cheick Kongo at UFC 82 in February according to Brian Knapp of The Fight Network.
We reported yesterday that McCully had been offered a fight against Kongo but had not yet made a decision.
According to Knapp, McCully can still have the fight but only if he accepts before the UFC finds a replacement opponent for Kongo.
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Cyrille Diabate has been forced to pull out of his scheduled IFO light heavyweight title bout against Travis Wiuff at IFO-Steele Cage: Fireworks in the Cage IV after suffering a broken ankle during a training session this past Monday.
The news comes from a report by MMA Weekly:
“I broke my ankle training Monday evening. This is the first time I’ve had to pull out of a fight and it’s so frustrating; it drives me crazy,” explained Diabate. “I was doing some light sparring with takedown defense and one of my sparring partners did a takedown trapping one of my legs at the same time. It was completely a fluke accident. I was in perfect condition, my training was great and it’s one of those things that happen.”
Diabate is expected to be out of action for 2-3 weeks. A replacement opponent for Wiuff has not yet been found.
Dream Stage Entertainment has announced two more fights for their Open Weight Grand Prix Final which is set to take place September 10th in Tokyo.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be making his return to the ring for the first time since suffering a terrible injury to his arm in a fight against Mark “The Hammer” Coleman back in February. Shogun’s opponent will be Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate who sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-5-1.
Pride officials also announced a fight between Ricardo Arona and Alistair Overeem. Arona is on a two fight skid with losses to Shogun and Wanderlei Silva. Overeem is coming off of a loss Antonio Rogerio Nogueira so this fight should produce some fireworks.