Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Global Fighting’s upcoming “Godz of War” event, which was set to take place this weekend at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, has apparently been postponed until an unknown date this fall.
The arena’s official website reported the postponement earlier today. An official announcement from the promotion has yet to be made.
The cancellation likely stems from a lack of ticket sales, which weren’t helped by the constant troubles involving the show’s main event. Longtime veterans Kevin Randleman and Jeff Monson were originally set to collide until Randleman was forced to bow out due to injury.
He was replaced by fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and while a lingering broken hand caused Monson to withdraw from his featured bout against fellow PRIDE alumnus Mike Russow this past weekend at Adrenaline MMA’s show in Chicago, he was still being advertised as competing.
Former UFC and PRIDE standout Murilo Bustamante was also slated to make his return to active competition against one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Josh Haynes. Those who purchased tickets for the event can either have their tickets honored on the new date or can receive a full refund at the place of purchase.
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Former UFC middleweight champion and longtime PRIDE veteran Murilo Bustamante will return to action against “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Josh Haynes at Global Fighting’s upcoming event on June 21st in Charlotte.
Bustamante, one of the founding members of Brazilian Top Team, became the second middleweight title holder in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he stopped then-champ Dave Menne with strikes at UFC 35: Throwdown in January 2002.
He successfully defended his title five months later against Matt Lindland before leaving the UFC over a dispute concerning the financial terms of his contract. Bustamante signed with PRIDE Fighting Championships shortly after and ended up losing his first three bouts with the promotion. Bustamante would rebound by winning three straight fights but has struggled since then. He last dropped a close split decision to Makoto Takimoto at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve.
Since losing three straight fights inside the confines of the UFC, Haynes has gone on to win two out of his last three bouts. Most recently, the Team Quest product won a unanimous decision over Leopoldo Serao at an IFL event in February.
Global Fighting’s event will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and fellow veteran Jeff Monson.
With the aftermath of the recently cancelled Global Fighting Championship event still unfolding, the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation has announced four different suspensions stemming from problems with pre-fight medical examinations according to The Fight Network.
For those of you who aren’t aware of everything that happened, the event was cancelled exactly one hour before the event was about to start after the promoters found that they would not be able to put on enough fights for those in attendance.
UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr was suspended indefinitely for failing a pre-fight medidcal exam and will not be able to return to competition until he is cleared by a doctor.
Another UFC veteran, Edwin Dewees was medically suspended for 14 days after regulators decided that he had cut too much weight in such a short amount of time. Dewees officially weighed in at 193 lbs for the middleweight contest and was only able to get down to 187 after another two hours of weight cutting.
Nuri Shakir and Charles Ackles were also suspended indefinitely by the department after failing their pre-fight medical examinations. Both fighters must pass separate cardiologist and opthmalogical exams before they will be permitted to return to action.
The Fight Network is reporting that The Global Fighting Championships event that was scheduled for tonight at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST at the Mohegan Sun Arena was cancelled one hour before showtime. According to the article the event was cancelled due to insufficient fights.
Joseph Smith, public relations manager for the Mohegan Sun, said the night was canceled due to “insufficient bouts.” Pressed for details, Smith said that there simply weren’t enough bouts for the commission to allow the event to take place. He could not comment on how many fights were canceled or how many fighters were disqualified from participating.
It was noted that Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Ruben Villareal were the only two fighters to have completed their medicals. Mark Kerr failed his on-site medicals and Edwin Dewees could not secure medical clearance after he failed to make weight and couldn’t pass the medical the followed.
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- In a recent interview UFC president Dana White confirmed that UFC 75 will be televised on Spike TV and Keith Jardine vs. Chuck Liddell will headline UFC 76 on September 22nd in Anahiem.
- MMA legend Royce Gracie has decided not to appeal the suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for an anabolic agent during his post-fight drug test at K-1 Dynamite!! USA.
- Chris Guillen will replace the injured Wes Sims at the first ever Global FC event August 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Guillen, who recently defeated Sims for the second time, will be facing UFC veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson for the Global Fighting Championships heavyweight title.
- GracieFighter.com is reporting that Nate Diaz will be fighting at UFC Fight Night 11.
After winning the TUF Finale, Nathan Diaz will now be returning to the UFC. He is slated to fight on the 19th of September at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. His opponent has not yet been named, however we should have an official confirmation sometime next week.
The Global Fighting Championships has officially announced the matchups set to take place on their inaugural event scheduled for August 17th at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Wes “The Whole Show” Sims vs. Jeff Monson
Edwin Dewees vs. Mavrick Harvey
Mark Kerr vs. Sean O’Haire
Butterbean vs. Stefan Gamlin
Chaz Ackles vs. Elias Rivera
Andrey Nevsky vs. Greg Mucci
Darryl MarcAurele vs. Frank El Soldato Latina
Nuri Shakir vs. Travis Lerchen
Depending on the outcomes of their respective fights, one would assume that Wes Sims and Mark Kerr will likely collide on a future Global FC card. Kerr was originally scheduled to make his MMA comeback against Wes Sims in the American Championship Fighting (ACF) on May 6th, 2006 however hours before the bout Kerr pulled out with an apparent hand injury.