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Changes Hit Upcoming WEC Cards


Ed Ratcliff. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Ed Ratcliff has reportedly been forced out of his scheduled bout against WEC newcomer Anthony Njokuani at next week’s WEC 38 event after suffering an undisclosed injury during a recent training session.

According to MMA Weekly, Maximum Fighting Championship veteran Benson Henderson will be replacing Ratcliff on the card. Henderson will come into his fight against Njokuani on a six-fight winning streak. The WEC’s official website also lists Jose Aldo with a new opponent, Rolando Perez. No word as to why Fredson Paixao was removed from the card.

In other WEC news, MMA Junkie is reporting that Mike Budnik will be facing former International Fight League competitor John Franchi in a lightweight bout at WEC 39, which is slated to take place on March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

IFL Connecticut Weigh-In Results


Roy Nelson and Brad Imes weigh-in for their heavyweight title bout at tonight’s IFL event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s International Fight League event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut are below. All fighters successfully made weight on their first try with the exception of Josh Souder, who needed only a few minutes to cut his extra weight.

The event will feature a total of three title bouts. IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson will defend his title against last-minute injury replacement Brad Imes, who was the heavyweight runner-up on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

IFL middleweight king Ryan McGivern will also take on New Jersey native Dan Miller and lightweight champion Ryan Schultz will make his second title defense against submission artist Deividas Taurosevicius.

Championship Fights:

Roy Nelson (264.2 lbs) vs. Brad Imes (249.2 lbs)
Ryan Schultz (154 lbs) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (154 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (181.2 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (180.5 lbs) 

Non-Title Fights:

Matt Horwich (185.7 lbs) vs. Joey Guel (185.5 lbs)
Zac George (155.2 lbs) vs. Josh Souder (155.2 lbs)
Lamont Lister (205.2 lbs) vs. Aaron Stark (205.7 lbs)
John Franchi (155 lbs) vs. Frank Latina (152 lbs)
Nick Calandrino (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (170.5 lbs)
Mike Massenzio (185.2 lbs) vs. Danillo Villefort (184.7 lbs)