Doug Marshall. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall has reportedly signed a one-fight contract with the California-based Palace Fighting Championship and will fight at the promotion’s next scheduled event on July 18th according to the to the Visalia Times-Delta. Five Ounces of Pain was the first to make the find.
PFC President Christian Printup stated in the article that Marshall remains under contract with Zuffa and was given permission to seek a fight in a smaller show to help bounce back from his recent knockout loss to Brian Stann in March, a loss that cost Marshall his title with the organization.
The fight in July will be Marshall’s first career bout outside the confines of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Burns to Replace Chonan at UFC 85
Iowa native Kevin Burns has been tapped to replace longtime PRIDE and DEEP veteran Ryo Chonan in his scheduled welterweight preliminary fight against Roan Carneiro at UFC 85: Bedlam next weekend in London, England according to our friends at MMA Junkie.
While the reason being Chonan’s withdrawal from the card are currently unknown, sources close to Burns have confirmed that the Glory Fighting Championships veteran has agreed to come in as a late replacement on the card.
Burns is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. He has won his last two fights by way of submission, most recently forcing Steve Schneider to tap out courtesy of a triangle choke in December of last year.
Hideo Tokoro vs. Darren Uyenoyama at DREAM.4
Longtime K-1 Hero’s veteran Hideo Tokoro will return to action for the first time this year when he takes on Strikeforce veteran Darren Uyenoyama at DREAM.4 on June 15th.
The promotion announced the bout via their official website earlier this morning.
Tokoro was last submitted by Japanese legend Kiyoshi Tamura at K-1 2007 Premium Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, Uyenoyama has won his last two fights, most recently submitting Anthony Figueroa at the Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show in March.
Ben Davis Suffers Heart Attack
Ben Davis, a heavyweight veteran of the California-based PURECOMBAT and Gladiator Challenge promotions, reportedly suffered a moderate heart attack on Monday according to Sherdog.com.
Davis was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Merced, California after experiencing chest pain severe enough to force him to turn around from driving to his morning training session. Davis believes that the attack was brought on by an extreme level of stress the fighter is currently going through.
The attack has forced Davis to pull out of scheduled June 6th PURECOMBAT show but he hopes to recover in time for the promotion’s next event in August. Davis most recently stopped Scott Ball in the first round with strikes in February.
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