Hiroyuki Takaya. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Just days after World Extreme Cagefighting signed former IFL featherweight title challenger L.C. Davis to a multi-fight deal in order to have him replace an injured Cub Swanson against injured Cub Swanson against highly ranked K-1 veteran Hiroyuki Takaya this Sunday night, the promotion has been forced to cancel the fight completely.
Takaya reportedly turned down Davis as a replacement opponent, although his reasoning behind the decision is not yet known. Swanson suffered a broken hand during a recent training session, leaving him unable to compete at the show. He is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks.
After falling in a IFL featherweight title bid last December, Davis rebounded with a convincing knockout of Rafael Dias at an IFL event in April. Despite struggling as of late and losing three out of his last five bouts, Takaya remains of the top featherweights in the world. Takaya was last upset by UFC convert Leonard Garcia at the WEC’s February event in New Mexico, losing by way of a first-round TKO.
WEC officials will now look to have Davis make his official debut at an event later this year. Sunday’s show in Las Vegas, which features a total of three championship bouts and has Carlos Condit making yet another defense of his welterweight title in the main event, will proceed with only ten fights on the card.
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