Evening News and Notes: Green Tapped to Face Lauzon, Hazelett Injured & More


Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your daily news and notes for the evening of January 22, 2009.

- Total Fighting Alliance veteran Bobby Green has agreed to step in as a last-minute opponent for UFC veteran Dan Lauzon at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on Saturday night in Anaheim, California. If Green passes all required medical tests and paperwork in time for the event, he will be cleared to replace Chris Horodecki, who was forced off of the card because of a bulging disc in his neck.

- The Palace Fighting Championship has announced that their scheduled flyweight title bout between Rambaa Somdet and Pat Runez has been scrapped due to Somdet suffering from a pre-existing neck injury. “I thought I would be able to do it. I thought I would just fight as hard as I could in the first round,” Somdet said in a press release put out this afternoon. “It’s a pre-existing injury. I’ve had it forever six or seven years now. I think I have a torn tendon or something in my shoulder and I woke up after weigh-ins and I was in so much pain.”

- Dustin Hazelett has reportedly been forced out of his scheduled UFC 96 bout against Ben Saunders after suffering an undisclosed injury during training. According to MMA Weekly, Ryan Madigan will serve as a replacement opponent. Madigan sports a 5-0 professional record and mainly fought in his home state of Ohio. The website is also reporting that Nate Loughran will be unable to compete until early summer because of some lingering injuries, shooting down rumors that Loughran was set to fight Nissen Osterneck at UFC Fight Night 18 in April.

- Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has become the latest fighter to sign on with Round 5 MMA to have his likeness made into an action figure, which will be made available later this year. “We are thrilled to be working with Fedor to customize this superstar’s figurine,” Damon Lau, Round 5 President, said in a press release today. “His worldwide popularity and recognition as the world’s best mixed martial artist make him a natural to make a high-quality collectible that his many fans can enjoy.”

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