Fisher-Franca: On or Off?

Will someone tell me what the hell is going on?

Yesterday there was a thread running rampant on The Underground saying that Spencer Fisher was injured and won’t be able to fight tomorrow night. Eventually it was just written off as a post by your basic internet troll…

However even bigger things have happened today - While the UFC (who is traditionally slow at updating their website) hasn’t announced anything concerning the fight, many betting sites such as Bet Eagle have now taken the fight off of the lines.

Bodog still has the fight up for betting but Franca’s opponent is now listed as Diego Saraieva.

What makes this even crazier is that MMA Weekly posted an interview with Fisher today that discusses his fight with Franca. The UFC also put a couple of pre-fight videos on their site including the two as well. Of course those items could always be dated material…

I’m going to keep trying to find out what is really going on. If anyone has any information, you are more than welcome to leave a comment…

Update 1:45 PM: On a side note I was browsing through Sherdog and I see that we are being mentioned with the big boys now…

No sign of the fight being off on subfighter.com, mmaontap.com, mmaweekly.com, UFC.com, or sherdog.com except for this thread, so I’m not so sure yet. But the fact that some sportsbooks have dropped it is a little scary. But I would think by now that one of these mma sites would have posted an update.

Don’t worry Paul, I’m on top of things…

Monte Cox stated to us last night that Fisher was ready to go. I tried to contact him today for confirmation but attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful as of right now.

Update 2:00 PM: NBC Sports has now made the situation a little clearer and I now feel stupid for not thinking this way:

(Look under News and Rumors)

Much speculation has surrounded the status of Spencer Fisher, who is scheduled to fight in Thursday night’s Fight Night event against Hermes Franca in a lightweight match. A few MMA outlets claimed that Fisher had suffered a knee injury in training and would not be able to participate, and several sportsbooks took the fight off the board, but as of Wednesday morning, he is still scheduled to fight, according to a UFC spokesperson. The weigh-in is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and his appearance or lack thereof will bring further clarity to the situation.

Update 2:21 PM: NBC is reporting that the fight is on. Now comes the debate as to how Diego Saraiva was brought into the rumor mill…

Update 7:45 PM: Sherdog is reporting that Diego Saraiva will be replacing Melvin Guillard at UFC 67: All or Nothing. Guillard was supposed to fight Dustin Hazelett but he was forced to withdraw when he suffered an injury in training.

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