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It’s been another drama-filled week for Ultimate Fighting Championship founder Bob Meyrowitz and his new YAMMA Pit Fighting venture.
Just days after the organization attempted to finalize it’s inaugural card with the addition of longtime veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Mark Kerr, another late change has taken place.
The promotion announced today that Gary Goodridge, who was slated to take on former boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch, will not be permitted to fight per the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which requires a medical suspension of at least 30 days following a fighter’s knockout loss. Goodridge was put to sleep by Mu Bae Choi this past weekend.
Coming back into the fold to replace Goodridge will be Patrick Smith, who was recently pulled from the card after recently being arrested following a high-speed chase involving police in Bryant County, Oklahoma. Smith was to replace Don Frye against Oleg Taktarov.
Smith reportedly reached speeds of upwards of 130 MPH on his motorcycle. The 44-year-old was charged with felony attempting to elude to police, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving.
Frye was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Taktarov after suffering a shoulder injury during training. He will now be required to undergo surgery but will be at the show to do commentary on the pay-per-view broadcast.
The trouble may not be over yet though. Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that the NJSACB has yet to approve a co-main event between Kerr and Taktarov. Kerr is currently still under indefinite suspension by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation after failing pre-fight tests before a scheduled bout against Sean O’Haire last year according to Sherdog.