The Daily Recap: Valimaki-Al Hassan Cancelled, Denis Retires & More

Nick Denis. Photo property of UFC.

UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.

Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”

Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]

Diego “The Dream” Sanchez could be returning against former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi. Sanchez said, “Might have a fight lined up for March 2. Just waiting on the man Joe Silva to see if Mr. Fireball Kid takes it?” [MMA Mania]

Urijah Faber is reportedly returning to the cage at UFC 156 when he takes on Lee Vaughan. Faber was last in action at UFC 149 when he dropped a decision to Renan Barao. [Tatame]

Canadian bantamweight Nick Denis has announced that he’s retiring from mixed martial arts competition. Denis’ stated his concern with his brain’s health and the potential damage caused by concussions and blows to the head. [MMA Fighting]

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