Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum steps up on short notice this Saturday (Nov 18, 2017) to take on Polish standout Marcin Tybura in Sydney, Australia, headlining UFC Fight Night 121, which is chock full of Australian and Kiwi talent.
The Flyweight co-feature pits Bec Rawlings against the debuting Jessy Rose-Clark, while Tim Means steps in to fight Belal Muhammad and local boy Jake Matthews returns to Welterweight to fight Bojan Velickovic.
A heavyweight bout between the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former interim title contender Mark Hunt against Marcin Tybura was expected to serve as the event’s headliner. However on October 10, Hunt was removed from the bout due to “medical concerns”. He had recently admitted in an article trouble sleeping and said he’s begun to stutter and slur his words. The UFC released a statement claiming that “the health-related statements made by Hunt represented the first time UFC was made aware of these claims”. They also announced that it would be required that Hunt undergoes further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future bout. As a result, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum was chosen as his replacement.
The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption welterweight winner Jesse Taylor was expected to face Belal Muhammad at the event. However on September 13, it was announced that Taylor was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential doping violation. He was flagged after an out-of-competition drug test conducted August 22. He was replaced by Tim Means. On October 13, USADA officially suspended Taylor one year for testing positive for anti-estrogen agent clomiphene.
Jeremy Kennedy was expected to face Alex Volkanovski at the event. However, Kennedy pulled out of the fight on October 5 citing a back injury. He was replaced by Humberto Bandenay. In turn, Bandenay pulled out of the fight on November 6 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Young.
After several tests and nominations, the following are the Main-Card stars of the night.
Former Ufc Heavyweight Champion, Fabricio Werdum will fight Marcin Tybura.
Mix martial artist Belal Muhammad will fight King of the Cage Lightweight Champion and the former King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Champion, Tim Means.
The star new comer Shane Young will be competing with the kick boxer and martial artist who has won twice Featherweight Australian Fighting Championship (AFC), Alexander Volkanovski.
Newcomer Jessica-Rose Clark will take on ranked straw weight contender Bec Rawlings.
The other 4 competitors will be “The Celtic Kid”- Jake Matthews v/s Bojan Velickovic and Elias Theodorou v/s Daniel Kelly.
Channel tune in: Live and Exclusive on SONY ESPN SD, SONY ESPN HD on Sunday (19th November) at 8:30 AM
Source : timesofindia