UFC London Bout Scrapped Hours Prior to Fight Time

The UFC Fight Night 107 preliminary bout between Brett Johns and Ian Entwistle has been canceled due to medical issues.

Ian EntwistleUFC officials announced on Saturday that, following a trip to the hospital earlier in the day, Entwistle was removed from the fight card per doctors’ recommendations.

Officials did not confirm whether or not the medical issues were related to Entwistle’s weight cut, but the Englishman failed to make weight on Friday, clocking in at 139 pounds for the 135-pound bout.

It marks back-to-back bouts that Entwistle has been removed from a fight in the final hours. He was supposed to face Rob Font at UFC 204 in October, but was pulled from the fight after falling ill during the weight cutting process the day prior to the event.

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On such short notice, there was no way to save the bout for Johns. The fight card will proceed with 12 bouts instead of the planned 13. 

“Absolutely heartbroken,” the Welshman said on Saturday. “My dream event taken away from me six hours before my fight.”

Jimi Manuwa squares off with Corey Anderson in a light heavyweight main event at O2 Arena in London.

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When Are Nick and Nate Diaz Going to Fight Again?

When are Nick and Nate Diaz going to step foot in the Octagon again? That is the million dollar question, but it doesn’t appear there is an immediate million dollar answer.

Nate has said that he doesn’t know what is going on with the UFC, claiming they are putting him on the shelf. He has instead opted to pursue his boxing license. 

Nate and Nick Diaz - Diaz BrothersNick, on the other hand, reportedly turned down an offer to rematch Robbie Lawler. He has shown interest in fighting Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, but those two are slated to meet each other later this year. 

“We keep offering Nate fights and he keeps turning them down. Nick, too,” UFC president Dana White told TMZ.com recently.

So what is it going to take to get them back in the cage? That’s a good question, and one for which White has no clear answer.

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“I have no idea. Maybe (Nate) is (waiting for a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor), (but) Conor has endless possibilities for fights.”

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  • Nick is a middle of the pack fighter, but he won’t take a middle of the pack fight. So let him sit out, who cares. Nate on the other hand, is a top 10 fighter. I still don’t like Nate because he acts just like his loser brother, but Nate is a lot better fighter than Nick. Edson Barboza would be a good next fight for Nate.

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Andre Harrison Heading into WSOF 35 to Take Lance Palmer’s Title

Looking back on a successful 2016 that saw him pick up wins in his four fights for the year and remain undefeated to start off his pro career, featherweight Andre Harrison admits it didn’t go as smoothly as it could have, but he nonetheless persevered.

In particular, Harrison’s wins over Steven Siler at Titan FC 37 in March, and Alexandre Bezerra in September at TFC 41 presented their own challenges for him to overcome.

“With Siler, that guillotine that he has, he’s really good at getting that,” Harrison told MMAWeekly.com. “Bezerra had me in all kinds of trouble in that fourth round, and somehow I managed to come out of there and have a really dominant performance in the fifth round.

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“I learned a lot during that time frame, so it was a good year. Good wins over good opponents.”

Entering his sixth year of fighting in2017, Harrison feels he’s been able to grow significantly over the course of his pro career, and is committed to continuing his growth moving forward.

“There’s overall a big difference, it’s a completely different ballgame,” he said. “Even my wrestling is different. I don’t even shoot the same I used to shoot back then. I think I’ve improved in pretty much every area, and I’m looking to continue on that road.”

Harrison (15-0) challenges Lance Palmer (11-2) for the World Series of Fighting 145-pound championship in the evening’s co-main event on Saturday in Verona, N.Y.

“You get two wrestlers together and you get yourself a striking war,” said Harrison of facing Palmer. “With that being said, I have to control the fight from the feet; back him up with good pressure on the feet; and be the aggressor. I have to be the aggressor to etch out this win.”

Having held titles previously in other promotions, the physical belt doesn’t mean a whole lot to Harrison. For him it’s more about the experience of the fight and what it does for him that matters.

“Honestly, the titles that I have won in the past are at the gym,” he said. “It’s not something that I carry around. I know people who hang them up at the house or something, but I don’t really care too much about that kind of stuff.

“To me it’s more about the fight and the experience of it. That’s what I enjoy the most. I enjoy the memories of the actual fight; good shots I might have landed, good take downs and how I felt overall; that’s what I enjoy the most.”

Perhaps even more important to Harrison is proving that he belongs at this level, and that he’s going to be someone to reckon with in his new promotion.

“I’m going in there to take this title, and definitely want to defend it, and solidify myself as the top of the division here,” he said. “I want to let people know that I didn’t come to WSOF just to be here. I came here with a goal and purpose, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I get there.”

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