Wednesday, May 18, 2022

UFC 194 Weekend Marred By 2 Injuries; RFA Champion Steps In

With so much attention on UFC 194 (Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold) in two weeks, it’s almost been forgotten that there will be a whopping three UFC cards that week. With more fights comes an increased likelihood of fights falling out, and unfortunately, that’s happening.

According to MMAJunkie, Mirsad Bektic, who was set to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight on the Ultimate Fighter 22 finale card (Chad Mendes vs. Frankie Edgar main event, has pulled out due to an injury. There’s no word yet as to whether or not Kawajiri will stay on the card or be rebooked. With so many big featherweight fights over the weekend, there’s value in keeping him ready in case of another injury.

In addition, one of the most anticipated prelims on the UFC 194 card is off, though the UFC has booked a replacement. “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson has suffered an injury, and she will be replaced by RFA Strawweight Champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger against “Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres. Jones-Lybarger had been campaigning for the fight on social media when Waterson got hurt. She dominated veteran Zoila Frausto to win the title in her last fight, showing much improved boxing in the process.

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