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MMA Crossfire – Visa snafus flip the UFC Fight Night 70 script

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Issues with Florida’s Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the Consular Consolidated Database means twelve (12) fighters scheduled to compete at UFC Fight Night 70 will be unable to enter the USA to compete.

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The UFC is moving forward, keeping the Lyoto Machida vs Yoel Romero main event and shuffling the co-main event with welterweights Lorenz Lorenz Larkin (15-4, 1 NC) taking on Santiago Ponzinibbio (19-2-0).

The card now consists of nine bouts:

Antonio Carlos Junior(5-1-0) versus fellow TUF winner Eddie “Truck” Gordon (8-3-0)

Canadian middleweight Steve Bosse(10-1-0) vs. Thiago Santos (10-3-0)

Featherweights Hacran Dias(22-3-1) vs. Levan Makashvili (10-1-0)

Welterweights Alex Oliveira(11-2-1, 1NC) vs newcomer Joe Merritt (6-0-0)

Welterweights Leandro “Buscape” Silva (17-2-1,  NC) vs. Lewis Gonzalez (10-1-0)

Welterweights Steve Montgomery (8-2-0) vs. Tony Sims (11-2-0), both making their debut.

An additional fight to be announced later.

The bantamweight fight between Rani Yahya and Masanori Kanehara will instead take place on July 15th in San Diego.


Finally, the bantamweight and lightweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will now be featured at UFC 190, August 1st, in Rio de Janeiro. The original UFC Fight Night 70 co-main event – Erick Silva vs. Rick Story – will no longer take place. UFC officials are discussing options for those fighters at this time.


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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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