MMA Crossfire – Visa snafus flip the UFC Fight Night 70 script
No visas, no travel.
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:
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.
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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