Once again our faithful fight tracker Tim Burke has become temporarily indisposed. Last time out, he was "on a boat." This time, early reports are that he may be "busy at work," or as the rest of the world calls it: on his couch watching hockey in his underwear. Whatever the case, that leaves me to boldly charge on ahead; rudderless, but filled with optimism nonetheless.
As the UFC now runs somewhere between 40 and 1 billion events a year (estimation isn't my strong suit) Bloody Elbow is looking to give you your fight announcements in easy to digest chunks. If it's a big fight, you'll still see it emblazoned across the front page in all it's glory. If not, you'll read about it here.
A few changes for UFC 173. Most notably Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson got bumped into the co-main event after previously being planned for UFC 175. But, also notable, rising young featherweight Doo Ho Choi had his debut scuppered due to injury. Reports are that he should be ready again by the end of summer. No replacement opponent for Sam Sicilia has been found.
Doo Ho Choi will be ready to make his UFC debut for the start of August, after he recovers from his injury— WhiteViper_x (@WhiteViper_x) April 22, 2014
UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov:
UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt
This card has been filling out in a hurry. The big addition has been Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo, but flying under the radar are new bouts between middleweights Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto and Cezar Ferreira vs. Andrew Craig, followed by welterweights Luiz Dutra vs. Sean Spencer.
The night is also set to see a rematch of Johnny Bedford's Fight Night Abu Dhabi bout against Rani Yahya that ended in a headbutt in the first.
Apart from losing Cormier vs. Henderson, UFC 175 also gained Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos. Not a one to one trade, but better than a poke in the eye. Apparently Urijah Faber has his sights set on a return at this card, but no official announcements have been made.
UFC Fight Night Atlantic City
UFC Fight Night Dublin
Those are all the fight announcements big, small and otherwise from the last two weeks of MMA action. But there are no doubt more to come, so stay tuned.