Saint Preux replaced by Johnny Walker in match against MishaCirkunov
Rising MMA star Johnny Walker is set to compete against MishaCirkunov at the UFC 235 after Ovince Saint Preux had to be withdrawn from the roster due to injuries. Shortly after reports about Saint Preux’s injury were released, Walker took to his social media to call for a match against Cirkunov and within 72 hours, the new match-up was announced. Walker, who is currently 16-3, has been making his presence known in the Octagon since November of 2018, when he defeated Khalil Rountree in barely two minutes in their fight in Australia. Earlier this February, it took him a mere 15 seconds to stop Justin Ledet at the UFC Fortaleza.
On the other hand, Cirkunov (14-4) recently enjoyed a first round submission win at the UFC Moncton, over Patrick Cummins. He holds history of stoppage wins over Ion Cutelaba and Nikita Krylov. The fight is scheduled to take place on 2nd March, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The headliner of this UFC will be Anthony Smith vs. Jon Jones, the co-main event being Kamaru Usman vs. Tyron Woodley.
Daniel Cormier postpones retirement due to injuries
20th March, 2019 was the date that Daniel Cormier had declared to be the date of his retirement, his 40th birthday. Having won three titles last year, including being able to defend his UFC heavyweight belt, Cormier had planned to move on from combat sports with at least another big fight. However, there is still no news about his next fight, owing to his body not cooperating with him, as Cormier told the media. He revealed that he had hurt his back badly while sneezing and also conjectured that it might be the effect of him putting so much on his body in 2018.
He went on to explain that he had other bruises, a nagging pain in the thumb as well as an arthritic wrist which cannot be cured completely. Being one of the most active champions in UFC last year, Cormier defeated VolkanOezdemir with a second round TKO at UFC 220, only to move up to heavyweight and defeat Stipe Miocic in July at the UFC 226.
Josh Copeland suspended indefinitely after arrest for domestic abuse
Professional Fighters League (PFL) suspended Josh Copeland indefinitely after reports revealed that he was arrested with charges of domestic violence. As confirmed by Adams County Sheriff, the 36-year-old heavyweight fighter was arrested on February 2nd after an altercation between him and his wife led to him leaving her with a bruised left eye and blood on her face and neck. In its press interviews, the PFL stated that the league has no tolerance for matters involving domestic abuse and hence, Copeland has been indefinitely banned from the PFL.