Jeff Hamlin of MMAMadness.com is reporting late breaking news that Erik Owings and Jamal Patterson of the New York Pitbulls have been ruled out of tomorrow’s IFL semifinal matchup vs. the Tokyo Sabers due to injury.
Both Patterson and Owings were injured while training with former Pride fighter Daniel Gracie, according to the report. The team is already without Fabio Leopoldo.
CFFC veteran Dan Miller had already been tapped to replace Leopoldo while Deividas Taurosevicius will fill-in for Owings. Tim Boetsch will step up for Patterson.
Taurosevicius will fight Savant Young in a battle of lightweights while Boetsch is set to do battle vs. Valdimir Matyushenko in a light heavyweight clash.
Boetsch is the Extreme Challenge Northeast Light Heavyweight champion, a title that he just won this past Saturday in West Orange, New Jersey against Team Rhino fighter Brendan Barrett.
I saw the fight and while Boetsch looked good, he’s going to have his hands full with Matyushenko. He deserves a lot of credit for stepping up and taking the fight just four days after his last fight.
The New Jersey control board is usually very strict so I’m surprised they are allowing the match to happen. Boetsch didn’t appear to take too much damage from Barrett so perhaps there’s no legitimate reason to stop him from competing.
Click here to read Hamlin’s report at MMAMadness.com.