Sherdog.com has learned that UFC and Pride veteran, Don Frye has pulled out of YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural event on April 11th.
Frye was set to face fellow MMA legend, Oleg Taktarov in one of the two “Superfights” but he has now been replaced by 45 year old Patrick Smith.
Smith (14-13) participated in the first ever UFC event where he was heel hooked by UFC Hall of Famer, Ken Shamrock in the first round of the tournament. He returned at UFC 2 where he made it to the tournament final after winning three straight bouts. In the final he faced another UFC Hall of Famer in Royce Gracie who made Smith tap out to strikes in a little over a minute. Smith went 2-1 last year with his last performance being a TKO victory over David Tyner.
YAMMA Pit Fighting is an upstart MMA promotion setup by UFC co-creator, Bob Meyrowitz. The first show will take place on Aprill 11th at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition to the aforementioned “Superfight” between Smith and Taktarov there will be another “Superfight” between Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch and Gary Goodridge as well as an 8-man heavyweight tournament.
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