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Reinhardt Fails Eye Exam – Out Against Tie Quan Zhang at WEC 51

Jason Reinhardt (20-1) is out of the game days before his confrontation with Chinese fighter Tie Quan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang (16-0) at WEC 51.

Inside sources have informed that Reinhardt is out because he did not pass a standard pre-fight eye exam.

The bout, scheduled for September, 30th 2010 at The 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Co., will now feature “The Mongolian Wolf” taking on Pablo Garza.

Reinhardt has been training in Iowa with long time teammate and training partner Spencer “The King” Fisher, and the 40-year-old veteran is officially off the preliminary card for the evening.

Earlier in the week, Reinhardt was confident about his chances against Chinese wunderkind.

“I’ve got so much motivation for this fight it’s incredible. Everything’s on the line in this fight. It all comes down to this moment.

When Monte told me Zhang was undefeated, I thought, ‘What an opportunity to beat China’s best and send him back to China to re-evaluate his career.’ I’ve been through a lot of crap over the last two and a half years.

I know what I’m capable of.  I know how hard I train. I don’t have anything to prove to myself.

I’m 20-1, I deserve this.”

That shot will have to wait.

The WEC 51 card where this fight will take place will be headlined by the featherweight title clash between Jose Aldo and Manny Gamburyan, and former bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres returns to action to square off with Charlie Valencia and get his career back on track.

- Main card:

Jose Aldo vs. Manvel Gamburyan

Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone

Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia

Chan Sung Jung vs. George Roop

Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick

- Preliminary Card:

Mike Brown vs Cole Province

Ed Ratcliff vs. Chris Horodecki

Diego Nunes vs. Tyler Toner

Antonio Banuelos vs. Chad George

Jason Reinhardt vs. Zhang Tie Quan

Clint Godfrey vs. Demetrious Johnson