Mac Danzig pulls out of UFC 131 Cerrone fight

The grudge match between MMA fighters Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Mac Danzig will no longer take place at UFC 131, due to an unspecified Injury suffered during training. Danzig will now be replaced by up and comer Vagner Rocha, who will be making his UFC debut with less than a months’ notice.

The tension between the two MMA fighters started when Danzig criticized Cerrone’s performance in his UFC debut against Paul Kelly earlier this year. Many were shocked Danzig called out Cerrone, given the fact he has lost four of his last six MMA fights, while Cerrone on the other hand is currently on a three fight winning streak.

Danzig’s injury is the second major blow to the UFC 131 main card, which lost former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, due to a reoccurrence of the intestinal infection that almost ended his MMA career a few years ago.

For Rocha, this will be a great opportunity to secure a permanent position with the UFC. Rocha currently has a 7-1 professional MMA record, with his only loss coming via decision. Rocha’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is as sharp as you’ll find in MMA, but his striking isn’t comparable to Cerrone’s. Rocha hasn’t faced the level of competition Cerrone has been battling for years, and a few weeks wouldn’t be enough time for anyone to prepare for such a tough fight. As long as Cerrone is able to minimize the amount of time both MMA fighters spend on the ground and avoid Rocha’s submissions, he should have no problems securing his second win in the UFC.

I can’t say I’m happy with the new matchup, since I was looking forward to watching Cerrone and Danzig slug it out inside the Octagon. When Danzig called Cerrone out, my initial reaction was that he just wrote a check his fists wouldn’t be able to cash. Now with UFC 131 around the corner, Danzig has pulled out of a fight he asked for with his own mouth. I really hope his injury is legitimate, as anything else will seriously jeopardize his credibility with MMA fans.

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