Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog.com contributor and ULTMMA.com founder Tommy Messano.
Following Roy Nelson's upset loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, Breen and Messano examine the heavyweight's choice to take the bout on two weeks notice after having just fought six weeks prior, defeating Cheick Kongo. The two look at the potential leverage Nelson would've had if he had won the last fight on his deal, just how much “Big Country” potentially lost on his next promotional contract and just which company it might be with.
Breen and Messano also weigh in on the tempestuous nature of late replacement fights in MMA history, how the maturation of MMA as a professional sport has changed how injuries are dealt with and the curious late replacement histories of fighters like Mark Hunt, Chris Leben, Brian Ebersole, Dustin Pague and more.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
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