MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Emmanuel Sanchez injured, AJ McKee now faces Ray Wood Friday at Bellator 166

480Emmanuel Sanchez injured, AJ McKee now fights Ray Wood Friday at Bellator 166  Bellator officials announced Monday that Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) has been forced off Friday’s Bellator 166 card due to injury. As a result, AJ McKee will take on Ray Wood. McKee (5-0) endures his second straight fight with an opponent switch. Back at Bellator 160, he was slated to fight Henry Corrales, but due to injury he ended up fighting and defeating Cody Walker by submission. The undefeated 21-year-old is the son of UFC veteran Antonio McKee. Wood (7-2) has gone 1-1 in Bellator and was slated to take on Treston Thomison (9-4), who now needs a new opponent. Bellator 166 takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Here’s an updated look at the card… MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren – for bantamweight title A.J. McKee vs. Ray Wood L.C. Davis vs. Marcos Galvao Chris Honeycutt vs. Ben Reiter PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET) Treston Thomison vs. TBA Derrick Adkins vs. Chris Jones Levi Queen vs. Chance Rencountre Gregory Babene vs. Emiliano Sordi John King vs. Kinny Spotwood Undefeated featherweight Shane Burgos steps up to fight Tiago Trator at UFC Fight Night 102  With  Zubaira Tukhugov being removed from UFC Albany for a potential USADA violation, New York native Shane Burgos has stepped up to face Tiago Trator at UFC Fight Night 102. Burgos (7-0) was slated to fight at CFFC 61 back in October, but his opponent pulled out due to injury. The 25-year-old last saw action against Jacob Bohn at CFFC 56, where he won by first round TKO. Trator (20-5-1, 1 NC) heads into this matchup off a decision victory over Clay Collard back in September 2015. The Brazilian is 1-2 in his UFC career so far. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. With Aljamain Sterling injured, Raphael Assuncao removed from UFC Albany card MMAFighting reported on Monday that bantamweight Raphael Assuncao will no longer compete at UFC Fight Night 102, as the UFC was unable to find him an opponent. The UFC plans to re-book the two 135-pound fighters at some point in 2017. Glover Teixeira vs.  Jimi Manuwa in the works for UFC 208  Jim Edwards of FloCombat reported Monday that light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Jimi Manuwa are set to clash at UFC 208. Teixeira (25-4) had his three-fight win streak snapped in his last fight, as Anthony Johnson knocked out the Brazilian in 13 seconds back at UFC 202. Manuwa (16-2) heads into this matchup off a TKO victory over Ovince St-Preux at UFC 204. UFC 208 takes place January 21st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Canadian heavyweight prospect Dustin Joynson talks Jared Henderson, Zuma MMA & Toronto Maple Leafs  Dustin Joynson (2-0) discusses his upcoming fight against Jared Henderson (1-0) at Triumph FC 2 on December 9th.

Written by James Lynch

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