MMA Odds and Ends for Monday: Last-Minute Changes To UFC Fight Night 69

Mike Wilkinson Over the weekend two last-minute lineup changes were announced for UFC Fight Night 69, which takes place this Saturday at O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. The first fight that’s been removed from the card is a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Krzysztof Jotko. Hall, who was filling in on very short notice for an injured Derek Brunson, could not get his via secured in time for this card in Germany and the UFC decided to just scrap the fight instead of looking for a replacement. It’s unclear if the promotion will look to re-book the matchup for a future card, or if they will go with fresh opponents for each fighter. Personally, I didn’t really like this fight to begin with, and I wouldn’t mind if Hall got paired up with someone who will bring the fight to him, not a grinder like Jotko. The second fight that was removed from the card is a featherweight bout between Alan Omer and Mike Wilkinson. Unfortunately for Wilkinson, who wrote a long post on Facebook detailing why he withdrew from the event, he suffered a shoulder injury and had to pull himself from the fight. With just a few days until the event to find a replacement, it’s looking like Omer will be pulled from the card entirely, although there is still an outside shot the UFC could find a European fighter on short notice to fight him. With those two scratched fights, the UFC Fight Night 69 card looks like this with just a few days to go until the event: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Penne (women’s strawweight title fight) Dennis Siver vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Peter Sobotta vs. Steve Kennedy Nick Hein vs. Lucksz Sajewski Makwan Amirkhani vs. Masio Fullen Mairbeck Taisumov vs. Alan Patrick Niklas Backstrom vs. Noad Lahat Scott Askham vs. Antonio dos Santos Pitor Hallmann vs. Magomed Mustafaev Taylor Lalipus vs. Ulka Sasaki That’s only 10 fights, so it’s going to be a short event this Saturday in Berlin. It’s not the greatest card in the world on paper, so cross your fingers and hope the card plays out better in real life than it looks on paper. UPDATE: It appears UFC newcomer Arnold Allen will replace Mike Wilkinson against Alan Omer, bringing the total number of fights for UFC Fight Night 69 up to 11

Written by Adam Martin.

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