MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Lawlor Out, Anderson in vs Maldonado at UFN 77

Corey-AndersonIt was a relatively quiet day in regards to UFC news, but an injury did manage to shake things up for next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Brazil, plus two more fighters were added to the growing UFC cut list: Corey Anderson vs. Fabio Maldonado – UFC Fight Night 77 An injury to Tom Lawlor has forced the “Filthy” one out of his upcoming battle against Fabio Maldonado November 6th for UFC Fight Night 77. Replacing Lawlor is Corey Anderson, who’s fresh off the best performance of his career, a dominant one-sided wrestle-fest against Jan Blachowicz on the UFC 191 main card. Anderson has clearly bounced back in a big way from his upset loss to Gian Villante earlier this year and he looks better than ever. As long as Anderson sticks to his wrestling roots and doesn’t run out of gas, he should be in good shape against Maldonado. Maldonado is tough, but he’s almost purely a boxer, so if he’s forced to grapple for extended periods of time, he’ll probably be on the losing end of a decision or worse. Look for Anderson to open up as a decent favorite, although the short notice could be a factor. Now let’s move on to who we won’t be seeing any more inside the Octagon: Francisco Trevino – This one was pretty obvious. Trevino was on thin ice after dropping to 1-2 overall in the promotion following his sacrifice to the Sage Northcutt gods three weeks ago, but he signed his death sentence when he tested positive for marijuana metabolites and embarrassed the promotion with the failed drug test. Trevino’s high point of his career was a victory in his UFC debut against Renee Forte, but he was then thrown to the wolves against top prospects Johnny Case and Northcutt, where he was handily defeated. Pawal Pawlak – Like Trevino, Pawlak also leaves the UFC with a 1-2 overall record in the promotion. He lost his debut against veteran Peter Sobotta, won his sophomore effort in a very ugly scrap against Sheldon Westcott and proceeded to lose another decision to top prospect Leon Edwards. Pawlak just didn’t have a very exciting fighting style and it was obvious he wasn’t going to be a contender any time soon so it wasn’t shocking to see him get his walking papers.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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